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Editorial: Some Ironic Observations That Make You Think

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point:
The U.S. Army recently told the Town of Carolina Beach they are in violation of a 1970's land-lease for land off Dow Road in the Army's "buffer zone."
The buffer zone was set aside when the Army took property from local landowners in the 1950's (by force of law) to create a "buffer zone" around the Country's largest munitions depot. You know, storing all manner of potentially geographically altering highly explosive materials used to level offending countries.
The Town violated the lease by locating more human-oriented activities on that land. They were only permitted to locate a wastewater treatment plant, a 40' by 100' storage building and some fenced in outdoor storage area.
It's true; the Town violated the lease by adding a green house, a trailer, dumpsters, a garage for maintaining vehicles, storage sheds and storing vehicles on the property.
What's ironic is, while attending the Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival last weekend (Oct. 13th and 14th) at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, I was able to take photos across the river, clearly, of the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point, while there were over 5,000 people occupying Federal Land in an area totally open and visible from Sunny Point.
So it's not ok for about 30 people to occupy the Town's long-standing Operations Department on military land because of "safety" concerns by the military, but it's ok to funnel in around 5,000 people within eye-shot of the largest explosives depot in the U.S.?
The irony is obvious. And that's not negative towards the festival. The point is there are a lot of other uses closer to the terminal than the land leased by the Town.
Second observation.
The Carolina Beach Town Council recently approved the construction of an 8-lane, 25-yard Aquatic Center (code for a really large community pool) complete with a winter time dome to keep everyone warm and fuzzy during their occasional dip in the deep end of taxpayers dollars.
The proponents of this proposal say over 14 years the Town's people have said they want a pool, but in the months leading to the proposal for a large pool at Town Hall, no one asked the neighbors what they think about the proposal?
And so the council was confronted by one of those residents at their October meeting.
Paul Feldman was visibly ticked off by the lack of communication over a proposal the Council claims everyone wants.
Yet his house, and over 30 others, are less than a football field away and he says no one from the Town ever contacted them for input on an "Aquatic Center."
Which kind of makes one wonder just how much public support there is for such a pool. Even the neighbors had no idea the Town was planning to spend three quarters of a  million dollars on a pool.