August 10, 2010
By Shannan Bowen
Plans for N.C. Aquarium Pier advance after Carolina Beach council vote
For now, the N.C. Aquarium Pier at Carolina Beach is merely a plan on paper and a debt noted in the budget of the town of Carolina Beach and a nonprofit set up to obtain property for the project.
But that plan is on its way to receiving a formal nod of approval from state agencies, as the Carolina Beach Town Council approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night outlining the steps the state's N.C. Aquariums division and the town will take to make the project a reality.
That reality, however, will depend on the aquarium's success in acquiring a grant from the state's Division of Coastal Management to purchase the parcel of land at 234 Carolina Beach Ave. N. to build a 1,000-foot-long concrete pier complete with a pier house, educational facilities and tanks to showcase marine life. The state would then purchase the adjacent lot at 236 Carolina Beach Ave. N. for pier parking and to provide public ocean access, according to the memorandum of agreement...
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