Thursday, August 18, 2022

Carolina Beach will allow restaurants to use parking lot space for outdoor seating

SeaWitch Tiki Bar, Carolina Beach, 8:10 p.m. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)
SeaWitch Tiki Bar, Carolina Beach. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)

CAROLINA BEACH — The Town of Carolina Beach is taking action to help restaurants in the town expand their dining areas following Governor Cooper’s phase two for reopening the state.

While phase two allows restaurants to finally reopen, they are only allowed to operate at 50% capacity. That is why the Town of Carolina Beach is getting creative and helping restaurants provide enough seating for those wanting to go out for a bite to eat.

“To promote additional economic opportunities for restaurants in our community, Mayor LeAnn Pierce has amended the Carolina Beach State of Emergency Declaration giving special allowances for outdoor dining that will create additional seating areas for restaurant patrons. Proclamation 20-2226 temporarily eases current regulations and allows Carolina Beach restaurants the ability to use up to 25% of their parking area for outdoor customer dining,” according to a press release from the town.

There are a few requirements for outdoor dining in Carolina Beach and restaurants must follow the governor’s orders for distancing guidelines.

“Restaurants that wish to participate in this program should submit a proposed site plan of the additional seating area to the Town for review/approval. Any extra outside dining sections are subject to all safety measures and restrictions included in the Governor’s order,” according to the release.

“We hope this special allowance will help ramp up local business while carefully returning to normal. Please remember to follow safety guidelines and recommendations by the CDC when in public or while dining at one of Carolina Beach’s great restaurants,” the release concludes.

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