Carolina Beach leaders to consider handicap park

Published: Aug. 26, 2015 at 3:33 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2015 at 3:43 AM EDT
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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Town leaders in one beach town are looking into ways to make the beach more accessible for handicapped people.

Carolina Beach leaders are considering adding a mini-park and access point for those who use a wheelchair to get around.

They had a meeting Tuesday night to talk about the park. More than five years ago, the town bought the land on Carolina Beach Avenue North.

The deal sparked an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. Someone sent an anonymous letter to the SBI claiming some town council members were rewarded financially for voting in favor of it.

The members were later cleared, and the council is still interested in the project.

Town Manager Michael Cramer said it is time for the park to move forward.

"There needs to be someone there to champion the activity and make sure that it keeps going on. The fact that we come back tonight and council is still interested in the project is a good omen," Cramer said. "It's something that the community still wants so we should be able to bring that forward and implement it now that we have gotten through all of the planning stages."

The town also has moved to make their beach more accessible to those with special needs.

"We are one of the premiere destinations for handicapped individuals, we have our boardwalk that has three to five access points for handicapped individuals. We have beach wheelchairs we have a lot of programs geared towards those types of individuals who have difficulty getting out to the beach. This would be another way to do that," Cramer explained.

According to Cramer, the town will look for other ways to fund the project, for example, donations, if the council approves the permit.

If approved, construction for the park would begin next spring.

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