State officials has awarded more than $1 million to improve public beach and waterfront access. The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management provided matching grants to eight local governments for access projects including parking area improvements, bathhouse upgrades, and walkway renovations. The town of Atlantic Beach received $88,750 to replace approximately 430 feet of dune crossover at the Durham Avenue Public Beach Access. The City of Washington received $280,560 to replace 976 feet of existing wooden boardwalk. Projects in Nags Head, Pasquotank County, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Oak Island, and Varnamtown were also funded through the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program. Since its inception in 1981, the program has provided more than $47 million for 451 public access projects in North Carolina.