KURE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - Neighbors in Kure Beach have reached out to leaders asking to extend the Island Greenway in Carolina Beach into their town.
Town leaders are not against the project, however, they say they just can’t afford it right now.
“It came up during our election on the form for our election," said Kure Beach commissioner Joseph Whitley. "Of course there was a lot of discussion of it on Facebook, citizens ask us, email us, some of the rental companies have asked for it, but it’s the same answer, we’re pretty unified with this across the board. It would be great to have, but we just don’t have the money for it.”
Whitley released a letter to the town explaining some of the reasons why the extension isn’t a priority at the moment — they would rather continue work on projects that help improve storm water drainage.
“We learned a lot of lessons during Florence with flooding, and we need to take more proactive action on that,” Whitley said. “We’ve been working on that for years, but it showed us that there are areas that need vast improvement.”
Whitley says it would cost the town millions of dollars out of pocket to build on the three mile stretch.
“I would consider it a want and not necessarily a need at this point,” Whitley said."No one is opposed to it, but we just have to prioritize. We’re a small town, it’s money, we have to prioritize money.”