NC - EDITORIAL: Beach Towns Are Planning; The County Needs to Also
Growth is happening rapidly in Carteret County and this fact has the attention of the four Bogue Banks town mayors of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle.
Unfortunately, these four town officials are not that confident that the rest of county is as concerned or prepared.
Atlantic Beach Mayor Trace Cooper stated this concern during a Jan. 29 planning retreat that included a report on the construction of I-42 which terminates in Carteret County and which he feels is going to have a major impact on development. “The growth is going to happen in the Highway 70 corridor and Beaufort, but people are going to want to go to the beach,” the mayor said. He expressed confidence in his town’s planning efforts but went on to worry, “but in our county, we’re not prepared.”
Those are poignant words and should get the attention of county commissioners and the elected leaders in the county’s other seven towns.
We applaud the beach towns for their foresight and aggressive planning as detailed by reporters Mike Shutak and Brad Rich in Sunday’s News-Times.
Atlantic Beach is aggressively pursuing water and sewer services for the town’s primary business district located on the beach causeway. Additionally, the town is addressing the need to control traffic and development. “Before we put pipes in the ground, we need to have our development rules in place so we can ensure what’s built is what people want to see,” Mayor Cooper noted in one of several stories.