Freeman Park property owners demand jury trial to block Carolina Beach access for beach renourishment

Carolina Beach initially threatened to use eminent domain the acquire all private land around Freeman Park, but later rescinded the idea, opting instead for temporary use to help renourish the beach --- but private LLCs are contesting that in court.Michael Praats

CAROLINA BEACH — The relationship between the Town of Carolina Beach and the property owners of land surrounding Freeman Park is strained, to say the least; now, it appears the town will be heading to trial to let a jury decide the fate of the property in question.

While tensions might have been brewing between the two entities for some time, things came to a head in February of this year when representatives of the LLCs that own the property installed sea oats and rope fencing on the beach.

The move prompted the town to issue a cease and desist to the owners and removed the poles from the sand.

After more back and forth from the two parties, arguing about who was in the wrong, the town decided to take dramatic action and issued eminent domain notifications to the corporations, informing them the town would be seizing the property.

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