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Carolina Beach Council Approves Replacing Tennis Courts

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach voted to replace the tennis courts at Mike Chappell Park off Dow Road at their June meeting.
According to Lani Thompson, Parks Programs Superintendent, the courts are old, breaking apart and unsafe. He explained to the Council, "We currently have one of the two courts closed as it is unplayable. Our tennis courts are over 30 years old and have been resurfaced multiple times. The base of the court has deteriorated and has deep cracks throughout. Resurfacing is an option but not recommended because this will only last a few years and does not address the deterioration of the courts base."
He said his department has received numerous emails from residents and it's a highly used facility. He explained, "Residents and visitors... use our tennis courts throughout the year and deserve quality tennis courts to play on."
Town Manager Tim Owens said several quotes were obtained, one from Outer Banks Tennis Contractors LLC to rehab the courts for around $11,000. He said adding in a contingency it would be approximately $15,000. He said, "It's a quick fix, may not be a permanent solution and it's not what they recommend."
Owens said a different company quoted around $100,000 for new courts. He said Outer Banks would do the same thing for a little over $60,000.
Owens said, "Basically tear everything out and go back with basically a brand new court that will hopefully last you 20 or 30 years."
Owens said Outer Banks worked on the courts at Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and New Hanover County Parks. 
Councilman Bob Lewis said he favored replacing both courts rather than a short-term fix that would cost more in the long run.
Owens said the money would be taken from the Town's reserve funds in their General Fund.
Councilman Lonnie Lashley asked for a time-line. Owens said he wasn't sure but knows the work will have to take place  during the warm weather months.
Councilman Steve Shuttleworth said he probably received more emails from residents during the budget planning process on that topic than any other. The Town will get a two-year warranty on the work.
The Council voted unanimously to award the contract to Outer Banks Tennis Contractors LLC.