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Paradise Lakes on the rocks

The proposed 325-lot subdivision and water-skiing community in east Lincoln county will be up for another public hearing at Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, making it the third one this year.
The previous year there were two public hearings held.
The Paradise Lakes project has been tabled for various reasons, with the most recent one being concerns about the construction of the dams to create two ski lakes.
The safety of the dams is in question by many residents and is classified as “high hazard” according to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The high hazard classification means if the dam would fail, it would result in the loss of one or more human lives and economic damage in excess of $200,000.
Questions have also been brought up concerning where the water would go should one of the dams be breached.
Developer Bob MacLeod was asked to come back with more information which he will present at Monday’s meeting.
Randy Hawkins, zoning administrator for Lincoln County, said he is not surprised at how quickly MacLeod has come back with the information.
“He has put a lot of time and effort into this,” Hawkins said. “He wants to see it through to the conclusion.”
The project was first presented in February of 2003.
Some of the other concerns by residents include the traffic on Blades Trail.
Hawkins said this project has got plenty of attention because of the many questions that have arose since it was first presented.
“It is partly due to the size, the two lakes and the traffic on Blades Trail,” Hawkins said.
The lakes can only be used by homeowners who purchase the lakefront lots. Roughly 15 to 20 lots will surround each lake. The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizen Center. by Amy Wadsworth

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