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Officials discuss predatory towing and plans to double Carolina Beach's boardwalk

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Carolina Beach leaders are moving forward with plans to curb predatory towing.

The move comes following a WECT special report on the practice, in which a person's car is towed without their consent.

Mayor Bob Lewis said the town council directed its planning director to draft a new ordinance to prevent predatory towing.

Lewis said the new law would mean tow truck companies could no longer haul your car away as a representative of a parking lot. Instead, towing would have to be complaint based.

Lewis also said they want to force wreckers to accept credit cards. Many tow companies only accept cash as payment.

Lewis wants the law to have teeth and said if tow truck companies don't abide by their rules, they will not be given a license to do business at the beach.

Town leaders will talk more about the proposed ordinance at its meeting in March.

Also at its meeting Tuesday night, council members voted to spend $2,500 to draw up plans that could double the size of the town's boardwalk.

Lewis said the current boardwalk is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.

Lewis said after plans are drawn up, the town can get private investors and state grant money to help pay for the project.

Council also approved spending $27,000 to help the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative (formerly known as the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover Group).

The money will go toward concerts and other summer events, as well as making improvements to the gazebo at the boardwalk.

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