Sunset Beach de-annexation bill now on committee agenda

Sunset Beach de-annexation bill now on committee agenda

SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) - The controversial bill to take pieces of property out of Sunset Beach is now on the agenda for a second Senate committee. The Senate Finance Committee will take up SB 875 on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m.

The bill, which was filed by Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), is a response from developers at Palm Cove, Sunset West and Sunset Creek Commons apartments.

Those developers requested to be de-annexed because they say Sunset Beach leadership does not approve of their projects, and therefore will not allow them to proceed under city laws.

It passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee and was referred to the Finance Committee.

If it is approved by the Finance Committee, the bill would move to the floor of the Senate for a vote. If successful there, it would then move on to the state House of Representatives. Since it is a local bill, it would not require a signature by the governor before taking effect.

"This is politics," said Rich Cerrato, the former Mayor of Sunset Beach. "This is to select and to promote the wishes of a few developers, and not the taxpayers of Sunset Beach.

To read the text of the bill click here:

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