County officials meet with Buddhist monks

by Andrew Dunn, Brunswick Today, January 5, 2011

Bolivia, NC (USA) -- The news that the Wat Carolina Buddhist monastery in Bolivia would be hosting a conference of about 100 monks in June apparently raised a few eyebrows in the county government.

A group of officials, including a building inspector and fire marshal, and representatives of the environmental health, storm water and planning departments, visited leaders of the monastery on Tuesday to learn more about their plans and pass along what would be required of them, county zoning administrator Helen Bunch said.

“We came out with a better understanding,” she said, noting that the meeting went well.

She said that the monastery will have to put together a site plan of the permanent buildings and where the teepees are being built, as well as submit internal building layouts. Some permits might also be required.

Bunch said that the intent of the meeting was never to shut them down, but to find out how the county could help.