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SUNSET BEACH — Busy-ness is a good thing, unless it’s too much busy-ness.
That’s a conclusion local business owner Ronnie Holden is starting to reach about the boat ramp in Sunset Beach.
Holden recently complained to state wildlife officials Erik Christofferson and Tom Covington about traffic overflow issues at the boat ramp, which is located where the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge used to be.
In an email sent to Christofferson and Covington on June 17, Holden complained about trailers parking in the parking lot of his businesses. Holden and his wife, Clarice, own the adjacent Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant and property where their Island Breeze shop and other shops are located.
Holden said one option Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey suggested is erecting no parking signs that would then be enforced by the police department.
“I really do not want to do this but I have no choice,” Holden wrote.
On the previous Saturday, Holden said, they could not use the Island Breeze lot because trucks and trailers were blocking it.
“Same as with the old bridge lot,” Holden wrote. “Please consider a method for letting boaters know not to launch if (the wildlife boat ramp) lot is full.”
Once boaters start receiving tickets, they will most likely be contacting the Wildlife Resources Commission, Holden said.
Holden also asked the wildlife officials to consider having an area for boats just pulled from the water to park and empty bilges.
“They all stop in front of (the) restaurant and pull the drain plugs releasing dirty water,” Holden wrote.
Holden said this has been going on since the ramp opened.
“They also block people who are parked in the public spots,” he said.
“Sorry to complain all the time, but I’m now thinking this was not a good location for a boat ramp,” Holden wrote. “It’s just not big enough.”
When plans were announced for the ramp, Holden said, he naturally assumed that land under the new bridge would be used for trailer parking.
At last week’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, however, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said that would not be the case and that a fence has to remain under the new bridge. But the town can erect a more decorative fence, if town officials wish and are willing to foot the cost.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com.