February 19, 2008

Boardwalk Update:

Carolina Beach Makes Over its Boardwalk
Megan V. Williams

WILMINGTON, NC (2008-02-19)
Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and picked up paintbrushes this past weekend for the first in a series of workdays aimed at beautifying Carolina Beach's boardwalk.

Brightly painted new planters, all-weather Adirondack chairs, and seaside landscaping are just some of the things a group of business owners, residents, and public officials, has planned for its boardwalk makeover.

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce head Duke Hagestrom is a part of that effort. He says the idea is to get visitors to give the boardwalk another chance.

"Come re-visit us. If you've been down here before and you were disappointed in the past, try us again. Come on out, see what we're all about, see all these fabulous changes that are taking place."

Hagestrom says the group plans to roll out the boardwalk's new look in time for this summer's tourism season.

"The boardwalk area is the living room of our community, and we want to make sure everybody realizes they're invited."

The Boardwalk makeover committee has already raised more than forty thousand dollars from the town, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, businesses, and private donations.

Carolina Beach will unveil its remodeled boardwalk with an opening ceremony in early May.

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