A push by Carolina Beach to increase the maximum height limit for hotels in its central business district by 10 feet has been rejected by the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission.
But the decision wasn’t based on any disagreement with the town’s desire to boost a hotel’s height beyond 115 feet to allow “appurtenances,” such as roof-mounted air-conditioning units. It was rejected on a technicality.
State regulators said Carolina Beach hadn’t properly advertised the proposed change, which the town council passed Aug. 22. Specifically, Carolina Beach’s initial advertisement of the land-use change didn’t include language stating that written comments could be submitted to coastal regulators even if the amendment was adopted by the town...