Southern Shores event houses

Southern Shores town council declined to limit large events in houses such as this one under construction. 

SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C.

The town council voted against a change in the code that would have limited events such as weddings and reunions in beach houses.

The proposed amendment would have capped special gatherings of more than 25 people to no more than three a year per house.

Realtors and contractors opposed the change, calling it the "party ban." It would harm Outer Banks businesses such as caterers and florists, they said. Three of five council members including the mayor agreed in a vote held Tuesday.

"We felt like it was over regulating," said Mayor Tom Bennett. "We didn’t need it."

The town already has ordinances that govern noise and excessive parking on the street, he said.

Some town commissioners and the property owners' association proposed the change in response to two 12-bedroom houses under construction that could be used for large events.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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