02 – News & Views

Lou’s Views
News & Views / February Edition


Calendar of Events –

Most events have either been postponed or cancelled


Azalea Festival organizers aim for year-long celebration in 2021
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is hoping to do things a little differently this year. Organizers say the traditional springtime event will be celebrated throughout most of 2021. Last year, the 73rd annual Azalea Festival was called off in March due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year, organizers say they plan to have a full lineup of events and programming in April, with the street fair and the Main Stage musical acts scheduled for later this summer. A new “Pin Pals” program will also debut this year as a way of stimulating the local economy, organizers say. “Guests can purchase a 2021 commemorative pin for $10 and receive discounts from local businesses the entire month of April. Guests can also register their pin for a chance to win one of three grand prizes valued at over $1,500 each,” according to a news release. This year’s musical acts — The Avett Brothers; and Sublime with Rome and Michael Franti & Spearhead — will be held at the city’s new musical venue, the North Waterfront Park. For more information on tickets, click here.

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Azalea Festival announces events will happen all year long
The North Carolina Azalea Festival has announced it will be celebrating spring during festival dates of April 7-11 and continuing throughout the year. “With the pandemic and restrictions still in place with our state, we are having to move some of our larger events to later in the year,” executive director Alison English said. Despite the challenges, English says they were determined to hold the festival this year in order to maintain the benefits it provides the area. “The North Carolina Azalea festival has over a 50-million-dollar economic impact on our community, and that’s very important to us,” English said. “So we wanna make sure to have those large events anytime that we can so we can keep that economic stimulus going.” English says she’s optimistic that if all goes well this time, they should be able to hold a normal festival next year. “2022 is the Azalea Festival’s 75th anniversary,” English noted. “So that already is a big year for us. We’re just hoping that it’s going to be an even bigger and better year, hopefully being the first year that we can have everything.” Even with the changes to the festival this year, English expects it will still be a fun time for everyone. “We still want the community to celebrate spring and to be a part, and really just show what this community is so great,” English said. “We just have such giving citizens. Wonderful people who like to be supportive and love where we live. We’re just excited for people to showcase that, festival week in April.” In a news release on Monday, the festival says there will be a full lineup of festival week events and programming for this April. However, events like the concerts, garden party, and street fair won’t take place until later this summer. Queen Azalea #74 will be coming to town to celebrate with guests in smaller, more intimate, socially-distance appropriate gatherings. The festival also announced its new Pin Pals commemorative pin collecting program as one of its efforts to stimulate the local economy. Guests can purchase a 2021 commemorative pin for $10 and receive discounts from local businesses the entire month of April. Guests can also register their pin for a chance to win one of three Grand Prizes valued at over $1,500 each. Business registration in this program is free. As part of the work of the new Azalea Festival Diversity and Inclusion Committee, this business registration application is now also available in Spanish. The festival has rescheduled its larger events for later in the year. The DGX Street Fair, the Dollar General Parade, and all main stage shows in August.
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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 –

Most events have either been postponed or cancelled


Parks & Recreation / Programs & Events
For more information » click here


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, March 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.
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.


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.

For more information » click here

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 February 19th


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

01/27/21
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 189 which further 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.  

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 –


Brunswick County ponders water hike next year
Brunswick County commissioners are looking into significant water rate hikes to take effect next Jan. 1. Recommended changes allocate for anticipated debt service repayments that begin in 2022 for $156.8 million in capital improvements at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, loss in revenue attributed to pending closure of an industrial customer and expected revenue reductions from wholesale customers as well as rate increases for raw water the county buys. Wholesale customers will see rates go up from $2.89 per 1,000 gallons to $5.25, with a monthly base service charge rising $4 for all meters. County rates would still remain lower or comparable with other retail water rates in coastal North Carolina counties, Brunswick County Manager Randell Woodruff said during the regular Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meeting Jan. 19. “It’s key to compare us with other coastal communities,” Woodruff said. “When you look at other coastal communities that have similar issues that we do, under the new rates we are proposing we would still be below the mid-point. That demonstrates that while the rates will be increasing, the customers here will be receiving a much higher quality water system than any in our region.” In 2018, commissioners took action to finance installation of a low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the county’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant to remove chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances(PFAS), like GenX, from water coming from the Cape Fear River. The following year, a Raftelis financial consultant water rate study was completed, with financial forecasts developed in 2020, which was reviewed during the board meeting. According to a Brunswick County newsletter, county retail water rates have seen minimal adjustments over the past 17 years. Commissioners will review and take action on recommended changes as part of the fiscal 2022 budget process, with approved changes going into effect Jan. 1, 2022.
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Water Rate Methodology and Rate Increase

This is what they said in 2019:
About 84% of the county’s residential customers use 5,000 gallons of water a day or less. Accounting for the average 4,500 gallons-per-day customer, using the smallest-sized three-quarter inch meter, an average county water bill increases $3.22 from $25.73 to $28.95

This is what they are proposing in 2021:
Average retail customer billed at 4,500 gallons increases $9.85 from $24.83 to $34.68

The rate increase amount predicted of $3.22 is much less than the current proposed rate increase of $9.85. The average retail customer bill will go from $24.83 to $34.68 which is a 140% increase.


Water Rate Changes
The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners received information on recommended changes to the county’s water rates during its regular meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Board of Commissioners will review and take action on the recommended changes as part of its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) budget process. Approved changes would go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. Brunswick County retail water rates have seen minimal adjustments over the past 17 years. The only increase occurred in FY 2015 when the monthly retail base rate was increased by $1. Meanwhile, volumetric rates for retail customers were decreased by $0.90 in both FY 2004 and FY 2020. With the proposed changes, the County’s FY 2022 recommended rates would still remain lower or comparable with other retail water rates in other coastal North Carolina counties. The recommended changes address the anticipated debt service repayments that will begin in 2022 for capital improvements at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, loss in revenues due to the recent closure of an industrial customer, expected reductions in revenue from wholesale customers, and expected rate increases for raw water the County purchases. The proposed rate changes considered recommendations from the Raftelis water rate study completed in 2019 and subsequent financial forecasts developed in 2020 and reviewed this month. The rate methodology used in the water rate study is in accordance with procedures outlined in the American Water Works Association M-1 Manual, which is the industry standard. In 2018, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners took action to finance the installation of a low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the County’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant to remove PFAS contaminants like GenX from water from the Cape Fear River. All Brunswick County water customers receive all or part of their water from this facility. The project at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant broke ground in Summer 2020. The facility will increase its conventional treatment capacity from 24 million gallons per day to 45 million gallons per day by Spring 2022. The first five units of the low-pressure reverse osmosis system are expected to begin treating water in Summer 2023 with the final three units anticipated to go online by Fall 2023. Brunswick County has joined other utilities in the region to sue DuPont and Chemours. The County is seeking monetary damages from Chemours to hold it responsible for the millions of dollars it is spending to install a new treatment system necessary to remove PFAS contaminants. The lawsuit remains active and ongoing.
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  • 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 –


Hurricane Vehicle Decals
Property owners will be provided with four (4) decals which will be included in their water bills. It is important that you place your decals on your vehicles immediately to avoid misplacing them. 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 an emergency would necessitate restricting access to the island. Decals must be displayed in the 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.  Please note that re-entry will NOT be allowed if a current, intact decal is not affixed to the windshield as designated.

 EVACUATION, CURFEW & DECALS

What is a State of Emergency?
A proclamation by the Town which enacts special ordinances and/or prohibitions during emergency situations to protect the public, public health and property. These prohibitions can include limitations on movement, curfews, directing of evacuations, controlling ingress and egress to the emergency area, alcoholic beverages, and more.  State of Emergencies are issued in accordance with N.C.G.S. 166A-19.22.

What is a curfew?
A curfew is an order, typically during a State of Emergency, which requires all persons in the affected areas to remain on their own property. During a curfew, you are not free to move about public domain areas or on others’ property.  Violations of a curfew could lead to arrest in certain situations.

What is a voluntary evacuation?
A voluntary evacuation creates a recommendation for all parties in the affected area to get their affairs in order hastily and evacuated.

What is a mandatory evacuation?
A mandatory evacuation means you must leave the area in which an order has been issued. With recent changes to the laws in North Carolina, you no longer have the option of staying in an area under an order of mandatory evacuation. 

Why is the sewer system turned off during a storm/event?
Often the sewer system is turned off during storms which have the potential to create significant flooding on the island. The system is turned off to protect its integrity. If it were left on, it could pose a significant threat to the public health.  When the system is manually shut down, it also greatly reduces the time needed to bring it back up after an event which equates to getting residents and guests back on the Island much faster.

Why is there a delay for decal holders to get back on the island once a storm ends?
After a storm, many things must occur before even limited access can be allowed. Some of those things include making sure the streets are passable; the sewer system must be restarted to comply with State laws; the utilities (water, sewer, electricity, propane supplies) must be checked to ensure no safety risk are present; and the post-storm damage assessment team needs to perform an initial assessment.

Where can I get up-to-date information during and after a storm or State of Emergency?
You can sign up for the Town email service by clicking here. The newsletter, along with the Town’s website will be the main sources of information during an emergency situation. Links to the Town’s official Facebook and Twitter pages can be found on the website. You can also download our app for Apple and Android phones by accessing the app store on your smart phone and searching Holden Beach.

Please refrain from calling Town Hall and Police Department phone lines with general information questions. These lines need to remain open for emergencies, storm management and post-storm mitigation.  All updates concerning re-entry, general access, etc. may be found on the Town’s website and other media outlets.

Why do I see others moving about the island during a curfew?
If a curfew order is in place, you must stay on your own property.  You may see many other vehicles moving about the Island.  We often receive assistance from other local, state, federal and contract personnel during events. It is likely these are the personnel you are seeing, and they are involved in the mitigation process for the event. Please do not assume that a curfew order has been lifted and/or you are free to move about the island.

Can I check my friends’ property for them?
If a curfew order is in place, you may ONLY travel to your personally owned property.  Traveling about the Island to check on others’ property is not allowed.  is in place, you may ONLY travel to your personally owned property.  Traveling about

Who can obtain decals?
Only property owners and businesses who service the island can obtain a decal. 

How do I get decals for my vehicle…?

If I am an owner?
Decals will be mailed out in water bills to property owners before the season starts.  Those owners who need       additional decals can contact Town Hall. A fee may apply, please check the current fee schedule.

If I am a renter?
 You must contact the owner of the property to obtain a decal. 

If I am a business owner on the Island?
You must contact Town Hall to obtain a decal.

If I am a business owner off the Island that provides services on the Island?
You must contact Town Hall for eligibility and to obtain a decal.

When does my decal expire?
All decals expire on the last day of the calendar year as indicated on the decal.

Where do I put my decal on my car?
Decals must be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the windshield, where they are not obstructed by any other items to include window tinting, other decals, etc.  Officials must be able to clearly read the decal from outside the vehicle.  Please note that re-entry will not be allowed if a current, intact decal is not affixed to the windshield as designated.

How do I replace a decal if I get a new vehicle?
If you trade a vehicle or otherwise need a replacement decal, you may obtain them from Town Hall during normal business hours. A fee may apply, check the current fee schedule.

Can I obtain a decal right before an emergency occurs?
While most of the storms we deal with are tropical in nature with some type of advanced warning, we do experience many other types of events that could create a State of Emergency without warning. All eligible parties should obtain decals as early as possible each year to avoid being denied access to the Island.  Decals shall not be issued during the 24-hour period prior to an anticipated order of evacuation so staff can concentrate on properly preparing the Town for the storm/event.

Can I use a tax bill or another document for re-entry?
No. You MUST have a decal to re-enter the Island until it is open to the general public.

How does re-entry after a storm during a State of Emergency work?
The bridge is closed to all vehicle access, except for official vehicles. Once those with proper decals are allowed access, they must conform with the current rules in place by the specific State of Emergency Order.  After all hazards have been rendered safe, the bridge will be opened to the general public.  A curfew could remain in effect however, to ensure the safety and security of the Island and its residents and guests.  Please understand this process typically takes days to evolve and could be significantly longer, depending on the amount of damage sustained.  Please refrain from calling for times for re-entry, as those are often not set on schedule. Instead, stay tunes to local media outlets and official social media accounts for accurate updates.

How can I check on my property if access is limited to the Island?
Once it is safe, property owners with valid decals will be allowed back on the Island after a storm/event.  At this point, you can travel to your property, in accordance with the rules of the specific State of Emergency Order currently in place. 

If you live out of the area, please do not travel to the Island until you are certain you will be allowed access.  Stay tuned to those media outlets and email services that are of official nature for this information. Also, be certain you have your current, valid decal properly affixed to your vehicle.

It is a good idea to be sure your contact information is current with the Town tax office as this is the location Town officials will use in the event you need to be contacted.
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NC General Statute 166A-19.22
Power of municipalities and counties to enact ordinances to deal with states of emergency.

Synopsis – The governing body may impose by declaration or enacted ordinance, prohibitions, and restrictions during a state of emergency. This includes the prohibition and restriction of movements of people in public places,  including   imposing   a curfew; directing   or compelling the voluntary   or mandatory evacuation of all or part of the population, controlling ingress and egress of an emergency area, and providing for the closure of streets, roads, highways, bridges,  public  vehicular  areas. All prohibitions and restrictions imposed by declaration or ordinance   shall take effect immediately upon publication of the declaration unless the declaration sets a later time.  The prohibitions and restrictions shall expire when they are terminated by the official or entity that imposed them, or when the state of emergency terminates.

Violation – Any person who violates any provisions of an ordinance or a declaration   enacted or declared pursuant to this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. 


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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The new tide charts are here!
The new tide charts are here
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Holden Beach Tide Tables – 2021


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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 –


3 dead, 10 injured in Brunswick County tornado
A tornado touched down early Tuesday in southern Brunswick County, killing three people, injuring 10 and damaging at least 50 homes. Brunswick County Emergency Services responded to the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood near Ocean Isle Beach Tuesday morning after a tornado and severe weather hit the area, according to a press release from Brunswick County. The storm also damaged several power lines in the area, causing power outages, according to the release. People are advised to avoid the area as crews work to mitigate potential risks due to debris and downed power lines. Emergency crews from Brunswick County Emergency Services and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene as of 6 a.m., assessing the area for additional residents in need of assistance. Brunswick County has opened a temporary shelter for individuals displaced due to the incident. Individuals who need assistance can shelter can contact Emergency Services at 910-253-5383. In addition, all Brunswick County schools will be closed to students and staff on Tuesday because of the widespread power outages.
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3 people were killed and 10 more injured after a tornado slammed a coastal NC community
Three people were killed and 10 more were injured after a tornado ripped through Brunswick County, North Carolina, late Monday night, officials said. The tornado tore through a residential community and left several homes destroyed or severely damaged, Ed Conrow, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said during a press conference early Tuesday morning. Most of the damage, as well as all the injuries and fatalities, occurred in the Ocean Ridge Plantation community, he told reporters. “This is a very, very tragic event for our community and our county,” Brunswick County Commissioner Randy Thompson said. A deadly tornado ripped through Brunswick County, North Carolina late Monday night. Conrow said emergency responders are securing gas leaks and will do a systematic search through all the impacted homes when daylight breaks. No missing people are currently outstanding, Conrow said. “This is something unlike I’ve ever seen,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said during the briefing, adding that there was “a lot of destruction.” “It’s going to be a long recovery process,” the Sheriff said. About 140,000 people were estimated to live in Brunswick County in 2019, according to the US Census. The storm is part of the larger weather system that is bringing brutally cold temperatures to much of the US, including a paralyzing ice storm that has walloped Texas, causing massive power outages. Storms will continue in the area and tornado watches are still in effect for Eastern North Carolina, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.
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National Weather Service releases more details about deadly tornado
Preliminary data from the National Weather Service indicated the tornado was a “high-end” EF-3 with estimated wind speeds of 160+ miles per hour, making it one of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit southeastern North Carolina. Three people died and 10 people were injured as the tornado ripped through 22 miles of Brunswick and Columbus counties on February 15, 2021 between 11:34 p.m. and 12:02 a.m. February 16, 2021. According to the NWS, the tornado initially touched down as an EF-0 near Kingsmill Court in the Sea Trail Golf Resort near Sunset Beach, damaging a number of trees with wind speeds estimated to have reached 80 mph. The tornado strengthened as it moved northeastward and crossed a swampy area north of NC Highway 179 (Old Georgetown Rd). When the tornado reached NC Highway 904 (Seaside Rd), it intensified to an EF-2 and destroyed a large metal building and overturned a number of RVs. Wind speeds here were estimated to have reached 115 mph. Continuing northeastward, the tornado crossed Saw Pit Swamp and entered the Ocean Ridge Plantation community with wind speeds up to 125 mph. It strengthened to its maximum intensity of around 160 mph as it approached Cambria Court SW. Two homes were completely destroyed in this area and several more sustained major damage. “Here the tornado became exceptionally powerful as it damaged or destroyed a large number of well-built brick homes. Wind speeds of at least 165 mph are inferred to have occurred as several homes suffered complete destruction of all walls. Debris from one home was swept completely clear of the foundation,” the NWS stated. The tornado then crossed US Highway 17 near the entrance to Ocean Ridge Plantation, destroying a double-wide mobile home on the north side of Highway 17 with wind speeds estimated near 110 mph. The tornado continued moving northeastward through the woods and approached Green Bay Road NW and Old Shallotte Road NW. “NWS storm survey crews noted hundreds of downed trees along the tornado’s path along with unusual damage to large metal power poles that were leaning. Wind speeds of at least 115 mph were needed to create this degree of damage,” according to the NWS. The tornado finally lifted approximately three miles east of Hwy 211 after passing west of the Bear Pen Airstrip. According to an additional update from the NWS Wednesday evening, a microburst occurred west of the Bear Pen Airstrip at 11:57 p.m. separate from the tornado that devastated Ocean Ridge Plantation. The microburst, which only lasted a minute, damaged a few hundred trees in southwest Delco. The NWS survey of this storm is still pending final review.
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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 –


 

Lumber prices top $1,000 for the first time as single-family housing starts drop 12%


Key Points

      • Lumber prices inched over $1,000 per 1,000 board feet, according to Random Length Lumber Futures for March.
      • That’s double the price from just three months ago.
      • Starts of single-family homes, which are the most desperately needed, fell 12% compared with December, according to the U.S. Census.

Consumers want more newly built, affordable homes, but builders are finding that hard to deliver, especially as prices for framing lumber spike ever higher. Lumber prices inched above $1,000 per 1,000 board feet Thursday morning before falling back below that milestone, according to Random Length Lumber Futures for March. The high of $1,004.90 is double the price from just three months ago and a record. Higher lumber costs are likely behind a drop in January housing starts. Starts of single-family homes, which are the most desperately needed, fell 12% from December, according to the U.S. Census. “Builders report concerns over increasing lumber and other construction costs and delays in obtaining building materials,” wrote Robert Dietz, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders. “Rising interest rates will also erode housing affordability in 2021, as inventories of existing homes remain low.
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Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day

The unprecedented rainfall has created a number of storm water issues on the island
Brunswick County averages 55 inches of rain per year.
The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.


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


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Development Fees
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Draft System Development Fees Report
Calculation of Water and Sewer System Development Fees for FY2022

Agenda Packet –
The System Development Report herein has been developed by Raftelis in accordance with Board direction to develop an update prior to the expiration of its five-year shelf life. Representatives from Raftelis will provide an introductory review of the report for the Board in addition to outlining the statutory process for consideration and adoption.


Draft System Development Fee Report

The Town, like Brunswick County, has chosen to assess its system development fee for its customers based on the number of bedrooms.

Step 5 – Scale the System Development Fees for Various Categories of Demand
The system development fees for various bedroom sizes were calculated by multiplying the system development fee for one bedroom by the number of bedrooms. The resulting water and sewer system development fees for up to 4 bedrooms are shown in Table 7.

Table 7. Water and Sewer System Development Fees by Bedroom
Bedroom Size      Water Fee      Sewer Fee      Total Fee

1 Bedroom             $960                  $2,240              $3,200
2 Bedrooms           $1,920               $4,480              $6,400
3 Bedrooms           $2,880               $6,720              $9,600
4 Bedrooms           $3,840               $8,960              $12,800

The water and sewer system development fees shown represent the maximum cost justified level of system development fees that can be assessed by the Town.

Schedule 3: Summary of Current and Proposed System Development
Total System Development Fee
Bedroom Size           Current Fee      Proposed Fee      Difference $      Difference %
Cost 1 Bedroom        $2,800               $3,200                   $400                    14%
Cost 2 Bedrooms      $5,600               $6,400                   $800                    14%
Cost 3 Bedrooms      $8,400               $9,600                   $1,200                 14%
Cost 4 Bedrooms      $11,200             $12,800                 $1,600                 14%


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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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    Homeowners Insurance
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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%

  • Insurance commissioner sets hearing date in dwelling insurance rate hike case
    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has set Jan. 18, 2022, as the hearing date for the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposed 18.7% dwelling insurance rate increase. “We are not in agreement with the Rate Bureau’s proposed increase filed in December,” Commissioner Causey said. “I want to make sure that the process is transparent, and that consumers’ interests are protected while making sure our insurance companies remain healthy so they can pay claims.” The Rate Bureau is not part of the Department of Insurance. It represents all companies writing property insurance in the state. The notice of hearing said that some of the data included in the Rate Bureau’s Dec. 14, 2020, filing contained a lack of documentation, explanation, and justification of both the data used as well as the procedures and methodologies used. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 18, 2022, in the second-floor hearing room in the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The hearing will take place unless the N.C. Department of Insurance and the N.C. Rate Bureau are able to negotiate a settlement before that date. State law gives the Insurance Commissioner 45 days to issue an order once the hearing concludes. Once the order is issued, the NCRB has the right to appeal the decision before the N.C. Court of Appeals. A Court of Appeals order could then be appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court. The NCRB and DOI can settle the proposed rate increase at any time during the process. Dwelling insurance policies are not homeowners’ insurance policies. Dwelling policies are offered to non-owner-occupied residences of no more than four units, including rental properties, investment properties and other properties that are not occupied full time by the property owner. The filing covers insurance for fire and extended coverage at varying rates around the state. Under the NCRB proposal, the increases would be felt statewide with most consumers seeing a double-digit increase. The last NCRB dwelling rate increase filing was in 2019 that resulted in a settlement of 4%, which took effect July 1, 2020.
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Lockwood Folly Inlet
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Seismic Testing / Offshore Drilling
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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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ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman
A group of strangers are taken hostage by a failed bank robber while attending an open house on New Year’s Eve. On the surface, it’s about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Meanwhile, the story that links a bridge and a suicide is weaved into the action unexpectedly tying together several of the characters. The novel focuses on how a shared event can change the course of multiple people’s lives. At its root, the book is about connections between individuals.


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