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Laura Lewis
The gated Palm Cove development at the east end of the Sunset Beach island was one of three town parcels proposed for de-annexation, but at the request of lot owners state Rep. Frank Iler asked it be removed from Senate Bill 875 after Sunset Beach Town Council last week agreed to allow swimming pools there. The other two parcels in the bill were Sammy Varnam's undeveloped Sunset Beach West site on the west end of the island and Sunset Creek Commons senior apartments on the mainland.
House finance committee defeats Senate Bill 875 to de-annex Sunset Beach parcels

Seven weeks after Senate Bill 875 was filed in Raleigh, a majority of the North Carolina House Finance Committee has voted against the controversial measure to de-annex three parcels in Sunset Beach.

The 22-8 vote came Wednesday afternoon, June 29, in Raleigh, according to information posted on Facebook by Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts.

Watts stated the bill could still come up in the General Assembly’s next session that launches next January, “so council will need to continue to speak with the parties involved over the coming months.”

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