• The message Sunset is sending

    To the editor:

    Like many vacation property owners within the town of Sunset Beach, I pay a nice sum in the form of property tax. Like many others, I also pay an additional $1,000-plus per year to the town in the form of accommodations/vacation tax. 

    What do we get? A few portable toilets in a parking lot that is almost always full. 

    If parking on the island becomes just another expense and is so limited that it is virtually impossible to find a space, I might need to ask why I need to own property there at all.

  • There are no death panels

    To the editor:

    I was shocked to open last week’s Beacon and see the Beacon was sponsoring a Health Expo that included “death panels.”

    Now I know the Beacon’s editorial staff will not let my words stand without clarifying that the Advance Directives End of Life Planning Lecture they are sponsoring is just that—information on planning for the inevitable, and in no way encourages euthanasia.

  • Shocked by vendors’ fees

    To the editor:

    I am shocked at the new resolution at Ocean Isle Beach for vendors. License fees are going from $250 up to $1,500 a year for people trying to make a living in the summer. 

    This directly prevents/stifles the American open market way of life. Visitors can’t have a cabana and now can’t have a convenient slushie or popsicle for their children to escape the heat. Sounds like a monopoly on the beach due to exorbitant costs for vendors to compete with island businesses. 

  • Sometimes you have to pay to park

    To the editor:

    In the Feb. 10 issue of The Brunswick Beacon, there were two letters to the editor and an opinion column titled, “Parking rules raising Sunset Beach sand,” pertaining to parking on Sunset Beach. 

    A concern discussed was that non-residents of Sunset Beach would have to pay a parking fee to park on the island. This is very puzzling to me. If I want to attend free outdoor concerts, festivals, etc., in downtown Greenville, S.C., I have to pay a parking fee. 

  • Get the facts before you sign petition

    To the editor:

    I’m writing about the petition being circulated at Sunset Beach to protest the acquisition of land for a park. 

    Few people have any facts, only the proposed price. Many of these people have not seen the artist’s rendition showing a veterans’ memorial and a band shell. 

  • Don’t price the public out of parking

    To the editor:

    Laura Lewis fails to make clear in her article on parking on the Sunset Beach island that it is mainland Sunset Beach residents who are trying to price the public off of the island. We on the island don’t use the public parking unless we are infirm. We walk and leave the parking for off-island visitors.

  • Doesn’t like NIMBY attitudes

    To the editor:

    I decided I should probably pay attention to all the hubbub concerning the parking and visitors to the “island” of Sunset Beach. It’s gotten great coverage this week by your writer, Laura Lewis. I got the information I needed as an infrequent beach user from Carolina Shores. 

  • Carolina Shores: No need for a gazebo

    To the editor:

    Just when one thought that the town of Carolina Shores’ elected officials had sunk to a new low of responsibility, they recently made a couple of decisions that lowers that negative bar even further.

    At their February meeting, they discussed firming the specs and entertaining bids for a gazebo costing approximately $13,000-15,000 to be constructed on town hall property. A gazebo? For what practicable purpose?

  • Thanks for help with princess ball

    To the editor:

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) would like to thank Brunswick County Parks and Recreation for partnering with us for the third annual Little Princess Ball on Feb. 5. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout from the community. More than 160 attended in Southport; 250 in Bolivia (sold out)–that’s more than 400 girls and men coming together to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

  • Doesn’t think port is what is needed

    To the editor:

    Apparently, the debate continues about the “benefits” of the proposed mega-port in Southport with the formation of two new groups supporting the project.

    Yes Port wants a feasibility study costing taxpayers, conservatively, $10 million, on top of the $40 million already spent on this misguided project. The Savannah River project feasibility study has been going on for more than 10 years and is currently at a cost of $40 million.