CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in New Hanover County voted unanimously to award Carolina Beach a $500,000 grant to help with the town's boardwalk expansion project.
Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis expects the project, which includes replacing and widening wood on the boardwalk, to break ground as early as September.
According to officials, the goal of the project is to make the beach easier to access for those with physical disabilities, while attracting more tourists and jobs.
Lewis said the amusement rides will be taken away once the land is sold since they sit on private property, but the expansion project will bring in a long term solution. According to Lewis, there are plans to potentially build a water park instead.
The expansion project is expected to cost an estimated $1.55 million. Lewis said the town already has more than $800,000 in state grants, in addition to the grant from the county.