Sunday, August 7, 2022

Four Cape Fear-area towns awarded public water access grants

Four communities in the Cape Fear region were awarded state grants to improve public access to waterways. (Note: Wrightsville Beach, pictured, was not among the grant recipients) (Port City Daily/File photo)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — The Division of Coastal Management has announced its annual grant recipients for eligible public water access projects, with half going to municipalities located in the Cape Fear region.

Carolina Beah, Kure Beach, Oak Island, and Varnamtown will receive a combined $540,486 in state funds through the grant.

With $1,036,778 awarded to eight projects, the state’s Public Access Grant program is designed to help municipalities improve or construct low-cost facilities to enhance public access to waterways.

Local governments will match the state’s award to fund the projects in fiscal year 2019-2020. Division of Coastal Management announced its grant award recipients on New Year’s Eve.

See a list of projects awarded below, according to a Division of Coastal Management press release:

  • Carolina Beach received $195,500 for the acquisition of a .14-acre lot for public beach access parking.
  • Kure Beach received $100,866 to replace the existing beach access 1004.5 crossover that has stairs with an 8-foot wide, ADA compliant flat ramp and add solar lighting.           
  • Oak Island received $148,500 for the renovation and expansion of the only beach bathhouse facility with ADA access and parking at Middleton Park.        
  • Varnamtown received $95,620 for acquisition of a .10 acre piece of land adjacent to an existing public ramp.  

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