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Carolina Beach Seeking New Home For Beach Garbage Dumpsters

The Town of Carolina Beach has to relocate dumpsters from their Operations yard to hold beachfront refuse during the busy summers months. Currently they have until March to relocate them but have no definite option at this time.

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach was notified earlier this year by the Army Corp of Engineers they were in violation of a 1970's land lease at the Operations Department off Dow Road.
The Town is in the process of relocating their Operations and Public Works Department to comply with the lease which says the military land can only be used for a sewer treatment plan, a storage building and limited outdoor storage. Storage sheds, green house, trailer, garage dumpsters and other uses must go. One major issue is where to relocate dumpsters used to hold garbage collected throughout Town and along the beachfront until picked up by a private hauler and taken to the landfill.
The Town was given until the end of the calendar year to comply with the lease terms and granted an extension until March to find a new home for the dumpsters.
Public Works Director Brian Stanberry explained to the Council at their November 20, meeting he's met with Waste Industries, Inc. at an alternative location but are still unsure of where to relocate.
Councilman Bob Lewis said Kure Beach has their own compacting garbage trucks and pick up garbage throughout the Town paying a tipping fee at the County landfill to dump the trucks.
Stanberry said he visited neighboring Wrightsville Beach who also handles their own trash, but added, "I'm pretty confident we can do something like that with the beach strand. I think the only point where we hit a wall, that separates us from all of the other beaches, is Freeman Park."
Stanberry said most beaches only have to focus on picking up trash along their beach strand while Carolina Beach also has to pick up trash from busy Freeman Park.
The park is one of a handful of beach areas on the east coast that permits four-wheel drive vehicles to drive on the beach by purchasing a vehicle pass. It's an extremely popular summer tourist destination that also allows camping on the beach. The Town provides police patrols, lifeguard patrols, restroom facilities and trash pickup.
Stanberry said the volume of trash is considerable at times during the summer months especially when the weather is nice and on peak holiday weekends.
He said the volume from the park is almost twice that for the rest of the beach strand.
He said Wrightsville Beach uses a trailer pulled by a truck that is used to collect trash. Then a larger compactor picks up the trailer and dumps the trash which is taken to the landfill.
Currently Carolina Beach picks up trash using pickup trucks or a can-machine that dumps cans and hauls the trash to the dumpsters that soon need to be relocated.
Councilman Steve Shuttleworth said, "We have until March to get rid of the dumpsters at Sunny Point. We've looked at three options. Buying compactors and relocating them. Which means buying a compactor roll-off and moving it another location which means identifying that location, buying that location, getting that location zoned and getting it built to handle those and the compactors themselves."
He said, "What the cost of that all is verses the cost of another option, so before go with option A, we'd like to know what the cost of option B is."
Council asked Stanberry to return with details of options in a couple of weeks.
In October the Carolina Beach Town Council voted to move their Operations Department (Public Works) to an 8,000 square foot space in the Federal Point Shopping Center with outdoor storage. That move is almost complete with a new fence to store equipment, storage sheds and other materials.
The lease is $3,500 per month for six months with three six-month options for an total of two-years leaving the Town the flexibility to vacate the center should the Council decide upon a more permanent location elsewhere.
Heavier equipment will park in the rear of the center. There's enough room for parking over 30 town vehicles. Employees will be based in the Police Training Room at Town Hall.
In the 1970’s the Town leased land from the U.S. Army to construct a wastewater treatment plant.
Earlier this year the Town was notified they are in violation of the lease terms by using the land for uses not permitted in the lease. They were given until the end of this year to comply.
The Town’s "Operations Yard" is located off Dow Road on U.S. Army land. The "buffer zone" is land taken by the military in the 1950’s for the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) across the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County.
The port is the largest of it’s kind in the world dealing in storage and transportation of explosive munitions.
The buffer zone serves as a "blast zone" in the event of an incident. That zone covers the largest area of land west of Dow Road in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.