• Support makes Blue Crab Festival so successful

    To the editor:

    The World Famous Blue Crab Festival would like to thank the community for its ongoing support.

    This event would not be possible without the assistance of many local businesses and hundreds of volunteers. The festival’s success is mirrored by Little River’s incessant growth, and we hope our visitors enjoyed all our wonderful community has to offer.

    We hope to see you again next year, May 18-19, 2019.


    Izzy West

  • Thanks for promoting SBIC food pantry fundraiser

    To the editor:

    I wanted to thank the Beacon for the three weeks of publishing the “Sing into Spring” South Brunswick Interchurch Council community news item. I know it helped to pack the church and helped us raise $2,817 from the love offering.

    It was a joyful few hours of diverse music. It was nice to participate and help organize this concert that now affords the food pantry to purchase 10,000 pounds of food for the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry, according to Mary Pritchard, food pantry coordinator.

  • Thank you to alert motorist, AAA for service

    To the editor:

    We would like to personally thank the driver of a car who passed us May 15 about 4 p.m. on 23rd Street North as we left the Wilmington VA hospital and were about three miles on 23rd headed for Wrightsville Road to dinner. He yelled at us that our rear tire was going flat.

    We pulled into Southern Kitchen Design’s parking lot across from the UPS and he was right. AAA at 1717 23rd St. had us rolling within 50 minutes of pulling in and did a wonderful job also.

    Thank you to both. That’s what road service is all about!

  • Town should create, adopt code of conduct

    To the editor:

    As a prior 30-year Sunset Beach property owner, I am continually taken aback and ashamed by the continuous articles in the Beacon concerning the lack of professional conduct by Sunset Beach elected figures. What a disgrace to the citizens and landowners of Sunset Beach.

    Councilman Rich Cerrato’s latest outbreak of behavior continues to demonstrate he has an anger management problem. This behavior is a continual problem for all in the Sunset Beach community.

  • Facts indicate need for Jinks Creek dredging

    To the editor:

    This letter is written in direct response to Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Jan Harris’ comment at the last town meeting that if the public knew the facts about the Sunset Beach dredging project, they would understand why she was against it.

  • Where there is smoke, there are fire fees

    To the editor:

    When you blow away the smoke, you will better understand the cause of the fire and the recent drama reported in the Beacon.

    Sunset Beach Town Council voted 4-1 to increase your fire fee rate by 45 percent. This rate increase is equivalent to a 3.5-cent property tax rate increase.

  • Mother Nature yet controls Jinks Creek

    To the editor:

    When Mannon Gore platted Sunset Beach island with 50-by 90-foot lots, he had in mind cottages, not castles. He had in mind fishing skiffs and small boats, not 30-foot Grady Whites and yachts. The finger canals were designed to give cottage owners access to the marsh for fishing and crabbing with skiffs and small, shallow draft boats. And until the ‘80s, the island and its good fishing and crabbing remained open to these small craft launched from homes or from Sunset Boulevard.

  • Name road for servicemen who died in Vietnam

    To the editor:

    Regarding naming a piece of Brunswick County highway for men killed in Vietnam, it is difficult to understand how the naming of just five miles of Interstate 140 to honor the acceptance of civic responsibility by 10 young men that resulted in their death in Vietnam could be a bad precedent.

    Recognizing the sacrifice of one group doesn’t detract from the contribution of others, but it does dilute the significance and the sacrifice of these 10 men and their families by lumping them into a large group.

  • Thank you for supporting Wine Fest 2018

    To the editor:

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation would like to thank all of its 2018 Wine Fest sponsors.

    Donations of time, material and support were critical in making Wine Fest 2018 an outstanding success. Wine Fest sponsors are the reason we can offer a great event and in the long-term offer programs and exhibits to help further our educational mission.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council must listen to its residents

    To the editor:

    There was a Sunset Beach Town Council meeting May 7 where there was a report made by the consultant, Moffatt & Nichols, on the dredging scoping meeting held with state officials. This was followed by public comments when a number of residents got up and spoke on the subject of dredging. Many residents made a resounding plea to proceed with dredging of the whole area defined as the canals, bay and south and north Jinks Creek, giving clear access to the Intracoastal Waterway.