CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – When it comes to potential expansion plans regarding the Carolina Beach boardwalk, officials say they're trying to make the beach easier to access for those with physical disabilities, while attracting more tourists and jobs.
Mayor Bob Lewis says the town already has more than $800,000 in state grants that will go towards replacing and widening deteriorating wood on the boardwalk, but they're asking New Hanover County commissioners for $500,000.
According to Lewis, no property taxes would be increased.
"It's really an economic development grant," he said. "The county would receive a return on investment on increased sales taxes, property taxes increase, occupancy tax if new properties like a new hotel is built down there. New restaurants or retail stores."
Besides providing better access to people with physical disabilities, Lewis says that the proposal would help attract a long-awaited oceanfront hotel.
Since amusement rides are on private property, Lewis says once that land is sold, there won't be any more rides. But the expansion proposal will bring in a long term solution, and Lewis says they would build a water park.
Carolina Beach town officials will hear the fate of the boardwalk expansion proposal at the county commissioners meeting Monday at 9 a.m.
Lewis says that without money from the county, the town will still make improvements to the boardwalk; they'll just have scale down their plans.
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