• Sunset Beach needs many improvements

    To the editor:

    In the May 21 edition of the Beacon, Susan Parker, Sunset Beach town administrator, is recommending stick-built restrooms for the Sunset Beach Park estimated to cost $150,000 to $200,000.

    She is not in favor of using portable facilities (like those) at the beach because they are not built for constant, high-volume use. At least part of the cost would be paid for with grant money. For this amount of money, I’m sure the restrooms will be quite nice — something we can all be proud of.

  • Thank you for Sunset Beach Town Park

    To the editor:

    My husband and I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in our new park at Sunset Beach. It was a beautiful experience. We are so happy to have this special place for us to enjoy. It simply doesn’t get any better for all of us to enjoy the water, boats, scenery and fresh air.

    Thank you to all those who made it possible.

    Mim McDermott

    Sunset Beach

  • Fund our Teen Court now and in the future

    To the editor:
    Brunswick County Teen Court is a program that should be fully funded now and in the future.

  • Holden Beach must address its traffic and road problems

    To the editor:

    I am a Holden Beach property owner and do not look forward to the summer traffic, especially on Saturdays (as that is change day for house rentals) and Independence Day week. I say wake up Holden Beach and consider putting in two traffic circles: one at Exxon, Walgreens, Wings and The Barn and the second one at the end of the bridge. These are two of the places that traffic backs up, especially when going across the bridge. Traffic circles allow for traffic to continue to flow and not back up for miles. Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach have them.

  • Shame on Sunset Beach for parking ordinance

    To the editor:

    Sunset Beach Town Council has sunk to an all-time low. My family has been coming to Sunset since 1980. We enjoy the quietness and simplicity, but it seems town council intends to eradicate any and all vacationers and visitors. We own a home and property within town limits.

    On May 24, we drove to the beach and parked on Main Street at 9:55 a.m. We were very careful to parallel park and double-checked to make sure our tires were off the pavement. There were no cars in front or behind us and no cars beside us. We stayed on the beach until 1:50 p.m.

  • Pray for Nepal

    To the editor:

    The second of two major earthquakes in three weeks brought more death and destruction on Nepal. More than 8,000 people have died from the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes.

    Pray for the people of Nepal as they face the worst natural disaster to hit their nation in the last century. Pray for the recovery efforts, especially lifting up the rescue and relief workers who are in the region to bring aid.

  • Marine Fisheries proposals hurt state, local economy

    To the editor:

    I have been a Brunswick County resident and charter boat captain for more than 43 years. I ran my offshore/inshore fishing boat, the Sea Hawk III, until 2010. I would still be in that business if the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries had not started making such poor regulations. Now it is targeting flounder.

    This month I had four flounder trips when we caught 42 flounder, 29 of them keepers. Marine Fisheries is saying there are no flounder left, just like it said about sharks.

  • Time to vote out tax-raising commissioners

    To the editor:

    I read with dismay that our county government is considering whether to raise the property tax rate by almost 10 percent. If I had a raise of 10 percent, I would think I had struck gold! If the county can’t cut costs to avoid this rate increase then I think we are being duped. In tight financial times the rest of us have to adjust our spending accordingly, but the county seems to think it’s fine to just demand more of our money under the authority we gave it in the last election.

  • North Carolina is no longer retirement-friendly

    To the editor:

    I can give you a dozen reasons to retire to North Carolina. North Carolina was a retirement-friendly state — until now.

    Last year, it passed a law removing retirees’ $4,000 pension deduction from their income taxes, also removing medical deductions and raising the minimum tax.

  • No excuse for Sunset Beach tax increase

    To the editor:

    While I respect the right of the Sunset Beach town and town council to blow off the 4 percent of the population living below the poverty line and claim the rest of the town is wealthy enough to pay more taxes, I think they are missing the point. It is not the tax increase that’s really the issue — it is the reason for the increase.