The Town of Carolina Beach has a Council-Manager form of government. Legislative
and policy making authority rests with a Mayor and a four-member Town Council.
The Mayor is reelected every two (2) years and Council is reelected every four
(4) years with overlapping terms. The Council hires a Town Manager to carry out
its policies, as well
as manage and direct daily operations of the Town.
The Town provides police protection, maintains streets,
and operates a water and sanitary sewer system. Residential and commercial sanitation
service is contracted to a private waste disposal system, Waste
Industries. Recycling is also contracted to Waste Industries. The Carolina Beach Volunteer Fire Department is
a municipal department, owns all the equipment, and pays for operations and maintenance
costs, along with workmans compensation insurance and a per call fee to
the volunteer firefighters. EMS is provided by New
Hanover Regional Medical Center, which is a private entity. There is a station
with a full time paid ACLS at the Federal Point Medical Center (within town limits
of Carolina Beach). Electric Distribution service is provided by Progress
Energy. AT&T provides
telecommunications service within the town limits. A cable television franchise
is operated by Charter Communications, which
has an office in Carolina Beach and a district office in Holly Ridge, North Carolina.