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Freeman Park Reopen to Vehicular Traffic

The Town of Carolina Beach reopened Freeman Park allowing vehicular traffic to resume today, Tuesday, February 20th, at 2:00 p.m. 

Posts and rope placed on the dry sand area by property owners are still in place, and drivers are urged to remain alert and use caution when driving around or in close proximity to any obstructions that may exist in the travel lanes. 

A Notice of Violation was sent to property owner representatives today directing them to remove the fence posts and rope.  CLICK HERE for details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town Manager’s office at (910) 458-2994.

Request for Proposals-Managed IT Services

IT Managed Service Companies with proven experience and
expertise in IT Managed Services for Municipal Governments are invited to submit fixed price (lump sum) and fixed monthly unit price proposals to provide professional services related to an IT Managed Service Project within the Town of Carolina Beach.

Please CLICK HERE for detailed information on the bid process.


The 2018 Town Identification Cards (TICs) are now available for property owners, agents, and permanent residents/business owners in Carolina Beach.  The purpose of these cards is to expedite re-entry to Carolina Beach once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted.  

Resident Property Owners:
  • If you are a resident property owner and have a Carolina Beach mailing address for your NHC property tax bill, your TIC has already been mailed. If you have not received your TIC, please contact Town Hall at (910) 458-2999 and we will be able to locate or replace your TIC(s).
  • Owners that list their property as a business or group ownership (ex: Etal, Trust, Heirs, Estate, etc.) will need to complete a TIC application and provide approriate ownership documentation to receive your TIC.
Out of Town Property Owners:
  • If your own property  and have your NHC property tax bill mailed to an address outside of Carolina Beach, please complete a TIC application and provide appropriate ownership documention to receive your TIC.
Property Managers/Agents-please complete and turn in:
Tenants/Business Owners/Docked Boats-Individuals, groups or corporations identified by the property owner may receive (2) two TICs.  Owners of boats docked at property within town limits may qualify.  The following is required:
    • completed TIC application, and
    • Valid State Issued ID, and 
    • a copy of a current lease for the property used as a residence, business or dock, or a copy of a current utility, cable or phone bill identifying the individual and the property, or valid Town Business Registration

TICs are issued annually and costs are as follows:

  • Free between January 2nd - February 15th
  • $5.00 after February 15th, $15.00 after March 15th
  • $5.00 first replacement, $10.00 second replacement
  • Non-transferable, nonrefundable, not prorated

New Golf Cart Regulations for 2018

Changes to the Town of Carolina Beach Golf Cart Regulations will take effect at the beginning of the New Year.  In September 2017, Council held a public hearing and approved revisions to golf cart rules. 

Key changes include requirements that all carts must be equipped with headlights, taillights, and turn signal lamps. In addition, seat belts are now required for every person seated on the golf cart, and must be worn by all passengers including children.

CLICK HERE for a detailed list of Carolina Beach golf cart rules.

Sales of 2018 golf cart permits begin January 2, 2018. You may purchase permits in person at Town Hall, or online at


Please contact Town Hall at (910) 458-2999 with any questions.

Sewer Repair on Otter Rd.-Week of January 22, 2018

Town crews will perform sewer repair work the week of January 22nd in areas between 404 Otter Rd - 500 Otter Rd. Digging will be done in this location to replace approximately 110 ft. of failing sewer pipe.  Please be cautious when driving in these areas the week of January 22nd.

Christmas Tree Collection-January 2018

The Town of Carolina Beach will provide free Christmas tree removal during the month of January 2018.   Collection  will  occur every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between January 3rd and January 31st.    During this time, staff will drive through Town removing trees, and there is no need to call in for a pick-up. Before placing your tree at the curb, please remove all decorations and lighting. 
The Town will work with the Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation again this year in a dune re-building program using  the  recycled  Christmas  trees.  The program will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at the Ocean Blvd. beach access in Carolina Beach. Volunteers are needed and welcome to join in this family friendly event to help protect our beaches.  Participants are asked to bring a shovel, tape measure, and scissors if possible.

AT&T to install Fiber Lines in Wilmington Beach Area

AT&T will begin a project this week that will install fiber lines in parts of Carolina Beach known as  the Wilmington Beach area.  Any residents in the affected area will have a door tag hung at their home with details about the project (see below); 

att fiber work November 2017

Please call the number on the door tag if you have any questions about the project.

Corps of Engineers to Begin Erosion Repairs at Snow's Cut

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District is urging the public to stay clear of construction along portions of Snow’s Cut for safety reasons as repairs for bank erosion begin the week of November 6, 2017.

"The portion of the Carolina Beach Recreational Trail from near the boat launch facility up to Bridge Barrier Road will be closed to the public until that portion of the project is completed,” said Wilmington District Navigation Program Project Manager Jim Medlock.  “We ask that the public stay away from the construction area so that we can repair the eroded Snow’s Cut banks safely and as quickly as possible.” 

Medlock anticipates that the contractor will likely close the recreational trail starting on or about December 1.  The Corps estimates that repairs will continue through spring of 2018. 

Lake Dredge Project-Updates from the Manager 10-30-2017

Town Manager Michael Cramer, along with Mayor Dan Wilcox and Councilman Gary Doetsch, met with MOTSU officials today, October 30th, to discuss concerns and possible solutions for moving forward with the Lake Dredge Project. A summary of that meeting was presented in a letter to Council and Carolina Beach Residents.

CLICK HERE to view letter from Town Manager

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Cramer. (910) 458-2994, or via email at

River Rd. Bridge Closure Scheduled Through May 2018

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 - MAY 11, 2018
Bridge Closure River Rd Over Lords Creek
(NH #19 on SR 1576)

The North Carolina DOT will close the bridge (NH #19) on SR 1576 (River Road) over Lords Creek, beginning Monday November 13, 2017 at 7:00am thru Friday May 11, 2018 at 5:00pm for a bridge replacement.

The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the roadway.  The bridge approaches will be reinforced to prevent washouts along with other maintenance issues.

The existing bridge was built in 1974 and considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.  That means while it is still safe, it was built to the standards of its day and needs to be replaced.  

Bridge over Lords Creek River Rd

Please use the following DETOUR routes during the closure:
  • Northbound: Take US 421 (Carolina Beach Rd) to SR 1187 (Sanders Rd) back to SR 1576 (River Rd)
  • Southbound: Take SR 1187 (Sanders Rd) to US 421 (Carolina Beach Rd) back to SR 1576 (River Rd)
To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Daniel Perry, NCDOT Bridge Programs at (252) 287-8043.

Lake Dredge Project-Update from Town Manager

A letter from the Town Manager to Carolina Beach Town Council and citizens was published today containing a summary of the Lake Dredging project suspension of work and related issues.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the letter.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Cramer, Town Manager, at (910) 458-2994, or by email at

Snows Cut Walking Trail to Temporarily Closed in November

Portions of the Carolina Beach Snows Cut recreational walking trail will be closed beginning sometime in November 2017.  At that time, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) anticipates that a construction contract would be underway in Snows Cut to mitigate bank erosion caused Hurricane Matthew last year.  Federal dollars have been appropriated for this project, and involves three areas of Snows Cut: two locations are on each side and east of the bridge, and one is near the NC Wildlife boat ramp.

The project is expected to last through the end of Spring 2018. Diagrams of the project areas can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.  

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Jim Medlock, Shallow Draft Navigation Program Project Manager, Wilmington District, US Army Corps of Engineers, at (910) 251-4836.

2107 Annual Waste Water Treatment System Report

The FY 2017 annual waste water treatment works/waste water collection system report for the Town of Carolina Beach will be available August 28, 2017. It may be viewed online by CLICKING HERE.Copies of the report will also be available by request by contacting Bill Raymond, WWT Superintendent, at (910) 465-1946.

New Yard Waste Pick-up Schedule Posted

With the start of the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Town of Carolina Beach has published an updated schedule for regularly scheduled yard waste pick-ups.  Due to required equipment maintenance, changes were made for the last week of August and the month of September.

CLICK HERE to view the updated schedule.


Following the discovery of GenX, the Town of Carolina Beach decided to test its water source as a precautionary measure. Two independent companies were used to test random water samples from wells used for the Carolina Beach’s water supply. The companies were able to test for amounts as small as 2 to 4 parts per trillion (ppt). Both companies found no detection of GenX in the water samples.

In an effort to help provide context for health risks associated with GenX, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has established a health goal of 140 ppt. This goal is not a distinction between safe and unsafe levels, but is a level of contamination below which no adverse health effects would be expected over a lifetime of exposure.

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Town Manager, Ed Parvin, (910) 458-2526.


Over the past couple of weeks, the New Hanover County community has heard a lot of talk about the presence of an unregulated compound called GenX in the surface water of the Cape Fear River Basin.  The study conducted by the NC State University professors and reported by The Star News are based on surface water and not ground water tests. GenX has not been found in groundwater. The Town of Carolina Beach receives all of its drinking water from the Pee Dee and Castle Hayne groundwater aquifers. 

In the past, the Town of Carolina Beach has been part of many EPA authorized monitoring studies over the years in an effort to help identify and detect regulated and unregulated compounds in the Town’s water supply.  In December 2014 and May 2015, the Town allowed our water to be tested by the EPA and Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc. for monitoring tests looking at 21 different types of chemicals, including those related to GenX.  Only 1 of the 21 compounds, Strontium, resulted in a detection level at or above the testing level.  Strontium is a naturally occurring element on the Periodic table and is present in most groundwater.  GenX compounds were not detected in the Pee Dee or Castle Hayne groundwater aquifers used by the Town of Carolina Beach.

The Town of Carolina Beach drinking water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards and is safe to drink.  For more information about the Town of Carolina Beach drinking water please review our Water Quality Report at

GenX Testing in Carolina Beach

Over the past month the New Hanover County community has heard a lot of talk about the presence of an unregulated compound called GenX in the surface water of the Cape Fear River Basin. The study conducted by the NC State University professors and reported by The Star News are based on surface water and not ground water tests. GenX has not been found in groundwater used by the Town of Carolina Beach. The Town of Carolina Beach receives all of its drinking water from the Pee Dee and Castle Hayne groundwater aquifers. Read More ›

2016 Water Quality Report Now Available

The 2016 Water Quality Report has been completed and is now available to view by CLICKING HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Operations at (910) 458-8291.


New Hanover County is encouraging residents to safely dispose of toxic materials with its new mobile collection unit, the HazWagon. Beginning next week, the HazWagon will be stationed at three different locations in New Hanover County to collect household hazardous waste and electronics free of charge. The first collection in Carolina Beach will occur on Friday, January 20th.
Residents can bring items to the following locations each week:
  • CAROLINA BEACH: Fridays at the Carolina Beach Mike Chappell Park (in the south side of the park across from the tennis courts), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (this is a temporary location and the final location in Carolina Beach is to be determined)
  • Mondays at the Ogden Park ball fields, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
In addition to the HazWagon, residents can bring household hazardous waste to the permanent facility located at 3002 US Highway 421 North, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon.
CLICK HERE to view detailed information about the program and a list of items that can be disposed of using the HazWagon.


NCDOT Releases Draft 10-Year Transportation Plan

The N.C. Department of Transportation today releasedthe state’s draft 2018-2027 transportation plan, known as the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The plan is the department’s funding and construction schedule for transportation projects over the next 10 years.

The document lists more than 1,400 projects across all transportation modes and in every county throughout the state. The plan includes 61 safety projects and 376 interstate maintenance and bridge projects that are prioritized based on data from technical experts. A breakdown of the projects in the draft plan, as well as changes from the previous STIP, are available at 

Financial Transparency in Carolina Beach

 The Town of Carolina Beach has partnered with ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform, to launch an infographic-based fiscal transparency center. The new easy-to-understand tool provides taxpayers an in-depth view into the finances of every department in the local government.  The site also provides visual insights into the town’s demographics and housing trends.

CLICK HERE for more information.

2016 Waste Water Report

The FY 2016 Annual Waste Water Treatment Works/Waste Water Collection system report for the Town of Carolina Beach will be available August 26, 2016.  It may be viewed online by CLICKING HERE. Copies of the report will also be available by request.  Please contact Bill Raymond, WWT Superintendent, at (910) 465-1946 to request a copy.

Check out the new Carolina Beach Videos!

Check out the latest videos with information on Carolina Beach attractions, wildlife, and beach safety.  CLICK HERE to view.

Side Loader Trash Collectors Now in Use

Waste Industries started using new Automated Side Loader (ASL) trucks in Carolina Beach a few weeks ago, and changes to the placement and position of your garbage and recycling containers are needed.  Please click the Read More link below for instructions and guidelines on container placement.

Waste Industries Side Loader Picture

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk Ranked #3 in America!

The votes are in! Carolina Beach Boardwalk was voted for and ranked #3 in USA Today's survey of the best boardwalks in America!

CLICK HERE for more details!

Carolina Beach Ranked #4 in the Top 12 Anchorages! has rated Carolina Beach 4th out of 12 locations for cruising anchorage.  Locations considered included areas up north in Massachusetts all the way down to Marsh Harbor in Great Abaco, Bahamas.

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Carolina Beach Awarded Pedestrian Planning Grant!

 A group of eight municipalities, including Carolina Beach, and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation.


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Carolina Beach Listed in Top 10 Smartest Cities in NC

Carolina Beach has been named as one of 10 Smartest Cities in North Carolina!  CLICK HERE for details.

Cape Fear Blvd. Project-Update

Several weeks ago Town Manager Michael Cramer and Operations Director Gil DuBois met with several citizens on Cape Fear Blvd to discuss the progress of the project and listen to citizen concerns.  

Please CLICK HERE to read details of issues discussed, and updates to the project, including solutions to some of the problems encountered.

EVP Volleyball Special Event

Carolina Beach was chosen to host one of  the East Coast EVP Volleyball Tournaments last month. CLICK HERE to check out the video showing clips of the professional volleyball contestants.

Is Your Address Correct?

New Hanover County and the Town of Carolina Beach require all property owners to conspicuously post their address number on any house or building.  In emergency situations, fire, police, and ambulance services can respond quicker when address numbers are correct and easily seen from the road.

CLICK HERE to view a database of Carolina Beach addresses. You can confirm that the number listed on your house is correct.


Public Notice and Notice of Availability for Snow's Cut

Public Notice for the Environmental Assessment of the land classification change of the Army Corp of Engineer's Property bordering Snow's Cut. Read More ›

Final Decision Made for Island Greenway Project

A decision has been made for the Island Greenway Project Plans! Read More ›

Carolina Beach Awarded Grant for Elevation of Residential Structures

This past November the Town of Carolina Beach was awarded a project sub-grant, through the Flood Mitigation Assistance program, by FEMA. Read More ›

Town of Carolina Beach Launches App!

There really is an App for everything-including Carolina Beach!
Carolina Beach App Flyer

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Update-Waters of the US Rules

The US House approved a bill to stop the Waters of the US Rule Expansion! Read More ›

Snows Cut/US Army Corps of Engineers Information Session

On Monday, September 29, 2014, the US Army Corps of Engineers held a public information session concerning the Snow’s Cut area. 

Representatives from the Corps were present to answer questions from the public and communicate details relating to current and future plans they have for Snow’s Cut.  Carolina Beach’s Mayor and Council Members were also be in attendance. 

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