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Pleasure Island Peddler hopes to bring trolley tours to Carolina Beach

The trollies would be pedal-powered and motor assisted vehicles seating 14-16 passengers on a two-hour tour.

Requests have been made to bring the Pleasure Island Peddler to Carolina Beach (Port City Daily photo/SUBMITTED)
Requests have been made to bring the Pleasure Island Peddler to Carolina Beach (Port City Daily photo COURTESY PLEASURE ISLAND PEDDLER)

CAROLINA BEACH — Visitors to downtown Wilmington, on any given weekend when the weather is nice, are no strangers to seeing the popular Trolley Pub roll by, but could this  idea be heading across the bridge into Carolina Beach?

Business owners Matt Hamlet and Tina Bell hope so; they have submitted plans to the Town of Carolina Beach for the proposed Pleasure Island Peddler.

Town Council set a public hearing for Feb. 13.

According to business plans submitted to the town, “The novel business idea behind Pleasure Island Peddler is the idyllic compliment to Carolina Beach’s steady tourism and residential growth. The trolley bike tours offered by Pleasure Island Peddler would provide an innovative means for tourist and locals to explore and actively educate themselves about everything the island has to offer.”

The trollies would be pedal-powered and motor assisted vehicles that could seat 14-16 passengers. A trolley trip would take participants on a two-hour localized tour.

While drinking would be permitted on the tours, hard liquor would be prohibited on the trolley; only beer and wine would be allowed to be brought onto the vehicle.

The suggested tour route would travel all around Carolina Beach, from Carolina Beach State Park to the south side of Freeman Park all the way down Lake Park Boulevard.

At the most recent Town Council meeting, council voted to set a public hearing to discuss the possibility of allowing the business for Feb. 13.


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