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  • County position on drilling expected March 19

    While Brunswick County commissioners’ stance on offshore oil and natural gas drilling is expected at their March 19 meeting, state officials have spoken against the federal plan.

    Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein submitted formal comments to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on March 9 reiterating North Carolina opposes oil and gas leasing for offshore drilling on North Carolina’s coast.

  • Rule change allows alligator hunting in county

    After two years of study, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted a rule for alligator hunting in an area that includes Brunswick County.

    In February 2016, the NCWRC created an alligator task force to create a North Carolina Alligator Management Plan.

    The alligator plan, approved last October, identified a 10-county area called an Alligator Management Unit (AMU) where alligator populations are larger than in the rest of the state, which could more often lead to conflicts with humans.

  • OIB sets hearing on senior living site

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will let residents have their say about rezoning land for a senior living community site, approving a public hearing for the request to be held at their next meeting at 8:45 a.m. April 10.

    Coastal Vineyard Church requested rezoning the vacant lot at 5573 Beach Road SW, east of Duck Pond Road. The lot includes 10.65 acres the church requested rezoned to C-3 for the purpose of adding a 60-unit residential building for moderate-income seniors.

  • Brunswick Plantation golf resort, resort rentals sold for $2.8 million

    Brunswick Plantation golf course, its clubhouse and about 120 resort rental villas and condos have been sold for $2.8 million to Atlantic Golf Management of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Chip Smith, managing partner with the company, confirmed Monday the Feb. 28 sale from Caw Caw Land Corp., original developer of the Calabash area golf course consisting of partners Mason Anderson, Jimmy McLamb and Tripp Sloane, who built the golf course in 1990 and opened it with its original 18 holes in 1992.

  • Shallotte riverwalk construction could begin in November

    SHALLOTTE — Construction on Shallotte’s riverwalk project could begin at the end of November.

    Shallotte aldermen approved a service agreement for the riverwalk with Paramounte Engineering for architectural design and construction, subject to review by Town Attorney Laura Thompson, during their regular meeting March 6.

    Construction could begin at the end of November following the design and permitting processes, according to the schedule provided by Paramounte.

  • Carolina Shores 10th Arbor Day Celebration on Friday

    The town of Carolina Shores plants its 10th Arbor Day sapling with festivities starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights launch with a welcome by Mayor Joyce Dunn, followed by a presentation of the town’s seventh Tree City USA award by Caleb Elmore of the North Carolina Forest Service.

    Deputy Rebecca Allen of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand, along with second-graders in teacher Karen Campbell’s class from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

  • Former Carolina Shores Mayor Dan Mann dies

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners paid tribute to former Mayor Dan Mann last week after current Mayor Joyce Dunn announced at the March 8 board meeting she had just received word Mann had died.

    Mann, 76, served as mayor from 2003 to 2007. He was also an active member of the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association.

    Dunn said Mann was one of the first people she met after moving to Carolina Shores and they became friends. She said he served as POA president 15 years ago when she served on the board.

  • Cabana rental ban kicks up Sunset Beach sand

    SUNSET BEACH —A backlash has arisen after Sunset Beach Town Council voted to ban commercial cabanas on the beach at the March 5 board meeting.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton made a motion that the town prohibit retail “sale and assembly” of cabanas on the beach by any commercial company, which was seconded by councilwoman Jan Harris.

    Benton, Harris and councilman Richard Cerrato voted in favor to councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern’s dissenting votes.

  • Sunset Beach appoints interim administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach planning director Hiram Marziano was appointed interim town administrator at a special called town council meeting Tuesday, March 13.

    Marziano’s appointment by council comes following the March 5 firing on a 3-2 vote of former Town Administrator Susan Parker.

  • Supply man sentenced on cocaine charge as habitual felon

    A Supply man has been sentenced as a habitual felon to spend at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.