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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The military is telling Carolina Beach to clean up. The town leases a piece of property on Dow Road from Sunny Point, where a water treatment plant is located.
Since the 1970s, town council members in Carolina Beach have leased the property from Sunny Point officials, but according to documents, if they don't make changes, their lease could be terminated.
According to a lease compliance inspection report, auction items, old tires, and a FEMA trailer were some of the things beings being stored.
But storing such items is what has led officials with the military to send council members letters and emails stating they must clean up the property.
"It's important for us, because there's no other area in town we own that we can really store this stuff," said Bob Lewis, Carolina Beach council member. "It would require us to go out and find facilities in order to store this equipment."
The land serves as a buffer zone for the military ocean terminal at Sunny Point, which is across the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County.
"I think we're all aware of homeland security and the issues there," said Lewis. "That's part of it. You'll see patrols up and down the buffer property."
Lewis says that the lease originally just allowed the town to put a water treatment plant near the river, but says that over the years, previous leaders at Sunny Point began letting the town store other items there.
According to Lewis, within the last year, there's been a change of leadership at Sunny Point, and they want town officials to abide by the lease.
"We've been cleaning it up over the last number of months," he said. "Our operations area has been cleaning stuff and taking things out. But at the same time, we'd like to go back and talk with them and see what type of agreement we can come up with."
Councilmember Lewis says that they plan to meet with officials at Sunny Point in the future to discuss the lease.
Carolina Beach town officials say that since receiving letters about the property, they've made improvements or have a plan of action for more than 30 issues Sunny Point officials have had with the way the property was being operated.
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