WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – A skate ramp that has been in Wrightsville Beach for more than a decade will have to be torn down within 90 days.
Jim Mincher said his neighbor is complaining that she can't sell her house without the ramp gone – but she bought the property when the ramp had already been built.
Skateboarders have rolled on the ramp for more than 15 years, creating a lot of memories.
Jack Brandon started skating there when he was just five years old, and his friend Connor Lester fell in love with the place when he moved to town a few years ago.
"When it's gone I probably won't skate for a while, because the nearest skate park is like 30 minutes away," said Lester.
Mincher said he built the ramp in Wrightsville Beach for just that reason – that there wasn't a park in the area.
"I did go to the town of Wrightsville Beach when I originally built it, and they told me I did not need a building permit," explained Mincher. "I didn't want to do anything illegal in my own town."
But now, more than a decade later, one neighbor has convinced town leaders the ramp must go.
Mayor David Cignotti said the town made a decision at the direction of staff and the town attorney.
Mincher has the right to appeal the ruling, but he doesn't plan to because it's a costly and lengthy process.
Right now there is no plan to open up skate park in town.
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