Carolina Beach to award boardwalk extension contract

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The Carolina Beach Boardwalk looking south from the Harper Avenue access. File photo by Hannah Leyva.
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk looking south from the Harper Avenue access. File photo by Hannah Leyva.

After a drawn-out process to get approval from the state, followed by a lack of proposals received during the initial bid period, the town of Carolina Beach finally will be awarding the contract to complete the northern boardwalk extension project.

The item is on the agenda for town council’s workshop meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. According to town manager Michael Cramer, the town received three bids for the project.

Town council was initially set to award the contract at their regular monthly meeting on Feb. 9, but that was taken off the agenda due to lack of bids. During the initial period for proposals, which lasted from Jan. 10 to Feb. 4, only one proposal had been submitted. The time was extended twice in one-week increments, with the last deadline ending Feb. 18.

In November, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission approved the town’s plans for the 875-foot addition that would extend north from the boardwalk’s current end at Harper Avenue to Pelican Lane. The project, which would double the size of the existing wooden walkway, caused controversy among some town residents. Many expressed concern about a public space being built in front of their beachfront properties. Town officials contended that the district is zoned for business, and the CRC approved the extension after hearing from public opinion on both sides.

The town received a minor permit from the Coastal Area Management Act, the state agency that manages construction and development near the water, on December 18.

The full agenda for Tuesday morning’s meeting, including the approved site plan, can be found here.

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