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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As Carolina Beach dives into election season, candidates are taking their campaigns to Facebook. As a result, the town’s pool plan is turning political.

“Even though it is a campaign Facebook page, we wanted the citizens of Carolina Beach to come in and be able to comment on our issues and opinions,” Town Council candidate Mike Worley said.

Worley posted on his Facebook page earlier this month that the town’s pool plans should be put to a special referendum. The town’s charter does not allow for that, so Worley is researching to change that.

“We can have some sort of referendum to allow the taxpayers to make a choice, and that’s what I would love to happen,” Worley said.

Incumbent Councilman Tom Bridges says even if a referendum was allowed, it would not work in this case.

“You really can’t just ask, ‘Hhey, do you want to build the pool?’ like its a survey,” Bridges said. “That’s not the purpose of a referendum. Referendums are extensive.”

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Shuttleworth said the town has given the voters a chance to have their voice heard through several meetings and a survey.

The plans to build a pool are still in the works.

“The main thing the town council has to come up with is can we afford at this time to build a pool?” Bridges said.

Residents we spoke with liked the idea of a public pool.

“It’d be a great idea to have a swimming pool here at Carolina Beach,” Erby Burton said. “That way if the kids didn’t want to go into the ocean, they could go into the public pool.”

The idea for a pool has been discussed for some time.

There’s still no word on an exact cost on the project.

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  • Guest 10101

    Erby Burton said. “That way if the kids didn’t want to go into the ocean, they could go into the public pool.”

    Gee Erby, if all you wanted was for your kids to go to the pool you could just live anywhere. No need to be living at a beach, or perhaps you could live in an HOA that already has a pool, or you could put a pool in your own backyard.

  • Hester

    Whomever can have a pool as there is a guarantee from town hall that NO tax dollars will ever be used to build or support it. I already have a pool I pay for. Why should I have to support a pool I’ll never use. Here goes CB Town Officials planning to spend money/my tax dollars on pools when sidewalks, water systems and roads are missing / falling apart. Congradulations to Dan Wilcox, Volunteers and property owners for their efforts on the CB Board Walk Revitlizaion Program. What an honor for the town to be national recognized as ” Top Boardwalks for Tourist”.

  • CB Girl

    I do not have children but believe a pool
    would be a great addition to our town. Water aerobics, rehabilitation, free swim and recreation. What’s not to love about that.

  • Elizabeth Smith

    How much will taxes go up? Will the cost, maintenance, and life guards pay for themselves by a charge to use the pool? More must be known. We are new permanent residents of CB , but have owned property here for 5 years. Don’t want to see taxes go up as they have at Wrightsville.


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