Increased law enforcement presence planned for July 4 at Masonboro Island

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Coastal Management are coordinating an increased law enforcement presence for this year’s Independence Day holiday at the Masonboro Island Reserve in Wilmington.


The decision to add law enforcement officers comes after concerns about numerous incidents during previous July 4 parties at Masonboro Island Reserve, which is part of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wilmington.


During the past several years, unofficial Fourth of July parties have left large piles of trash along at least a quarter-mile of the island, and have resulted in a growing number of arrests for underage drinking, fighting, boating violations, accidents and injuries.  The Sheriff’s Office will have on duty Deputies as well as contracted Deputies on the island and on the water.



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