Today's Opinions

  • Get involved

    To the editor:
    In last week’s Beacon, Marge Dale said, “The Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores (CCCS) unitedly have pushed this park.”
    This is untrue. CCCS has never taken a position regarding the park.
    CCCS was formed in 2009 by 98 residents of Carolina Shores who were disgusted with tactics of the board of commissioners.
    What had been competent governance had become bullying by certain commissioners.

  • Disappointed with festival entertainment

    To the editor:
    The 31st Annual Oyster Festival was blessed with perfect weather, a great turnout and a better layout than past years.
    Having said that, the entertainment was disappointing. Sea Cruz was great, but things went downhill from there.
    The audio mix for Coastline was atrocious. They started an hour late and played only an hour. Then the mystery began. We thought a band was supposed to play right after Coastline, but after another hour of downtime, a bluegrass band that had a bad mix played 15 minutes. More downtime; then Josh Kelly.

  • Vote for Tom Puls for mayor

    To the editor:
    In 2008 I volunteered to serve on the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board. In January 2010 I was asked to serve as chairman of the board.
    Numerous times we were complimented for the work we had accomplished. During that time no one from the town’s staff or any board of commissioners member made any derogatory comments about us not doing our job.

  • Remember value of Election Day

    To the editor:
    There is a group in our community named Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores. They have political rallies, vote and may determine who our elected officials will be unless we decide for ourselves.
    Most came here to retire and enjoy the area. Some decided to run for office. Why not? Once elected, they knew they had to do something. That’s where we entered the picture.

  • Send comments about Carolina Shores roads

    To the editor:
    Thank you, Carolina Shores residents.
    A month ago in a letter to the editor, I asked you to let me know if you were for or against building a park, gazebo, serenity garden or events center. The results are at http://carolinashores.info.
    Thanks to the 207 residents who opposed the “park,” the board of commissioners tabled it. That morning the town received an estimate for construction of $303,000—sealing the deal.
    Most of you said that first the town should fix potholes and repave streets.

  • Will vote for Rich Cerrato

    To the editor:
    I’m voting for Rich...Cerrato, that is. He is extremely qualified to be the mayor of Sunset Beach. He is intelligent, motivated, energetic, knowledgeable, and above all, can and will do a great job.
    Probably his greatest attribute is he “listens.” The current council and mayor do not and have not listened to the people as to what they want in their government. This is the same thing that’s happening in Washington.

  • Proposal would have brought people together

    To the editor:
    It surprises me that two of the people who pushed the change in government down our throats (without a vote from the public) are now complaining about the gathering place suggestion.
    It was just a proposal, not a done deal until there was input from the public. It was only to start out with a few benches and a gazebo.
    Don’t worry; it has been tabled. In fact, one of our former commissioners previously suggested such a spot for musical entertainment.

  • Supports Mike Williams in Sunset

    To the editor:
    I had the pleasure of working with Mike Williams on several committees in Sunset Beach. Mike and his wife just chaired the Seaside United Methodist country fair, which raised more than $60,000 to be used to fund community projects.
    Mike is also a very active volunteer for the Sunset at Sunset festival, an annual event that showcases all that is good about Sunset Beach. He has helped to coordinate volunteers, parking, setup and cleanup for many years. Mike is always the first one to lend a hand wherever something needs to be done.