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Freeman Park Open 24/7-camping allowed

Town officials have re-opened Freeman Park 24/7 and overnight camping is allowed.

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 910-458-2999.

Water Advisory Lifted for New Hanover County Beaches

State officials announced Saturday, September 29th, that bacteria levels at ocean swimming sites in New Hanover County meet state and Environmental Protection Agency standards for swimming and other contact with the water. 

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Recreational Water Quality Program tested most of the established swimming sites along the ocean in New Hanover County and found that the bacteria levels meet the standards.  

CLICK HERE for more information about the N. C. Recreation Water Quality program.  

Questions regarding sampling and advisories should be directed to Erin Bryan-Millush at (252) 808-8153 or erin.bryan-millush@ncdenr.gov

RECOVERY RESOURCE CENTER OPENS FRIDAY-NEW HANOVER COUNTY

Community Recovery Resource Center

New Hanover County will open a Community Recovery Resource Center on Friday, September 28 at Independence Mall to assist residents of New Hanover County and surrounding areas as they recover from Hurricane Florence.


The Community Recovery Resource Center will house federal, state, and local agencies that are providing relief services including:

  • Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Department of Social Services will be administering disaster food stamps at this location for New Hanover County residents beginning Friday. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed), and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat). More details are available here.
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA representatives will be on site to help area residents apply for FEMA assistance, check a FEMA application status, apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and more. Details about FEMA’s Disaster Recover Center can be found here. Services begin Friday; open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Sat), and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun).
  • Supply Distribution Center: The Salvation Army, in coordination with New Hanover County, will be distributing supplies to residents, including clean-up kits, food boxes, and infant items. Based on need, the public can come to the resource center to receive vouchers before picking up supplies from the distribution center beginning Friday. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice.
  • Multi-Agency Resources: Multiple non-profit and community organizations will be set up in the resource center beginning on Friday, to offer help, resources, and assistance to residents in the Cape Fear region. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice.

In addition, on Friday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the NC Department of Insurance will host an Insurance Camp where residents can get information, file claims, and ask questions of insurance carriers. Numerous insurance companies as well as the Department of Insurance will be on hand to assist.

To access the Community Recovery Resource Center, the public should enter the Independence Mall parking lot from Independence Boulevard and follow directional signage to the entrance between Ruby Tuesday’s and the former Sears store. This outside entrance will be marked with signage, and is to the left of the main mall entrance. Independence Mall is also located on Wave Transit’s fixed bus routes.

Information about the Community Recovery Resource Center is available at EmergencyNHC.com.

INSURANCE ASSISTANCE CAMP-FRIDAY, 9/28

The NC Department of Insurance has announced that it will be hosting an Insurance Camp where citizens of New Hanover County can come to get information, file claims, and ask questions of insurance carriers in the wake of Hurricane Florence. 

The Camp will be located at the Independence Mall at the vacant Sears parking Lot, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, on Friday, September 28 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Numerous insurance companies as well as the NC Department of Insurance will be on hand to assist. 

If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Kelly, Regional Director, N.C. Department of Insurance, 919-219-2998 or marcia.kelly@ncdoi.gov.

STORM DEBRIS PICKUP BEGINS MONDAY, 9/24

Storm debris removal will being Monday, September 24, 2018.  A  Town contractor start on Alabama Avenue and work north.  Hours of debris removal will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  

Please place all debris at the side of the road in separate piles as follows:

  • Vegetative Debris – Limbs and downed trees cut up to manageable lengths.
  • Household and Construction Debris – water or wind damaged mattresses, furniture, boards, sheet rock, shingles, plywood, carpeting, etc.
  • White Goods – Damaged Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, appliances etc.
If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 910-458-2999.

CURFEW SUSPENDED FOR CAROLINA BEACH

The curfew that has been in effect for Carolina Beach has now been suspended. 

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 910-458-2999.

TOWN COUNCIL MEETING-9/25/18 6:30PM

The Carolina Beach Town Council will be holding their rescheduled regular meeting on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30pm. We hope to see everyone there!

If you cannot attend please be sure to follow along with our live video feed 
https://carolinabeach.civicweb.net/document/9317?splitscreen=true&media=true

7 PUBLIC BEACH ACCESS LOCATIONS CLOSED FOR REPAIR

Planning department staff have inspected every Carolina Beach public beach access to assess damages caused by Hurricane Florence.  Seven (7) accesses have been determined unstable or destroyed, and will be closed for public use until repairs are completed.  A list of closed beach access locations is listed below: 

  1. Sea Oats
  2. Sand Fiddler
  3. Sand Dollar
  4. Seahorse
  5. Sandpiper
  6. South Carolina
  7. Alabama 

Five (5) beach access sites will require maintenance and/or sand reinforcement, and remain open at this time. Please exercise caution when using the following public beach access locations: 

  1. Scotch Bonnet
  2. Oyster Shell
  3. Boardwalk Beach Access Points
  4. Ocean
  5. Texas 

All other public beach crossovers were minimally impacted from the storm. However, there are several sand�€‘style access points that may have steep drop-offs due to erosion (escarpment). Please exercise caution when using these sites.  

Please note that it is unlawful for any person to traverse or travel upon any frontal sand dune at any location other than a designated walkway or pathway.  Beachgoers should not walk or climb on any portion of the dunes to gain access to the beach. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 910-458-2978.

 

PERMITS REQUIRED FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE REPAIR WORK

The Town resumed normal business operations on September 20, 2018.  Listed below is information related to permit activity requirements:
 
  • Any emergency building repair permits issued by the Town related to Hurricane Florence will be issued at no cost for those repairs through November 30, 2018.
  • Normal renovations, additions, or new construction that are not associated with storm damages will be charged their normal building permit fees.  
  • Building permits are required for all work subject to NCGS160A-417. 
  • New Hanover County will have a satellite office at Town Hall to issue storm related plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., until October 5, 2018. 
  • Construction/repairs may take place during the following hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through October 28, 2018 (construction work is normally prohibited on Sundays, but will be allowed through October 28, 2018).

 

 

If you have any questions related to permit requirements, please contact the Planning department at (910) 458-2999.

BOIL WATER NOTICE RESCINDED

BOIL WATER NOTICE RESCINDED FOR THE AREA:
Town of Carolina Beach        

The Town of Carolina Beach has rescinded the September 15, 2018 boil water advisory issued to its customers for the above area:

Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected recently from this water system show no coliform bacteria present.  The system has resumed normal operations.  

This advisory is hereby rescinded the 17th day of September, 2018
By: The Public Utilities Department of Carolina Beach
(910) 458-8291

 

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Continued Flooding Expected-Floodprone Areas

Pictured below is a map of the flood prone areas related to Hurricane Florence stormwater, tidal flooding, and constant rain.  The Town is publishing this information for any residents or property owners that may be considering re-entering the island once the bridge is re-opened today at noon. While much of the island is accessible, some areas are still flooded or will flood when more rain comes and high tides peak. Town crews are placing barricades at flooded streets and citizens are advised to avoid standing water flooded roadways.
Florence_Re-Entry showing possible flodding areas from Gigi

17-18 Annual Wastewater Treatment/Wastewater Collection Report

The 2017-2018 Annual Wastewater Treatment Works/Wastewater Collection System report is now available - CLICK HERE to view the full report.  If you have questions, please contact Bill Raymond, Wastewater Treatment Superintendent, (910) 458-2976, or bill.raymond@carolinabeach.org.

Smart Parking in Carolina Beach!

parkmobile billboard3The Town of Carolina Beach is partnering with SP Plus Corporation, a leading national provider of parking, ground transportation, and related services, and ParkMobile to provide visitors a more convenient way to pay for parking using their mobile devices and the ParkMobile App.

To use ParkMobile, customers can register for free through the app for iPhone, Android or online at Parkmobile.IO. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device.  The ParkMobile app lets users remotely view and update/add time for their parking spot.

“As part of SP+'s continued commitment to working with the Town of Carolina Beach and ParkMobile, we are excited to provide a customer-centric, on-street payment app solution for stakeholders, visitors and residents,” commented Robert Kamper, Vice President of Municipal Services at SP+.

The ParkMobile App is now ready to use in Carolina Beach and will make paid parking easier for everyone!  CLICK HERE or visit the Town’s website to learn more.

Parkmobile, LLC is a leading provider of parking solutions in North America, helping millions of people easily find and pay for parking on their mobile device. Other North Carolina cities using the app are Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, and Raleigh.  For more information, visit Parkmobile.IO or @Parkmobile on Twitter. You may also contact Jeff Perkins, CMO of ParkMobile at jeff.perkins@parkmobile.io.

If you have any questions about using the ParkMobile App, please contact SP+ at (910) 458-4614.

AT&T Installing Fiber Lines in and around Carolina Sands

To provide fiber to existing residential customers, AT&T  is currently working to install 11,677 feet of fiber cable along with 4,289 feet of conduit on the following streets:

  • Augusta Ave.
  • Sixth St.
  • Carolina Sands Dr.
  • Sea Ridge Dr.
  • Coast Walk Ln.
  • Riptide Ln.
  • Tidewater Ln.
  • White Caps Ln.
  • Oceanward Ln.
  • Parts of Lake Park Blvd. S


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f you have any questions or need more information, please contact James Batson with AT&T at (910) 341-1621 or | James.Batson@att.com.

"Sea Lice" Information

Annually, around this time of year as water temperatures begin to warm up, thimble jellyfish begin to spawn and we see an increase in what is known as “sea lice” in local beach waters. Sea lice are tiny marine life larvae that can sting and cause a red, itchy rash.  While some swimmers report feeling a slight prickling sensation when in the water, the rash condition typically appears after a swimmer has showered or has dried off with a towel (within 4-24 hours).

It is still safe to swim in the ocean during the season, just be aware of how to treat the signs.  If you notice a rash on you or a family member, rinse in clean warm water-do not rub with a towel as it will only aggravate the sting.  Use some type of over-the-counter topical anti-itch ointment such as hydrocortisone or colloidal oatmeal cream to calm the itch.

If you have questions or need more information about sea lice, please contact Ocean Rescue Captain Chad Soward at (910) 458-2985 or chad.soward@carolinabeach.org.

Crosswalk Lights Installed-Harper Ave/Dow Rd

After coordination and approval through the NCDOT, the planned improvements to the existing crosswalk at the intersection of Dow Rd. and Harper Ave. have been completed.  

The new solar-powered signals are activated by a pedestrian push button, emitting LED signals to drivers on Dow Road and warning of pedestrians and cyclists in the crosswalk area.  The signals are to draw attention to the users of the crosswalk and encourage drivers to stop while they cross the road.  
crosswalk sign

NCDOT did not approve of and disallowed supplemental early warning beacons that would have been located a distance ahead of the crosswalk, stating that they confuse the drivers about the location of the actual crosswalk.

WMPO Wants Your Input!

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) presented information at the April 10th Council Meeting regarding updates to plans for transportation in the Cape Fear region. CLICK HERE to view the presentation.

The WMPO is asking for local area residents to take part in a transportation survey and comment on upcoming projects.  Please visit their website at www.capefearmovingfoward2045.org for more information.

35 MPH-Speed Limit Changed on N Lake Park Blvd

At the regular meeting in January, Town Council approved changing the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph on N Lake Park Blvd from the Dow Rd. intersection to 600 feet north of Access Road (just before the bridge heading north).  CLICK HERE to view Resolution No. 18-2172.

New signs have been installed and the 35 mph speed limit is now in effect.  Please be mindful of this change when driving on that section of N. Lake Park Blvd. 

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If you have any questions please contact Town Manager, Michael Cramer (910)458-2994.


Lake Park Blvd. Traffic Study-Options Presented to Council

In the Fall of 2017, Town Council hired Kimely Horn to perform a traffic study for North Lake Park Blvd. Kimley Horn has finished the analysis and public outreach, and presented different options to Council for review and discussion at the March 27th workshop.

CLICK HERE  for more details about the traffic study and to view a copy of the presentation given to Council.

Council Hears Recommendations on System Development Fees

Following an August 2016 ruling by the NC Supreme Court regarding impact fees, the General Assembly of North Carolina enacted House Bill 436, which established a new "System Development Fee" that allows all governmental entities to assess fees for the recovery of capital costs associated with development and new growth. The bill also established a process and specifications that the governments need to meet in order to enact the new fees.

The Town hired Willdan Financial Services to develop the Town's new "System Development Fees". At the Council Workshop on March 27th, Daryll Parker with Willdan provided an overview of the recommended System Development Fees.  CLICK HERE to view the presentation and recommendations given to council.

Improved CRS Rating Results in Discounts for Flood Insurance Premiums

Each year, the Town of Carolina Beach is audited for the Community Rating System (CRS) by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The CRS evaluates all ordinances, policies and operational responsibilities that the Town performs in relation to managing and implementing a flood protection program, then assigns a score of 1 to 10.  A lower score helps provide our citizens with a reduction in the cost of their flood insurance premiums.

Presently, there are 3,576 flood policies in Carolina Beach, and the Town’s current Class 7 rating provides Carolina Beach citizens with a 15% discount for policy holders. This means that we help save policy holders a total of $522,814.00 per year on flood insurance premiums.  The 2017 CRS study indicates that we will be moving to a Class 6 rating, which will increase the discount to 20%, meaning we will help policy holders save a total of $703,604 on flood insurance premiums.

Jeremy Hardison, the Town’s Senior Planner, is the person responsible for managing the CRS system in Carolina Beach, and he has done a great job improving our rating and increasing the savings for our citizens by $180,790 dollars this year. CLICK HERE to view a copy of the preliminary results letter from the ISO, along with a draft copy of the Verification Report.

If you have questions regarding the CRS information, please contact Jeremy Hardison at (910) 458-2991 or jeremy.hardison@carolinabeach.org.

RECYCLING PICKUPS EVERY WEEK!

Starting Monday, March 12th, recycling will be serviced on a weekly schedule. Please place your recycling carts at the curb with your trash carts on your service day. An increase of $1.10 per cart will reflect beginning with your April 2018 bill.

If you have any questions, please contact
the billing office at 910-458-2983.

recycle

2018 TOWN IDENTIFICATION CARDS

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 www.carolinabeach.org/parkingonline.

 

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

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 michael.cramer@carolinabeach.org.


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 michael.cramer@carolinabeach.org.

TEST RESULTS-NO GENX DETECTED IN CB WATER SAMPLES

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.

GENX/DRINKING WATER INFORMATION

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 http://www.carolinabeach.org/CCR2016.pdf.

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 ›

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 NCDOT.gov/STI. 

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.

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.

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!

Marinalife.com 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.

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 ›

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.

 

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 ›

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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