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  • General Assembly to decide whether to lift ban on terminal groins

    Previously not allowed in North Carolina, the General Assembly will decide if it will make an exception to the hardened structures ban and allow the construction of terminal groins along the coastline.

    Or elected members may decide to keep the current ban in place.

    The General Assembly enacted Session Law 2009-479 in August, which instructed the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and advisability of terminal groins as erosion control devices and report back its findings by April 1.

  • Carolina Shores sets meetings next week; new Web site


    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have two special meetings next Monday.

    The board also has changed its regular meeting day from Thursday to next Wednesday for April.

    Monday’s first meeting is a specially called one to inform residents about stormwater and paving information gathered at the board’s annual retreat March 9. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, at the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Sewage leak cleaned fixed in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—A sewer leak that occurred Friday night at a local condominium complex has been cleaned up and fixed.

    Leakage from manholes was reported shortly after 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sunset Village condominiums near Sandpiper Bay.

    “We had an overflowing situation and were able to catch it,” Sunset Village POA president Bob Taylor said.

  • Preliminary plans unveiled for second fire station in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—Initial design for a second fire station was outlined at a specially called town council meeting March 26.

    Preliminary details for the future 7,297-square-foot station on Old Georgetown Road were presented by architect Scott Garner and engineer Michael Norton.

    The town has been awarded a $1,494,103 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to build the station on a 1.6-acre site behind the Sunset Commons center. The town paid $275,000 for the property.

  • Sunset Beach meetings, Good Friday closing set at town hall


    The Sunset Beach Planning Board will meet in regular session 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, to discuss proposed open-space requirements in residential zones.

    At a March 18 work session, the board reviewed a possible ordinance provision to allow developers to present plans to the board for approval if there is a unique or special circumstance. Examples of that would be wetlands, large stormwater facilities and buffers.

  • Twenty-six-year fugitive has Brunswick County ties



    A fugitive from justice arrested in Wilmington last week on identity-theft charges provided authorities with a Calabash address.

    However, a manager at the address said this week the man didn’t live there, while a manager at a Little River, S.C., marina confirmed he had lived on a boat there.

  • Pre-season bookings already improving over last year

    Vacation rental agencies say they are cautiously optimistic about a good rental season this summer, thanks to an increase in pre-season bookings over last year.

    Many say they are also putting together package deals and other promotions to draw budget-conscious visitors who still want to spend time at the beach.

    Bonnie Cox of Brunswickland Realty on Holden Beach said she noticed a slight increase in summer bookings beginning in January. By March, the numbers were up a good 20 percent over the previous year.

  • Update: Utilities commission OKs county takeover of Brick Landing sewer system.

    Correction: A story in last week’s Beacon incorrectly identified the bond as $250,000. It is a $50,000 bond.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • TDA to keep budget at same level for next year

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority wants to keep its 2010-2011 budget at the same rate as the current year’s budget, which will require dipping into its savings account.

    TDA executive director Mitzi York informed authority members at Tuesday’s meeting that a $90,000 appropriation from fund balance, which would bring the budget up to the $1 million mark, would still keep three months worth of funding in reserve.

  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.