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Kure Beach Closing on Oceanfront Park

By Megan V. Williams

Wilmington, NC – Kure Beach officials are about to ink the deal on land for a future ocean-front park.

The one-acre property, which once housed the Rolling Surf Motel, has a $3.6 million-dollar price tag, almost Kure Beach's entire annual budget.

Councilman Dean Lambeth says the town will close on the property tomorrow and hopes to demolish the old motel in the next six months.

"It's a one time, one shot opportunity. We've got to plan for the future, particularly for the younger people in Kure Beach and the general public."

New Hanover County Commissioners gave Kure Beach some help with its purchase yesterday, approving a half million dollars of Parks Bond money for the land.

County Council Chairman Bill Castor says the town originally asked for a million dollars, but the county decided to grant only half that. Castor says the future park will be an asset to Kure Beach.

"It's just a neat facility. It's in an area that I think will really enhance the whole downtown area for Kure Beach."

Kure Beach town council members have pledged to fund three-quarters of the park purchase with state and local grants. New Hanover County's grant is the first the town has secured.

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