• Crystal Faircloth

Lake Campground Requests Granted

• Variance refused for Lakeshore lot

Campground owner Lynn Hinnant won permission Tuesday for the amendments he requested for improvements at Dupree Landing and the RV park.

The measures included rezoning the land tract to be classified as commercial marina campground use. The move brought Dupree Landing into compliance with the town where the previous owner failed to do so. Hinnant also requested the town’s rules be updated to allow newer park model RVs onto the property.

Hinnant has been working closely with the town of Lake Waccamaw and the Cape Fear Council of Governments for several months since purchasing the One Stop store property on Waccamaw Shores, the parcel across from the store, the Dupree boat storage contract, and the campground behind it.

Hinnant’s plan and a request by Christie Roeder to build on a vacant lot beside Dale’s Seafood sparked a campaign by some residents in the town calling for opposition to the projects. Signs proclaiming “Don’t make Lake Waccamaw like White Lake” popped up along Lakeshore and elsewhere in the days before the meeting.

Two public hearings were held in which shareholders from the sailing club and town residents were able to voice both their concerns and support for Hinnant’s endeavor.

Jimmy Pierce, a lifelong resident, offered his perspective at the meeting.

“Lynn’s not doing anything to hurt us,” began Pierce. “From everything the planning board has recommended, and from everything I have heard, Lynn’s trying to protect the Lake from what could be. Someone could come in and build a motel right now. How would we like that?”

Hinnant explained exactly what his plans were for the land parcels and addressed the criticism he had received from the public.

“One of the things that upset me the most was people saying, it’s all about the money,” he expressed. “I want y’all to know, I was offered over $800,000 more than what I paid for that campground. I was able to get the story about what they wanted to do, and I was able to block them by purchasing Dupree.”

Last month, the campground owner was granted a special use permit for boat storage located off the waterfront, and two of his residential properties were rezoned for commercial use.

Two contingencies were added to the permit including Lake Waccamaw’s existing law not allowing boat stacking when storing vessels. The other statement added limits the property to only one building for the retention of a lawn mower and landscaping equipment.

The property was zoned previously as residential, and though the area was used as a marina of sorts, town records show the owner before Hinnant never filed a commercial zoning request to be in ordinance with the town.

The purpose of the zoning change application approved Tuesday evening is to make the land consistent with both its traditional and present use.

Hinnant was also granted approval to allow newer park model RVs into the campground.

“If somebody buys a $75,000 RV as opposed to a $10,000 one, they are going to do everything they can to protect their investment,” said Hinnant. “These text amendments will make for a more uniform appearance to the RV park and better meet the needs of the RV park.”

Dorsey resignation accepted

After the regular meeting on Tuesday evening, the Board went into closed session. Upon their return, they came back into open session and voted to accept the Nov. 2 resignation of Commissioner Rosemary Dorsey.

During that time, they shared a sentiment of their own concerning her departure.

"We are saddened by the resignation of Commissioner Rosemary Dorsey. Her insight and love of the lake were an asset to the Board of Commissioners and the Town of Lake Waccamaw. We are grateful for the time she served and wish her the best."

Roeder and the Adjustment Board

Another resident met with the Adjustment Board on Monday, Nov. 7, for a public hearing about her property at Lake Waccamaw. Christie Cameron Roeder is the widow of the late Dallas Cameron and the heir to the wooded lot beside Dale’s Seafood on Lakeshore Drive.

She filed for an application of variance to build a 1,400 square foot home with a small fence or small marina on the property.

The original ordinance, adopted in 1935, restricts construction of a home, commercial building, or any other structure from Lakeshore Drive to the highwater mark of the Lake.

The variance with rejected due to flooding and safety concerns.

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