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Carolina Beach looks to purchase land for pier, holds public meeting Tuesday

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The Town of Carolina Beach will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to consider the purchase of property to build a pier for the North Carolina Aquarium system. The price tag is just more than $4 million for the property, which totals more than two acres.

The town hopes grant money will pay for the purchase. If not, the money may have to come from a property tax increase of 1.5 cents per 100 dollars of value.

Town manager Tim Owens explained the rationale behind the pier project, which would potentially boost Pleasure Island tourism. “Our role is to provide the parking and amenities for it. The state would then seek the funding to build the aquarium here,” he said. “The pier would be a 1,000 feet long and made of concrete. It’s a large site that’s centrally located near our marina. If it does move forward it’s in a very strategic location. Some of the funding will have to be through grants that we will pursue and through some debt services that we’ll retire, and yes there’s potential for a tax increase based on the amount of debt services that we’ll have to undertake.”

The town council meeting starts Tuesday night at 7:30 at Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Owens said there is a chance the town will take action on the pier plan at that meeting.

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The Town of Carolina Beach will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to consider the purchase of property to build a pier for the North Carolina Aquarium system. The price tag is just more than $4 million for the property, which totals more than two acres.

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