Atlantic Beach nabs state grant for public access

ATLANTIC BEACH — With a grant from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management secured, town officials can prepare to take bids on improvements to a public beach access on the west end of town.

The town received word Jan. 23 that they’ve received a $47,852 grant to replace the existing public beach access boardwalk next to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on West Fort Macon Road. The grant is one of 12 awarded by the DCM though its Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program, for a total of $1.1 million given to improve public accesses to coastal beach and waters, according to a letter from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office Tuesday.

Atlantic Beach Director of Recreation and Special Events Morgan Kerns said Tuesday town officials applied for the grant in July.

“Applications were due by September 2018,” she said, “but we submitted ahead of schedule.”

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