By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH – The Carolina Beach Town Council voted four to one during their March 13th, meeting to amend the code of ordinances to allow for trolley-style passenger vehicles that would offer tours in commercial and residential areas of town as well as permit their passengers to consume beer and wine during tours.
The Council will now consider a request at their April 10th, meeting at 6:30pm for a permit to operate tours.
According to Town Senior Planner Jeremy Hardison, “The Applicant, Tina Bell, applied for a text amendment to allow for bicycle tours that would permit customers to consume beer and unfortified wine while on a trolley-style vehicle that would tour along a specified route throughout town. This type of vehicle currently operates in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte. The Town’s current ordinance allows for the operation of taxi cabs, private bus services, rickshaws and pedicabs, but does not address a commercial vehicle that is propelled by multiple passengers not including the operator.”
Hardison explained, “Staff has drafted an ordinance to address the allowance of a “Commercial Pedal