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To the editor: This is in response to those who have had enough of the cabana issues. We suggest you don’t read the letters, because this debate is not going away even though “it is over.”
We were disappointed about the decision to ban cabanas. We have owned our home here for more than 12 years and though we used a cabana when our family and friends visited, we never left it on the beach overnight.
Yes, that was a problem, but rules and regulations could have avoided a total ban. How can it be more expensive to remove cabanas from the beach than umbrellas? Have you seen the number of broken and discarded umbrellas that have to be hauled off the beach?
The town heard input from permanent residents. We sent a letter to the commissioners last summer voicing our feelings, but a lot of homeowners we have talked with were not aware of the ban until this summer.
If we could vote on concrete canals, wouldn’t it have been the fair thing to send out letters for input on this important decision because it could also affect our pocketbooks?
This ban did not respect the rights of the majority. We pay taxes the same as permanent residents, but they spoke and the part-timers and vacationers had no voice because many didn’t know about the pending ban.
Vacationers can find beaches that allow cabanas and they will. There are several area beaches that allow them but with regulations about removal at night. Yes, Sunset Beach allows cabanas along with Holden Beach and Oak Island.
They would probably be happy to have the rental money.
If you want a beach without vacationers and their money, the inappropriate insults should help. To say tourist revenue is not needed for the economy is statement homeowners, restaurants, real estate, etc. should be concerned about and let it be known.