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Lou’s Views
News & Views / January Edition

Calendar of Events –

Boating Skills & Seamanship Class
On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will start a comprehensive Boating Skills and Seamanship course that satisfies all state requirements. The course is for both novice and experienced boaters and will be taught over thirteen class sessions conducted on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday morning March 7th.

The course covers general information about boating including selecting a boat, registration requirements, equipping your boat, trailering, powering your boat, boat handling, nautical highway signs, rules of the nautical road, boating safety, navigation, plotting, lines and knots, weather, your boat’s radio, what to do in case of boating emergencies, and state-specific laws and regulations you must follow.

Click here to view the full press release and to find information on how to register for the class.

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Calendar of Events Island –

Happy Birthday!

THB officially established on February 14, 1969

.Help us celebrate our 51st Anniversary!

You are invited to the Town’s Birthday Celebration on Friday, February 14th at noon. The event will include lunch and a ceremony to seal the time capsule. Please feel free to bring items to place into the capsule that capture life on Holden Beach today. The Town will provide the meal. Registration is required by Friday, February 7th at 5:00 p.m.
Call 910.842.6488 to register.

Battle at the Beach Pickleball Tournament

May 1st – 3rd, Rain Date May 4th
Bridgeview Park Multipurpose Court
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Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
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Reminders –

BOC’s Meeting
The Board of Commissioners’ next Regular Meeting is scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month, February 11th


Time Capsule
They are collecting memorabilia to be placed in Time Capsule which will be sealed on our 51st birthday. If you have something you would like to add to the Capsule drop it off at Town Hall in the next couple of weeks..

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.
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Recycling renewal is approaching, you should get e-mail letter in the next few weeks

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
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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 –

Federal judge temporarily blocks NC’s voter ID law
A federal judge has put a temporary hold on North Carolina’s voter ID law, according to the NC NAACP. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs issued the notice on Thursday that says voters will not have to present a photo ID in the March primaries. Late Thursday night, the North Carolina Board of Elections informed a printing company in Pennsylvania to stop printing a 12-page informational pamphlet regarding the need for photo ID at the polls. That pamphlet would have gone to 4.7 million households in North Carolina. The Board had already sent a one-sheet explainer to voters about a month ago. The judge’s move comes as the NC NAACP is suing over the voter ID law – saying it was passed with discriminatory intent and will have a discriminatory impact on African American and Latinx voters. The judge granted the plaintiff’s request for an injunction – halting the requirement for photo ID to vote. A full trial is expected before the November general election. Voters approved the constitutional amendment during the November 2018 elections.
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Corrections & Amplifications –

Pet Peeve

Previously reported – January 2019
Discussion of Possible Beach Monitoring for Pets During Offseason / Holidays or Other Actions that May Reduce Ordinance Violations –
Commissioner Kwiatkowski

Agenda Packet –
. (A) It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper to allow:
  (1) A dog off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner, a member of his immediate family, or other responsible person, either by leash, cord, or chain.
(2) Any pet to be on the strand during the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. from May 20 through September 10.
.   (3) Any pet to injure or threaten to injure any person, another pet, or any wildlife.
  (4) Any pet to damage property, including lawns, plants, shrubs, or trees.
.   (5) Excrement deposited by a pet to remain if the excrement is deposited on the strand, on maintained yard areas of persons other than its owner, or upon any public street, beach accessway, parking area, or campground.
.     (a) Any person owning, harboring, walking, in possession of or in charge of a dog, which defecates on public property, public park property, public right-of-way property or any private property, including vacant lots, without the permission of the private property owner, shall remove all feces immediately after it is deposited by the dog. All feces removed in accordance with this section shall be placed in a suitable bag or other container that closes and disposes of in a lawful manner.
.     (b) Any person while harboring, walking, in possession of or in charge of a dog on public property, public park property, public right-of-way or any private property, including vacant lots, without the permission of the private property owner, shall have in his or her possession bags or containers that close, which are suitable for removing feces deposited by the dog. Said person shall have a suitable quantity of bags or containers to remove all feces deposited by the dog.
.     (c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to blind persons using dogs as guides.
    (d) Violation of this section shall be punishable as described in § 90.99.
  (6) Any pet to upset or otherwise disturb garbage or trash containers.
  (7) Any pet to bark, cry, or otherwise habitually or repeatedly emit its natural sounds in such a manner or to such an extent that it is a public nuisance.
. (B) It shall be unlawful for any owner to fail to provide his pet with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and with humane care and treatment. It shall be unlawful for any person to beat, cruelly ill-treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse any pet.

They had some discussion with the understanding that there are two sides of a coin. Once again, David reminded the Board that they need to keep in mind that there is a cost associated with having someone out on the beach strand. A token effort was made to address the free ranging dogs’ issue by asking the police to attempt random patrolling and increase their visibility on the beach strand.

No decision was made – No action taken

Frankly I am used to the fact that most dogs are not on a leash on the beach strand, but it has become ridiculous during the last three holidays. Worse yet is that owners are not removing all feces immediately after it is deposited by their dog. Sadly, this is not that unusual, and doesn’t seem to align with our “Family Beach” moniker. Although I appreciate their attempt to address this issue without enforcement, we are just spinning our wheels. As it is when the Police or Rangers are on the beach strand, we have a significant amount of non-compliance with these ordinances. Maybe a presence and enforcement during festivals and holiday weekends might be helpful. I believe that most of the people know the rules but without any penalty they choose to ignore them. In other words, there are no consequences for their actions. Really would like to see either the police or rangers have some presence on the beach strand enforcing our ordinances would seem a good place to start. It may not eliminate the problem completely, but it couldn’t hurt

Pet Peeve / Abridged Version
Chapter 90 / Animals / 90.20
Dog’s need to be on a leash
.Owner’s need to clean up after their animals (It’s their doody!)

People should not have to fear walking on the beach because of dogs not on leashes.
Goal should be to keep the beach protected, clean and safe
Currently there is almost no penalty for non-compliance
No point in having ordinances if we don’t enforce them
We need people on the beach strand enforcing the ordinances
With more meaningful enforcement you will have greater compliance

Dogs at Wrightsville Beach Flyer
Called Wrightsville Beach and spoke to their Park Ranger who is a full-time animal control officer, they issued over 100 citations at $250 per ticket and over 250 verbal warnings annually.


Update –
Chapter 90 / Animals / 90.20
.   •
Dog’s need to be on a leash
.   •
Owner’s need to clean up after their animals
                       (It’s their doody!)



Pet Peeve – dogs on the beach strand
I am picking up dog poop on a daily basis, when I take my walk on the beach strand
.    • One day last month I picked
up eight (8) piles of dog poop on one walk
Nothing says family beach more than sand dog poop between your toes
Frankly, it’s unconscionable
Hard to imagine that any dog owner would think this behavior is acceptable
This certainly is a quality of life issue that needs to be addressed by the BOC’s

Just to be clear: I have nothing against dogs

I have a problem with the pet owner’s that are not being responsible  

Odds & Ends

NC among states that grow the most Christmas trees
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches! Whether you like to string yours with white lights and elegant ornaments or decorate with colorful lights and sparkling tinsel, Americans decorate more than 32 million Christmas trees a year- many of which came from the Tar Heel state! In fact, North Carolina is second only to Oregon for states that grow the most Christmas trees. The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the nation’s best through a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree 13 times, that’s more than any other species, according to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association.  It’s so popular, its shipped to every state in the US, the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and so far as Japan! Zippia aggregated data from the National Christmas Tree Association and found that North Carolina had more than 6,500 Christmas tree jobs and paid out more than $234,072,000 in wages. Oregon harvests over 6.4 million trees a year, and North Carolina comes in at harvesting more than 4.2 million. The next state on the list, Michigan, only beings in 1.7 million. The top three states harvest 72 percent of all Christmas trees on the market, Zippia notes.
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Tree Recycling Project
The Town of Holden Beach participated in a Christmas tree recycling project in an effort to build the dune system. The trees were donated by three Lowes stores (Conway, Shallotte and Southport) after the season. Many thanks to Lowes, the Boy Scouts (Troop 262), the Girl Scouts (Troop 1262) and Coastal Transplants for their assistance in this project.
Town of Holden Beach Newsletter

What you need to know about Super Bowl LIV

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This & That

Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) Extension

Previously reported – December 2019
Public meeting tonight regarding Carolina Bays Pkwy extension into NC
The NCDOT and SCDOT will hold a public meeting Tuesday in Sunset Beach regarding the proposal to extend the Carolina Bays Parkway. The goal is to extend the parkway (S.C. 31) from S.C. 9 in Horry County, South Carolina into North Carolina to U.S. 17 in Brunswick County. The project calls for a multi-lane freeway. The freeway would be on some existing roadways and some in new locations. The project would increase connectivity for Brunswick County and surrounding residents who frequently travel into South Carolina, as well as enhance mobility for the traffic in the area. Some of the current roadways and intersections are set to exceed the roadway capacity limits by 2040. Nine concepts have been developed for this project. Those maps can be found on the NCDOT Public Meetings website.
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S.C. 31 extension concepts mapped at public meetings
Nine corridor concepts for extension of the Carolina Bays Parkway, aka S.C. 31, into Brunswick County were under scrutiny at two public meetings last week. The drop-in public information meetings were orchestrated by the North Carolina and South Carolina departments of transportation last Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Little River to give residents opportunity to review maps and ask highway officials and consultants questions. The meetings were in “open house” format with no formal presentations. The project would extend the parkway from its current terminus at S.C. 9 in Horry County, S.C., to the U.S. 17 Shallotte Bypass in Brunswick County. The purpose of the project is to “improve the transportation network by enhancing mobility and connectivity for traffic moving in and through the project area,” according to highway officials. The nine concepts were presented on aerial photographs mapping each possibility, which would begin at the existing parkway/S.C. 9 interchange in South Carolina and end at the U.S. 17 Shallotte Bypass in North Carolina. The concepts reflected tie-in variations between those two points, five of which would go through Indigo Farms, the Bellamy family’s historic six-generation Century Farm straddling the state line. “All concepts would use existing U.S. 17 for approximately 6.3 miles between N.C. 904 between N.C. 904 (Longwood / Seaside roads) and N.C. 130 in Brunswick County,” reads information about the project at publicinput.com/carolina-bays-pkwy, where comments can be submitted, and maps of each concept viewed. In addition, the proposal calls for converting three existing intersections along this section of U.S. 17, including N.C. 904, Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17 Business/Main Street in Shallotte. The concepts were developed to “minimize impacts to natural and human environment features such as homes, businesses, wetlands and streams,” according to posted information. The concepts are also wider than the area needed for a future road. “The study corridors shown are generally 1,000 feet wide, but the recommended right-of-way width will be much narrower, in general approximately 400 feet,” reads information on the site. The public is invited to submit comments to NCDOT’s public engagement platform, which can be reached from its aforementioned project web page. In addition to maps and project details, contact information is available on the website. Questions can be directed to project manager Krista Kimmel at NCDOT, 5501 Barbados Blvd., Castle Hayne, NC 28429 or by calling 341-2000 or khkimmel@ncdot.gov. The contact person for South Carolina is Leah Quattlebaum, Pee Dee regional production engineer, SCDOT, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202; phone 803-737-1751 or quattleblb@scdot.org.
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From Ocean Ridge Master association (ORMA)
Impact of Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) Extension

The North Carolina and the South Carolina Departments of Transportation are planning to extend Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) from SC 9 in Horry County, SC, across the North Carolina state line to US 17 in Brunswick County. The project is not yet funded but under study. The latest summary concept map shows the 9 possible routes all ultimately converging at the US 17 and NC 904 intersection before traveling along US 17 in front of the Ocean Ridge front gate. The highway will be limited access with several interchanges.

Click here for the NCDOT site to view the summary and 9 individual concept maps with the right of way “shading” along the route.

Click here for more details on project timeline and cost.

Likely Impact:

(1) Limited access means no direct entrance from the highway into communities. There may be a “service” road parallel to US 17 and/or Ocean Ridge may lose its “premier entrance.”

(2) Plans show the OR front gate, several Lions golf holes, and parts of Windsor Circle in the “right of way” for the routes which the state may take for highway expansion and construction.

(3) The highway route cuts elementary and middle school districts in two, as well as, the local fire district. Bus routes for school children will be longer and response time for first responders will change

Public Comments Due:
You have until January 10,2020 to make comments directly to the NCDOT via https://www.publicinput.com/Carolina-bays-pkwy or by phone or email. You may also contact your State Representatives, NCDOT Project Manager, and County Commissioners with your comments and concerns.

State Representative Frank Iler: Frank.Iler@ncleg.net
State Senator Bill Rabon: Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net
NCDOT Project Manager Krista Kimmel: khkimmel@ncdot.gov
County Commissioners: https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners/contact/

County board concerned about S.C. 31 extension
The Brunswick County Commissioners expressed opposition to proposed plans for the extension of S.C. 31, also known as the Carolina Bays Parkway Extension, during their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 16. Ocean Isle Beach resident Eric Edgerton spoke first regarding the proposed highway plan during the public comment segment of the meeting. He told commissioners that the project will “make a monster of our county; it’s the right road, in the wrong place,”.
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Update –
NCDOT preparing to narrow down route options for CBP Extension
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will soon narrow down its list of route alternatives for the Carolina Bays Parkway Extension, a half-billion-dollar proposed highway project proposed to streamline traffic between southern Brunswick County and North Myrtle Beach. In December, NCDOT released nine route alternatives for the project that’s been studied since the mid-2000s. Shortly after, NCDOT hosted a pair of public meetings in Little River and in Sunset Beach to present information on the project and hear feedback from stakeholders. So far, the project has already received pushback from some factions of the community, including Sunset Beach Town Council, Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, and a multi-generational farm, Indigo Farms.

Concerns have been raised that progress on the Horry County side of the project will outpace North Carolina’s, thereby locking in NCDOT to a route that the public hasn’t endorsed. Also, local tourism dollars are likely at stake, given the project would increase traffic flow to the Grand Strand. South Carolina is further along in funding the project, having already dedicated $125 million to it via a 2016 Horry County capital project sales tax referendum. Right-of-way acquisitions on the South Carolina side of the project will begin in 2022 ; NCDOT has not dedicated any funds for right-of-way acquisitions for its portion of the project. In all, the 19-mile proposed project will cost an estimated $552 million combined, with NCDOT required to cover roughly two-thirds of the total cost (14 miles of the project would run through North Carolina). Each of the nine proposed route alternatives would replace roughly 6 miles of existing roadway on Highway 17 and ultimately converge at the existing terminus in South Carolina between the existing Carolina Bays Parkway S.C. 31 at S.C. 9 (view all route alternatives).

Public comment
The public comment period on narrowing down the nine proposed alternatives ended Jan. 10 at midnight. Comments submitted before this deadline will be considered part of the public record, according to an NCDOT spokesperson, and comments submitted after will still be considered but not in the public record. Weigh in on the routes via a detailed project website, which includes the option to draw suggested lines, provide commentary, and rank alternatives. Once comments are analyzed, NCDOT will rule out a few of the proposed alternatives to narrow down which routes will be further studied in a detailed environmental analysis. NCDOT will narrow the routes down this spring; a Draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected this winter. Once the environmental study is available, a new public comment period will open, including public hearings. A preferred alternative (not the final decision, but the last step before it) could be selected by summer 2021.
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –

NCCF earns a sixth consecutive 4-star rating
For the sixth year in a row, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating from the nonprofit evaluator. According to Charity Navigator, only nine percent of charities receive a 4-star rating for six consecutive years. In addition to the highest rating, this year the federation actually earned the highest-ranking score of 100.“We’re proud to be one of the top environmental non-profits,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the federation. “This is a real tribute to our staff and sup-porters who work tirelessly for the coast.” Charity Navigator lists exceptional charities that execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. According to Charity Navigator, the federation earned a perfect score for financial health, accountability and transparency totaling a perfect 100-point overall score. Less than one percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores. In a recent letter to the federation, Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, explained: “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” he said. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets North Carolina Coastal Federation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” Charity Navigator is the largest independent evaluator of nonprofits in the Unit-ed States. It annually rates nonprofits for their financial health and transparency and accountability. “Based on our 4-star rating, donors can trust their contributions will be put to good use by a financially responsible and ethical charity,” said Sarah King, the federation’s development director. She notes that to celebrate this rating, donors are invited to contribute to the federation’s efforts to clean up marine debris from our coast. For every dollar donated to the marine debris campaign between now and Dec. 31, the federation will clean up one pound of trash in 2020. To donate, go to nccoast.org/cleanourcoast. For the latest news about the federation’s accomplishments addressing marine debris, go to nccoast.org/marinedebris.
Beacon Article dated 01/02/20

Which of these 2020 Democrats agrees with you most?

Democrat or not, take the latest viral quiz.

Just  for kicks-and giggles you should answer the twenty (20) questions.
It makes you think about policy and make sense of what the field has to offer.
This quiz can help clarify:
.     • What do you think?
    • And which Democrats — if any — agree with you?
Be open-minded, find out if your views align with one candidate or another.
Frankly, I was a little surprised with the three (3) candidates that I agreed with the most.

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

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95 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump
President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses. A New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts more than 90 environmental rules and regulations rolled back under Mr. Trump. Our list represents two types of policy changes: rules that were officially reversed and rollbacks still in progress. The Trump administration has often used a “one-two punch” when rolling back environmental rules, said Caitlin McCoy, a fellow in the Environmental and Energy Law Program at Harvard Law School who tracks regulatory rollbacks. “First a delay rule to buy some time, and then a final substantive rule.” But the process has not always been smooth. In some cases, the administration has failed to provide a strong legal argument in favor of proposed changes and agencies have skipped key steps in the rulemaking process, like notifying the public and asking for comment. In several cases, courts have ordered agencies to enforce their own rules. Several environmental rules — summarized at the bottom of this page — were rolled back and then later reinstated, often following legal challenges. Other regulations remain mired in court. All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality every year, according to a report prepared by New York University Law School’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center.
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2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year Ever, Closing Out the Warmest Decade
Last year was the second-hottest on record, government researchers confirmed on Wednesday in analyses of temperature data from thousands of observing stations around the world. They said that 2019 was only slightly cooler than 2016 and the end of what was the warmest decade yet. The independent analyses by researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration showed that global average surface temperatures last year were nearly 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average from 1951 to 1980. Temperatures in 2019 were only a small fraction of a degree Celsius lower than in 2016, a year when a strong El Niño pumped a lot of heat from the Pacific Ocean into the atmosphere. The results closely match those from a separate analysis released last week by a European climate agency — one based more on computer modeling than on observational data from 2019 — and were yet more evidence of the relentless warming of the planet caused in large part by emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels. The warming trends “are clear and unequivocal,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which conducted the NASA analysis. “The surface temperature record tells us that the last decade was more than 1 degree Celsius higher than the late 19th century and we know that this has been driven by human activities.” Six of the warmest years on record occurred during the past decade, and the five warmest all occurred in the last five years, the NASA and NOAA research shows.
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Development Fees
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Flood Insurance Program
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National Flood Insurance Program: Reauthorization
Congress must periodically renew the NFIP’s statutory authority to operate. On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that extends the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) authorization to December 20, 2019.

Congress must now reauthorize the NFIP by no later than 11:59 pm on September 30, 2020.

FEMA and Congress have never failed to honor the flood insurance contracts in place with NFIP policyholders. Should the NFIP’s authorization lapse, FEMA would still have authority to ensure the payment of valid claims with available funds. However, FEMA would stop selling and renewing policies for millions of properties in communities across the nation. Nationwide, the National Association of Realtors estimates that a lapse might impact approximately 40,000 home sale closings per month.

NFIP reauthorization is an opportunity for Congress to take bold steps to reduce the complexity of the program and strengthen the NFIP’s financial framework so that the program can continue helping individuals and communities take the critical step of securing flood insurance.

The level of damage from recent catastrophic storms makes it clear that FEMA needs a holistic plan to ready the Nation for managing the cost of catastrophic flooding under the NFIP.

Flood insurance – whether purchased from the NFIP or through private carriers – is the best way for homeowners, renters, business, and communities to financially protect themselves from losses caused by floods.
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Brunswick County tops national list for PFAS contamination
A study from the Environmental Working Group tested tap water samples from 44 sites across the county in 2019. The results of that study, fully released at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, found Brunswick County had the highest level of PFAS contamination at 185.9 parts per trillion. Wilmington, at 50.5 ppt, was also in the top five on the list that ranks 31 states and the District of Columbia for presence of these per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and more than 600 others.
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Homeowners Insurance
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Coastal insurance rates soar again. Is system broken?
If you own a home in coastal North Carolina but don’t live in it, you will likely see an increase in the premium you pay for wind insurance beginning July 1. The group that represents insurance companies recently struck a deal with the N.C. Department of Insurance that will result in a statewide average 5.3% increase for wind coverage for non-owner-occupied residences. The N.C. Rate Bureau, a state-mandated group that represents insurance companies, had requested a 24.3% increase in wind-coverage premiums and a 4.6% hike in fire coverage. No increase in fire premiums was allowed. Although the 5.3% average increase in wind coverage is a far cry from the original request, it falls almost completely on coastal areas, where it’s more in the 10%-and-above range. The Insurance Department stressed that the settlement does not affect homeowner policies. “Dwelling policies are offered to 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,” the department stated in a news release. In September, the Department of Insurance reached a similar deal with the Rate Bureau on homeowners’ policies. The bureau had proposed a 17.4% statewide overall increase. The settlement approved a 4% average increase, but, as with the dwelling agreement, most of the increase was felt at the coast.
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Hurricane Season

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Inlet Hazard Areas
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Inlet Hazard Update Workshop
The state Division of Coastal Management will hold a workshop for the Town of Holden Beach to review proposed Inlet Hazard Area boundary updates and associated Coastal Resources Commission rule amendments. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Public Assembly. This is important information for our community. Please make plans to attend this workshop.

Urgent Action Required

The Division of Coastal Management will be conducting a workshop at Town Hall Thursday, January 16th, at 2:00PM to review the proposed changes to the Inlet Hazard Area boundaries and rules.

The HBPOA Board has passed a resolution in opposition to these proposed changes.  We have also engaged legal counsel to represent property owner interests relative to these changes. 

We are very concerned that the new IHA will have significant negative impacts to all  property owners.  Property owners in the IHA will be restricted with regards to what they can build or rebuild on their property.  The changes could reduce the value of these properties, which would impact all other property owners by shifting the tax burden.

We are recommending the following actions:

The comment period closes on January 31st so now is the time to provide your input.  You can reference our Resolution with regards to the issues we believe to be significant.  You can also check our Hot Topics page for additional information.

Inlet Hazard Update Workshops Set
The first Inlet Hazard Areas, or IHA, in the state were developed in 1978 to recognize that shorelines adjacent to inlets are more dynamic than those along the oceanfront and some inlets since have had significant changes, according to the Inlet Hazard Area Boundary, 2019 Update. An IHA, a designated Area of Environmental Concern, is a natural-hazard area vulnerable to erosion, flooding and other adverse effects of sand, wind, and water because of its proximity to dynamic ocean inlets.

Currently there are 750 structures within IHAs, or shorelines especially vulnerable to erosion and flooding where inlets can shift suddenly and dramatically. Of those, 307 would be removed from ocean hazard areas, or OHAs, under the proposed boundary revisions. The proposed updated boundaries would include a total of about 930 structures within IHAs and would include 219 properties new being included in an ocean hazard area, according to  the report.
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Inlet Hazard Area Workshop 01/16/20

The state Division of Coastal Management held a workshop for the Town of Holden Beach to review proposed Inlet Hazard Area boundary updates and associated Coastal Resources Commission rule amendments.

Ken Richardson –NC Division of Coastal Management

“At a Glance”
.    1. Boundary: Updated Inlet Hazard Areas
.    2.
Rule: All structures treated equally
.      •
Structure size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Density: 1 unit per 15,000 sq. ft. of land
Rule: setback based on inlet erosion rates
.    4.
Rule: Grandfathering rules still apply

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IHA Takeaways:

  1. CRC’s Science Panel on Coastal Hazards used a methodology which involve possibilities, not certainties.
  2. They seem convinced that the west end will have serious erosion issues that are influenced by the inlet
  3. The IHA is based on the worst-case scenario
  4. One has to ask: What is happening in the inlet, other than that OIB is building a terminal groin there?
  5. THB is penalized for the west end accretion in model based on standard deviation formula
  6. Realtors and contractors both felt very strongly that this designation would be like a Scarlett letter
  7. The change could have a significant negative impact for the entire island
  8. The word HAZARD paints too negative a picture, they should  consider a change to use RISK instead
  9. Ken requested and wants community input and it would carry more weight coming from the Town
  10. He recommended that the THB send them something summarizing the communities  comments
  11. The comment period closes on January 31st 

 There were eighty-seven (87) members of the community in attendance

Breaking News
Public Comment period on the proposed rulemaking to update IHA has been extended to March 2nd



Lockwood Folly Inlet
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Lockwood Folly Inlet Navigation Maintenance Project
The Lockwood Folly Inlet Navigation Maintenance Project currently contracted with Goodloe Marine by the US Army Corps of Engineers has been idle since late last week. As of Thursday, the dredge was (and is) on station near Browns Landing with shore pipe stretching from the waterway side of the Holden Beach east end along the dune line heading west past Amazing Grace to near Public Walkway #120 at 317 McCray Street. Some dredging of the crossing has occurred prior to last Thursday with beneficial placement of the material going in the area between Amazing Grace and 317 McCray Street. It is unknown at this time when dredging operations will begin again.  We have been informed by the Corps of Engineers that the estimated 200,000 cubic yard excavation will be finished early/mid-January. Please be mindful of the danger that this industrial work zone presents to the general public and stay well clear should you be inclined to visit the east end beach while enjoying this beautiful weather!
Holden Beach Newsletter dated December 26th

Lockwood Folly Inlet maintenance project continues on Holden Beach
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently conducting the Lockwood Folly Inlet maintenance project, pumping sand from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) crossing at Lockwood Folly Inlet onto the beaches of Holden Beach. They are currently working near Avenue A, pumping sand onto the beach, and will continue to work west toward Blockade Runner. It is important to obey safety protocols during the project, which includes staying clear of the work zone. Signs and orange fencing clearly mark the work zone area. Individuals entering these designated areas can slow progress. The project should conclude in the next 3 to 4 weeks. Your cooperation is appreciated in avoiding work zones during this time.
Beacon dated January 23rd


Seismic Testing / Offshore Drilling
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Solid Waste Program

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Things I Think I Think –

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.
///// August 2019
Name:            Nicola’s
Cuisine:         Italian
Location:      5704 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC
Contact:        910.798.2205 /
Food:              Average / Very Good / Excellent / Exceptional
Service:         Efficient / Proficient / Professional / Expert
Ambience:    Drab / Plain / Distinct / Elegant
Cost:               Inexpensive <=$18 / Moderate <=$24 / Expensive <=$30 / Exorbitant <=$40
Rating:          Three Stars
Billed as Italian with a Twist, it is not your typical Italian restaurant. High quality food is offered in a casual dining setting. Everything is prepared fresh, from scratch, every day. This is what Italian food is all about. The star of the show here are its homemade pasta dishes and its wood fire pizza, which are both true Italian comfort food.  Stop by there for some of the best Italian cuisine in the area.

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

THE NEW GIRL by Daniel Silva
This is the nineteenth entry in the bestselling Gabriel Allon series, which chronicles the adventures of an art restorer, assassin and master spy, now the chief of the Israel intelligence secret service. The book is about the daughter of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia who is kidnapped from her private school and how Gabriel is the unlikely choice to try to rescue her. Ultimately, this is a narrative about removing one horrible Saudi ruler in order to reinstate a less horrible Saudi ruler.


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