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  • Planning board approves a new retail center, a new church location and hopes to get a Caribbean dream back on track

    SHALLOTTE—A two-page agenda containing 12 items started off February’s planning board meeting with more items for consideration than any month in 2010. The audience even reached numbers in the double digits with 11 people in attendance.

    At one point in the meeting, town planner Allen Serkin said, “I apologize for such a large packet, but we had quite a large agenda,” as board members searched over their 50-page online packets.

    JDG/EZ Wireless commercial site plans

  • UDO update launches in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Zoning, flooding, subdivision regulations and stormwater management are among issues the town’s newly appointed Unified Development Ordinance Committee will begin addressing.

    The committee’s ongoing sessions launched last Thursday with consultant Landin Holland of Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington, who outlined ordinances they’ll be scrutinizing and updating.

  • Streetscape, parking recommendations presented in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is pondering a future streetscape design and future parking recommendations for the island.

    Town-appointed committees presented each at Monday night’s monthly meeting. Council took no action on either presentation.

    Streetscape committee member Tim Cate, a landscape architect who lives on the Sunset Beach island, unveiled drawings illustrating that committee’s proposals for beautifying Sunset Boulevard.

  • Red Toe Day on Valentine's Day

    Seaside Animal Care has once again offered its facility in Calabash for Red Toe Day on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, from 2-4 p.m.

    For reservations, call Janie, (910) 579 -4707 or Diana, (910) 579-7542

    Your favorite feline or canine will receive a nail trim and one nail painted red to show their support of the homeless animals in our community.

    Donations for nail services will be donated to Paws-Ability, a nonprofit organization that raises money and provides financial assistance for animal causes in Brunswick County.

  • Countywide recycling presented in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town will have to decide whether it will be a participant in countywide recycling.

    Greg Brinkley, general manager with Waste Industries, and assistant county manager Steve Stone were on hand to provide information and answer questions at a town commissioners’ workshop Monday.

    Brinkley said if the town elects to continue with a 40-yard container with residents bringing items to its recycling center, that can be continued at the company’s expense.

  • Carolina Shores homeowners seek answers from management

    CAROLINA SHORES—Property management representatives for Beacon Townes condominiums say they are trying to resolve issues that have arisen over the past couple of years in the Carolina Shores community.

    A roomful and newly organized alliance of homeowners from the community met with property management representatives Feb. 1 in a conference room in Little River, S.C.

  • Calabash P&Z member remembered

    CALABASH—It was a somber session as the town planning and zoning board convened Monday night to remember a member who died last week.

    Longtime board member Alton Watts, 76, passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack Jan. 31, interim administrator/town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    She said he had served on the board a long time.

  • Commissioner gets retraction, apology for erroneous attribution

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Forrest King requested and got a retraction from fellow commissioner John Melahn on Tuesday night.

    King said Melahn committed an ethics violation and injured his reputation when he erroneously attributed to King a statement about the “terrible people from Carolina Shores who took away animated signs” at the Calabash board’s monthly meeting Jan. 11.

  • BCC presidential search committee members announced

    BOLIVIA—An 18-person search committee that will help facilitate the Brunswick Community College presidential search has been announced.

    A link to the committee listing posted on the BCC website was included in an e-mail sent Monday from Liz McLean, the college’s marketing director. The search committee includes: Lynda Stanley, BCC trustee, search committee chair; John Jones, BCC trustee;

  • Commissioners restrict amount of food vendors allowed on beach strand

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In an attempt to control the amount of food vendors on the beach strand, Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a resolution to the town’s ordinance Tuesday.

    Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ordinance 14-47, which outlines a new application process in which town officials will issue only five mobile vendor licenses each year. Licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.