When sweet summertime rolls around, some beach-goers in Atlantic Beach will have a easy access to get their happy place. Thanks to a grant from the N.C Division of Coastal Management- the heavily used Public Beach Access, located just East of the Doubletree by Hilton. This is great news for owners of the Townhomes and Duplex Units at Seaside Villas, as the new community is located directly across the street.
The $47,852 from the Grant will be used to cover half of the cost of the project, while the remainder will be split between the Town of AB and the Doubletree to cover the additional costs. The bidding process will begin in February, with work beginning shortly thereafter. The project is estimated to see completion prior to the ‘Unofficial’ kickoff to summer- also known as Memorial Day Weekend, which is May 25-26.
The initial plans for the project are to make the walkway compliant with the American Disabilities Act. The materials used will be Trex Board, rather than traditional wood- which is less likely to splinter, requires less maintenance and lasts longer- ultimately reducing the long-term cost of upkeep.
A Soundside Access in the Western end of Carteret County is also going to benefit from the State’s Coastal Grant program. The Town of Cape Carteret will receive over $114,000 in Grant Funding in order to purchase a nearly 1.5 Acre piece of property that will ultimately provide access to the popular fishing spots of Pettiford Creek. Plans to provide a kayak launch and wildlife viewing area to the public are in the works for the same area- assuming that the Town Council is awarded another State Grant at the tune of over $67,000.