Ramsey Creek Beach sees record crowd

July fourth saw the largest crow yet at the newly opened Ramsey Creek Beach at Lake Norman. But while beachgoers like it, neighbors are not enjoying the crowds at all. 

The beach holds 500 people and some did not get in because it was too crowded. 

"Nothing sucks worse than driving 30 minutes and being turned away," one beachgoer said. 

There have been a lot of complaints with the beach, orange cones and no parking signs are all around because people living in the area said the crowds have been so large parking has spread to their property outside the park. 

"The walk-in traffic, I will give them credit, they have improved that," one homeowner said. 

Lee Fleming lives in the area. He said police are now keeping people out of his yard, but he stil said the beach needs to go. 

"It was a bad decision, it was a terrible decision to put it here," Fleming said. 

Fleming is one of hundreds petitioning to shut Ramsey Creek Beach down. They said the $500,000 beach will cost nearly another $500,000 in police overtime to regulate traffic and parking, as well as additional buses that are being used to bring people. 

"This is money not being spent wisely and it's going right in the mud hole," he said. 

CATS Buses are picking people up a few miles away from Ramsey Creek Beach every weekend. If people choose to ride to the beach on one of the buses they get in for free on the bus and at the beach. 

Hundreds were using the bus option on Monday. 

"It was cramped. A lot of people tried to come because there wasn't a lot of parking space."

But for beachgoers it's an excellent way to cut down on traffic and let as many people as possible soak up the fun sun. 

"It didn't cost us any money to get in here so that was nice."

There was certainly a lot of traffic coming in and out of the beach. And it depends on who you're speaking with to understand if that's for the best. 

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