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Doesn’t agree with park

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor:

(This is in answer to the myth the majority of the residents of Wildwood approve the park and the way it was done.)

In a community meeting one week prior to the last town meeting, nine residents of Wild Raven Street in Wildwood Village met to discuss the proposed park, location and our requirements.

To the best of my knowledge, only three people were at the first town meeting at 5 p.m. The town called those three a majority.

At the last town meeting on March 3, there were six people who spoke, not against the idea of a park, but rather the way it had been ramroded down our throats, and the untruth that the developer had donated the land, when in truth, the town gave him no choice; that we don’t believe the two people who head up the Shallotte soccer teams should be the ones to decide to build a soccer field in our back yards; that there must be an 8-foot fence surrounding the park and a locked gate from 9 p.m.-9 a.m.; that some sort of sound barrier be built between the park and our homes; and that there should be no entrance to the park within our community.

In this time of economic downturn, and since Shallotte has no parks department, who is going to pick up trash, cut grass, clean restrooms, lock and unlock gates and turn on and off night lights?

Why then if there is a 64-acre park in Shallotte and a 56-acre park being built near Ocean Isle Beach, do we need three parks within 5 miles of each other?

Larry E. McCray

Shallotte