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Editorial: Council Says No To Wing Fling At Lake

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously February 11th, to deny an application to hold the 18th Annual Wing Fling event at the Carolina Beach Lake April 5th. (See report on page 1-A).
According to the agenda for the February 11th, Carolina Beach Town Council meeting, "The Wing Fling has held their event in Carolina Beach at the Boardwalk for the past three years. The businesses in the CBD have had past concerns with the event at the Boardwalk. This year the Wing Fling is proposing to hold their event at the Lake."
For three years the event has catered to college students charging admission for people  to consume chicken wings and drink beer within a chain link fenced in area while watching bands play on a stage at the Boardwalk. The photo on page 1-A was taken in 2011 looking at Cape Fear Blvd. To the right just out of frame were some 50 portable toilets. To the left is a large stage and audience area.
Lots of people.
Residents voiced concerns to the Council about parking issues experienced with much smaller events at the Lake throughout the year. Atlanta Avenue - which runs along the north side of the lake - is a residential street. Residents often find the street clogged with vehicles parking in front of their homes throughout the day of certain events.
The Wing Fling can draw thousands of people and would most certainly create a traffic nightmare for those residents. The Council expressed concerns with having to hold their breath in the past hoping no serious incidents occurred at the event when held at the Boardwalk.
They listened to the public and made a wise decision.