January 19, 2009

Carolina Beach Gateway Beautification Project to be Completed by Summer 2009

The Town of Carolina Beach has recently awarded a $204,000 contract to Freeman Landscape Inc (they are the same company that did the wonderful landscaping at the Carolina Beach Elementary School) to go ahead with the much anticipated landscaped gateway into Carolina Beach. The project is being primarily funded by a NC Department of Transportation grant. It is anticipated that the project will be completed prior to the start of the 2009 tourist season.

I'm very pleased to see the use of native plants and quite a few live oak trees. The designer created a landscape plan that will provide color on a near year round basis.

Once completed, the landscaped entryway will clearly add another boost for Pleasure Island tourism and will positively impact not only Carolina Beach, but Kure Beach and Fort Fisher as well. And like the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. And with this in place, the first impression will be absolutely beautiful.

The following are the current landscape plans for the project. If you print them out, they are a little easier to review:

Click any of the snapshots for a closer view. To view as a PDF documents, you can view them in Google Docs: http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&attid=0.1&thid=11eeaba70d4dcafc&mt=application%2Fpdf

Below is a Google Earth image of the work area. The Google Earth image is somewhat dated so not all the current landmarks are in place but hopefully this will give you a general idea of the scope of work to be done.

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