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Carolina Beach trying to change look of business district

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Carolina Beach wants to make its central business district more pedestrian friendly, but that means limiting the kind of businesses that can be there.

The idea of revitalizing the central business district is not a new one.

"About six years ago this came before a previous council as a concept of improving our downtown, because we desperately needed some improvements and to create a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly downtown," Town Councilman Dan Wilcox said.

One part of the plan is not to allow any more businesses in the CBD to have drive-thrus, including dry cleaners, banks and restaurants.

"If you want to create a more pedestrian and bike friendly setting, you don't want vehicles coming in and out of the right-of-ways where people are walking or riding their bikes," Wilcox said.

Wilcox says a beach town must have a certain atmosphere and feel to it, and this plan will make for an easy going lifestyle. Some bike riders think the idea is a good one that will make the streets safer for riders and walkers.

"I think it will make a huge difference for me, because living down here you generally like to ride your bike everywhere," cyclist Amber Mitchell said. "It's easier and it's better for the environment, and having things as they were made it kind of dangerous like riding in the bike lane where cars were pulling out, so I think it will be a lot better for us, because we will feel a little bit safer."

Any businesses already with drive-thru's would be allowed to stay right where they are. Plans to make Carolina Beach more pedestrian friendly include wider sidewalks and possibly more bike lanes.

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