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Editorial: Army Corp's Plans For Snow's Cut Land

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Carolina Beach Town Council will hold a meeting on May 27th, at 9am to discuss the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year which starts July 1st and a plan by the Army Corp of Engineers to locate a survey office on land along Snow's Cut (Intracoastal Waterway). The Corp of Engineers is planning to obtain a change of status for land they own along Snow's Cut - the Intracoastal Waterway - in Carolina Beach.
The land runs from Snow's Cut Bridge east between Snow's Cut and homes located on Spencer Farlow Drive down to the North Carolina Wildlife Boat Ramp on Annie Drive.
In the near future the Corp will be conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) to change the status of the property to "Operational." The change will accommodate a future survey office that will be manned during regular working hours. With this change the Corp will be looking to install a fence. It will be located approximately 12 feet from their property line. There will be a 2' buffer from the fence and then the Town will have an opportunity to relocate the current path in the remaining 10 feet. There are some uncertainties with timeline at the Corp that depends on upcoming budgets.
The Snow's Cut walking and bike trail was installed some years ago by the Town of Carolina Beach and runs from the end of Bridge Barrier Road east through the wooded area between homes on Spencer Farlow Drive and the Snow's Cut waterway. The trail ends at the Wildlife Boat Ramp on Annie Drive.
Based on the map obtained from Town Hall the fence would run the perimeter of the property causing that trail to be relocated.
Some residents have expressed concern about the proposal. Even in the early stages, it's a good idea to get involved and express concerns to Army Corp officials. Their public affairs phone number is 910-251-4625 or online at www.saw.usace.army.mil