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Sunset Beach should take Twin Lakes gift

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To the editor:

Anyone who has taken the short drive from Lakeshore Drive’s west to east end along N.C. 179 should be pleased with the beauty of Twin Lakes and the marsh bordering the Intracoastal Waterway.

It is an asset to Sunset Beach and a draw for residents and tourists alike. The cleanliness of the lakes, especially East Lake, is outstanding. For 25 years, residents attempted to control the weed and algae growth and came close; under town management, it was controlled in one year.

The town has an opportunity to own them and make them a public recreation area, simply through possession and a pittance cost based on town estimates and available grants. Ownership by the town protects this treasure of open space.

Additionally, a bird and wildlife sanctuary is preserved. Access is assured for photographers and boating, and fishing can be enjoyed. The visual pleasure for all remains undisturbed.

Are we not extremely shortsighted to reject the free transfer of ownership and risk the deterioration of the Twin Lakes back to a marshy, mosquito-infested swamp? Do we remember 1988 when East Lake was deemed the worst small lake in North Carolina?  The costly viewing platform erected by the town will be of little use if visitors are beset by mosquitoes while looking out over a weedy swamp. When this happens, the recovery of the lakes will be even more costly. I believe it is penny-wise and pound-foolish to turn down this generous gift and abandon the maintenance on these lakes.

 

Alan Paynter

Sunset Beach