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  • Commissioners agree on funding policy for beach repair

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Commissioners agreed to a proposal to establish a shoreline protection policy that will provide funding annually for beach and waterway projects at their Feb. 16 meeting.

    But they held off on a vote to approve the policy until March to clarify the process beach communities will follow.

    “I think we’ve got something we can work with and bring back in March,” chairman Scott Phillips said.

  • Residents near planned H2GO water plant seek information at Feb. 19 meeting

    Leland residents who are learning of Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s plans for a water treatment plant near their homes, but in Belville, are meeting to learn what impact the plan will have.

    To learn more about Brunswick County’s water access, future capacity and how H2GO’s plant will impact the area, they have organized a special meeting for H2GO customers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Belville Elementary School.

  • Brunswick Beaches Consortium elects new leaders

    OAK ISLAND — The Brunswick Beaches Consortium voted in a new chairman and vice chair for the second time in three months at its Feb. 12 meeting.

    The BBC leadership has been in flux since Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons was removed from representing his town in November after Caswell Beach Commissioners questioned where the town’s yearly $12,000 lobbying payment to the BBC was going.

  • Bill could eliminate ETJs before Leland can ask for one

    Leland officials want an extraterritorial jurisdiction just like other Brunswick County towns, but a bill proposed in the new legislative session could eliminate every ETJ in North Carolina.

    Town board members discussed how to sway Brunswick County commissioners to allow ETJs again at their first goal-setting workshop in January.

    North Carolina statute G.S. 160A-360(e) requires that the county approve the extension of city extraterritorial jurisdiction into any area where the county enforces zoning, subdivision regulations and the state building code.

  • Mayors, others question wind energy strategy for offshore North Carolina

     CAROLINA SHORES — At least two island mayors from Brunswick County have concerns about future development of offshore wind energy off the North Carolina coast.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts and Bald Head Island Mayor Andy Sayre were among residents bringing questions and comments to a public hearing Feb. 12 conducted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Sunset Beach residents concerned about proposed OIB terminal groin

    Two weeks prior to an upcoming public hearing, some Sunset Beach residents are expressing concern about a proposed terminal groin for the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, which they deem an environmental threat to the Sunset Beach island to the west.

    With the hearing on the Ocean Isle terminal groin project scheduled March 3, Sunset Beach island resident Jan Harris said proper public notice about the meeting was not given.

  • Calabash in gear for Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot

     CALABASH — The town board of commissioners has given permission for a Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot this year in the Seafood Capital.

    Commissioners voted in favor of the proposal following a presentation by Johnna Hall with Coastal Race Productions at their monthly meeting Feb. 10.

  • Wedding house report under review in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners sent back a report for further review to the planning and zoning board about the wedding house controversy during their meeting Feb. 10.

    Commissioners had asked at their January meeting for the planning and zoning board to look into the situation involving the 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season.

  • BCSO K-9 officers protected as they protect citizens

     BOLIVIA — The days of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers going into a dangerous job without the necessary protection are over.

    Following a lengthy application process, Vested Interests in K-9s, an international company, donated seven vests worth nearly $1,000 each to the sheriff’s office in early January, K-9 Unit supervisor Lt. Brian Chism said.

  • McCrory stresses need to close skills gap during Leland visit

     LELAND — If North Carolina wants to compete with other states in attracting industry and growing existing businesses, it must close the skills gap and improve transportation and infrastructure, the governor says.

    Gov. Pat McCrory outlined his plan to improve industry in the Tar Heel State during a news conference on the Brunswick Community College campus in Leland on Friday, Feb. 13. He spoke in front of several community leaders as well as representatives from eight existing Brunswick County industries.