By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach recently installed two 4' by 6' booths. One is located at the entrance to Freeman Park and the other is located on the Boardwalk in the downtown area.
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction. They have authority to manage the area as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago.
According to Town Manager Michael Cramer, "We received our order of two Guardian Ticket Booths this morning and the Freeman Park booth should be completely operational by the end of the week. This item was requested by the Freeman Park Committee in order to allow the Freeman Park Attendants some shelter from the sun and heat. The units are 4' x 6' with three sliding glass windows and one door. The units come with lights, heat and air conditioning. We anticipate the electrical will be installed by the end of the day and the unit will be operational by weeks end."
He explained, "The second unit was requested by the Marketing Advisory Committee and will be used as a movable “Information Booth” at the Boardwalk. We have partnered with the CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) to utilize their volunteers to man the booth and pass out information about the activities and businesses on Pleasure Island."
Cramer said he expects the Boardwalk booth will be operating in time for the upcoming weekend.
He said both of the units can also be relocated and utilized as "Hurricane Re-Entry Booths" north of Snow's Cut Bridge if required.
He explained, "So that we can manage the citizens and businesses returning to the island following an evacuation." Each booth cost around $6,000.00.