- Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:21
- Written by Super User
The Town of Carolina Beach honored Interim Town Manager Bruce Shell for his service to the Town on Tuesday July 2nd, by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to open a new parking lot called "The Shell Lot". Shell will end his time as Interim Manager this week. A new manager is expected to be announced soon.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach opened a new public parking lot at 400 Woody Hewett Avenue Tuesday July 2nd. Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis was joined by Councilman Steve Shuttleworth, Police Chief Kurt Bartley, Fire Chief Allen Griffin, Operations Director Brian Stanbery and members of the Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Interim Town Manager Bruce Shell was asked to cut the ribbon. The Town named the lot, "The Shell Lot" in honor of his service to the Town. The Carolina Beach Town Council voted at their June 11, meeting to enter into an agreement to lease property
across from the Carolina Beach Lake to provide additional public parking in the area.
The property is located at the intersection of Lake Park Blvd and Woody Hewett Street. A long-time car wash that occupied the property was demolished last month.
The lake has become a popular venue over the last ten years hosting many events including the Chowder Festival, Sunday night Movies at the Lake, Farmer's Market, Island Day and others.
As the popularity grew, so did an issue of lack of available parking.
Earlier this year residents living in the area surrounding the lake expressed frustration to the Town Council. Complaints included people parking in their driveways, other people's children playing around under their homes,
and a general sense of chaos as people parked wherever they could find a spot with little regard for property owners.
Based on parking revenue projections, Mayor Lewis estimates the Town will generate about $12,000 in net new revenue from this parking lot while providing additional parking for various lake events and for beach access during the summer.
They have an option to buy the land. Lewis said, "Once the option is exercised the lot will pay for itself in a little over 10 years."
Shell will end his time as Interim Manager this week. A new manager is expected to be announced soon.
Shell retired last year as New Hanover County Manager. He was selected by the Council earlier this year following the resignation of former manager Tim Owens.
Shell explained, "I have to say this group pulled off the great surprise of 2013. I was headed to lunch with Gail and Greg when Gail made a pit stop at the old car wash lot by the lake. Imagine my surprise. Yes, we have all worked hard. The honor and surprise was special and most appreciated. It is so special being associated with people that want to make a difference for their community in unselfish ways. You all understand that. The past six months have been very special for me. Thank you all for the recognition. I will never forget it."