Carolina Beach is Growing Up

JUNE 17, 2005 -- A decision has been made on an issue that will potentially change the face of Carolina Beach. The State Coastal Resources Commission is giving town officials what they want. The commission is granting permission for construction of high rise developments in the downtown and boardwalk area.

As a result of this decision, projects such as the proposed Park Place Development will begin construction very soon.

The decision allows buildings to reach 50 feet tall in residential areas. There will not be a height limit in the central business district.

Some plans in the works could bring buildings to the area more than 100 feet high. Supporters say those buildings will bring new vitality to a sagging area. Opponents of the decision say the projects will crush the small town feel at Carolina Beach.

Reported by Samuel King