According to the Star News, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach Police officers sometimes have problems getting a signal on their portable radios. If an officer is in one of those "dark spots", like the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, he cannot radio for backup or use the "officer down" panic button. New Hanover's communication tower is in the northwest corner of the county and does not always reach the beach towns. A repeater has been installed on the Carolina Beach water tower, but officials say it is only a temporary fix. They say eventually a new tower would have to be built in the southern part of the county.