The town of Atlantic Beach is stepping up its efforts to provide accommodation to visitors and locals who use the town’s public beach access.
The town has received a $95,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Coastal Resources to replace and apply a handicap access on the west side of town.
It is planning to replace the current stairs west of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel with an ADA wheelchair ramp.
Mayor Trace Cooper says there are fewer handicap accesses on that side of town and believes this is a good fit.
“If they’re public beach accesses then everybody can use them,” said Cooper. “Whether you’re in a wheelchair or simply having a hard time walking or even families that have a lot of beach gear.”
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and the Town of Atlantic Beach will match the state’s funds.
The project is set to begin in February and is expected to be complete by April.