Holden Beach is rolling out its annual fall Festival by the Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the bridge on Jordan Boulevard.
The two-day weekend event launches with a parade down the Holden Beach Causeway from about 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. It’s the only day of the year people can walk across the Holden Beach bridge as traffic shuts down for the annual parade.
Hurricane Matthew ripped through our county a couple weeks ago and with it came record-setting flood waters to inland areas and destruction to properties along the beach. Aside from the horrific damage Matthew caused, folks who suffered minor damage or none at all began to wonder how the storm would affect the fishing. Before the storm, fishing was in full swing with fish biting from the surf to the Gulf Stream. However, once Matthew made its presence upon the Carolina coast, our fantastic fall fishery came to a screeching halt.
Recently I held a little poodle with no teeth and no lower jaw because of a lack of medical care. Her tongue hangs out permanently. I held another poodle whose fur was matted and caked with dried feces and urine. This is the way many puppy mill animals live.
When is it going to stop? When people stop buying that cute little dog or cat from a pet store, from the side of the road or from a Wal-Mart parking lot. Also, when our state lawmakers introduce and pass a bill to stop animal suffering and put puppy mill owners out of business.
I am a member of an extended family who has been vacationing at Holden Beach since 1971. This annual event is now made up of more than 30 members and we often stay two or more weeks, sometimes requiring the rental of four to five houses. We love it there and obviously over the years have made a substantial economic impact.
LELAND — Leland’s economic development committee finished the first town business survey in time to provide a brief overview of responses at its Oct. 13 meeting.
The LEDC sent the survey to 352 businesses in July in an effort to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.