CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Joe Coen calls the traffic situation on Pleasure Island a nightmare. The nightmare peaked during the July 4 holiday weekend. Coen owns Squigley’s Ice Cream Shop. He told WWAY that he’s never seen it this bad. He blames the congestion on Lake Park Blvd. being reduced from two lanes to one. Coen says he’s not alone. He says most of the business owners don’t like the new traffic pattern either, which includes the addition of bike lanes in both directions.
Nine-year-old Skylar Bass is fed up with the traffic. She’s not old enough to drive, but she’s old enough to know a traffic snarl when she sees it.
"I wrote a letter to the town of Carolina Beach," Bass said. "It said people are sitting in their cars a long time waiting to go the hotels. It's not the people who want to be here's fault. It’s the fault of the people who changed it."
Bass hasn’t received a response from the town yet, but the Island Gazette published her letter last week. Coen has a solution.
"They're saying it would cost a half million dollars to change it back," he said. "I would be willing to bet that if you get some gray paint that would work on asphalt and repaint over some of the yellow stripes, it would be solved with a lot less money than $500,000."