CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Carolina Beach officials are stuck in a stinky situation - dealing with human waste left on the beach.
Town leaders have decided to make some changes to clean up the beach strand near Freeman Park.
Town Council received a request from the Freeman Park Committee to no longer allow port-a-potties on the beach.
They say visitors are putting bags of human waste in the trash cans, and when dumped it is spilling out, creating a stinky mess for clean up crews who work on the beach.
Mayor Bob Lewis says the problem has to stop. "Visitors who don't care about our quality of life or quality of our beaches are taking it upon themselves to leave their mess for us to clean up," said Lewis. "We're not going to allow that to be left on our beaches."
Town council held a public hearing to discuss this issue at their meeting on Tuesday night.
According to Mayor Lewis, No human waste/personal port a johns will be permitted. These are camping accessories which look like a small standup tent with a port a john inside.
Additionally, no human waste will be allowed to be thrown away in the town's garbage cans. Every visitor to the park should now use the town's centrally located Port a Johns which are cleaned each day. Lewis says this is a public safety and health related issue.
Also, the town will no longer allow furniture in Freeman Park other then beach type chairs or camping type chairs. Anyone who brings furniture like a stuffed couch or chair will not be able to drive into the park. Those caught with this type furniture on the beach will be asked to leave.
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