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Lou’s Views
News & Views / January 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.
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Calendar of Events Island –

Most events have either been postponed or cancelled


Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
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Reminders –



Trash Can Requirements – Rental Properties
GFL Environmental – 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

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§ 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
GFL Environmental 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


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, February 16th
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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.
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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
GFL environmental 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.


Waupaca Elevator Recalls to Inspect Elevators Due to Injury Hazard

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

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

Recall Details

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

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

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There is an issue with the gearboxes on select Waupaca Elevators that may cause the elevator to suddenly drop. In December on the island, despite having recommended gearbox inspection, the Waupaca elevator cab fell to the bottom of the elevator shaft causing serious injuries to my friends that were in the elevator cab. Affected elevators need to be checked and the installation of overspeed braking devices completed before being put back into service. Even then I still would be concerned, due to the severity of gear boxes failure the safety features are not responding as they should. I’d strongly recommend that you immediately stop using these Waupaca elevators.


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 January 22nd


NC’s updated vaccine rollout –  Brunswick County has moved to Group 2 of the state’s revised COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Phase 1a
– Health care staff working directly with COVID-19 patients and those administering COVID-19 vaccines.

– Long-term care facility residents and staff (administered through federal program).

Phase 1b
– Group 1: Anyone 75 years or older

Group 2: Health care and frontline essential workers 50 years or older. Frontline essential workers include firefighters, police officers, teachers, and those working in corrections, postal services, groceries, and public transit.

– Group 3: Health care and frontline workers of any age, no matter their working conditions.

Phase 2
– Group 1: Anyone 65-74 years old.

– Group 2: Anyone 16-64 years old who has an underlying condition that increases their risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.  

– Group 3: Individuals who are incarcerated or living in another congregate living setting that hasn’t been vaccinated.  

– Group 4: Other essential workers, as defined by the CDC. This group includes those in food service, construction, public health, engineering, and media.  

Phase 3
– Students in college, university or high school who are 16 or older (Vaccines have not yet be recommended for those under 16).

Phase 4
– Anyone 16 years or older 


Novant Health announces new website for vaccine sign-ups in Brunswick County
Novant Health on Tuesday announced a new website where people who 65 years and older in Brunswick County can sign-up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The new website is NovantHealth.org/BrunswickVaccine. Novant officials are still encouraging people to sign up for a MyChart account to provide all necessary information, including date of birth to confirm eligibility, prior to their vaccination appointment. Recipients do not need to be affiliated with a specific healthcare system to sign up for MyChart, officials say. A spokesperson for Novant said the change was made in an effort to streamline the sign-up process for community members. “Our main priority is to provide the vaccine as quickly as possible to those who are eligible and want the vaccine. We are committed to ensuring all vaccine distribution is equitable, effective and in the best interest of public health despite unprecedented supply challenges,” the spokesperson said. Novant officials offered a reminder that appointments are available based on the limited supply of vaccine provided by the state health department and will be updated weekly. New appointments are added every Friday evening.


COVID/State of Emergency – Timeline

01/06/21
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 188 which extends the modified stay-at-home order with a curfew that requires people to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

12/08/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 181 which is a modified stay-at-home order with a curfew that requires people to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

11/23/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 180 which expands current mask requirements, extending the rule to essentially any time an individual is outside of their home and in the presence of a non-household contact. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

11/10/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 176 which lowers the indoor gathering limit from 25 to 10 people. The state will remain paused in Phase 3 of its reopening plan. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

10/28/20
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 171 which assists all residential tenants in North Carolina who qualify for protection from eviction under the terms of the CDC Order. Click here to view the Executive Order details.

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 –


  • 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

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  • 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 –


Replacement plan for NC license plates begins with new year

Previously reported – October 2019
Drivers must replace license plate every 7 years under new NC law
 North Carolina drivers will have to get new plates every seven years under new DMV laws signed by the governor Friday.

House bill 211 governing DMV changes was ratified on September 18. Under the law, existing plates must be replaced with new registration plates if, upon the date of renewal, the plate is seven or more years old or will become seven or more years old during the registration period. The mandatory renewal rule falls under a section on reflectivity standards for license plates to ensure they can be read clearly and be seen at night. Plates must be treated with “reflectorized materials” that pass standards set by lawmakers. The change will take effect July 1, 2020. The DMV says the new replacement requirement won’t produce any additional costs for customers, WRAL reports. The DMV laws passed this week also include a section allowing officials to begin a study on digital license plates as an alternative to traditional physical plates. The results of the feasibility study will be reported in the 2020 regular session.
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Cooper signs bill requiring NC license plates to be replaced every seven years
Car and truck owners will need to turn in their North Carolina license plate and get a new one every seven years, under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper. Up to now, the state has set no time limit for replacing a license plate; you could keep the one you were given as long as it held up. State law includes a provision that says it can order someone to give up a plate that “has become illegible or is in such a condition that the numbers thereon may not be readily distinguished.” The bill signed into law Friday says simply, “All registration plates shall be replaced every seven years.” The Division of Motor Vehicles won’t charge for the replacement plates required by the new law, said spokeswoman Binta Cisse. Beyond that, the DMV is still developing a plan to implement the new requirement, Cisse said, so it’s not clear yet how the DMV will notify vehicle owners that it’s time to get a new plate or whether they’ll have to go to a license plate office to get a new one.
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Update –
Replacement plan for NC license plates begins with new year
Millions of North Carolina motor vehicles will soon be getting a freshen-up when it comes to their license plates. Starting in 2021, any regular plate that’s at least seven years old on the vehicle’s registration renewal date will be replaced. Similarly, aged specialty and vanity plates will be changed out starting in 2022. The schedule is designed to carry out a law creating a replacement mandate.

Plates faded by time and the elements are difficult for police and machines to read. The replacement won’t cost car and truck owners anything, and there’s a method to let them keep their current plate number.
Read more » click here 


 

Ocean Isle Beach’s terminal groin lawsuit will be heard by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals next month
It’s a lawsuit four years in the making, and one the Town of Ocean Isle Beach hopes is resolved soon so constriction of a terminal groin (a type of jetty) can move forward, conservationists hope that does not happen. The town hopes to protect its beaches and properties along the ocean while conservation groups have argued plans for a terminal groin would be detrimental to the environment and filed suit to stop the project. In August of 2017, the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Audubon North Carolina bringing a halt to a proposed terminal groin project. Now, after being dismissed by a federal judge in September of 2019, the lawsuit is ready to be heard by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

So what exactly is a terminal groin, and what is the concern? In the most basic sense, a terminal groin is a type of rock wall built on the shoreline, extending into the water that are used to help grow beaches and slow erosion. “A groin is built perpendicular to the coast and works similar to the way a jetty works. But groins are usually smaller than jetties and built on straight stretches of beach, not near inlets or channels. They are often built in a series of parallel structures on one section of beach and can be made of wood, concrete, steel or stone. Terminal groins are relatively new concoctions. They are the name proponents have given to small jetties built at inlets — the terminus of islands,” according to the N.C. Coastal Federation.

Proponents of these projects say groins help stem erosion from the beaches and help project properties, however, there are environmental concerns when it comes to installing hard structures. “While they can protect roads, beach homes and other buildings threatened by erosion, hard structures usually cause increased erosion further down the beach. Both jetties and groins, for example, act like dams to physically stop the movement of sand. They work by preventing longshore drift from washing sediment down the coast. As a result, they cause a buildup of sand on the side protected by the structure — which is precisely what they’re intended to do,” according to the N.C. Coastal Federation.

However, the buildup of sand comes at a cost for other properties. “…Areas further “downstream” on the coast are cut off from natural longshore drift by these barrier-like structures. No longer replenished by the sand that usually feeds them, these areas experience worsened erosion,” according to the group.

North Carolina has a history of avoiding the problems brought to other communities through the use of hardened structures and a ban on them was in place for years, since 1985 — until it was repealed in 2011. Senate Bill 110 authorized the construction of terminal groins and repealed the efforts of conservationists.

When the Town of Ocean Isle Beach decided it wanted its own terminal groin in 2017, the lawsuit was filed. The conservationist group claimed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the town’s plan for a terminal groin would be detrimental to the environment. “We’re in court because the Corps failed to fairly consider alternatives that would cost Ocean Isle less, manage erosion, and protect the natural beach on the east end of the island when it approved this destructive project,” said Geoff Gisler, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center at the time the lawsuit was filed. “Federal law requires the Corps to choose the least destructive alternative; with the terminal groin, it approved the most destructive.”

Even U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed that the project would be detrimental to the ecosystem. “A project of this nature will destroy the ecological functioning of this inlet and the surrounding areas. The science is unequivocal. I see no unique issues or areas of significant uncertainty in need of further evaluation. We oppose this project. There is nothing more to discuss,” Pete Benjamin, an employee of the federal agency wrote about the project in 2011, according to emails obtained by Coastal Review Online.

However, proponents of the groin want to move forward. After the decision was entered by the federal judge to dismiss the case, the National Audubon Society filed an appeal with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. According to the town, they are scheduled to have their arguments heard next month. “The Town has been informed by our attorney that the oral argument before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has been scheduled for December 8, 2020. We are hopeful that a final decision on this matter will be rendered by the judge shortly after the oral argument is completed. We will post additional updates as they are made available to the Town,” according to a Facebook Post from the town.
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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.
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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.
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Previously reported October 2020
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.
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Update –
Holden Beach committee talks with Ocean Isle Beach Chief
The town of Holden Beach Seasonal Law Enforcement Committee held a meeting om Ocean Isle Beach Police Chief Ken Bellamy. “After our discussion at the last meeting, we were hoping to be able to discuss how Ocean Isle Beach utilizes their seasonal police officers and to have the chief of police present here to discuss the issues he found in utilizing seasonal police officers,” commissioner Mike Sullivan said. During the gathering Sullivan asked Bellamy how many seasonal police officers Ocean Isle Beach currently has. “At Ocean Isle we actually have two classifications of folks that work what we call beach patrol and beach patrol consists of officers or personnel on an ATV on the beach strand,” Bellamy said. “The two classifications as far as beach control, we have non-sworn and we have sworn.” Non-sworn officers tend to be retired police officers. Their main task is to look for ordinance violations on the beach strand and inform the public what the ordinances are, but when it comes to enforcement actions, they notify a sworn officer or call a uniformed officer off the road. Typically, Ocean Isle Beach hires ten (10) non-sworn officers and eight (8) sworn officers for the summer season, Bellamy reported. He said training can be between eight to 12 hours for non-sworn officers, showing the lay of the land and covering administrative issues. Sworn officers go through a training program, depending on their experience level and training can be completed 24 hours. In an average week, Bellamy said Ocean Isle Beach part-time officers work a total of 120 hours a week all together. They try to use two officers at a minimum, with each working an eight-hour shift. On holidays and weekends, they have more officers working. When asked about the retention rate, Bellamy said it is pretty good. Since the non-sworn side is mostly retired folks, they tend to stick around but sworn officers can be a little harder to keep around if they find a full-time position elsewhere. Bellamy said the seasonal officers are only used for the beach strand and not as supplement patrol. Ocean Isle’s beach patrol program has been in existence since the early 1990s. Contrary to Ocean Isle’s operations, Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon expressed interest in using the seasonal officers for patrol use, rather than limiting them to the beach strand. “As far as how we would utilize them, if we had seasonal officers, they would be to assist call volume and to assist with parking and other traffic issues,” Dixon said. Dixon said he felt it would be difficult to have the part-time officers play double duty working on law enforcement and beach patrol. Despite needing a little extra help, Dixon was happy with the department. “We’re very fortunate here,” Dixon said. “Our officers do an excellent job at preventing crime, and the fact that we don’t have a lot of reports and a lot of crime to me speaks volumes about the job that they do preventively.” 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. The next seasonal law enforcement officers committee meeting is scheduled for Dec. 3.
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Update –
Holden Beach committee opts against hiring seasonal officers
After meeting for half a year, the town of Holden Beach’s seasonal law enforcement officers committee disbanded last week with members feeling confident they’re ready to draft a report to the town board.  During the meeting last Thursday, Jan. 7, town commissioner Mike Sullivan shared his findings after speaking with Emerald Isle Police Chief Tony Reese and Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar. “Last time we met we spoke about the efficiency and the utility of using seasonal police officers, and I’d say that since that meeting I had an opportunity to speak to two of the chiefs of police in the area to get their thoughts on the utilization of temporary police officers and how they go about it,” Sullivan said. “Neither of those jurisdictions use seasonal police officers as I was hoping we could use them, which was to have them do patrol during the heavy season and that way we wouldn’t have to have full-time police officers year-round,” Sullivan said. “In addition to the fact that they don’t use police officers for patrol on a regular basis, they expressed the same concerns that we have spoken about here: the retention, the training, the cost of equipping and transportation issues that arise when you have part-time or seasonal police officers.” Commissioner Pat Kwiatkowski agreed with Sullivan that seasonal police is off the table. “However, I go back to where some of this started which was about having a more perceived, serious presence on the beach and after hearing from other beach communities that they do use retired or active officers who want extra hours for beach patrol, I believe it is something we should consider doing. Ocean Isle does it; clearly they think it’s successful,” said Kwiatkowski, noting that she thinks retired police officers doing beach patrol could be more reliable. “The second thing that came out to me form several discussions is would the town benefit from having somebody taking calls for a longer period of time and seven days a week during season?” Kwiatkowski asked. Kwiatkowski noted that a lot of people tend to call the police department, rather than 911, for minor matters. She wanted there to be a way that citizens and visitors can call and get a voice or answer immediately during tourist season. Sullivan asked if they have capability to record a call and have an officer check in twice an hour to follow up on call since it is not an emergency, which Chief of Police Jeremy Dixon said he could look into. When Sullivan spoke to other chiefs of police about enforcement, they said during a full season they may issue one to two summonses. “I guess it’s more the appearance of authority than it is the actual use of authority when you have police officers on the beach,” Sullivan said. Dixon agreed and did not think it was feasible to spend the money on officers to handle a small amount of issues. Kwiatkowski concluded that using police instead of the ranger program would not be much of a benefit and would be more costly. Town Manager David Hewett said that regarding budgetary impacts and comparison on how they do things verses other beach towns, he thinks consideration should be made on how other beaches are funded. For instance, Ocean Isle funds their beach through their occupancy tax. The meeting concluded with Sullivan saying he felt they discussed all the issues and got as much information as possible to draft a report to the whole board, suggesting no further committee meetings. Sullivan volunteered drafting the final report but asked members of the committee and those present at the meeting to contact him by the second week of February with specific items they felt should be included in the report. The committee will present their findings to the board of commissioners during their March regular meeting on March 16.
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This and That –

North Carolina Coastal Federation earned a seventh consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a level of consistent financial excellence that only 7% of charities achieve.

Mission:
Since its founding in 1982, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has worked with citizens to safeguard the coastal rivers, creeks, sounds and beaches of North Carolina. Headquartered in Newport, North Carolina with offices in Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach, the Coastal Federation works in three key program areas: environmental advocacy; restoring and protecting habitat and water quality; and educating citizens and community leaders. Our vision is for a natural, beautiful, and productive coast that is a great place to live, work and visit. Today the Coastal Federation consists of more than 11,000 supporters, 200 partner organizations, thousands of active volunteers and a 30-member professional staff and is considered one of the most effective coastal conservation groups in the state. The Coastal Federation remains a collaborative, grassroots organization, bringing together traditional and nontraditional organizations, government agencies and businesses to leave a legacy of a healthy coast for future generations.

Previously reported – January 2020
North Carolina Coastal Federation 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.
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North Carolina/South Carolina (NC/SC) Adult Baseball is open for registration for the 2021 season. The NC/SC Adult baseball league was formed in 2012. It is an all wood bat league with 3 age divisions for the upcoming 2021 calendar year. The age divisions are 35+, 45+, and 55+. The league is affiliated with the Roy Hobbs Baseball Organization which provides both liability and medical insurance to our players. Teams are generally from the Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC areas. However, players come from both states and several beaches, including Holden Beach. The league accepts individual players, groups of players, or entire teams.

This is an age-specific league. There are players at a variety of skills and experience levels. Most players had some high school experience and maybe college. This league may not be for you if you have never played at a competitive level. But many players have not played in 10, 20 or 30 years. After a few practice sessions and a few games most, players find the game comes back to them and they can compete at their age level. It’s a great opportunity to get regular exercise and make new friends in the area.

To register go to:
Either
https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=NCSC&s=baseball
Or
https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=NCSC&s=baseball&p=registration&formID=187172

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Contact Walt Kozak: waltkozak@gmail.com

NC/SC Adult Baseball website: www.ncscbaseball.com


Factoid That May Interest Only Me –


U.S. Existing-Home Sales Reach Highest Level in 14 Years
Sales of previously owned homes rose in 2020 to the highest level since 2006, as ultra-low interest rates and remote work during the pandemic increased home-buying demand.


Brunswick County real estate market sets record sales in 2020
Brunswick County has been a hot spot in recent years for businesses and the real estate market has been no exception. Realtors say the county set a new sales record in 2020. Brunswick County’s residential real estate market racked up $2,157,449,018 in total sales volume, up 51.3% compared to 2019. That’s according to Brunswick County Association of Realtors. The group also says monthly numbers hit record highs in December, with increases in homes sold and total sales volume. “2020 was full of unknowns and uncertainty, but Brunswick County’s real estate market did more than merely stay consistent – it smashed all expectations,” said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. “Total sales for the year topped $2 billion for the first time ever, and we saw record sales in December compared to last year. These numbers are nothing short of amazing, and I’m excited to see what 2021 holds for our market.” In addition to the increase in sales volume, Brunswick County saw a 6.5% increase in new listings in 2020, going from 6,603 to 7,032. The number of units sold increased by 28.8% from 4,916 to 6,331, and the average sale price increased by 17.5%, rising from $290,077 to $340,741. The largest sale of the year was over $3,000,000, 16 sales were $2,000,000 or greater and 248 sales were between $800,000 to $1,000,000. In addition to the year-end numbers, the market also saw increased sales volume, higher prices, and a tightening inventory in December. Total sales volume spiked 65.7% compared to last year, rising from $129,440,000 to $214,510,000. Average sale prices increased 13.7%, from $326,857 to $371,768. The number of new listings increased by 13.6%, rising from 339 to 385, while the number of units sold increased by 45.7%, from 396 to 577. The inventory of available homes continued to drop, closing out at nearly 1,200 available homes with an absorption rate and days on the market of just over two months.

Brunswick County 2020 Year-End Numbers

New Listings

  • 2020 Total: 7,032
  • 2019 Total: 6,603
  • Increase/Decrease: +6.5%

Units Sold

  • 2020 Total: 6,331
  • 2019 Total: 4,916
  • Increase/Decrease: +28.8%

Average Sale Price

  • 2020 Total: $340,741
  • 2019 Total: $290,077
  • Increase/Decrease: +17.5%

Total Sales Volume

  • 2020 Total: $2,157,449,018
  • 2019 Total: $1,426,020,708
  • Increase/Decrease: +51.3%

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Island Homes Sold – 2020 * Lou’s Views
A complete list of homes sold in 2020

 



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Island Land Sold – 2020 * Lou’s Views

A complete list of land sold in 2020

 



Island Properties Sold – Comparison * Lou’s Views

A comparison of Holden Beach properties sold through the last three (3) years
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Hot Button Issues
Subjects that are important to people and about which they have strong opinions


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Climate
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There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear

NASA says 2020 tied for the hottest year on record.
In a new study, NASA found that 2020 ranked right alongside 2016 as the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. Scientists said rising levels of carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere, contributed to the rise. At times last year, parts of the Arctic hit temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels dropped 7% in 2020, according to the Global Carbon project, a research consortium, largely because pandemic lockdowns reduced car and air travel. Still, the U.K.’s Met Office, which tracks climate change, has found the level of CO2 in the atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the past 800,000 years.

2020 Ties 2016 as Hottest Yet, European Analysis Shows
The global average temperature in 2020 was about 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average from 1850 to 1900, data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service indicates
Last year effectively tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, European climate researchers announced Friday, as global temperatures continued their relentless rise brought on by the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The record warmth — which fueled deadly heat waves, droughts, intense wildfires, and other environmental disasters around the world in 2020 — occurred despite the development in the second half of the year of La Niña, a global climate phenomenon marked by surface cooling across much of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. And while 2020 may tie the record, all of the last six years are among the hottest ever, said Freja Vamborg, a senior scientist with the Copernicus Climate Change Service. “It’s a reminder that temperatures are changing and will continue to change if we don’t cut greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr. Vamborg said.
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2020 rivals hottest year on record, pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold
The year 2020, which witnessed terrifying blazes from California to Siberia and a record number of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, rivaled and possibly even equaled the hottest year on record, according to multiple scientific announcements Thursday. Only the “super” El Niño year of 2016 appears to have been slightly hotter in the era of reliable measurements dating to the late 1800s, according to the results from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United Kingdom’s Met Office, and Berkeley Earth. NASA finds that 2020 edged out 2016 by less than a hundredth of a degree Celsius, while the other three groups say it fell shy by a mere .01 to .02 degrees Celsius (.02 to .04 degrees Fahrenheit). “The last seven years have been the seven warmest on record,” said Ahira Sánchez-Lugo, a climate expert with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. “And the 10 warmest years have now occurred since 2005.” Experts said that another year as hot as 2016 coming so soon suggests a swift step up the climate escalator. And it implies that a momentous new temperature record — breaching the critical 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming threshold for the first time — could occur as soon as later this decade.
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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 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.


 

GenX
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    The North Carolina Rate Bureau (NCRB) has requested a 24.5 percent statewide average increase in homeowners’ insurance rates to take effect August 2021, according to a news release issued Nov. 10 by state insurance commissioner Mike Causey. The NCRB is not part of the N.C. Department of Insurance but represents companies that write insurance policies in the state. The department can either agree with the rates as filed or negotiate a settlement with the NCRB on a lower rate. If a settlement cannot be reached within 50 days, Causey will call for a hearing. Two years ago, in December 2018, the NCRB requested a statewide average increase of 17.4 percent. Causey negotiated a rate 13.4 percentage points lower and settled with a statewide aver-age rate increase of 4 percent. One of the drivers behind this requested increase is that North Carolina has experienced increased wind and hail losses stemming from damaging storms. A public comment period is required by law to give the public time to address the NCRB’s proposed rate increase.
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  • To see a table of proposed homeowners’ rate increases go to: click here
  • Territory 120 / Beach areas in Brunswick County / NCRB proposed increase 25%


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  • NC COASTAL RESOURCES ADVISORY COUNCIL
    Agenda: NC DEQ: November 2020 Meeting Agenda
    Science Panel’s Comments
    : CRC-20-33-Inlet-Hazard-Area-Public-Comments.pdf

    Shallotte Inlet Animation:
    ShallotteInlet_1938-2019_v3.mp4 – Google Drive

    Public Comments:
    IHA_Public_Comments_ALL_20200302.pdf

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Lockwood Folly Inlet
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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.
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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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ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE by Louise Penny
This is the sixteenth entry in the Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide of Quebec’s provincial police force, series. This time around, the Canadian detective is investigating a sinister plot in Paris. This is a departure from Three Pines village where most of the other books in the series take place. The death of Armand Gamache’s billionaire godfather, who made a career of exposing corporate wrongdoing, is made to look like an accident, but Gamache and his family suspect it is a deliberate murder. Soon the entire family is involved in the investigation, and everyone has a part to play.

Chief Inspector Gamache tells new agents the four sayings that can lead to wisdom –
I was wrong, I’m sorry, I don’t know, I need help
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