10 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
News & Views / October Edition


Calendar of Events –

Most events have either been postponed or cancelled


Events
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Discover a wide range of things to do in the Brunswick Islands for an experience that goes beyond the beach.
For more information » click here


Calendar of Events Island –

All programs are temporarily on hold


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.

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Golf carts are not allowed to be operated on streets with speed limits greater than 35 MPH.

 



Trash Can Requirements – Rental Properties

Waste Industries – trash can requirements
Ordinance 07-13, Section 50.10


Rental properties have specific number of trash cans based on number of bedrooms.
* One extra trash can per every two bedrooms

§ 50.08 RENTAL HOMES.
(A) Rental homes, as defined in Chapter 157, that are rented as part of the summer rental season, are subject to high numbers of guests, resulting in abnormally large volumes of trash. This type of occupancy use presents a significantly higher impact than homes not used for summer rentals. In interest of public health and sanitation and environmental concerns, all rental home shall have a minimum of one trash can per two bedrooms. Homes with an odd number of bedrooms shall round up (for examples one to two bedrooms – one trash can; three to four bedrooms – two trash cans; five – six bedrooms – three trash cans, and the like).


Solid Waste Pick-Up Schedule
Waste Industries change in service, trash pickup will be once a week. This year September 26th will be the the last Saturday trash pick-up until June. Trash collection will go back to Tuesdays only.

 

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


Solid Waste Pick-up Schedule – starting October once a week

Recyclingstarting October every other week


Yard Waste Service – Yard debris pick-up is provided twice a month on the 2ndand 4th Fridays during the month of October. Additional dates will be announced for yard waste service in November and December. Yard debris needs to be secured in a biodegradable bag or bundled in a maximum length of five (5) feet and fifty (50) pounds in weight. A total of ten (10) items will be picked up by Waste Industries. Yard waste must be placed at the street for pick-up.

No pick-ups will be made on vacant lots or construction sites.


Vehicle Decals
The 2020 vehicle decals were distributed with the March water bills. Each bill included four (4) vehicle decals. It is important that you place your decals in your vehicle or in a safe place. A $10 fee will be assessed to anyone who needs to obtain either additional or replacement decals. Decals will not be issued in the 24-hour period before an anticipated order of evacuation.

The decals are your passes to get back onto the island to check your property in the event that an emergency would necessitate restricting access to the island. Decals must be displayed in the driver side lower left-hand corner of the windshield, where they are not obstructed by any other items. Officials must be able to clearly read the decal from outside the vehicle.

Property owners without a valid decal will not be allowed on the island during restricted access. No other method of identification is accepted in an emergency situation. Click here to visit the Town website to find out more information regarding decals and emergency situations.


Check to make sure your 2020 decals are affixed to your vehicle’s windshield. If you need additional decals, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with a check for the decals to Town Hall. Make sure you check for your decals now; they are not sold during an emergency situation.



Bird Nesting Area

NC Wildlife Commission has posted signs that say –
Bird Nesting Area / Please don’t disturb
The signs are posted on the west end beach strand


People and dogs are supposed to stay out of the area from April through November

. 1) It’s a Plover nesting area
. 2) Allows migrating birds a place to land and rest without being disturbed


Mosquito Control
Current EPA protocol is that spraying is complaint driven
The Town is unable to just spray as they had in the past
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Complaint based
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Citizen request
. 3)
Proactively monitor hot spots

They recommend that you get rid of any standing water on your property that you can
Urged everyone to call Town Hall if they have mosquito issues so that they can spray

Spraying is complaint based, so keep the calls coming!


Building Numbers
Ocean front homes are required to have house numbers visible from the beach strand.
Please call Planning and Inspections Department at 910.842.6080 with any questions.

§157.087 BUILDING NUMBERS.

(A) The correct street number shall be clearly visible from the street on all buildings. Numbers shall be block letters, not script, and of a color clearly in contrast with that of the building and shall be a minimum of six inches in height.

(B) Beach front buildings will also have clearly visible house numbers from the strand side meeting the above criteria on size, contrast, etc. Placement shall be on vertical column supporting deck(s) or deck roof on the primary structure. For buildings with a setback of over 300 feet from the first dune line, a vertical post shall be erected aside the walkway with house numbers affixed. In all cases the numbers must be clearly visible from the strand. Other placements may be acceptable with approval of the Building Inspector.



BOC’s Meeting
The Board of Commissioners’ next Regular Meeting is scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month, November 17th
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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.
For more information » click here


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.


Recycling-Bin
Curbside Recycling

Waste Industries is now offering curbside recycling for Town properties that desire to participate in the service. The service cost is $93.29 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

 

Recycling renewal form was sent, you should have gotten e-mail letter already


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.


Library
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


Coronavirus –

Brunswick County COVID-19 Snapshot: as of October 9th


State of Emergency – Timeline

10/21/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 170 which is an extension of the Phase 3 order. We will remain paused for another three weeks in Phase 3 of the pandemic recovery.  Click here to view the Executive Order details.

09/30/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 169 which lifted certain restrictions and will allow additional openings and capacity for certain businesses.  The state’s phased reopening process continues our state’s dimmer switch approach to easing restrictions and is moving from Phase 2.5 to Phase 3 of the pandemic recovery.  Click here to view the Executive Order details.

09/04/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 163 which revised some prohibitions and restrictions to the state’s “Safer At Home” measures and will move into Phase 2.5 of the pandemic recovery. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

08/05/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 155 which extends the state’s “Safer At Home” Phase 2 measures for five (5) additional weeks until at least September 11, 2020. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

07/28/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 153 which restricts late-night service of alcoholic beverages. The governor also said that bars will remain closed as North Carolina continues efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here
to view the Executive Order details.

07/14/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 151 which extends the state’s Safer At Home Phase 2 measures for three additional weeks until at least August 7, 2020. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

06/26/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 147 which pauses the state’s Phase 2 economic reopening’s for three additional weeks went into effect at 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 26. The Governor announced that the new face covering requirement in public places statewide is to slow the spread of the virus during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

06/02/20
With the exception of the playground and splash pad, Bridgeview Park is now open. Click here to view Amendment No. 10 of the Town’s State of Emergency.

This amended declaration shall remain in force until rescinded or amended.

05/29/20
With the exception of Bridgeview Park (across from Town Hall), Town recreational areas are now open. Click here to view Amendment No. 9 of the Town’s State of Emergency.

05/22/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 141 which is a transition to Phase 2 of a three-part plan to reopen North Carolina amid the coronavirus pandemic went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. The Governor announced that they are lifting the Stay at Home order and shifting to a Safer at Home recommendation. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

05/18/20
Public restroom facilities are now open. Click here to view Amendment No. 8.

05/08/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s stay-at-home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. Phase 1of Governor Cooper’s three-part plan to reopen North Carolina amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. It’s the first step in the state’s gradual return to normalcy. Phase two is expected to begin two to three weeks after phase one, given that certain conditions are met. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

04/30/20
Having consulted in an emergency meeting with the Board of Commissioners, the terms of the State of Emergency have been amended. Highlights include the following: rentals may resume as of May 8th; and public parking and public accesses are open immediately. All other restrictions remain in full force. Click here to view Amendment No.7.

04/19/20
Item #9 of the existing Town of Holden Beach State of Emergency, which was made effective on April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., shall hereby be rescinded at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. This action will thus allow the beach strand to be open for the purpose of exercise and relaxation. No congregating shall be allowed. All other parts of the current declaration of emergency shall remain in effect. Click here to view Amendment No. 6.

04/08/20
Emergency Management Director, in consultation with the Commissioners, have decided to close the beach strand effective Wednesday, April 8 at 11:59pm. Today’s Amendment No. 5 is being added to the existing Declaration of the State of Emergency. Any person who violates any provision of this declaration or any provision of any Executive Order issued by the Governor shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of sixty days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine per offense.
Click here to view Amendment No. 5.

04/01/20
Town of Holden Beach has declared a State of Emergency, Amendment No. 4 is an attempt to define the purpose of the original declaration more clearly (no new tenancy).
Click here to view Amendment No. 4.

03/31/20
The State of Emergency for the Town of Holden Beach has been amended to coincide with Governor Cooper’s Stay at Home Order. Click here to view the Amendment No. 3.

03/27/20
Governor Cooper announces Executive Order No. 121, state-wide Stay at Home Order. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

03/27/20
The State of Emergency for the Town of Holden Beach has been amended regarding short-term rentals. Click here to view the Amendment No. 2.

03/23/20
The State of Emergency for the Town of Holden Beach has been amended regarding prohibitions and restrictions to be implemented within the Town of Holden Beach.
Click here to view the Amendment No. 1.

03/23/20
Mayor Holden, with the consensus of all five commissioners, has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Holden Beach. Click here to view the Declaration.

Coronavirus Information
The Town Hall is currently open during normal business hours. All activities, with the exception of Board of Commissioners’ meetings, scheduled in the Town Hall Public Assembly and conference rooms and the Emergency Operations Center conference rooms are canceled until further notice. The Town encourages residents to follow social distancing protocols and to seek communication options like phone, email and other online resources to limit exposure to others.

Brunswick County has developed a dedicated webpage for community assistance. Click here to view their website. Remember to seek the most verified information from sources likes the CDC, NC DHHS and the county regarding the coronavirus. You can contact the Brunswick County Public Health Call Line at (910) 253-2339 Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can also email them at coronavirus@brunswickcountync.gov. The NC Public Health Call Line can be reached at 866-462-3821 (open 24/7).

The situation is serious; take it seriously!

You may not be interested in the coronavirus, but it is interested in you.


Upon Further Review –


Southern Lady

Previously reported –
Half-submerged and prominently visible from the Holden Beach Bridge the 62-foot commercial shrimp boat Southern Lady is sinking on the north side of the ICW across from the Chapel. It has been over five years now, still no progress has been made with removing the shrimp boat Southern Lady because no one has jurisdiction to remove the abandoned boat.

There are navigational, environmental, and public safety hazards. It’s a regulatory no man’s land: No one wants to deal with these boats. The Army Corps of Engineers removes abandoned vessels that block federal navigation channels. The United States Coast Guard moves recreational boats that pose environmental risks. Compounding the problem are the layers of bureaucracy required to remove a boat, including the issuance of environmental permits and the legal filings needed to declare vessels abandoned property. Still, the contracting process does not resolve the thorny issue of what agency is responsible for removing the boats, in part, it seems, because no one wants to assume the cost. The abandoned shrimp boat Southern Lady, one of the boats that prompted the ordinance, could cost up to $50,000 to remove.

Update –
First reported in the 10-11-11 newsletter
Nine (9) years later and all things are as they were …

Editor’s Note –
Just so you know, Commissioner Murdock and I have reached out to the County several times to ask for their assistance to no avail.  The County said they would get back to me.
Don’t Hold Your Breath!


Ginny’s Fire – 2019

Brunswick County restaurant significantly damaged by fire
A fire early Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a Supply restaurant. Crews from the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department responded to Ginny’s Chicken House, located at 3258 Holden Beach Road near Holden Beach, around 3:20 a.m. Firefighters found a fire on the front deck of the restaurant, according to Chief Douglas Todd. “Responding crews brought the fire under control within six minutes,” Todd said. No one was injured as a result of the fire. Its cause is under investigation by the Brunswick County Fire Marshall’s Office and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Owner Virginia Craig said investigators have ruled out arson and believe the fire may have been the result of discarded cigarette on the front deck. Firefighters from Civietown, and Supply Fire Departments and units from Brunswick County EMS responded to the scene to assist.
Read more » click here

Update –
One (1) year later and all things are as they were …


  • Dog Park
    The dog park will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Town needed to use the land at the dog park to place material from the canal dredging project as the dredge spoils area. It is unknown when it will be returned to a useable state as a dog park again. They are currently looking at other options for a dog park on the island.

    Previously reported – January 2020
    Dog park was utilized for canal dredging spoil site. We did some site ditching prior to Hurricane Dorian storm event to facilitate draining of the pond.

    Intent is to reestablish pre-dredge capabilities which in order of priority are as follows:
    . 1.
    Permitted primary disaster debris management area
    . 2.
    Public Works lay down yard
    . 3.
    Dog Park

    Must maintain compliance with environmental permit and monitoring
    Safety is the priority for this site, at present it is not ready for use


    Four people spoke during the Public Comments session at the January BOC’s meeting, all in favor of creating a new Dog Park area. The park was utilized by people daily. We no longer have anywhere on the island to walk a dog safely. The nearest dog park for off leash activity is in Shallotte. I think we should make every effort to provide an area for dogs on the island. My recommendation is to utilize existing town property. The Town actually owns quite a bit of property. For instance, we have two parcels between BAW and OBW, across from Marker Fifty-Five, that were platted as streets but never put in; between High Point Street and Neptune Drive. We had previously discussed the possibility of creating parking areas out of them, one of them could be made into a dog park. Parking should be on the BAW side of the park, so it doesn’t get taken over by guests going to the beach. The designated area would be an additional recreational opportunity as well as an option for having dogs off their leashes instead of in unauthorized areas like the beach strand. As for allocating funds the cost should be paid for by the canal POA’s. You ask: Why? In April of 2014 we established the Dog Park on Town owned property at Scotch Bonnet Drive, at a cost of $19,000 sourced from BPART account. The Canal Dredging Project was mostly paid for from the Water Resources Development Grant of $1,439,922 which we secured in December 2017. According to Town Manager Hewett, “the Canal Dredging Project is paying all costs for the reconstitution of the Scotch Bonnet site to include installation of dog park facilities at that location.” That’s all well and good but meanwhile we do not have a dog park. It is my humble opinion that the right thing to do is for them to pay to create a temporary replacement dog park too.

    NRPA Park Pulse: Americans Agree Dog Parks Benefit Local Communities
    Local parks and recreation agencies provide dog parks for the areas they serve
    Each month, through a poll of Americans that is focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted. With this month’s poll, we look at the possible benefits dog parks bring to their communities.

    91% of Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to their communities

    Availability of dog parks is especially popular among millennials (94 percent) and Gen Xers (92 percent) followed by baby boomers (89 percent) who agree dog parks provide benefits to communities.

    Top 3 Community Dog Park Benefits:

        • 60% Gives dogs a safe space to exercise and roam around freely
        • 48% Allows dogs to socialize with other dogs
        • 36% Allows owners a chance to be physically active with their pet

    For more information » click here

  • Previously reported – July 2020
    BOC’s are cognizant that the residents want a dog park. The Board went with Option #2 – Request the Parks and Recreation Committee to include a new dog park in their upcoming Master Plan development efforts and recommend a possible site.


    Corrections & Amplifications –

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Turtle Watch Program – 2020
Members of the patrol started riding the beach every morning on May 1 and will do so through October looking for signs of turtle nests.
For more information » click here

 


Holden Beach Turtle Patrol concludes season early
Holden Beach turtle season was declared over on Sept. 23 as seven baby turtles marched into the water. The town of Holden Beach Facebook page reported, “This was a difficult year for our turtle patrol. Sixty-five nests would be considered a ‘good’ to ‘above average’ year for Holden Beach, but sadly many were destroyed during the hurricane in early August.” John Cifelli, Holden Beach Turtle Patrol president, said normally hurricanes only take out a few nests but the way the wind and waves came it leveled the beach and took out a larger portion. “We had 65 nests on the beach before the hurricane came and the hurricane took out 38 nests,” Cifelli said. During the 2020 season, which typically occurs from May 1 to Oct. 30, 1,847 baby turtles out of the 5,479 eggs made it out to sea. “Starting in May, volunteers begin a dawn patrol of the beach searching for turtle crawls and possible nests. Once a sea turtle crawl is found, a team of turtle patrol volunteers assembles at the crawl location to find the eggs. If the nest is in an unsafe location, the nest will be carefully moved to a safer area on the beach,” the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol website states. Natural nests are moved if they are too close to the high tide or too close to a walkway or lights, as lights can confuse the turtles. They are then marked, and the GPS location is taken. After a nest location is designated, the spot is covered with a protective grating and marked off with stakes, ribbon, and a warning sign. Plastic nettings cover the nests to keep crabs, fox, raccoons, and other creatures out of the nets. If tracks or evidence of an animal are seen, metal “cages” may be added for extra protection. Each nest is adopted by a team of volunteers. The nest is monitored for the next 50 to 70 days for signs of a hatching with a nightly watch by turtle patrol members, helping to keep predators away. Holden Beach Turtle Patrol project coordinator Pat Cusack said the length of incubation is dependent on the weather. “It’s entirely variable depending on the temperature. The cooler it is, the more males are produced,” Cusack said. Once hatchlings return to the water, inventory is taken on the nest to account for any unhatched or non-fertile eggs and make sure all live babies make it into the ocean. The process is repeated with each nest. Sea turtles differ from land or aquatic turtles since they live in the ocean and rarely come to land, with exception to laying eggs. They also have flippers instead of feet and do not retract into their shells. According to the Town of Holden Beach Facebook page, North Carolina has five species of sea turtles that nest in the state: Leatherbacks, Loggerheads, Green, Kemp’s Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles. The most frequent turtles to visit Holden Beach are the Loggerheads. “They are all part of the ecosystem and we really need to keep these species from going extinct because mankind has caused so much extinction by the way we handle ourselves,” Cusack said. “These creatures have survived for 65 million years basically unchanged.” Newly hatched loggerhead turtles are about 2 inches long, or about the size of an Oreo with flippers. Once in the water, they are either eaten by sea birds and fish or swim nonstop for up to two days in the direction toward the Sargasso Sea. The Sargasso Sea is filled with drifting seaweed, which the young turtles can hide in and find food. The first hatchling of the 2020 season occurred in mid-July. The nest was laid on May 11, leading to an incubation period of 67 days. Usually the period lasts between 55 to 60 days, but the Facebook page said the first nests usually take longer due to the cooler sand.

Due to the pandemic, the Turtle Patrol’s summer Turtle Talks were canceled. Instead, the group posted weekly answers to turtle-related questions on the town of Holden Beach Facebook page. Some topics they covered were how often female turtles lay eggs (every 12 to 13 days), how long loggerhead turtles live for (up to 100 years old in some cases) and what “closing of a nest” means (patrol evacuates for remaining hatchlings). Those interested in volunteering with the Turtle Patrol can contact Cifelli at 631-334-7428. A one-year training period occurs, and individuals must be able to commit to going out in the mornings and sitting with nests a few times a season. Baseball caps and 2020 Holden Beach Turtle Patrol T-shirts are on sale at Lighthouse Gifts store at 3434 Holden Beach Road SW in Supply. Shirts can also be ordered by mail by sending your name, address, shirt size and check to: Holden Beach Turtle Patrol, P.O. Box 487, Supply, NC 28462. This year’s shirt is green and has a turtle on the back with the words, “A Turtle Symbolizes Patience, Determination and Serenity.” Turtle shirts are the Turtle Patrol’s major fundraiser each year. The Holden Beach Turtle Watch or Turtle Patrol was founded in 1989 to monitor and protect the sea turtle population on Holden Beach. This all-volunteer, nonprofit conservation organization operates under the authority of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. The program currently has about 85 members. For more information about the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol go to hbturtlewatch.org.

How you can help protect sea turtles

–       Call 754-0766 to report turtle, nest, or hatchling sightings.
–       Keep beachfront lighting off and place red cloths over flashlights from May 1 to         Oct. 30 to avoid confusing turtles, who use the moonlight as a guide to the ocean.
–       Avoid using disposable plastic bags, bottles, and straws.
–       Pick up litter and trash on the beach.
–       Avoid touching, following, or making loud noises around a mother turtle.
–       Fill in sand holes on the beach.
–       Stay away from turtle nesting areas.
–      Remove beach equipment, umbrellas, and furniture at night.
Read more » click here 


Odds & Ends –



Seasonal Police Officers

 

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    Previously reported – June 2020
    Commissioner Sullivan requested a committee investigate the feasibility of hiring seasonal part-time police officers for the next budget year. The motion tasked the committee with looking into this option. Both Pat and Mike volunteered to be on the committee.

Editor’s note –
The Town of Holden Beach has 575 permanent residents and this year we have budgeted for ten (10) full-time officers and zero (0) part-time officers. By contrast, The Town of Ocean Isle Beach has 554 permanent residents and
employs thirteen (13) full-time officers and ten (10) part-time seasonal officers.

Previously reported – July 2020
Holden Beach ponders seasonal police help for 2021
Holden Beach commissioners are looking into the possibility of hiring summer law enforcement officers for the 2021 season. At a meeting last Thursday, July 2, the board started evaluating and discussing what is needed for that to happen.
Read more » click here

Previously reported – September 2020
Holden Beach officials contemplate efforts to extend police force on island
The Town of Holden Beach held a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, to continue discussion on the feasibility of hiring seasonal law enforcement officers for the 2021 season. Following their last meeting on July 2, Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon contacted other police chiefs in similarly situated municipalities to discuss their handlings of the beach strand. Dixon reported diverse policing across the towns but found a common problem is retention. In the future he wanted to hold a conference call with Ocean Isle Beach Police Chief Ken Bellamy because their town is similar.

The group decided to hold one more meeting before contacting Bellamy so they could clarify the roles of the part-time officer and ask more specific questions. Kwiatkowski said for the next meeting they needed to be clear about what is getting investigated for the blended program of the land and seaside. She also requested Dixon look into the frequency of parking and speeding violations. The next meeting is on Oct. 1.
Read more » click here

Update –
Holden Beach chief opts for hiring clerk over more police officers
“That is going to help serve this community 10 times better than trying to figure out how to hire four, six part-time officers,” Dixon said during a town seasonal law enforcement officers committee meeting Oct. 1. Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon believes hiring a new office clerk would be more beneficial for his department rather than hiring seasonal officers. Though the meeting was set to discuss hiring seasonal law enforcement, Dixon felt an office clerk would be more helpful for the department in addressing the high volume of phone calls and better serving the community. Currently the police department has a part-time clerk who works 39 hours across two weeks. “I think that before we concentrate on how to get people, supplement, we still got in-house issues that we need to fix first,” Dixon said. “We need a full-time representative to answer our phones and help us with office work.” Town commissioner Pat Kwiatkowski felt that without adding additional officers, the problem of responding to civilian issues would remain. She said once officers got to the scene of the problem it would be too late. Like Dixon, Kwiatkowski expressed concern having someone man the phones, but she also wanted to find a way to address the problems the community was having. “Calling in a problem is not liable to get a rapid response,” Kwiatkowski said. One argument Dixon made for adding a clerk to answer calls was a tendency for people to not call 911. Due to COVID-19, 911 has been reserved for true emergencies and not smaller issues like parking tickets, which the Holden Beach office could deal with in house. Dixon also noted that the board of commissioners approved adding additional full-time officers, doubling the force. This would allow for about two officers per shift, with a grand total of 10 officers. While the force could add seasonal officers on top of the new positions, Dixon said the department would continue getting complaints regardless. “You’re never going to please everybody,” he said. “I think for the best public service that we can provide … instead of seasonal officer(s) we supplement with somebody that can help us in-house.” Other issues discussed included whether to hire full-time or part-time help if the town went forward with seasonal officers, peak times needing additional help and types of complaints. “Basically what I found going through this is as our population increases with the summer, our domestic and disturbance increase, our EMS calls increase, our missing person which is usually child lost on the beach, our motor vehicle collisions, our ordinance violations and our water rescues,” Dixon said. “And what pretty much seems to stay consistent year-round are our alarms system, fire department and sheriff department, incident reports, public assist, suspicious activity, traffic stops.” He suggested revisiting the seasonal help issue next year since the town is still trying to determine the direction to go. Commissioner Mike Sullivan wants a chart prepared showing costs of a full-time employee as opposed to a part-time one to provide groundwork for next year. “If we have enough people, police officers, patrol, we don’t need a constant presence on the beach because as we know what happens it happens for a little while and then it doesn’t happen,” Sullivan said. “But if a police officer works, patrolling the beach during his or her shift once or twice in their truck, telling people to get the dog off the beach or doing what it is they are supposed to do, why couldn’t we do that? Since we would have the manpower.” The Holden Beach Seasonal Law Enforcement Officers Committee — composed of Dixon, Sullivan, Kwiatkowski, and Town Manager David Hewett — decided to report to the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners at their next meeting, requesting an extension for submitting their findings in regard to hiring seasonal law enforcement. Due to the town of Holden Beach’s State of Emergency restrictions, in-person public attendance was prohibited at the meeting. The meeting was livestreamed on the town’s Facebook page and can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/holdenbeachtownhall/. The next seasonal law enforcement officers committee meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5.
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I am disappointed that we still do not have any code-enforcement on the beach strand. The Board of Commissioners has previously discussed safety issues posed by various activities on the beach strand. In past years motions were made to increase education, issue written warnings, and increase enforcement. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there has not been any change in the behavior of people on the beach strand. Just so you know, almost every day that I am on the beach strand I see multiple incidents of noncompliance with the beach strand ordinances..


2019
Beach Ranger Program
Previously reported – 2009
Police took over Beach Patrol role previously handled by temporary seasonal employees

Previously reported – 2016
Commissioner Freer broached the issue of the public’s safety on the beach strand by taking the tack that he would like to see us supplement the Police force. Previously he pointed out that the current budget covers only eight (8) officers which are really not adequate to meet our needs during the 100 days of summer. The approach he suggested should be one of improving awareness as well as enforcement. His recommendation was as follows:

    • Under the Police Department umbrella consider a part-time seasonal staff for the beach strand
    • Under the umbrella of Parks & Recreation Board entertain establishing a Beach Ambassador Program

Previously reported – 2017
Target Ordinances –

      • Fill holes
      • Remove gear
      • Stay off dunes
      • No glass
      • Control pets – leash / waste

Purpose –
Put a friendly face out there to interact with guests
Educate guests about targeted ordinances to get compliance
Explain the purpose of the ordinance and consequences for non-compliance

Goals – keep beach protected, clean and safe

Beach strand ordinance compliance is a real quality-of-life issue. The flashing educational signs on the Causeway have significantly improved beach strand ordinance compliance. Still feel strongly that the Town should adjust staffing to respond to the seasonal increase in work load. Delighted that the Board finally decided to address this issue. I have made my position abundantly clear regarding having a seasonal code-enforcement team / beach patrol on the beach strand. They need to be on the beach strand to enforce ordinances and to ensure the public safety. Regardless of who or how many patrols the beach strand we need high visibility for them to be effective.

Update –
Currently there are three (3) Beach Rangers out there from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It was expanded to include a second shift extending the hours that they are on the beach strand, also added a second gator. Rangers are on the beach strand during the busiest time frame from roughly 8:30am till 7:30pm. They are out there to educate, provide information and assist folks. Program appears to be working well. I for one would like to see them expand the program by having it cover shoulder season too.


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Poyner Spruill
Previously reported –
November 2015
Presentation by Mike McIntyre, Senior Advisor and Director of Government Relations, Poyner Spruill
Mayor Holden said the purpose of the presentation was to shed light on the services available to the Town. Basically, this was an infomercial, a shameless plug for the firm’s services. What Mike was selling is his ability to leverage his contacts and relationships that he developed during his eighteen years of government service. Their role would be to help us maximize our dollars with the larger projects like the terminal groin and central reach project. A proposed contract was already sent to the Town Manager.

Previously reported – October 2018
Poyner Spruill
The firm is the North Carolina law firm member of SCG Legal, an association of fifty independent law firms located in the fifty state capitals.
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The Ferguson Group
The Ferguson Group (TFG) is a bipartisan government relations consulting firm founded in 1982. For 34 years, TFG has specialized in representing local communities on federal issues in Washington, D.C., where the firm is headquartered. Building on our team’s unmatched experience in promoting and protecting local governments and their partners, TFG provides our clients with effective tools and strategies to shape national policy, obtain resources for local priorities, and get results in Washington. We help our clients build stronger communities through securing grant funding, navigating federal financing tools, and project authorizations. We also help our clients advocate for regulatory and legislative policy changes and provide strategic planning and consulting services.
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They are a prestigious white shoe law firm that are more than capable of assisting us. Essentially its one-stop shopping with them able to handle whatever projects we have. It has been the Mayor’s position that we need to hire a professional consulting firm because we need representation on multiple topics at the local, state, and national levels of government. The Board consensus appeared to be that we need someone to speak on our behalf and they can make it happen.

Previously reported – December 2018
Board selected Poyner Proposal Option C – The level of proposed services (2) requires funding of $6,975 per month or a minimum of $83,700 annually.

Previously reported – January 2020
The retainer for their services is $7,725 per month or a minimum of $92,700 annually. Retainer is the minimum it will cost us. Ferguson Group services are billed separately. Additionally, we are billed monthly for all kinds of additional charges.

Update –
Mike McIntyre has changed law firms from Poyner Spruill to Ward and Smith. The change of agent forms were executed accordingly. All terms and conditions including those with Ferguson Group remain the same. Virtual Capitol Hill advocacy visits are being scheduled for November ; the date is to be determined.

Ostensibly the selection of Poyner Spruill was because of the relationship of our Mayor and Congressman McIntyre. The Towns position appears to be that the agreement was with Mike and therefore we will follow him to Ward & Smith.

Former Congressman Mike McIntyre joins Ward and Smith law firm
With close to 40 years of legal and business experience and nearly 20 years as a public servant, Ward and Smith has announced that former U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre has joined the full-service law firm. McIntyre will serve as the senior advisor to government relations and economic development. “Mike has a proven track record of fighting for North Carolina residents,” said Brad Evans, Ward and Smith co-managing director. “We’re very fortunate to have someone with his level of experience now advocating on our clients behalf. McIntyre was first elected to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. He spent nine consecutive terms developing and supporting policies promoting economic development and business opportunities in our state, especially in coastal communities, rural areas, small towns, and military communities. He also served as the No. 2 ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee and was the No. 3 ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. Jamie Norment, the firm’s government relations practice group leader, welcomed the new addition. “I’ve known Mike for decades. His dedication, commitment and extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal issues are unparalleled,” Norment said. “The caliber of our government relations team was extensive before. With Mike joining the team, our capacity to represent clients in and out of North Carolina is bar none.” McIntyre’s multifaceted legal practice encompasses business, agribusiness, energy, environmental, real estate and sports and entertainment. He also has extensive knowledge of complex coastal resource management, beach renourishment and economic development matters. Being well-versed in the political process also gives him a unique perspective to help and advise clients. “My whole career has been dedicated to building a stronger North Carolina, McIntyre remarked. I’m thrilled to be part of a firm that shares this steadfast belief, and I look forward to continuing efforts to bring more opportunities for business growth and development to our clients and surrounding communities.” McIntyre’s practice will be based in the firm’s Raleigh office and will include work on behalf of clients in Washington, D.C. and across the state.
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Ward and Smith
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Factoid That May Interest Only Me –


Watch out for deer
NCDOT warns motorists
across North Carolina to stay alert for deer now that fall has arrived. Every year during late autumn, auto and body shops across the region brace for a bumper crop of business, comprised of an influx of cars with damage from collisions with deer. Beginning in October, roads across the state become hazardous as North Carolina’s deer population fans out, lurking on highway shoulders in search of food and potential mates. It’s the deadliest time of the year for deer, which also pose a particular danger to motorists. Nearly half of vehicle accidents involving white-tail deer occur from October to December. Deer accidents typically begin rising in October, peak in November and begin dropping off after December, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Deer are crepuscular mammals, meaning they’re most active at dawn and dusk – which, following the onset of daylight savings time, places them near roads and byways precisely when large numbers of residents are commuting to and from work.

Report: Animal-related crashes on the rise in North Carolina
The frequency of animal-vehicle crashes has increased considerably from the year before, according to a report. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said there was a total of 20,331 animal-involved crashes in 2019, an increase of more than 2,300 from 2018. Officials said deer account for about 90% of all animal-related crashes. The increase in incidents could be attributed to growth in the state, with more drivers on the road and more development. State officials warn that North Carolina is entering the three worst months of the year for animal-related crashes, with October, November, and December accounting for half of the annual total over the past three years. The NCDOT Transportation Mobility and Safety Division study shows animal-related crashes have killed five people, injured more than 2,800 others, and caused nearly $156.9 million in property damage over those three years. For the 17th year in a row, Wake County leads the rest of the state for animal collisions with 1,023 in 2019. The NCDOT says far western counties have the lowest numbers because they have the fewest drivers and roads. Graham County recorded just five animal collisions and has the bottom spot for the fifth year in a row.

NCDOT has some helpful tips for motorists in regard to deer-vehicle crashes:

  • Although it does not decrease the risk of being in a crash, wearing a seat belt gives you a better chance of avoiding or minimizing injuries if you hit a deer or other animal.
  • Always maintain a safe amount of distance between your vehicle and others, especially at night. If the vehicle ahead of you hits a deer, you could also become involved in the crash.
  • Slowdown in areas posted with deer crossing signs and in heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon and evening.
  • Most deer-vehicle crashes occur where deer are more likely to travel, near bridges or overpasses, railroad tracks, streams, and ditches. Be vigilant when passing through potentially risky landscapes.
  • Drive with high beams on when possible and watch for eyes reflecting in the headlights.
  • Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one deer near a road, be alert that others may be around.
  • If you see deer near a road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast.
  • Do not swerve to avoid a collision with deer. This could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, increasing the risk of it flipping over, veering into oncoming traffic, or overcorrecting and running off the road and causing a more serious crash.

Officials say the most crashes occur between 6 p.m. and midnight, accounting for about 45% of the overall total. With the end of daylight savings time at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, the time shift increases the chance of deer being by roadways when drivers are traveling in the dark, especially for their evening commute. If your vehicle does strike a deer, officials say do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can be dangerous or further injure itself. Get your vehicle off the road if possible and call 911.
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NCDOT: Vehicle-animal crashes on the rise statewide, Brunswick in top 10
Animal-vehicle collisions have increased across North Carolina, according to a new report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation Monday. Brunswick County is ranked sixth out of the state’s 100 counties for animal-vehicle collisions between 2017 and 2019. These types of collisions have increased in the county by 27% since 2012, with 480 crashes last year, according to the report.

Animal collisions are up statewide due to increased development, which pushes animals out of their habitats, according to NCDOT. Deer make up the majority (90%) of animal-vehicle collisions. Statewide, these crashes have killed five people, injured more than 2,800, and caused more than $156 million in property damage between 2017 and 2019. Collisions are known to increase during the last three months of the year, according to NCDOT, because crashes in this timeframe tend to make up half the annual total. Pender County ranks 16th with 331 animal crashes last year, and New Hanover County ranks 69th with 85 crashes on the state’s list. The state’s westernmost counties tend to have the least amount of animal crashes due to sparser populations and roads.  Almost a majority of crashes occur between 6 p.m. and midnight. The end of Daylight Savings on Nov. 1 increases the chance of deer being hit on the roadways as more drivers travel in the dark, according to NCDOT.

Below are tips NCDOT provided drivers to protect themselves from animal collisions:

  • Wear a seatbelt
  • Keep a safe distance between vehicles
  • Drive slow in areas with posted deer crossing signs and in heavily wooded areas near dusk and night.
  • Be mindful while driving near areas where deer are more likely to travel, including near bridges, overpasses, railroad tracks, streams, and ditches.
  • When possible, drive with high beams on and look out for eyes reflected in the headlights
  • Look out for other deer when one is spotted; deer often travel in groups
  • Blow the horn with a long blast if you spot a deer near the road.
  • Do not swerve your vehicle to avoid colliding with a deer.
  • If you do strike a deer with your vehicle, try to get your vehicle off the road, call 911, and don’t touch the animal. Injured or wounded deer can further injure itself or others.
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Rental homes meet a need for virus-wary vacationers
As people venture back out on the road again, they’re doing it on their own terms, and that often means avoiding hotels and major cities. “Short-term rentals, particularly vacation rentals, which usually are whole homes, are hot right now,” says Dennis Schaal, founding editor of Skift, a travel industry media company. “That’s because many travelers don’t want to get on a plane, are shunning cities and are driving to remote or nonurban locations for vacations, or even for work, as a temporary solution.” In July, Airbnb announced that for the first time in a single day since March, guests booked more than 1 million nights of stays. Of those, 50 percent were within 300 miles from home, and more than two-thirds were within 500 miles. Families are booking accommodations later in August, September, and October than in the past because flexible schooling and remote work allow for flexible travel, VRBO reports. Anecdotally, travelers say that they’re drawn to the privacy and solitude of a vacation rental, at a time when social distancing is paramount and anxieties about coronavirus exposure run high.
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Hot Button Issues
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Climate
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National Flood Insurance Program: Reauthorization
Congress must periodically renew the NFIP’s statutory authority to operate. On October 1, 2020, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that extends the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) authorization to September 30, 2021.

Congress must now reauthorize the NFIP
by no later than 11:59 pm on September 30, 2021.

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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White House approves National Flood Insurance Program for another year
The National Flood Insurance Program, which was set to expire Sept. 30, was signed into law Thursday, Oct. 1. Earlier last week, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted in favor of continuing NFIP. President Donald Trump signed approval on Thursday. “Since it was reauthorized it’s good news for homeowners,” said Holden Beach resident Louis Cutajar.  NFIP provides insurance to help reduce the socioeconomic impact of floods. The flood insurance program is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and delivered to the public by a network of approximately 60 insurance companies. “Flood insurance is available to anyone living in one of the 23,000 participating NFIP communities,” FEMA posted on its website. “Homes and businesses in high-risk flood areas with mortgages from government-backed lenders are required to have flood insurance.” According to St. George News, “Floods are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the U.S. Just an inch of water in an average-sized home can cause $25,000 in damage. However, unlike many causes of damage, flooding and mudflows are generally not covered by a homeowners’ policy. An uninsured flood loss can eat into your life’s savings.” In June, federal agencies collaborated to clarify rules related to flood insurance requirements. Comments were received regarding more guidance on renewal notices for forced-paned insurance policies, flood insurance amount requirements and requirements for tenant-owned buildings or detached structures. According to a DS News report, changes to the interagency document make it easier for lenders, servicers, regulators, and policyholders to find sections pertinent to them.
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Community Rating System (CRS)
The Town’s CRS rating is being lowered from eight (8) to seven (7) which will result in an additional downward adjustment to all property owners flood insurance premiums. That would be the third favorable adjustment, each with a 5% reduction of your flood insurance premiums.  To be clear, we will now enjoy a 15% reduction in flood insurance premiums due to the new lower CRS rating. Timbo has been the driving force in getting us to qualify for the lower rating allowing us to enjoy significant savings and is very much appreciated.  KUDOS!


 

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  • With two months left, the 2020 hurricane season has a chance to set the record for most named storms

    This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is on the verge of becoming the most active since 2005. The year 2005, which brought us the retired names and memorable destruction of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, ended up with the most number of named storms ever — 28. It was also the first time the normal list of storm names was exhausted, prompting the use of names beginning with letters from the Greek alphabet. The 2020 season has about two months left. So far this year, we’ve seen 25 named storms (the average for an entire season is 12), but roughly half as many hurricanes at eight and only two major storms (Category 3 or higher). We’re up to the name Gamma, so we need three more to reach the 2005 mark in Greek names. But numbers of storms aren’t everything. This year a record was set when four storms making landfall underwent the phenomenon known as rapid intensification. That happens when a storm’s maximum speed increases by 35 mph in a 24-hour period. Hanna was first, jumping from 45 to 80 mph maximum winds in 24 hours on July 25, prior to its landfall on Padre Island, Texas. In late August, as Laura was bearing down on the Louisiana coast, it’s maximum winds leaped from 65 mph to 110 mph from 5 a.m. August 25 to 5 a.m. August 26. It made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early on August 27. A few weeks later, Sally astounded weather-watchers everywhere when it only took 12 hours for the winds to rocket from 60 mph to 100 mph on September 14. Two days later, it came ashore in Gulf Shores, Alabama. On Saturday, Gamma made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula. While not quite a hurricane when doing so, it did intensify from a tropical depression with 35 mph winds Friday to 70 mph when it made landfall 24 hours later.

    While September 2020 ended quietly for Atlantic tropical cyclones, it produced a record 10 named storms during the month (Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred, Alpha and Beta). This broke old Atlantic September record of 8 named storm formations. #hurricanepic.twitter.com/aOXbF70i4C
    — Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 30, 2020

    The month of September also produced a record 10 named storms: Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred, Alpha and Beta. The old record was eight.

    The season is not over yet
    October is the third most active month of the Atlantic hurricane season, behind September (first) and August (second). During an average season, we see about two named storms in October and one in November. If this were a “normal” hurricane season, we would still likely have a few more storms possible through the end of November. But this year is not a “normal” season. It has been forecast for months to be very active. Back in August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updated the hurricane season forecast and called for 19 to 25 named storms. Prior to this, the agency had never forecast up to 25 storms in a season. As of Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was tracking three other potential systems in the Atlantic. Two are located in the central Atlantic Ocean and look the least promising with only a 10-20% chance of intensifying over the next five days. The more impressive-looking tropical disturbance, currently located near Jamaica, has been given a 60% chance of development by the NHC. This system, referred to as Invest 92-L, could take aim at the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Some long-range models are projecting it could land there by the middle of next week and, more importantly, intensify to hurricane strength. If it earns a name, next on the list is the Greek letter Delta. Obviously, there is lot of time between now and then so this system will have to be watched very carefully. However, unlike Gamma, whose northward motion is currently being stunted by a stationary front, Invest-92 could have fewer obstacles to clear to be added to this year’s very long list. While the Atlantic hurricane season has already been very active, it’s not over yet. Technically the season does not end until November 30, but some years storms have continued well after that.
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    Major disaster declaration granted for 15 N.C. counties hit hard by Hurricane Isaias
    The White House and FEMA have granted a major disaster declaration for 15 counties in North Carolina recovering from Hurricane Isaias. “This declaration from our federal partners will help us rebuild stronger and smarter, so our communities can recover from the damage done by Hurricane Isaias,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. The declaration covers Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, and Pitt counties. According to the governor’s office, the declaration “provides federal reimbursement to county and state governments and some nonprofit organizations for much of the cost to respond to the storm and repair damaged infrastructure. It can also provide federal reimbursement for debris removal as well as search and rescue operations, hazardous material clean up, meals, generators, fuel and more.”
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  • Offshore Drilling Moratorium Requested for NC
    Senator Tillis issued a news release on Monday, September 21 announcing that “North Carolina will be included in a Presidential Memorandum withdrawing new leasing for offshore oil and gas developments for the next 12 years. Under the order leases for the purposes of offshore development are prohibited between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2032.” This followed an earlier request Governor Cooper sent in a letter Sept. 15 that urged President Trump and his administration to include North Carolina in the recently announced moratorium. Governor Cooper released a statement on Sep. 22 that he will “stay vigilant and ready to resume the fight in the event the federal government makes any move toward offshore drilling,” while waiting for confirmation that the President will extend the offshore drilling moratorium to North Carolina’s waters.

    Offshore drilling and seismic surveying for oil and gas exploration are not the types of activities that are compatible with our vibrant coastal environment and economy. Thank you to everyone that contacted their local, state, and federal representatives to request they pursue action that expands the moratorium for North Carolina and the entire Atlantic Coast!
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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.
    ///// Outdoor dining at area restaurants
    Name:             Joseph’s          
    Cuisine:         Italian Bistro
    Location:      5003 O’Quinn Boulevard, Southport NC
    Contact:        910.454.4440 /
    https://www.josephsitalianbistro.com

    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
    Probably easier to get to by boat than by car but don’t be discouraged by the trip for good things can be found in out of the way places. Located at the South Harbour Marina, the view overlooking the marina and ICW is outstanding. Be advised reservations are not accepted so be cautious about making dining plans during prime tourist season. It’s a busy, busy place, but the great bar makes waiting a pleasure. The menu reflects home-style interpretations of their family favorites and is the finest Italian cuisine in the area.


    Cloud 9
    9 Estell Lee Pl
    Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
    910.726.9226
    https://www.cloud9ilm.com/

    Enjoy panoramic views from the Cloud 9 rooftop bar which overlooks picturesque downtown Wilmington. This premier open-air rooftop venue is located on the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington on the ninth floor of the Embassy Suites. The bar is open seven (7) days a week at 4:00 PM and is currently serving almost fifty (50) different brews on tap and in cans and more than 20 wine selections. They also offer live music Thursday through Saturday evenings throughout the summer months. This is a must visit the next time you are in Wilmington.


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

On the verge of retirement at eighty-five years old, and in precarious health, criminal defense lawyer Sandy Stern has been persuaded to defend an old friend Kiril Pafko, a Nobel Prize winning scientist and distinguished cancer researcher. Trying his final case, Sandy defends his doctor and longtime friend whose cancer wonder drug saved Stern’s life but subsequently led to the deaths of others. Pafko shockingly has been charged in a federal racketeering indictment with fraud, insider trading, and murder.


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