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Today's Opinions

  • Sunset Beach’s updated cabana ordinance confounds

    Sunset Beach Town Council members are within their rights to restrict beach cabanas as they see fit on behalf of the citizens they are elected to serve.

    But their March 5 vote to prohibit commercial cabana vendors and rental enterprises from erecting or removing cabanas for customers on the beach leaves too many residents, vacationers and business owners scratching their heads ... again.

    Some still argue that cabanas are not only unsightly, but also take up too much real estate on Sunset Beach, the smallest of Brunswick County’s beaches.

  • Demand and protect government openness

    Carolina Shores hosted a Sunshine Week open house Tuesday morning at town hall, just as it has for the past several years.

    Sunshine Week, observed this year March 11-17, is an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government.

    Here in the Tar Heel State, there are two sunshine laws: its open meetings law and its public records law.

  • How we report on our local candidates for office

    The filing period is over for the May 8 primary and Nov. 6 general election. Filing for county Soil & Water District candidates begins at noon Monday, June 11, and is open until noon Friday, July 6, while filing for judicial candidates begins Monday, June 18, and is open until Friday, June 29. These elections are held during the general election Nov. 6.

    But we felt it appropriate to review now how the Beacon covers news about candidates.

    The Beacon does not endorse candidates. That practice will not change this year.

  • Proposed insurance rate hikes threaten county

    Brunswick County’s population continues to boom, spurring economic development efforts and fueling new businesses while also prompting infrastructure improvement plans to meet growth.

    Two recent requests by the North Carolina Rate Bureau threaten to bring it all to an abrupt halt.

    The bureau, which represents all companies writing property insurance in the state, filed notice in November asking for a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates for 2018.

  • Here we go

    Editor’s note: This editorial is republished with permission from the (Greenwood, S.C.) Index-Journal.

     

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  • Maintain Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging progress

    Almost a year ago, concerned citizens including local boat captains spoke before the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners, and then the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, to voice their worries about shoaling in Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    Although dredging was performed in late August and early September, it was for maintenance of the inlet, a temporary fix.

    By the time the next scheduled dredging takes place, it is likely the inlet will be as clogged as it was before — perhaps even worse.

  • Community needs more details on county flu death cases

    This flu season has been one of the worst in recent history. Flu activity remains high for most of the country, with some areas still rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its Jan. 26 report.

    “This is the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic,” the CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan said. “The rapid increase in cases we have been seeing after the winter holidays … is among all ages, but is higher in children.”

  • BFA’s growth meets, reflects need

    Brunswick Family Assistance, based in Shallotte, held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony this past Monday for its office in Leland at 324-I Village Road where services are now available five days a week.