CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - Tuesday night, town leaders approved changes to Freeman Park rules in a 3-1 vote.
Carolina Beach leaders decided on the new regulations for Freeman Park last week, following a community meeting.
While the alcohol policy and hours of operation saw no changes, people will see changes in the camping policy and a few minor pass price adjustments.
“We have two primary objectives. The first of which is we have a responsibility to protect the natural environment while at the same time ensuring the public’s ability to use the park,” said Carolina Beach Mayor Joe Benson. “We were able to do that by adopting a few subtle changes."
Visitors will no longer be able to camp on the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Camping will be allowed starting Labor Day night and end on the Thursday night before Memorial Day. Camp fires will be allowed October through March. Campers will be charged $50 per night starting January 1, 2020.
There’s small changes to the pass pricing as well:
-Offseason (October - March) day passes will cost $20
-In-season (April - September) day passes will be $30 during the week, $40 on Saturday & Sunday
-Annual passes will cost $200, but there is an early-bird special (December 9 - January 31) where people can buy them for $100
The park will also remain open 24 hours a day.