Senate to debate, vote on Sunset Beach deannexation bill Wednesday

Senate to debate, vote on Sunset Beach deannexation bill Wednesday

SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) - Town Council in Sunset Beach has called a special meeting for Thursday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m., to consider "all options" in case Senate Bill 875 would pass the General Assembly. Sen. Bill Rabon introduced SB 875, which calls for de-annexing several pieces of property out of the town limits. The bill passed through the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, and is now scheduled for a vote on the full Senate floor during Wednesday's calendar, which begins at 9:00 a.m.

This bill is a response from developers at Palm Cove, Sunset West and Sunset Creek Commons apartments. Those developers requested to be de-annexed because they claim leaders in Sunset Beach do not approve of their projects, and therefore will not allow them to proceed under city laws. Town leaders are opposed to SB 875, claiming Rabon is siding with developers instead of the best interests of the entire town.

"My hope is that we can find a reasonable solution for all parties, without attorneys getting involved in a lawsuit," said Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts. "But, if we have to do that to protect the town, then we will consider it as well."

Mayor Watts says leaders have met with two of the parties involved in the legislation, and they have also spoken with Rep. Frank Iler, who represents the Sunset Beach area in the state House. The House would also have to approve SB 875 before it would take effect. Since it is considered a local bill, it would not need the signature of Gov. Pat McCrory to become law.

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