Land Disputed in New Hanover County Courtroom

APRIL 20, 2006 -- The future of a piece of land along Independence Boulevard is being decided in a New Hanover County Courtroom.  Flossie Bryan willed her property to New Hanover County for use as greenspace and to remain undisturbed to future development. Bryan passed away in 2003. Now some of Bryan's relatives have taken the county to court over the will and to determine who has ownership of the land. Lawyer's representing some of the family members say they're questioning Bryan's state of mind when she decided to will the property to the county. The jury began deliberating the case Thursday afternoon.  The spot of land could be an important issue for the county, as plans for the Cape Fear Skyway Bridge have the project going through the property.