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Holden Beach Causeway beautification survey results

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

About twice as many people came to the September meeting about a possible Holden Beach Causeway beautification project.

Forty-one property owners and patrons came in September, while 23 came in November, said Kirstie Dixon, a planner with the Brunswick County Planning Department.

Planners came back in November with results of a survey filled out by audience members in September.

Highlights of those results announced Thursday night were:

• 81 percent agreed with the planning department’s time frame and priorities.

• 80 percent wanted to use native plants (such as palm trees and crape myrtles) for landscaping improvements on the causeway.

• 78 percent had interest in corridor improvements.

• 77 percent approved of regulations requiring improved landscaping for property owners along the road.

• 76 percent wanted improved landscaping in the public right-of-way.

• 74 percent said a better-looking road corridor would make them shop more.

• 74 percent said they would like to see sidewalks installed.

• 73 percent said they had interest in shared parking.

• 73 percent desired access management and landscaping on the causeway.

• 58 percent had interest in forming a citizens’ advocacy group for the corridor.

• 58 percent wanted to remove uncontrolled parking and improve parking, while 23 percent disagreed and 19 percent were neutral.

• 54 percent wanted property owners to remove billboards, while 31 percent disagreed.

• 50 percent wanted property owners to remove pole signs and replace them with smaller monument signs (like many banks use), while 31 percent disagreed.

• 50 percent wanted property owners to remove large signs and replace them with smaller monument signs, while 42 percent disagreed.

• 48 percent wanted a slower traffic speed on the causeway, while 30 percent disagreed.

• 40 percent said they had interest in property owners having a landscaping maintenance group, while 36 percent disagreed.

• 37 percent said they feel comfortable making turns from the middle lane, while 41 percent disagreed.

• 37 percent said they feel safe driving on the road, while 52 percent disagreed.

• 30 percent wanted a roundabout (traffic circle) instead of a stoplight at the Sabbath Home Road/N.C. 130 intersection at the beginning of the causeway.

• 30 percent wanted property owners to share in the cost to remove parking in the right-of-way and to create shared parking, while 60 percent disagreed.

• 24 percent wanted a narrow access road built parallel to the main road, while 65 percent disagreed.

• 12 percent wanted a raised island median in the road, while 73 percent disagreed.