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The beaches of New Hanover County may be close in proximity but are as different as they can be in character. Wrightsville Beach has garnered a reputation for the wealthy and affluent, while Carolina Beach's history has not been as affluent. However, both communities offer unique opportunities and experiences.
Research conducted by THE INDEPENDENT found that 5,738 condominiums have been built or authorized in the coastal towns – almost all within the past four years. The “condominium explosion” is no secret, but the environmental and social effects of this construction boom have been largely ignored.