09 – News & Views

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News & Views / September Edition

Calendar of Events –

October 3-5              U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, Southport

King Mackerel Tournament - CRForty (40) years ago a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. The prizes and expenses for the first tournament were guaranteed by those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution – thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament now attracts almost 400 boats annually and is held in high esteem by the community and anglers.
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October 5-6               Riverfest, Wilmington

Riverfest - CRWilmington’s Riverfest is celebrated in October and runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College over a half mile of free family entertainment. Riverfest began in 1979 and is now a three-day event.
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October 5               Sunset at Sunset, Sunset Beach

Held the first Saturday in October each year, Sunset at Sunset is the Town of Sunset Beach’s Community Block Party. The 13th annual autumn event is scheduled to happen again this year, in front of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Blvd in Sunset Beach.
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October 19-20                N.C. Oyster Festival, Ocean Isle Beach

Oyster Festival Logo - CRThis is the thirty-ninth (39th) annual North Carolina Oyster Festival. The coastal waters of Brunswick County provide an abundance of the marine mollusks each year bringing over 30,000 people to Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate the tasty treat. The beach center becomes a walking district that offers something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off and the Oyster Shucking Contest.
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October 26-27                                               N.C. Festival by the Sea, Holden Beach

Hosted by the Holden Beach Merchants Association this two day festival occurs on the last full weekend in October. This two day event is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. There is a fishing tournament, horseshoe tournament, and a sandcastle building contest. Vendors provide food, arts and crafts, amusement rides and other activities. There is live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach’s Pavilion.
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TDA - logo
Discover a wide range of things to do in the Brunswick Islands for an experience that goes beyond the beach.
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Calendar of Events – Island

International Coastal Clean-up
The Town of Holden Beach will participate in the International Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, September 21st. Participants will be assigned a beach access or waterway park area to clean. If you are interested, please call Town Hall at (910) 842-6488 to get your beach access assignment.

Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash
The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline.

SEARCH 5K Color Run
See Every Athlete Run for Conditional Health. The purpose of the program and of this event is to work on reducing childhood obesity by promoting healthy, active lifestyles into adulthood. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.

Boo at the Beach
Mark your calendars. Boo at the Beach will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion. This free event features booths with carnival games for children, sponsored by organizations, business and residents. Community organizations who would like to participate by providing a carnival game and candy in exchange for advertising their business should contact the Town at (910) 842-6488.

Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
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Reminders –

Speed Limit
Please take notice – Speed limit seasonal limitations, in accordance with Town Ordinances. Speed limit will change on OBW from 35mph to 45mph west of the general store. This change will take place on October 1st and be effective through March 31st  

Vehicle Decals
It is important that you have your
vehicle decals in place in order to avoid being denied access to the island once re-entry is allowed during a storm event. If you do not have your decals, contact Town Hall now. Decals shall not be issued during the 24-hour period prior to an anticipated order of evacuation.

Solid Waste Collection Schedule    
Solid waste was being collected by Waste Industries on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Waste Industries change in service, trash pickup will be once a week. This year September 28th was the last Saturday trash pick-up until June. Trash collection went back to Tuesdays only.

Recycling – last weekly pick-up is September 24th
Waste Industries change in service, schedule goes back to every other Tuesday 

Please note:
.     • Trash carts must be at the street by 6:00 a.m. on the pickup day.
    • Carts will be rolled back to the front of the house.
    • BAG the trash before putting it in the cart.


Pets on the Beach Strand
Pets – Chapter 90 / Animals / 90.20
Effective September 10th


. 1) Pets allowed back on the beach strand during the hours of 9:00am through 5:00pm
. 2) Dog’s need to be on a leash
. 3) Owner’s need to clean up after their animals

BOC’s Meeting
The Board of Commissioners’ next Regular Meeting is scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month, October 15th


News from Town of Holden Beach
The town sends out emails of events, news, agendas, notifications and emergency information. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please go to their web site to complete your subscription to the Holden Beach E-Newsletter.
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Volunteers needed
The Town is always looking for people to volunteer for their various boards and committees. If you are interested in serving, please fill out a resume form and submit it to heather@hbtownhall.com.

Curbside Recycling

Waste Industries is now offering curbside recycling for Town properties that desire to participate in the service. The service cost is $82.48 annually paid in advance to the Town of Holden Beach and consists of a ninety-six (96) gallon cart that is emptied every other week.
Curbside Recycling Application » click here
Curbside Recycling Calendar » click here

Elevator - CRElevators
Most states mandate that elevator systems be tested and inspected annually. Currently the state of North Carolina does not require annual inspections to be performed on all elevator systems. The use of unsafe and defective lifting devices imposes a substantial probability of serious and preventable injury to your family and guests. It is in the owner’s best interest to minimize injuries and liability by scheduling an annual safety inspection to ensure the safe operation of their elevator system.

Safety Notice –
Waupaca Elevator Company has issued an important safety notice. The potential hazard is associated with normal wear in your elevator. If your elevator develops the problem and it is not repaired, the elevator may drop unexpectedly with you in it and you may be injured. They recommend you contact your elevator service company.

Waupaca Elevator Recalls to Inspect Elevators Due to Injury Hazard

The elevator cab can fall unexpectedly to the bottom of the elevator shaft and abruptly stop, posing an injury hazard to consumers in the elevator cab.

Consumer Contact:
Waupaca Elevator toll-free at 833-850-7981 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail at info@WaupacaElevator.com or online at www.WaupacaElevator.com and click on Recall Information for more information.

Recall Details

This recall involves residential elevator models Custom Lift 450# and Custom Lift 500#, shipped and installed between 1979 and 2008. The recalled elevators are used in consumers’ homes.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled elevators and contact Waupaca Elevator to schedule a free gearbox inspection and the installation of a free overspeed braking device. Waupaca Elevator also will provide the installation of a free gearbox if the gearbox inspection reveals that the gears in the gearbox have worn down.

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If you need something to keep you busy in this colder weather, make sure to visit the island library. The library is in the upstairs of Holden Beach Town Hall. All the books were donated. Patrons of the library don’t have to check out a book; they are on the honor system to return it.

Neighborhood Watch –

Need to look out for each other
Call 911 if you see or hear anything suspicious
Fill out Keep Check Request Form if you will be out of town
• Submit completed Property Registration Form
• Pickup copy of Protecting Your Home

Upon Further Review –


Turtle Watch Program – 2019

. 1) Current nest count – 105 as of 09/22/19
Average annual number of nests is 39.5
. 2)
First nest of the season was on May 9th


A record number of nests this year, breaking the previous record of 73 set in 2013

Total number of nests historically –

  1. 2012: 48
  2. 2013: 73
  3. 2014: 19
  4. 2015: 53
  5. 2016: 52
  6. 2017: 50
  7. 2018: 30
  8. 2019: 105

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N.C. beaches seeing a sea turtle nesting boom
Officials hope decades of protection efforts both on the beach and in the ocean are finally paying off
With the busiest months of nesting season behind us, some sites in Southeastern N.C. have seen more sea turtles laying their eggs on local beaches. As of the end of July, the number of nests from the northern Outer Banks to Bird Island was 2,136. “Previously, 2016 was our biggest year on record, with 1,622 loggerhead nests,” said Matthew Godfrey, a sea turtle biologist with the N.C. Sea Turtle Nesting Monitoring and Protection project. A total of 1,650 nest were reported that year. While the group began monitoring nesting activities in the late 1970s, complete data is only available for the state’s beaches since 2009. June and July are typically the busiest for nesting, but August and September can also see a number of visits.
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It’s a banner year for sea turtles along the North Carolina coast.
What’s behind it?
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How did North Carolina’s sea turtle nests fare during Dorian?
The fast-moving hurricane appears to have had a limited impact on the state’s remaining nests.
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PAR Course / Fitness Trail
Par Course is a fitness trail which consists of a course equipped with a series of stations distributed along the way where one is to stop and perform a specific exercise. The course is designed for exercising the human body to promote good health. March of 2011 the BOC’s approved a contract between the Town and Holden Beach Enterprises for the purchase of eighteen properties for $76,000 that had a tax assessment value of $1,976,020. The properties were zoned conservation and are located on the second row, between Greensboro and Scotch Bonnet.

The Holden Beach course is located on that quarter mile stretch on the north side of OBW. The course consists of twenty (20) exercise stations with multiple stations clustered together. The plan was approved in August 2011 and installation of the equipment was completed in September of 2011. Par Course was supposed to include benches, water fountains and palm trees with project costs already in budget with the BPART account as the source of the funding. Original plans called for seventy (70) palm trees but in February of 2012 the Board waffled and decided to put installing any vegetation on hold. Programmed funds for palms were not executed per BOC’s   and were returned to fund balance. So currently there is no vegetation there. It sorely needs some landscaping to make it more visually appealing.

So, let me get this straight –
We paid an engineer and landscape architect
We had Parks & Recreation Advisory Board recommend approval
We had Town staff support plan
Plan was approved by BOC’s in August of 2011
Installation of equipment was completed in September of 2011
Raging debate about vegetation was in February of 2012
.       •
Went from 70 palm trees to no vegetation
Benches and water fountains were installed in January of 2013
.       • We are still undecided about vegetation there

We still have not completely implemented plan

that was approved some ninety-six (96) months ago.

Corrections & Amplifications –

Previously reported – January 2018
Federal court voids North Carolina’s GOP-drawn congressional map for partisan gerrymandering
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Previously reported – September 2018
NC Congressional Districts Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered 
A panel of three federal judges ruled for the second time this year that the state’s congressional map was drawn to so egregiously benefit Republicans that it violates the Constitution.

North Carolina Republicans’ long track record of unconstitutional laws
This week a panel of federal judges ruled that North Carolina Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered the state’s congressional districts to disadvantage Democrats, the latest move in a legal saga going back to 2011.

Gerrymandering is the process by which legislators draw voting districts that give their own party a political advantage. The North Carolina map, for instance, allowed Republicans to take 10 out of the state’s 13 House seats in 2016 despite winning 53 percent of the statewide popular vote.
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Update –
North Carolina court strikes down state legislative map as unconstitutional gerrymander
A North Carolina court on Tuesday struck down the Republican-drawn state legislative map as an illegal partisan gerrymander and gave lawmakers two weeks to enact new district lines for next year’s elections.
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Three North Carolina Judges Step in Where the Supreme Court Refuses
The Supreme Court’s conservatives said gerrymandering was not a matter for courts, leaving the job of protecting democratic self-rule to state judges.
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Odds & Ends

Brunswick County residents invited to take hurricane survey
North Carolina’s estuarine habitats provide a wide range of benefits from being nursery habitats to filtering water pollution but are increasingly threatened by natural and human pressures. One of the greatest challenges for managing the coast is that drivers of habitat loss happen at different scales. For example, changes can be caused by short-term events, like hurricanes, or long-term from every day waves. A suite of options exist to manage erosion, such as hard bulkheads and nature-based living shorelines, but research comparing the various options and their broader impacts is limited. This study seeks to better understand how people and habitats are impacted based on the shoreline management project near them. This study combines science from multiple disciplines, through geospatial, emerging low-cost remote sensing and aerial mapping technologies, waterfront homeowner surveys, and citizen science. This study hopes to understand long-term patterns of shoreline and coastal habitat change, identify socio-ecological mechanisms responsible for shoreline and habitat changes and test citizen science-based approaches for future shoreline monitoring. As part of this study, researchers at East Carolina University and University of North Carolina at Wilmington have collaborated to develop an online survey related to people’s experiences during Hurricane Florence and their experiences living on the coast in North Carolina. The survey is part of a larger study on the impacts of shoreline management strategies. To access the survey, go to tinyurl.com/NCCoastalSurvey2019.Resilience of North Carolina estuarine ecosystems is dependent upon coastal management decisions made now. The results of this study will directly inform future coastal management, serve as a mechanism to educate homeowners on shoreline conservation and management strategies and enable the development of long-term, cost-effective shoreline monitoring procedures that can be scaled up to state or region levels.
10A Brunswick Beacon

County residents invited to take NC Coastal Shoreline and Hurricane Survey

>> Take survey at tinyurl.com/NCCoastalSurvey2019

>> Learn more about the NC Coastal Shoreline and Hurricane Survey and Study

North Carolina’s estuarine habitats provide a wide range of benefits from being nursery habitats to filtering water pollution but are increasingly threatened by natural and human pressures. One of the greatest challenges for managing the coast is that drivers of habitat loss happen at different scales. For example, changes can be caused by short-term events, like hurricanes, or long-term from every day waves. A suite of options exist to manage erosion, such as hard bulkheads and nature-based living shorelines, but research comparing the various options and their broader impacts is limited. This study seeks to better understand how people and habitats are impacted based on the shoreline management project near them. This study combines science from multiple disciplines, through geospatial, emerging low-cost remote sensing and aerial mapping technologies, waterfront homeowner surveys, and citizen science.

This study hopes to understand:
1. Long-term patterns of shoreline and coastal habitat change;
Identify socio-ecological mechanisms responsible for shoreline and habitat changes;
Test citizen science-based approaches for future shoreline monitoring.

As part of this study, researchers at East Carolina University and University of North Carolina Wilmington have collaborated to develop an online survey related to people’s experiences during Hurricane Florence and their experiences living on the coast in North Carolina. The survey is part of a larger study on the impacts of shoreline management strategies.

To access the survey, go to tinyurl.com/NCCoastalSurvey2019

Resilience of North Carolina estuarine ecosystems is dependent upon coastal management decisions made now. The results of this study will directly inform future coastal management, serve as a mechanism to educate homeowners on shoreline conservation and management strategies, and enable the development of long-term, cost-effective shoreline monitoring procedures that can be scaled up to state or region levels.

Previously reported – July 2018

Cape Fear Council of Governments Letter
The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is pleased to submit this proposal and agreement to develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (LUP) for the Town of Holden Beach. Assisting our member governments is a primary tenet of our mission and vision, and we hope that we can continue our years of involvement by performing the work outlined in the Proposal for you.

In the past few years, the CFCOG has developed or updated Land Use Plans for Ocean Isle Beach, Boiling Spring Lakes, Shallotte, Sunset Beach, Southport, and Topsail Beach. Our reputation for professionalism, competence, and technical skill has been earned by delivering valuable products that meet or exceed customer expectations. Our staff values that reputation and we look forward to the opportunity to validate it during the process of developing your Land Use Plan.

This project will be led by our Senior Regional Planner, Wes Macleod, who will be the primary contact for the Town. I will provide oversight and technical support. As CFCOG’s Executive Director, Chris May will be available to the Town to oversee staff and to guide the entire process. The CFCOG will work with Holden Beach to settle on a completion date and will not exceed our proposed budget of $30,000 to be expended over the course of two fiscal years.
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A public input meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Public Assembly. This meeting is held as part of the land use planning process for the Town of Holden Beach. Holden Beach’s Land Use Plan provides guidance to local decision-makers to achieve the long-term vision for the community. This allows local decision makers to be proactive rather than reactive and helps maintain Holden Beach as one of the finest family-oriented beaches on the East Coast of the United States. The meeting is structured to be engaging and informative.

Town’s Land Use Plan

Previously reported – February 2019
Holden Beach residents give input for updated land use plan
Holden Beach residents at a Feb. 7 meeting with the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) were able to give input on the town’s developing land use plan. Town commissioners voted in July to approve an agreement between the town and the CFCOG for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan update. A land use plan is an official document containing goals, policies, analyses and maps that serves as a community’s blueprint for growth, Wes MacLeod, senior regional planner with CFCOG, told attendees at the special meeting, providing them with some of the data about the town already collected for the land use plan.

MacLeod provided history on the town’s population growth, which shows a decrease of more than 200 residents from the year 2000, with 787 permanent town residents, to 575 permanent residents in 2010. As of 2016 the number of permanent Holden Beach residents was 633. It’s estimated that the population will grow to 708 in 2020, 783 in 2025, 859 in 2030, 935 in 2035, 1,016 in 2040 and 1,095 by 2046. The median age for the town is 61.4, compared to the county’s median age of 50.9, and the state’s median age of 38.3. The majority of those living in Holden Beach are considered Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 74), making up 56.35 percent of the town. For the seasonal population, the most recent data from 2016 showed the peak seasonal overnight population estimate for Holden Beach at 16,811 people. The median value of owner-occupied housing in Holden Beach as of 2016 was $406,000.

MacLeod also showed information from the community survey update. He said CFCOG received 891 responses, including 810 property owner responses and 81 non-resident responses, including visitors and off-island residents. The survey showed Holden Beach residents when it comes to new private development desires, would most like to see more entertainment on the island like restaurants and theaters, low-density single-family residences and small businesses that serve the needs of residents. Survey takers said they consider the most important roles for the town to play in influencing the character of development on Holden Beach to be managing the density and intensity of new development by regulating the size and layout of buildings, protecting the beach and encouraging continued coastal storm damage reduction and beach protection and retaining and enhancing the community’s appearance through landscaping, signs, lighting and architectural standards. They also said coastal storm damage reduction, density development and environmental protections are the most important growth and development issues facing Holden Beach. When it comes to transportation issues, survey takers said the most important ones are maintenance of the town’s existing roadways, parking availability/public access congestion and roadway drainage. When asked to share their favorite things about Holden Beach, the most common responses from survey takers were its lack of commercial development, its uncrowded and clean beaches, its family-friendly atmosphere, its natural resources including the beaches and marshes, it’s quiet, off-season “solitude’ and the fact that the town is mostly made up of single-family houses.

Attendees were then given a brainstorming exercise. MacLeod wrote down on large pieces of paper what those at the meeting thought were the town’s most important assets, important issues and their desires for the future in Holden Beach. Attendees were then given dots to place next to the two of those they considered the most important. Preliminary results showed attendees saw the most important assets as the beach, the lack of commercial development, Lockwood Folly and the marshes and wetlands. The most important issues appeared to be rising sea levels, offshore drilling and stormwater. As for desires for the town, the most popular answers were sustainable growth, improving the causeway’s appearance and a fully maintained and marked inlet. MacLeod said the answers would be tallied by CFCOG to be used in the land use plan.
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Update –
Land Use Plan Steering Committee’s meeting was held on August 27th.
Agenda Packet » click here
This should be their last meeting; a draft will be sent to P&Z for approval.
Land Use Plan Engagement Session was held on September 17th.
View draft of the plan » click here

What is the Land Use Plan?
“Holden Beach’s Land Use Plan provides guidance to local decision-makers seeking to achieve the community’s long-term vision. This process allows public officials, staff, and other stakeholders to be proactive rather than reactive in maintaining Holden Beach’s status as one of the finest family oriented coastal communities on the East Coast of the United States. This plan builds on the previous land use plans prepared by Holden Beach in 1980, 1985, 1990, 1997, and 2009. It encompasses all geographic areas in the community; considering issues of future land use, development, and natural resource protection. The plan is long-range in nature and looks beyond current issues to address potential future land use and environmental issues over the next 10 to 15 years and beyond.”   

If you have any input or questions email them to HBPOA@hotmail.com

This & That

Meet the Candidates Night
The Holden Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA) will host its “Meet the Candidates Night” on Friday, October 18th in the Town Hall meeting room. The objective of their event is to help you make an informed decision when you vote for Town leaders.

HBPOA invites all property owners to suggest topics and submit questions for the candidates to address.  Please e-mail your questions to: h.b.candidates@gmail.com. They will submit the questions to every candidate and give them plenty of time to compose their written answers. The candidate’s responses will be available on the HBPOA website prior to the session and copies will be handed out the night of the event. During the session, each candidate will have time to introduce themselves, describe their qualifications, tell us about their platform, and where they stand on key issues. They will also take questions from the floor for the candidates to answer. Candidates Night provides a way for citizens to listen to the voices of those who seek to lead by serving as municipal officers of the Town of Holden Beach.
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Could Holden Beach still lose its pier?
The pier went on the market in October 2018, and owner Guilford Bass said a potential buyer is investigating the property
On a warm Friday evening in August, the Holden Beach Fishing Pier is a busy place. Anglers are purchasing supplies, and vacationers are stopping by for ice cream and a moonlight stroll. The 510-foot-long pier has been a fixture on Holden Beach since 1959 — ten years before Holden Beach was incorporated as a town. But with the pier currently on the market, its future is very much in question. According to a brochure from Wilmington-based Cape Fear Commercial, the pier and it’s adjacent parcels, which include a 10-room motel and an RV park, are up for sale. The eight parcels total more than 4 acres, with about 735 feet of beach frontage. While the property is not yet under contract, property owner Guilford Bass said a potential buyer is considering the site.
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

A Second Helping
They just completed the fifteenth year of the program. For the last thirteen weeks they have collected food on Saturday mornings in front of Beach Mart; the food is distributed to the needy in Brunswick County. During this summer season, they collected 14,330 pounds of food and $2,780 in monetary donationsTheir food collections have now exceeded two hundred and forty-three thousand (243,000) pounds of food since this program began in June of 2005. Hunger exists everywhere in this country.  Thanks to the Holden Beach vacationers for donating again this year!  Cash donations are gratefully accepted. One hundred percent (100%) of these cash donations are used to buy more food. You can be assured that the money will be very well spent.

Mail Donations to:
A Second Helping % Douglas Cottrell
2939 Alan Trail
Supply, NC 28462                         


Hot Button Issues
Subjects that are important to people and about which they have strong opinions

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Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing
The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 85 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses. Half of those environmental rollback attempts, like the new methane reversal, will undercut efforts by previous administrations to reduce emissions and fight climate change. Many of these efforts have been challenged in the courts; whether the administration will succeed in achieving all of its goals is far from certain.
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Development Fees
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Flood Insurance Program
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Homeowners Insurance
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N.C. Rate Bureau requests rate increase for dwelling policies
The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a dwelling insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Aug. 14. The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the Department of Insurance, represents all companies writing property insurance in the state. The NCRB requested a statewide average rate increase of 19.2%, varying by territory, with a requested effective date of July 1, 2020. The filing includes a requested increase of 24.3% in extended (wind) coverage and an increase of 4.6% in fire coverage. The proposed rate increases are capped by territory at 30% for extended coverage and 5% for fire coverage. Dwelling insurance policies are not homeowners’ insurance policies. Dwelling policies are for non-owner-occupied residences of no more than four units, including rental properties, investment properties and other properties that are not occupied full time by the property owner.
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Hurricane Season

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Governor orders mandatory evacuation for barrier islands
Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all barrier islands, including all Brunswick County beaches, effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday as Hurricane Dorian moves up the East Coast.
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Area beaches see minimal Dorian erosion, even gain sand
Even with reports of minor erosion, area beaches are exhaling a collective sigh of relief after the brush with Dorian, which skirted Southeastern North Carolina as a Category 2 storm overnight Thursday. Officials woke up Friday expecting the worst, only to find Dorian’s visit had gone better than expected — especially in the case of erosion.
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Brunswick officials breathe collective sigh of relief following Dorian’s passing
While the southern areas of Brunswick County appeared to bear the brunt of Hurricane Dorian, the central areas of Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and the Town of Shallotte fortunately suffered no significant damages during the storm.

Holden Beach
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 5, Mayor Alan Holden released information through the Holden Beach Newsletter and issued several communications throughout the storm. His 1:01 p.m. newsletter stated intermittent rain falling along the island with intervals of sunshine. The surf continued to become “more aggressive” throughout the afternoon as islanders anticipated stronger winds and rains into the evening. Holden stated he expected winds speeds of approximately 90 mph. Due to the prediction the storm was expected to pass offshore, Holden stated he expected less damage as the island appeared to be on the “good side” of Dorian’s path. Holden predicted storm surge could reach up to seven feet, especially if the wind direction shifted, pushing waters westerly. As the storm predictions pushed the storm’s overhead passing into the evening, Holden stated it would likely be Friday morning before “a reasonable safe inspection can be attempted.” Holden also stressed that allowing residents back to the island was “a priority.” The municipal water and sewer systems were shut off, but the island continued to receive power. Holden also reminded property owners decals were required to cross the bridge.

Later shortly after 9 p.m., Holden issued a second newsletter announcing the island “was in good shape.” He described the ocean as rough and rain bands as “active.” No water wash overs had been reported. The mayor reiterated he did not expect the island to suffer any major damages. He advised the Holden Beach Sewer Department would be checking systems as soon as possible “in hopes of returning to normal operations.” Holden, like the other Brunswick beaches, shifted to water stored in the town water tanks during the storm.

By Friday at 10:30 a.m., Holden assured residents the Public Works Department was working to get the sewer system up and running. The Holden Beach Fire Department was checking safety issues and the police department was patrolling for security. Holden and Town Manager David Hewett continued contact with authorities as required. Holden stated there was “very little damage to the houses. The beachfront suffered very little erosion. There are no dune breaches. There are some streets that have water too deep to drive through. Some canal homes have water in the yards and possibly in ground level garages, etc. There is very little roof damage on the island and very little damage to siding on the houses.”

Shortly before noon, Holden stated the “governor of North Carolina has given permission to open the island subject to local authority approval. Residents with 2019 approved decals will be allowed to re-enter and cross the bridge at 12:00 noon today. The island will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.” “Holden Beach has again dodged a bullet at the very last minute,” Holden stated. Throughout the storm, the beach continued to have power. The majority of streets were safe, and the sewer system was “almost 100 percent.”
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How did North Carolina’s sea turtle nests fare during Dorian?
The fast-moving hurricane appears to have had a limited impact on the state’s remaining nests.
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As part of Florence recovery, NC could help your favorite beach pay for sand
Florence’s damage is part of the reason, budget writers said, that the state budget includes $21.5 million for beach nourishment projects. Should North Carolina pass a budget containing those funds, it would come on the heels of $18.5 million in the state’s Florence disaster relief package, all adding up to the state’s first true effort to build its Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation — or beach nourishment — fund.
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Inlet Hazard Areas
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Public Can Weigh in on Inlet Hazard Updates
The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management will host of public meetings on proposed updated inlet hazard area boundaries and building rules within those areas, after a series of hearings about the updated erosion rates used to determine the proposed IHAs. Everyone from coastal property owners to developers will get a chance to weigh in on the preliminary boundaries, which were approved earlier this year by the state Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC.

The CRC unanimously approved the fiscal analysis and rule amendments to the proposed inlet hazard areas, or IHAs, Wednesday during the commission’s quarterly meeting held in Wilmington. That analysis, approved Aug. 30 by the Office of State Budget and Management and state Department of Environmental Quality, details the number of structures removed from and added to be included within the boundaries. Currently there are 750 structures within IHAs, which are defined as shorelines especially vulnerable to erosion and flooding where inlets can shift suddenly and dramatically. Of those structures, 307 would be removed from ocean hazard areas, or OHAs, under the proposed boundary revisions. Any of those homes built before 1980 would, for the first time in nearly 40 years, not be included inside of these boundaries, according to Ken Richardson, shoreline management specialist with Division of Coastal Management.

OHAs are made up of three areas of environmental concern, or AECs: IHAs, ocean erodible areas, or OEAs, and unvegetated beach. The proposed updated boundaries would include a total of about 930 structures within IHAs. Of those, 219 would be new to the OHA, meaning this would be the first time they would be within an IHA or OEA. Properties newly exempt from the OHA will have less stringent development and redevelopment rules than those within an IHA. AECs are identified as areas that may be easily destroyed by erosion or flooding or may have environmental, social, economic or aesthetic values that make it valuable to the state. More than 2,900 acres of land is within IHA boundaries at 10 of the 19 active inlets in the state. The 10 are: Tubbs, Shallotte and Lockwood Folly inlets in Brunswick County; Carolina Beach, Masonboro, Mason and Rich inlets in New Hanover County; New Topsail Inlet in Pender County; New River Inlet in Onslow County; and Bogue Inlet in Carteret County.

A majority of IHAs are being expanded under the proposed boundaries, which include building setbacks that vary from inlet to inlet. The science panel that advises the CRC has for years worked on the proposed setbacks, studying historical shoreline data at each inlet and using that information to predict erosion and accretion rates at those inlets. Building setbacks in the new boundaries are set based on annual inlet erosion rates rather than oceanfront erosion rates. For some of the inlets, this method of calculation equates to no change in the current building setbacks. For others, the setbacks vary. Setback requirements will not change for a little more than 730 properties in IHAs. Fifty-seven properties will have decreased setback requirements, while setback requirements will increase for 137 properties. Under the proposed changes, boundaries and setbacks will be reviewed every five years.

Richardson told the CRC last week that OEAs and IHAs are not factors in the calculation of flood insurance premiums. The proposed IHA updates “do not have an immediate negative or positive impact” to community National Flood Insurance Policy’s Community Rating System, a voluntary program that incentivizes communities that go above and beyond the minimum floodplain management requirements, according to the fiscal analysis.

The updated rules maintain the structure size limitation to no more than 5,000 square feet of heated space and no more than one unit per 15,000 square feet of land area. Homes and businesses that exceed the size limit and would be included in the new boundaries would be grandfathered under the rules. IHA rules apply to property owners who want built a new structure or replace one that has been damaged and requires more than 50% repair.

If approved, the amended boundaries and rules may be adopted by early next year.

Public hearings on the updated erosion rates use to determine the proposed IHAs will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 10 a.m. Oct. 3, Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington.
  • 2 p.m. Oct. 3, Harper Library, 109 W. Moore St., Southport.
  • 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, 822 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke.
  • 10 a.m. Oct. 9, Nags Head Board of Commissioners room, 5401 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head.
  • 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Outer Bank Center for Wildlife Education, 1160 Village Lane, Corolla.
  • 10 a.m. Oct. 15, Surf City Welcome Center, 102 North Shore Drive, Surf City.
  • 3 p.m. Oct. 15, Sneads Ferry Library, 1330 N.C. 210, Sneads Ferry.
  • 3 p.m. Oct. 17, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City.
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Dining #2Eating out is one of the great little joys of life.

Restaurant Review:
Dinner Club visits a new restaurant once a month. Ratings reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, ambience and service, with price taken into consideration.
///// May 2019
Name:            Villa Romana                                                                                          Cuisine:           Italian
Location:        707 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach SC
Contact:          843.448.4990 /
Food:                Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:           Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:      Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:                 Inexpensive <=17 / Moderate <=22 / Expensive <=27 / Exorbitant <=40
Rating:            Three Stars
A quintessential Italian restaurant, it feels like the great Italian restaurants that were more prevalent many years ago. The decor mirrors traditional Roman architecture with its columns, statues and fountains. The roving accordion player contributes to its old-world charm. Established in 1985, Villa Romana has one of the most interesting Italian menus in Myrtle Beach. The menu reflects home-style interpretations of their family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. What makes them great is they are happy to prepare any dishes you want as long as the ingredients are available. I just can’t say enough good things about this restaurant and the incredible dining experience they provide. It’s about as good as it gets!

Book Review:
Read several books from The New York Times best sellers fiction list monthly
Selection represents this month’s pick of the litter

by Blake Crouch
Technothriller about the space-time continuum. Neuroscientist Dr. Helena Smith who studies memory and N.Y.P.D. detective Barry Sutton make an unlikely pair. A machine she designed to help people relive their memories creates apocalyptic consequences, it has the ability to change memory and thereby reality. They join forces in a Groundhog Day maneuver to stabilize the continuum.



REPLAY by Ken Grimwood
Replay, published in 1986, asks the question: “What if you could live your life over again?”  Jeff Winston repeatedly dies and wakes up earlier in his life, each time the length of the loopbacks growing shorter. He relives his life, over and over, with intact memories of the previous lives.


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