In North Carolina, the beaches are free and belong to everyone. So why did you go down to the beach along the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach on a June Saturday only to find out you had to pay $15 to walk on that particular patch of sand? Is that even legal?
Yes it is, according to the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. Events such as the Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival are permitted under certain guidelines. Here’s what Michele Walker, DCM public information officer, had to say:
“This type of event is allowed, so long as it is a temporary, town-sponsored event and they have the necessary CAMA (Coastal Area Management Authority) permit for the temporary structures used during the event.”
So don’t go thinking we’re turning all New Jersey just yet (they make you pay and wear a tag on your bathing suit to go on the beach). That admission fee will be gone tomorrow and besides, there’s plenty of free beach all around the blocked-off area.
Date posted: June 18, 2009
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