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Sunset Beach approves letter to county about Jaguar's Lair

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved sending a letter asking Brunswick County to investigate the possibility of taking Jaguar’s Lair out of the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

Approval came at council’s monthly meeting Monday night. Approval was unanimous except for town councilwoman Karen Joseph, who abstained from voting because she chairs a committee that meets with Jaguar’s Lair officials about the unfinished development.

Town councilman Lou DeVita said he has read 14 times a letter from Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Phil Norris.

His understanding is the county is not going to take any action unless council asks them to.

Sunset Beach Town Attorney Michael Isenberg said he has discussed the matter with county attorney Huey Marshall.

“Since Mr. Norris’ letter, he has discussed the situation with all county commissioners,” Isenberg said. “He informed me there is no way they are taking over this property.”

“In writing?” DeVita responded. “I want them to come back and say no way, Jose, it’s your football.”

Joseph said bonds the town holds for Jaguar’s Lair cannot be transferred to any other entity.

“If there was an attempt at that, you would have to get every party to agree,” she said. “As chairman, I am not going to vote on this motion.”

Town councilwoman Carol Scott said it’s not a bad idea but it sounds like it’s going absolutely nowhere.

Fellow council member Wilson Sherrill said he can assure the board from his conversations with Norris “he said no.”

 

Park progress

 

Council also approved authorizing Withers & Ravenel engineering firm to advertise for construction bids for stage one development of Sunset Beach Town Park.

Scott cast the only “nay” vote because she doesn’t favor the proposed 8-foot-wide walking paths, preferring a 5-foot-width instead.

Withers & Ravenel design engineer Jennifer Wagner and branch manager Jeff Thompson reviewed the park design that has received $418,000 in PARTF grant funding. Wagner said the project has also received a CAMA minor permit, which means they can go ahead and get the project going. They are still awaiting a stormwater provision from the Division of Water Quality stating they do not need a stormwater permit.

Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato said he fears parking will be “consumed by Twin Lakes Restaurant.”

Town councilman Mike Williams said, “We’re mixing apples and oranges here. We’re talking about park design. We’re not talking about parking.”

After Cerrato expressed concern about trees, town councilwoman Joseph clarified two arborists have checked the trees and ascertained the 15 diseased ones that need to come down.

Wagner said the contract will be based on the lowest bidder coming in and who will then sign with the town. Construction will then begin.

Cerrato said it would be nice to see a total cost for stages 1 and 2, along with items not covered by the grant.

Town administrator Gary Parker said the total cost is $837,000, but does not include moving a bulkhead.

Council also:

•Approved a police mutual aid agreement with Ocean Isle Beach.

•Tabled consideration of naming the town bird walk in honor of former town councilman Carl Bazemore.

•Approved appointing Bob Bobinski to the town ABC board with a term expiration date of October 2016.

•Approved authorizing the town clerk to advertise a position on the fireman relief fund board.

•Approved adoption of a resolution closing an unopened portion of the Oyster Bay Road right-of-way and scheduling a public hearing for Dec. 2.

•Approved installation of two signs about protected rain lilies under the Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge.

 

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.