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Discounted Freeman Park Passes Now On Sale Until December 31st

CAROLINA BEACH - Discounted Freeman Park vehicle passes went on sale December 1st for $60. The discount period will end December 31st, and the price will increase to $100.
The passes can be purchased at Island Tackle and Hardware at 801 N Lake Park Blvd, the Scotchman gas station across from the Municipal Marina on Canal Drive, the Brew Thru at 910 N Lake Park Blvd, and the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Center at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd behind the Carolina Beach Town Hall and Police complex.
The discounted annual passes will not be sold online and vehicle owners must purchase them in person at those locations.
The Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously at their November 12th, meeting to change the fee structure for Freeman Park.
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction. They have authority to manage the area as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago. There is a fee charged for vehicle access to drive on the beachfront within the park. The Town, by it's own admission, doesn't charge people to walk into the park. They can only charge for four-wheel drive vehicle access. Permit applications are not required for daily passes.
Previously, daily passes cost  $20.00 at the entrance of Freeman Park. Weekend passes were available at $40 for 2 days and $50 for 3 days.
The Council changed that at their November 12th, meeting. Now it is $20 for a daily pass and $50 for a seven day pass.
In the proposed 2013-2014 Carolina Beach budget, $350,000 of anticipated revenues from Freeman Park vehicle passes of around $1.2 million is designated towards beach nourishment funding.