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Topsail debates park, public hearing approaches

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TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) - When it comes to buying land and building a park at Topsail Beach, residents and business owners disagree.

"I'm in favor of the park," said Lori Fisher, of Quarter Moon.

"I think it's wasteful spending," disagrees Wayne Reynolds," a Topsail Beach resident.

Those visiting the area, like the idea. They say it gives them more to do when the weather gets cold.

"It would be an asset to the community and to the people that spend their money here," said Daniel Johnson, who is visiting the beach. Several businesses agree, Fisher says that with the Turtle Hospital moving, they are hoping a park will bring people to the southern end of the island.

"They have between 500 and 700 people a day during the summer," said Fisher. "So with them gone, we'll be losing a lot of our business - any amenity we can get on this end of the island will be beneficial." 

However, more than 200 residents disagree, they signed a petition to say they do not think the park is worth the price.

"The money is the main issue here," said Reynolds. "The other is we don't need a park." Reynolds, says that they have the beach, which is a park on its own. He adds that the town is in debt millions of dollars.

"What I'm really against is the debt and the money," said Reynolds. "I think you should be good stewards of your money and I don't think this is." 

Town Mayor Howard Braxton, says the park would not add to the debt. Instead he says, it would come from money the town has saved. He adds that it would not impact tax payers.

The public hearing will take place Monday at 7 p.m.

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