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  • Planning board recommends new Dumpster screening regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of a new Dumpster screening ordinance that would give the town more flexibility in what it allows. It will also give existing business owners a break if their current screening meets the intent of the ordinance.

    Last year, the town board of aldermen approved an ordinance requiring all business owners to “gate and screen all four sides of an onsite Dumpster to ensure that the Dumpster container is not visible.”

  • Too much sand: Beach accesses don’t meet Holden Beach town code

    Holden Beach commissioners took no action but continued discussing their rare problem—so much sand has been added to, migrated to and built up on the beach that most private walkways at oceanfront homes and even public-access walkways currently don’t meet the town code.

    The reason that’s a problem is because paths through the frontal dune—the one closest to the water—is “a low spot waiting for a breach when we have high water,” said Tony Marwitz from planning and zoning.

  • Parasail company files claim to limit liability in recent deaths

    The owners and operators of the parasailing boat involved in a fatal accident on Ocean Isle Beach in August have filed a claim in federal court asking to limit their liability in the deaths of two parasailing participants.

    On Aug. 28, Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., who were staying at an Ocean Isle condo, were killed when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat separated, causing the women to hit the water.

  • Crowd anticipated for Carolina Shores meetings

    CAROLINA SHORES—A crowd is expected to turn out for two meetings this afternoon in Carolina Shores.

    Questions and answers about changing the town’s form of government will be addressed at a special commissioners meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 8.

    Chris May, executive director of the Cape Fear Council of Governments, will offer information about the board of commissioners’ plan to change the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager.

  • Board will not renew superintendent's contract

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to not renew Superintendent Katie McGee’s contract Tuesday night. McGee’s contract ends June 30, 2010.

    “There has been lots of discussion about it,” board chairwoman Shirley Babson said. “The board just decided that we were not going to extend the contract.”

    Babson said the board would begin the search for a new superintendent this month, based on advice from the North Carolina School Boards Association.

  • Candidate forums planned for Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach, Calabash and Shallotte

    The Brunswick Beacon is teaming up with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to host several candidate forums in advance of the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections.

    “The forums provide a great opportunity for the communities to meet the candidates and to learn more about them,” chamber president Cathy Altman said. “It also provides an opportunity for the candidates to learn more about what’s on voters’ minds and to keep them in tune with their community.”

  • Twenty-year vested rights sought for The Pearl in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners indicate they favor granting a 20-year vested rights agreement for a future 900-acre residential development at The Pearl Golf Links.

    Commissioners’ informal comments came at the end of an Oct. 1 workshop. They also set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 to take public comments and possibly act on the requested agreement.

  • Shallotte board nixes Wildwood park site, seeks more 'central' location

    SHALLOTTE—The town board of aldermen on Tuesday approved signing a contract for a state grant for a future park, but said they will no longer pursue locating the park at Wildwood Village.

    Instead, board members said they prefer seeking a more suitable, centralized site.

    “It clearly makes sense to me to sign the contact,” alderman Walter Eccard said. “Properly positioned, the park could be a major asset into our vision plan, which is to develop the town.”

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board recommends rezoning golf course open spaces

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week approved recommending rezoning of golf course open areas and maintenance rules for docks, piers and bulkheads.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the proposed golf-course rezonings from mainland residential to an open space district is to preserve the courses’ existing open spaces.

    “It’s fulfilling a goal on our land use plan to try and preserve that as open space,” Curtis said at the Oct. 1 public hearing.

  • Gaming rules, park property buy approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved an amendment allowing electronic gaming operations as a special use permissible on appeal to the town board of adjustment.

    Four conditions must be met, including an off-street parking requirement of one space per gaming machine and one per employee on the largest shift. The town will add a definition for electronic gaming operation, including additional, in-depth information from town administrator Gary Parker to explain this type of business.

    The town ordinance currently doesn’t address this type of use.