TDC looking for beach accesses -- maybe in your neighborhood?

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

Brenda Sarper has lived in Beachview Heights , south of 30A, for 22 years.

There are only about a couple of dozen houses in the small subdivision of mostly lots.

Tanglewood Street runs around its perimeter, and Sandstone is the subdivision's westernmost street, which borders Topsail Hill Preserve.

Sarper said she was very unhappy to find out by chance that her subdivision was being looked at as an access point for a public beach access for the county.

"This is an untouched end of the preserve and the access would be an unmanned, unmonitored access that anyone could use at any time of the day or night. It's unthinkable that the TDC would plan this without asking us. We all live quiet lives in here," said Sarper.

Sarper has an advocate in environmental activist Celeste Cobena, who says she has always been a defender of public lands here since 1992 and holds a master's degree in ecology.

Cobena said the culprit rests with the residents of the new gated community of Cypress Dunes, a neighboring community adjoining and located slightly west of Beachview Heights .

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