CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Get ready to see the Carolina Beach Boardwalk under construction.
The town council this week approved a contract for its Boardwalk Revitalization Project. They also hope to extend the Boardwalk north, but some folks are not happy about it.
Carolina Beach resident Mark Richard says he’s excited about the $1.6 million revitalization project, but that’s just the first half.
“To extend the boardwalk, it’s gonna interfere with the 76 people that live here full time,” Richard said of his condo complex along the boardwalk.
The second stage of the project has not been approved. It would include adding on to the boardwalk, Town Manager Michael Cramer says, eventually connecting the downtown business area to the marina.
“I think it’ll add a pedestrian flavor to the area that’s really been constrained up until now,” Cramer said.
Vacationer Al Wooldridge says an extension would be a great idea.
“I see commerce benefiting from it; probably would broaden the tax base for the city residents,” he said.
But he says because he’s a renter, it’s a different situation completely.
“My opinion doesn’t count as much as the local residents,” Woolridge said.
Residents like Richard, who’s not a fan of the extension.
“People could hop the boardwalk and have access to our condo unit,” Richard said.
Living on the first floor of the condo, Richard worries about safety and losing his view.
Project Manager Gary Haire says an extension would actually allow crews to rebuild dunes on the ocean side leaving it better than when they found it, but some visitors, like Debbie Little, are still skeptical. She said she would not stay there if the boardwalk was right in front.
The project should take around five months. Construction should start after Labor Day.