ATLANTIC BEACH – Planning and City Council moved quickly on Monday to approve changes to the Tackle Box Tavern site plan.
The Atlantic Beach Planning Council convened for a special meeting on Monday in the Town Hall meeting room at 1010 West Fort Macon Road, just before the council’s regular business meeting. The Board of Directors unanimously recommended that the Board approve a site plan change that was considered a minor change.
Later that night, the council agreed, unanimously granting approval to change the proposed open deck over the tavern to an enclosed space.
Planning and Zoning Director Michelle Eitner said at the Planning Council meeting local developer Fred Bunn, who works on the property, requested the change because they were unaware that it was not was not already in place in the sitemap.
“Because it’s not about being a full amendment, we don’t have to go back to reviewing the proposals with a joint meeting,” Ms. Eitner said. “We are speeding it up a bit because it is currently under construction… we want this construction to keep moving forward because construction can resume. “
The Tackle Box Tavern project is redeveloping an existing business in The Circle, an area that includes the property directly south of the Fort Macon Road / Atlantic Beach Causeway intersection and surrounding neighborhoods. The tavern is located at 107 Atlantic Blvd.
Mayor Trace Cooper said all business development in The Circle is subject to a major sitemap.
“We want to make sure that development is going the right way, whether it’s in The Circle or elsewhere, it requires these plans,” he said. “This is a project that is underway and we are delighted to see it come to fruition. “
Other projects are underway in the neighborhood, including the redevelopment of the council promenade, which is currently in the planning phase. Mr Cooper said during council comments that starting Tuesday, city staff are accepting applications from engineers and design firms for the promenade redesign competition.
Mr Cooper said on Monday that officials have already expressed interest in participating in the redesign of the city-owned promenade, which officials say is in poor condition and in need of replacement or repair.
“I’m excited to see what we get out of it,” Cooper said.
The first round of submissions is scheduled for Saturday January 15.
In other news at the council meeting, City Councilor Danny Navey said residents had raised concerns with him over recent coyote sightings in town.
The The North Carolina Wildlife Commission issued an advisory in late October this active coyote season is underway as young coyotes leave their parents’ territory.
City Councilor Austin Waters agreed the sightings were widespread.
“It’s not just one end of town,” Mr. Waters said, “they’re everywhere.”
Mr Navey said he believes the city should be proactive in addressing residents’ concerns about coyotes. The mayor has asked city manager David Walker to seek contact with an animal trapping service.
It also happened during the meeting:
- The board received a report from the Director of Parks and Recreation, Morgan Gilbert, on activities at the Atlantic Beach Community Park during the summer. Ms Gilbert said the park’s mini-golf course had 14,935 paid golfers and 2,707 free golfers aged 6 and under. The mini-golf course remained open for a further month due to its success.
- The board unanimously recommended that the Carteret County Board of Commissioners appoint Mr. Waters to represent Atlantic Beach on the County Beach Commission.
- The board unanimously accepted an audit report for fiscal year 2020-2021 from the accounting firm Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co. of Wilmington.
- Council unanimously approved a sympathy resolution for the family of planning council member Norman Livengood. Mr. Livengood died on October 24.
- The board unanimously approved the meeting agenda, including the minutes of the regular meeting on October 25th.
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