Carolina Beach Town Council Candidates Weigh In On Boardwalk Extension
This week, Carolina Beach re-submitted a proposal to extend the north end of the town’s boardwalk to Pelican Lane. At the most recent CoastLine Forum, the candidates for Carolina Beach Town Council weighed in on the proposal.
In order to move forward with the extension of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, the Coastal Resources Commission must first approve the proposal. The Town has submitted and withdrawn the proposal twice in response to concerns from the CRC. This week’s attempt will be their third shot at acceptance. Current councilmember Steve Shuttleworth, who is running for reelection, supports the extension:
Steve Shuttleworth: “We have come back this time with a different plan. Instead of 16 feet wide, it’s 10 feet wide from the Hampton Inn, behind the cabana, to Pelican Lane. This is public trust property. It is funded with grant dollars. Yes, I support it. No, we are not wasting time or money.”
Tom Bridges and Tammy Hanson also support the full extension, but other candidates have their doubts. Patrick Boykin, Tom Elicson, and Lonnie Lashley agree that the boardwalk should be extended to the new Hampton Inn, but no farther. Here’s Tom Elicson:
Tom Elicson: “It’s great for the residents, it’s great for the visitors. It’s great for the businesses in the central business district. It should not be extended into an area that is primarily residential. So for us to be going and hiring an out-of-town, high priced lawyer to fight the CRC and to fight our own residents, that is a waste of money. That needs to stop.”
The request is expected to be heard by the Coastal Resources Commission at their upcoming meeting in mid-November.