Sunset Beach park work stopped

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

Work at Sunset Beach Town Park has been halted because of a compliance issue.

Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker alerted town council last week that work in the new park had been stopped until the issue is resolved.

A certified letter dated Aug. 8 to Parker from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources stated an inspection Aug. 6 determined a violation occurred because no erosion and sedimentation-control plan had been filed for work exceeding one acre at the park.

“A site inspection revealed land disturbance and stockpiled materials to be in excess of one acre without an approved sedimentation and erosion control plan,” reads the letter signed by Dan Sams, land quality supervisor in DENR’s Wilmington office.

Parker said town officials accompanied DENR officials during the inspection because there were concerns about work being done in the park.

“We were waiting for an inspection,” she said, adding work had already been slowed down for the past two weeks because of those concerns.

At issue is the scope of work exceeding one acre. For an area less than that, Withers & Ravenel, the engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the park, was not required to obtain a permit, Parker said.

Parker said town officials got involved after it became apparent that might not be the case.

“We had concerns; (DENR) had concerns,” she said. “We invited them down here.”

In early August, the town pointed out areas of concern to DENR’s inspector, including a 30-foot buffer, where things were being placed and how the park was designed, Parker said.

“We’re all working on this together,” she said.

Those concerns have shared with Withers & Ravenel, added Parker, who planned to meet again with representatives from the engineering firm Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Parker said she asked that work be stopped “until we can resolve this matter.”


Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.