CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A project to extend the Carolina Beach Boardwalk northward has some homeowners upset. They say extending it will ruin the serenity of a home they've had in their family for more than 80 years.
Peace, quiet and privacy. All things the Averette family says they will lose if Carolina Beach extends the Boardwalk north just a few feet from the family's deck.
"We would have the public in our front yard all times of day and night," Susan Pierce said. "There would be noise. There would be a lot of lights. It would be trash everywhere."
Pierce and the rest of the Averette family have been vacationing at their beachfront home since their grandparents bought it back in the 1930s.
"It's just the joy of being able to get up in the mornings, sit on the deck, have your cup of coffee, look at the ocean," Pierce's sister Renee Lewis said. "That's going to be gone, because now we're going to have this road so to speak in front of our property."
Mark Richard owns an ocean front condo. He says the boardwalk extension would ruin his privacy, too.
"I am presently on the first floor of the Cabana, and people on the boardwalk could just look right into our unit and see what we're doing," Richard said.
Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer says the extension would allow for improved beach access and a one-mile walk or bike loop.
"You'll be able to walk from one end to the other," Cramer said. "Get from the harbor and the marina all the way down to the businesses downtown. So I really think it will add a pedestrian flavor to the area that's sort of been constrained up until now."
The project must be approved by the Ccoastal Resources Commission before any extension can be built. Developers expect construction to begin in September.