Carolina Beach residents concerned outdoor storage could end up on their street
A yard sign against the idea of moving outdoor storage to Spartanburg Avenue
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The military has given the town of Carolina Beach until the end of the year to move equipment off property it has leased from Sunny Point for decades.
"We have a storage area for a bunch of generators in case there's a nature disaster. We have small buildings, we've actually gotten rid of. We have an operations center that maintains all our cars back there." Said Bob Lewis, a Carolina Beach council member.
The military has told Carolina Beach council members, they can no longer store those items on the land. The property is off Dow Road and serves as a buffer zone for the military ocean terminal at Sunny Point.
Council members say, they're looking at several options. One of those options is Spartanburg Avenue.
But, many people on that street like Richard Stephens are not in favor of the idea.
"It'll definitely affect the property value. But more importantly the kids. The children and all the extra traffic and stuff like that. I'm scared for the children really." Said Richard Stephens, a concerned citizen.
Some people living off Spartanburg Avenue have yard signs against the outdoor storage coming to their street and they have also signed a petition.
Lewis tells us, he's against storing the equipment and relocating the nearly 30 employees who work on the military property to a residential area.
"I think we have some facilities at town hall that could help us there. there's a couple of other areas in town where people would like to lease us property for a temporary thing." Said Lewis.
On Wednesday at 3pm council members will have a meeting where they'll discuss where they want to relocate the outdoor storage.