Boardwalk Extension

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Dear Editor,
Please let me start this letter by telling you how beautiful Carolina Beach is!  My family is originally from Wilmington and we have been vacationing at the beach for 30+ years.
We have been fortunate enough to stay in numerous vacation rentals over the years and spent our last vacation at the Cabana complex this past August.  This was our first stay here.   
Our unit was on the first floor, and was oceanfront. The purpose of my letter is to offer my thoughts on the proposed boardwalk extension. The units on the first floor of the Cabana offer a nice view of the ocean but the height of the dunes block the view of the beach. If the proposed extension of the boardwalk is built over the dunes, any people passing by will have a direct view into the first floor units. I can tell you in my experience at the Cabana that I would not rent a first floor unit again if there is a boardwalk extension due to a lack of privacy. I also feel that the extension would interfere with the privacy of the occupants at the pool as well. I feel for the homeowners at the Cabana that have purchased oceanfront property and believe they have the right to an unobstructed view of the ocean without having to worry about added foot traffic at all hours of the day and night.  I also feel that the first floor units will lose rental income due to loss of privacy of their guests.  Carolina Beach has very nice sidewalks in front of the Cabana for pedestrians to use that I believe serve their purpose well without extending the boardwalk. My husband and I walked every evening and enjoyed the restaurants and shops at the beach without having to walk in front of somebody's private residence.
I see no reason to disturb the existing dunes which are absolutely beautiful by placing a large structure over them which will disrupt the views and privacy of the Cabana owners and guests. I have been following this story for some time and wanted to offer my opinion as a frequent visitor to your lovely area.
Denise Davis


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