Carolina Beach Council Candidates Outline Platforms For Nov. Election

Carolina Beach Council Candidates Outline Platforms For Nov. Election

Carolina Beach Council Candidates Outline Platforms For Nov. Election Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 23 October 2019 00:38

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Every election year the Island Gazette sends candidates seeking election as Mayor or Council member a questionnaire. The questions are general in nature allowing each candidate to elaborate on their campaign platform. The following responses are published as received from each candidate in the Carolina Beach Election. This year four candidates are seeking the office of Mayor. Four candidates are running for two Town Council seats.

This week covers responses from each of the four Town Council candidates.

Candidate for Town Council: Albert Lynn Barbee

• Date and place of birth: 6/9/1962 Concord NC
• Address: 933 Searidge Lane
• Own or rent dwelling and years living in town: Own
• Years living in Carolina Beach?: Since 1971, so 48 years, but for transparency, I moved away for 5 years with no residence here other than my parents, and then I was a weekender , keeping a home here and in Garner for 22 years.  I am full time now.
• Political affiliation? Unaffiliated
• Occupation:  Chief Information Officer – Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington, Inc.
• Education: (Please list high school and/or college.):
John T. Hoggard High School (1980)
BS Computer Science – UNC Wilmington (1987)
Masters in Computer Science – University of Virginia (1988)
• Community clubs and/or organizational affiliations that directly serve our community on a regular basis: (Please include important details.):
Federal Point Historic Preservation Society – Lifetime Member
Carolina Beach Inlet Association – Voting Member
Surfrider Foundation - Member
• Military service: N/A
• Governmental experience: (Including Town committees or commissions that you have served on.): Police Advisory Committee – Alternate – Appointed 2019. Board Member – Carolina Sands Owners Association (elected 2017).

1. Describe your platform; what you hope to achieve if elected. (800 words or less)

There are 5 pillars in my Smart Growth platform.  First, we must expand our fiscal planning horizon to anticipate and fund future needs before they become an emergency.  Second, we must maintain and protect our coastal infrastructure (beaches, waterways and inlets) as they drive our economy.  Third, we need to maintain the quality of experience for our residents and visitors to ensure CB remains a great place for families to live and visit.  Fourth, we need an infrastructure plan that anticipates future needs.  Lastly, we need to protect the investment value for our residential and business owners.

2. What are the top issues facing Carolina Beach that you will work to resolve during your term? (100 words or less):

a) Hire a town manager with coastal experience and leadership skills to drive excellence within the town operations.
b) Successful update of the USACOE Beach Renourishment Evaluation Report and secure funding sources for future nourishment activities.
c) Develop a long-term parking plan that maintains the quality of experience for visitors.
d) Complete the planned infrastructures updates as quickly as possible within the funding availability.

3. What should the Town do to ensure future funding for beach nourishment and inlet dredging? (100 words or less)

First, Secure an additional 15 years of renourishment funding by supporting the USACOE Beach Renourishment Evaluation Report. Second, Establish a focus on Coastal Infrastructure by putting resources in place to manage our relationships with USACOE, NHC, and NCDEQ.  Our shoreline resources and inlets are critical to our economy and security.  We must have a coordinated effort to tackle the funding, regulatory, and technical hurdles.

4. How will you address the Carolina Beach Lake Dredge project and the Town’s relationship with the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point? ( 100 words or less)

First, we need to build upon the renewed relationship with MOTSU.  We need to understand that we have a major military installation on our island and be good neighbors.  I would insist that the Town Manager be on a first name basis with the MOTSU leadership and have oversight over any activities on MOTSU property.  Communication with MOTSU is key.

We will complete the lake dredge project once approval from MOTSU to deposit spoils on their property is complete.

5. Can you lower the monthly water, sewer, trash recycling and storm water bill? ( 100 words or less)

I believe that we can restructure the billing algorithm to provide assistance to residents in need.  We can possibly work to improve the contract for waste removal, but significant lowering of bills for most residents will be difficult until the bond debt is eliminated.  We ignored infrastructure for many years, and while the cost stings a bit, I believe working on water quality and storm water impact reduction is a higher priority than bill reduction.

6. What type of development do you think is proper for the downtown or highway bushiness districts? ( 100 words or less)

We need to support the uniqueness of our CBD as it is the heart of our town.  Mixed use development provides a positive business plan for the owners to develop their property while keeping unique restaurants, shopping and activities on the ground level.  Assuming a solid fiscal framework, I am supportive of town initiatives to acquire additional property in the boardwalk area to increase common spaces and activities for residents and visitors.

The HBD has traditionally been primarily mixed commercial which services the remainder of the island.  My biggest concern in the HBD is interconnectivity, congestion and safety.  I do not support many of the ideas of architectural conforming measures in that area.

Candidate for Town Council: Debra DiNatale

• Date and place of birth: Born in Auburn NY 9-18-1957
• Address: 405 Cape Fear Blvd Carolina Beach NC 28428
• Own or rent dwelling and years living in town: ___
• Years living in Carolina Beach? ____
• Political affiliation? Republican
• Occupation: Owner/Innkeeper Carolina Beach Inn
• Education: (Please list high school and/or college.): Weedsport High School and some College
• Community clubs and/or organizational affiliations that directly serve our community on a regular basis: (Please include important details.): Island Women Member for 6 years (on original Island Bag team that financially supports the group yearly) and Boardwalk Improvement Committee (past)
• Military service: ____
• Governmental experience: (Including Town committees or commissions that you have served on.): ____

1. Describe your platform; what you hope to achieve if elected. (800 words or less)

With extensive experience delivering corporate solutions with technology, I can offer knowledge on how to provide relevant information to support our citizens, business owners and our tourist industry that will benefit and support rapid growth and prepare our community for the future.

2. What are the top issues facing Carolina Beach that you will work to resolve during your term? (100 words or less)  

1- Crosswalk safety with low cost improvements to greatly increase safety for our citizens and visitors
2- Expand community services including bike path and recreational Green way's for citizens and visitors
3- Balance the financial budget to insure current and future upkeep and growth of services are properly funded

Currently the Town does a good job of maintaining all our resources and supporting the multitude of people and business that are necessary for us to thrive as a beach community with a unique location by the Ocean

3. What should the Town do to ensure future funding for beach nourishment and inlet dredging? (100 words or less)

The Federal Funding needs to be reviewed and renewed with the possibility of aligning our projects with the nearby beaches to reduce costs.

I would like parking fees and passes evaluated and increased if necessary, to support the one day visitors and tourists that specifically impact the Towns resources, trash cleanup and Police and Fire Safety above and beyond expenses that the local taxpayers already support.

4. How will you address the Carolina Beach Lake Dredge project and the Town’s relationship with the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point? ( 100 words or less)

I will need to review in detail the events and status of the project to determine how to move forward to allow the lake to reach its potential of being a favorite destination.

5. Can you lower the monthly water, sewer, trash recycling and storm water bill? ( 100 words or less)

I do not see a need to lower these bills for homeowners, however a voucher program to assist the elderly and fixed income homeowners.

6. What type of development do you think is proper for the downtown or highway bushiness districts? ( 100 words or less)

Prepare yourselves for the new face of the Carolina Beach Downtown area, out with the old run down buildings and in with the new beautiful and modern condos with new restaurants and shops to serve our locals and our Beach visitors.

We will keep the cool small town vibe while embracing the future tourists needs that want to stay in a VRBO condo with kids and pets for their vacations and enjoy being in the center of it all.

Candidate for Town Council: Jay Healy  (John Charles)

• Date and place of birth:  11/6/1956, Neptune, NJ
• Address:  701 Charlotte Ave
• Own or rent dwelling and years living in town:  12 years
• Political affiliation:  Non-Partisan
• Occupation:  Retired from Apple, Inc
• Education:  Business, Brandywine University
• Community Clubs:  Island Men, Carolina Beach Bar Club, Good Hops 5k, Wilmington Senior Softball Association
• Military Service:  N/A
• Governmental experience:  Operations Committee, Policy Advisory Committee, Ad-hoc Power Line Committee, and Ad-hoc Land Use Committee

1. Describe your platform; what you hope to achieve if elected. (800 words or less)

My platform is about responsible growth and how we manage a growing town and at the same time, being fiscally responsible. I have over 25 years of management experience and retired from Apple, Inc.  I've managed over 600 associates with a budget of $255M.  I'm a passionate leader with budgetary experience and a proven history of hiring key talent and developing highly collaborative teams.

I'm extremely involved in the town of Carolina Beach.  I'm on 4 separate committees serving our community:

 * Operations Committee – Provides an organized forum tor two-way communication between the operations dept., concerning infrastructure within Carolina Beach
 * Police Advisory Committee - Provides an organized forum for two-way communication between the police department and the community
 * Ad-Hoc Power Line Committee - Focuses at the possibility of placing our power lines underground in the future
 * Ad-Hoc Land Use Plan Committee - Defines the future development of Carolina Beach.

I would be a great asset to the Carolina Beach Town Council.

Here's what I think is important for the Town of Carolina Beach to address:

• The federally funded Coastal Storm Risk Management program, which has been in place for 50 years, will expire December 2020.  Every 3 years, the project covers beach nourishment for 2.7 miles of our shoreline with a cost of ~10 million dollars.  Most of the funding comes from the Federal government; citizens do not pay a dime. It is vital to our community that we renew the Federal funding.

• Not having a Town Manager at the present time is critical when managing the town's budget.  Losing 3 town managers in seven years is unacceptable. The main criteria for hiring a Town Manager should be:
o Do they have previous Town Manager experience?
o Do they have budget experience?
o Do they have coastal environmental knowledge?
o It would be a plus if they have experience in a town with our influx of population throughout the year?

I hope the current council will give the new council the opportunity to interview the final candidates before a decision is made.

• Infrastructure and Stormwater - The finished infrastructure and stormwater projects in phases A and B are fantastic. Phase C was pushed back due to budgeting constraints. The town spent a lot of money in a short period of time and many projects have been placed on hold. It is important that we continue our efforts around completing our infrastructure and stormwater projects and not "band-aid" issues that arise.   We must address our aging infrastructure that is 50, 60, 70 years old.  We have 30 miles of storm water and 35 miles of water line which need to be addressed.  We must move forward with these projects.
• Parking is the single biggest customer service issue, or lack of customer service issue we have in this town. Currently, we have around 900 parking spots with the good possibility of losing 80 parking spots due to future development on the corner of Lake Park and Cape Fear Blvd. 
We have 880+ golf carts with four golf cart parking spaces in the entire town. We need to create green space/alternative spaces for golf carts. We should also look at a possible shuttle system in town. I'm not in favor for a parking garage. The parking issue only affects the town for ~100 days of the year.  A parking deck, at this time, would be cost prohibitive.
• Connectivity - The town has done a great job with making connectivity a priority.  It needs to continue. The new Greenway along Cape Fear Blvd. is amazing. The possibilities of a multi-use path on Clarendon and Harper Avenue would help with connectivity and appearance of our community.
• Water Quality and Quantity - We need to find land to accommodate a 3 million-gallon tank.  It is essential we have good clean drinking water for the future. We need to get in front of this issue now.
• Marina Business - We've lost a lot of marina business the past few years.  We need to create a plan to revitalize it.  Currently, we have a marina project to re-do the south and east side, it is a perfect time to get the ball rolling.  Do we need a full time Harbor Master to attract additional fishing and head boats and to manage the mooring fields?  Do we need additional mooring balls?  Can we attract vendors to make it family friendly?

2. What are the top issues facing Carolina Beach that you will work to resolve during your term? (100 words or less)

• Budgeting process - With my background on budgeting and working with P&L's,  I believe I could work with Town Council and the Town Manager and review the budget line by line; and, save the town money going forward.
 • Stormwater - We still have many roads adversely impacted by stormwater. It is important we continue to move forward with our stormwater plan.  And, if a major issue arises outside the plan, we should address them accordingly.
• Water - There is nothing more important than having good clean drinking water for the future.  This issue seems to be on the back burner and needs to come to the forefront.
3.  What should the town do to ensure future funding for beach nourishment and inlet dredging?
• Stay on top of the federally funded Coastal Storm Risk Management program and make sure the next 15 years are secured. The program covers 2.7 miles of shoreline every 3 years and is imperative for the existence of our beaches, tourism and our economy.
• Continue to collect ROT (Room, Occupancy Tax) that gives us around $350,000 per year. Currently, New Hanover county has between $50-60 million for in reserve for projects including sand, for Wrightsville, Carolina Beach, and Kure. We must think about our future.
4.  How will you address the Carolina Beach Lake Dredge project and the Town's relationship with MOTSU.
I hear a lot of people think the lake project is a done deal.  It is not.  The intake/outtake value needs to be lowered for the purpose of handling more water.  Prior to the lake spoils being erroneously placed, the previous town management took advantage of the MOTSU property.  Placing our lake spoils on MOTSU is contingent upon positive testing of their wells; and, is different than testing of the spoils.  It could take 6 to 12 months for MOTSU to give us permissions to dump the lake spoils back on their property.   We took full advantage of our relationship with MOTSU.  We must improve our relationship with a sense of urgency.  The lake is a destination for our guests and our residents.

5.  Can you lower the monthly water, sewer, trash recycling and storm water bill?

Residents should pay for what they use.  The town bills a minimum of 3000 gallons.  If you use less, you are still billed for 3000 gallons.  It's not fair to residents who use less.  This approach would help our low/fixed income households.

6.  What type of development do you think is proper for the downtown or highway business districts.

• The future of downtown Carolina Beach, on Cape Fear and Canal Dr., will consist mostly of multi-use buildings. These building will be 4 stories high, but not higher than 50 ft. The bottom floor will consist of businesses.
• We need to figure out how we incent local businesses to stay downtown.  Local businesses are the heart and soul of our community.
•  I would love to see the existing structures stay in place for as long as possible.

It is important that we keep the live music and the family friendly events.

Incumbent Candidate for Town Council: Steven A. Shuttleworth

• Date and place of birth: Munich Germany 6-2-1960
• Address: 711 Carolina Beach Ave N
• Own or rent dwelling and years living in town: Own and 13yrs
• Political affiliation? Republican
• Occupation: Self Employed Real Estate development
• Education: (Please list high school and/or college.) Air Academy High School Ohio Wesleyan University
• Community clubs and/or organizational affiliations that directly serve our community on a regular basis: (Please include important details.). Kure Memorial Lutheran Church Board Member
• Military service: ____
• Governmental experience: (Including Town committees or commissions that you have served on.)  Two terms as a Town Council member, town representative on New Hanover County Ports Beach and Waterway Commission, town representative to Wilmington MPO, Carolina Beach Marketing Advisory Board, have served on Freeman Park Committee.

1. Describe your platform; what you hope to achieve if elected. (800 words or less)

There are many challenges and opportunities facing our community over the next 4 years.  I will work in collaboration with all Council members to address those issues.  I will continue capitalizing on my long-term relationships with county, state and federal officials to extend our storm damage reduction program authorization (aka beach nourishment). I will stay focused on storm water improvements and finishing capital projects.   I will work to a long-term solution for Freeman Park.  I will strive to achieve balance between resident’s needs, wants and vison related to land use issues, short term rentals, parking, golf carts, trails and open space, density, growth and preservation of the small town character we all enjoy.  I will represent Carolina Beach in a professional manner.

2. What are the top issues facing Carolina Beach that you will work to resolve during your term? (100 words or less).

Beach funding and program reauthorization for future storm damage prevention projects   

Top issues are growth, beach nourishment, stormwater improvements, water quality, budget constraints, and parking.

3. What should the Town do to ensure future funding for beach nourishment and inlet dredging? (100 words or less)

Work with the State on a dedicated funding source, demand reallocation of the room occupancy tax to sand

4. How will you address the Carolina Beach Lake Dredge project and the Town’s relationship with the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point? ( 100 words or less) 

Finish the project, set up a military affairs committee with local retired military officers and follow the rules.

5. Can you lower the monthly water, sewer, trash recycling and storm water bill? ( 100 words or less)

I would reduce the rate on minimum  users and  create a higher rate on bigger water user similar to Kire Beach.

6. What type of development do you think is proper for the downtown or highway bushiness districts? ( 100 words or less)

Mixed uses in the CBD  and business only in the Hwy business district, limit heights to current zoning.


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