Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:51 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:51 p.m.

Now, renovations and upgrades represent a turning point in its lengthy history, and a chance for it to continue to serve residents and visitors alike for years down the road.

A $1 million project, funded largely by grants, has given the boardwalk wider paths, lighting, ADA accessible access points, gazebos, benches, swinging seats, new landscaping and more.

The town is hosting a grand-opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the boardwalk to show off its new features.

Honestly, I think it gives it a complete refresher, you know, a facelift, said Town Manager Michael Cramer. The boardwalk's always been an icon down here.

It gives people a chance to walk along the area and look at the ocean, which Olde Salty owner Brenda Armes calls a phenomenal feat.

That's why they come here, said Armes, who has owned the restaurant for 21 years and lived in Carolina Beach for 34. It's been that way since Carolina Beach was Carolina Beach,


The old boardwalk was fine, said Daniel Norris, author of multiple books about the history of Carolina Beach and boardwalk staple Britt's Donuts. But something newer and bigger is definitely a better thing.

The improvements are broken into three pieces: the wooden boardwalk, the concrete boardwalk and the road improvements, Cramer said.

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