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Carolina Beach Town Council approves permit for new hotel

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The Carolina Beach boardwalk is one step closer to getting an economic shot in the arm. Wednesday night, town council approved the conditional use permit for a new hotel. Although the project doesn't come without its critics, the vote at tonight's meeting proved the majority of town leaders are in favor of the hotel project. Town council and many residents say the project has potential to boost the beach's economy. "Hopefully tonight will be the night that we get our new hotel," Fred Grady a Carolina Beach resident said. Although residents won't get the new hotel for at least a year and a half, it's now one step closer to becoming a reality. Something residents say, will revitalize the boardwalk and stimulate economic growth at the beach. "I think it's critical for the central business district," Resident Michelle Connett said. Developer Russ Maynard says not only would it bring money to the beach, it would also help beautify it. Money generated by the room occupancy tax from a new 109 room hotel would go towards re-nourishing the beach and dredging the inlets. Something residents say is a plus for tourists and also for them. But some residents say the project isn't all positive.... "It'll be nothing but a cluster it will mess up the traffic patterns," Leroy Franks said." The developer plans on adding another lane to Canal Drive to make it three lanes and merging it into Carolina Beach Avenue North. Now the developer will have to get state permits. Once those are approved, it's an 18 month building project. They're hoping to break ground in early 2008.

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