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USACE Uses Carolina Beach for Training on June 20th

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be in Carolina Beach performing loss of sand and structural survey training on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  They will have approximately 10 staff members and multiple vehicles with equipment on the beach starting at 8:00 a.m.  Local agencies are aware of their presence and normal beach activities should not be affected.
If you have any questions, please contact the Town Manager’s office at 910-458-2994.

Help Carolina Beach with the King Tides Project

Please consider helping with an opportunity to make Carolina Beach a better place!  We have partnered with the UNC Institute for Marine Science (IMS) to gather tidal data in Myrtle Grove Sound.  IMS has installed a tidal gauge at the south end of the Town Marina, and the Town has committed to reading this tidal gauge daily between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  This is where we need your help...
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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 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. 



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.

2018/2019 Budget Presentation

The first budget workshop for Fiscal Year 2018/2019  was held on March 27th and included a general overview of the projected revenue and anticipated expenses for the next fiscal year. Debbie Hall, Finance Director provided Council with the overview of our revenue projections and Michael Cramer, Town Manager gave a summary of the budget requests submitted by the Department Heads.  CLICK HERE to view the presentation given and to find more information on budget workshops.

Canal Drive Flooding Committee Meeting-April 19th

The first meeting of the newly formed Canal Drive Flooding Committee will be held on Thursday, April 19th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall in the Council Chambers.


  1. Discussion of Committee Roles and Responsibilities (Bylaws)
  1. Electing Chairman, Vice Chairmen and Secretary
  2. Schedule Future Meetings
  3. Canal Flooding 101 – What has the town been doing?
  4. Discussion of Future Meeting Topics

This and future meetings are open to the public to attend.

Medication Disposal Event-April 28th

April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  This program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The Carolina Beach Police Department is hosting a drop-off location 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. that day.  CLICK HERE to view other locations in different counties.

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

Town Seeks Input on System Development Fees

On August 16, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court heard the case of Quality Built Homes, Inc. v. Town of Carthage and reversed the North Carolina Court of Appeals' decision and held that the Town of Carthage did not possess authority to charge impact fees for water and sewer. Following the ruling, 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 municipalities need to meet in order to enact the new fees.

The Town of Carolina Beach hired Willdan Financial Services to develop the Town’s new "System Development Fees". At the monthly Council Workshop on March 27th, Council will receive a presentation from Willdan Representative Daryll Parker explaining the proposed System Development Fees.

CLICK HERE to view “Draft 1” of the study from Willdan Financial Services. The Town will take comments from the public regarding this study and the proposed changes for 45 days from March 8, 2018.   Please send all comments to the Town Manager via email at


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.


USACE Beach Nourishment Public Meeting-March 6, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently authorized for beach nourishment projects in Carolina Beach through 2020. They are now preparing a Carolina Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Beach Renourishment Evaluation Report with an integrated environmental assessment. Completion of this study and subsequent federal authorization could allow continuance of cost shared periodic beach nourishments through 2029 (subject to funding).

The USACE will host a public meeting on March 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at  Carolina Beach Town Hall in Council Chambers to gather public input for the study.  Comments and concerns raised at this meeting will be considered during the preparation of the study and environmental assessment.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the USACE notification letter that includes more detailed information and a map of the area of potential effect (APE).

South Carolina Ave. Beach Access-Temporarily Closed

The South Carolina Avenue public beach access will be closed for a few days while town crews finish making repairs on the stairway. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, March 2nd. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Operations Department at (910) 458-8291. 

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.


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.

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. 

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.

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-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

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 Closed Through Spring 2018

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 ›

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.

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! 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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