CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Carolina Beach will discuss the option of building a new solid waste facility off of N. Lake Park Boulevard, near Carolina Beach State Park.
That area is an alternate location for a storage and public works expansion because the land serves as a buffer zone for the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point, which is across the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County.
The lease originally just allowed the town to put a water treatment plant near the river, but over the years the town began storing other items there.
According to Lewis, there's been a change of leadership at Sunny Point within the last year and they want town officials to abide by the lease.
Now, town council is requesting a conditional use permit to construct a new facility off Lake Park Drive, but not everyone is on board with the idea. A crowd of people is expected to attend the town council meeting Tuesday night to make sure their voices are heard.
Some say the proposed waste transfer station would not only hurt the air quality, but also drive their property taxes down.
Resident Sophie Tagliatela has been gathering hundreds of signatures on a petition requesting the town council not move forward with the conditional use permit.
If the permit is approved, council will have to decide how to use the facility. They could decide to bring in a trash compactor and garage facility in addition to recycling and a public works area.
"Carolina Beach is a tourist destination. I don't know why the town thinks this is a desirable location to put a public works garage and repair facility," said Tagliatela. "It just doesn't belong at the gateway of our community."
Board members are not allowed to speak about the project, but the county manager said residents have the right to appeal the decision to superior court if council approves the plan Tuesday night.
Stay with WECT and WECT.com for the outcome of the meeting.
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