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Photos and Article By: Joy Shaver

On Tuesday, July 13th 2021, eighteen Carolina Beach lifeguards took a long drive from the island we all call home to Jacksonville Beach, Florida to compete in the 2021 South Atlantic Regional Lifeguard Competition against twelve other beaches. Making Carolina Beach proud, the guards took second place in the Small Beaches category (50 and below employed lifeguards), with almost all guards qualifying for the National Lifeguard Competition. 

Unbeknownst to many, lifeguarding is an international sport, where guards compete in different physical events which require stamina, strength, and skill. The Carolina Beach lifeguards honed their skills after training all summer long in the early mornings before heading out to guard. 

After training, nine male and nine female guards were chosen to represent the town in this competition. The men included Patrick Furbay, Hawthorne Hamm, Jaxon Hudson, William Parker, Eason Saffo, Kyle Stamper, Thomas Teeters, Davis Tidball, and Dupree Zumbro. The women included Hannah Bieler, Brenna Divoky, Maria Fernandez, Kinsey Ginsberg, Mia Hulgin, Aubrey-Ella Hyldahl, Brynn Jewell, Joy Shaver, and Elizabeth Teeters. Carolina Beach ended the competition with a total of 226.25 points with each guard averaging about 12.57 points each. 

On Wednesday, July 14th, our guards competed in the Beach Relay (an 100 meter sprint with four people), Paddle Board Relay (comprised of three paddlers), and the Taplin Relay (comprised of a paddler, surfskier, swimmer, and runner).  

In Beach Relays, the men’s team, comprised of Hamm, Stamper, Saffo, and Hudson, took first place, sending them directly to Nationals and making them Regional Champions. Women’s Beach Relay Team, comprised of Bieler, Divoky, Fernandez, and Shaver, swept third place, sending them to Nationals, as well. 

In the Paddle Board Relay event, our men’s team, comprised of Thomas Teeters, Tidball, and Parker, took 4th. Our woman’s paddle board relay, comprised of Ginsberg, Hulgin, and Elizabeth Teeters, took second, sending them to Nationals. 

In the Taplin relay, both our men and women’s team placed in the top five. Our men’s team, comprised of paddler Parker, swimmer Furbay, surfskier Tidball, and runner Thomas Teeters, took 4th place. Women’s Taplin team, comprised of paddler Elizabeth Teeters, surfskier Hulgin, swimmer Jewell, and runner Shaver, took 5th place. 

On Thursday morning, July 15th, the events included the 2K Beach Run, Surf Race (a swim event), Run-Swim-Run, and Board Rescue Race (an event wherein one person swims out and the second rescues them on a paddle and brings them into shore) all before lunch! 

Stamper and Shaver both placed in the 2K Beach Run. Stamper swept first place, making him a Regional Champion. Shaver placed 8th in the 2K run and was the first barefooted runner across the line.    

The Surf Race brought to light three of Carolina Beach’s finest swimmers: Furbay, Elizabeth Teeters, and Jewell. Furbay placed 6th in the Men’s Surf Race. Elizabeth Teeters swept 1st place with a great sprint across the finish line, and Jewell scored 3rd place. 

The Run-Swim-Run event, completed by those who had already competed in several events immediately beforehand, was also very successful. Furbay took second place in men’s and, in women’s, Elizabeth Teeters also took second place, Jewell took 4th, and Divoky took 9th.

In the Board Rescue Race, we had two men’s and two women’s teams place in the top ten. Furbay and Parker placed 5th, and Thomas Teeters and Zumbro placed 7th. In Women’s, Elizabeth Teeters and Hulgin placed first with an incredible lead, and Jewell and Ginsberg placed 5th. 

Thursday afternoon brought the Paddle Board Race, Rescue Race, International Ironman and Ironwoman, and Beach Flags. 

The Paddle Board race brought out the sibling duo of CBOR with both Thomas Teeters and Elizabeth Teeters taking first place in the paddle board race making them regional champions. In the Men’s Paddle, Parker also placed 6th, and, in the women's paddle, Ginsberg took 6th place, and Hyldahl took 7th. 

In the Rescue Race, both our men’s and women's teams placed second. In men’s, Furbay, Thomas Teeters, Hamm, and Tidball placed second, and, in women's, Elizabeth Teeters, Jewell, Hulgin, and Fernandez placed second. In the Women’s Rescue Race, Ginsberg, Hyldahl, Divoky, and Bieler came in 10th place. 

Tidball and Hulgin were two of our brave guards that competed in the International Ironman and Ironwoman. They went from a paddle straight to surfski then to a swim and then straight into a run. Tidball placed 8th in men’s and Hulgin placed 6th in women’s. 

Beach Flags, the very last event of the two day competition, ended with two of our female guards placing top ten. Hulgin placed 9th and Shaver placed 10th. 

In the wake of many Carolina Beach victories at this Regional Competition, Fernandez, a fifth year guard, reported that her favorite part of the competition was watching her fellow guards in action. She commented, “The younger guards are so excited to represent Carolina Beach and cheer on their teammates, as well as compete. It was good attitudes and hard work that made the medals come.” 

This August, our Carolina Beach lifeguards have the chance to represent our community at Nationals in Texas. To make this possible for our guards, Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue will be holding a fundraiser event at the Lazy Pirate where we will host a corn hole and volleyball tournament. All proceeds and donations will support the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue in being able to represent our Community at Nationals. Date of the fundraiser will be announced at a later date. Contact Captain Tony Wallace, head of the Ocean Rescue Department, for any questions on how you can help or give! 



Tuesday, 27 July 2021 19:52

Obituary: Amy Diane King

Mrs. Amy Diane King, of Wilmington and Pleasure Island, NC, born on December 18, 1976 to Michael Holden and Diane Heglar, went to be with her Lord on the morning July 21, 2021, in the ICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, surrounded by her family and close friends, after a 9 day fight for her life caused by insurmountable brain damage due to unknown causes. Amy was 44 years old.
Amy had several passions in her life. She loved her family, and was herself responsible for the education of her children for 19 years. She loved the holidays and gatherings associated with them. She loved her home school community. She loved sign language and the deaf community. She loved her church and the believing community in Wilmington. She loved our extended soccer family which surrounded us for 15 years. She loved freedom and the principles that underpinned it. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and the expectation of being with a gracious and perfect God in eternity.
Amy is survived by her husband of 23 years, Aaron, her 3 daughters, Micah, Noel, Mara Naomi, her son, Eli, her brother, Timothy Holden, her mother, Diane Heglar, and her father, Michael Holden. She was preceded in death by her daughter Kylie, and her son Ari.
A memorial service will be held at Lifepoint Church at 3534 S. College Rd. at 3pm on July 31, with a reception to follow.
Soli Deo Gloria
Tuesday, 27 July 2021 19:48

Obituary: Francis "Buddy" Stapins

On July 22, 2021, Francis "Buddy" Stapins, loving husband and father peacefully entered his Heavenly home at the age of 75.

Buddy was born June 24, 1946 in Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Julie Ann Stapins of 54 years; two daughters, Tina Stapins (Keith Brown) and Missy Bowden; three grandchildren, Ashley Lewis (Josh Lewis), PVT Tyler Bowden of the US Army (Courtni Lincke), Mckayla Brown (Mason Chandler); two great-grandchildren, Ava Nobles, Adrianna Bowman. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters, Mary Jones and Carmy.

Buddy's journey began when he joined the US Air Force shortly after high school graduation. He was stationed in the small town of Fort Fisher, NC where he met the love of his life in 1964. He made Carolina Beach his home where he and Julie raised their two daughters. Buddy was heavily involved in his children’s lives, whether it was coaching church league basketball after his days’ work at Bell South or shore fishing with them on the weekends.

He made many friends and memories. You could often find Buddy on the ball field coaching Murray Middle School and Ashley High School JV softball. He was also thoroughly involved with multiple church bands as their avid and passionate drummer and a volunteer at New Hanover Hospital for over 20 years.

Most importantly, Buddy is a child of God who spent his final days shining the light and love of Jesus to all he encountered. We will forever hold him in our hearts until the day we meet again.

His funeral service will be held at 11am Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412. Prior to the service the family will receive friends from 10am until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Buddy’s memory may be made online or by mail to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Share online condolences with the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

 

This past Friday the New Hanover Board of Elections officially closed their filing period. In the Mayors race we have former Mayor, Dan Wilcox and current Councilman Lynn Barbee. Carolina Beach Council has five potential candidates to fill 2 seats that are listed in filing order; Deb LeCompte, Vincent Losito, Mike Hoffer, former Mayor Joe Benson and coming into the Board of elections as the last candidate to officially file, Matt Dunn. This election, should Councilman Barbee be elected to the Mayor’s position, the empty seat will later be filled by the newly elected Mayor and Council. Without a doubt this is an important election filling three, possibly four seats. There are a lot of hot topics on the table and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce’s has a Candidate forum in the works with the date to be determined.

So what are some of our candidates key point? Councilman Barbee released this election update last week, “First and foremost, this campaign will run just like the last. I will focus on my vision for Carolina Beach, how we will achieve that vision, and why I’m the right person to represent you as Mayor. I have to say from the flurry of emails, text and comments, the social media lust for political theatre is palpable. I will just stay true to my values and personality. I would much rather attack the issues, as that is what moves this town forward.

Why me? First and foremost, experienced leadership. Over 30 years of leadership responsibility within businesses of all sizes and the last two years as your Town Council representative. I pride myself on listening to the needs, getting the decision makers to the table to define the solution, and then communicating the goals to the team and making sure we follow thru together. In my world, leadership is not flashy. I measure great leaders by the great people around them and the results they accomplish together. It takes a team and I hope you will join us on this campaign.

Secondly, it’s the right time. Carolina Beach has undergone dramatic change in recent years. We all feel it in our daily lives. When I ran for council, I made it clear, that as a lifelong resident, I also have moments where I pine for the good old days, but these times are different, and we need to move forward. We know all too well the issues that we are facing today and how we got here. The decisions we make today will determine if we can maintain our quality of life for generations to come.

We have gone thru dramatic swings in leadership in recent years. To accomplish the task at hand we need stability.”

Mayoral Candidate Dan Wilcox released this statement, “While I have been enjoying my 3+ years of (non-political) respite since completing my former mayoral term, my love for my community is still strong. As a result, I am concerned about the many legislative and funding challenges we currently face, as well as new issues we will likely face as this post-covid era evolves. Things are improving, but not yet normal, and there is still concern about what the future holds.

My previous town service includes 3 years on P&Z, 4 years as council member, 4 years as mayor, and 13 years leading our boardwalk revitalization teams. In that time, I have also built relationships with our fellow beach-town officials and our county, state, and federal partners. This combined experience puts me in a unique position to be effective as your mayor on my first day in office - I do not require on-the-job training.

Although through no fault on the part of our recently elected council members, the disruption of council’s normal functions caused by covid lockdowns have limited training and learning opportunities, as well as exposure to our county, state, and federal representatives that would otherwise have existed for them. Therefore, in addition to addressing our funding and quality-of-life issues, I would also work closely with our council members to create a learning environment that will result in the best possible council “team” to represent our community.

Mayor Pierce and Councilmen Shuttleworth and Garza will also be leaving office, which means we will lose their historical knowledge, their grasp of our more complex issues, and their long-standing relationships with our representatives.

While no one’s fault, the combinations of these factors will leave our council with less historical continuity and less experienced leadership. As your mayor I can fill these voids and over the next two years leave council in a better place.

As I have done in my previous campaigns – I will run on my merits. If issues or claims arise that I feel need addressing, I will do that, but I do not believe in nasty or smear campaigns.

We have many new residents since I left office, so for any person, group, or organization wanting to discuss issues, or to get to know me better, please let me know and I will arrange to meet with you.”

The open Council seats bring lots of different focal points including infrastructure, smart trees, spending, walkability, sustainability to name a few. Deb LeCompte for Town Council has stated, “I am excited to announce my intent to run for Carolina Beach Town Council this November. I have never been one to shy away from speaking out and speaking up for what I believe is right and have put my leadership and passion to work while serving my friends and neighbors on various town committees. I have a proven record of rolling up my sleeves and doing the work necessary to succeed. I want to ensure that Carolina Beach is a great place to raise a family for generations to come. I will spend the next couple of months doing what I do....listening and researching.”

Vince Losito for Carolina Beach Town Council stated voters should choose him because, “An accomplished finance person with 25+ years of proven success in managing all aspects of corporate finance.   I am experienced in creating budgets as well as explaining them openly, transparently and simply.  I am a good listener and will work hard for the best of Carolina Beach.” Losito states, “We all agree that we live in paradise here in Carolina Beach.  What we seem to have trouble agreeing on is the definition of paradise.  Carolina Beach means something different to all of us.  To me, personally, it means a place that has been calling me all of my life, a place where my children and grandchildren love coming to.  I want to do my part to help push everyone's vision of paradise forward to help make Carolina Beach a town that people will want to come to for generations to come.  Also, I feel that, as Deb LeCompte said, win or lose on November 2, nothing will change how I feel about this town.” He goes on to list infrastructure, fiscal responsibility and the future of Carolina Beach in his key points.

Mike Hoffer for Town Council released the following from mikehoffer.com, “My vision is for a Carolina Beach focused more on the sun and the sea than it is on restaurants and rides... a town where bikes and pedestrians are as important as cars and trucks... a town that is healthy, environmentally sound and sustainable.

The traffic and the crowds are getting insane. We must focus on alternative transportation or we'll find ourselves in gridlock. Let's encourage people to get out of their cars and onto their feet, their bikes (and yes, their golf carts too.) This will result in a safer town, easier access to our businesses and a more peaceful environment.

Carolina Beach needs to calm down. Therefore, I will not support policies that make things crazy, crowded or complicated. I will gladly support policies that make things sane, serene and simple. Ultimately these decisions will result in a town that is easier to manage and fiscally sound.

Our community should be an absolute paradise for outdoor recreation and I will see that it happens. Let's make our town beautiful, safe, and convenient for bikers, hikers, walkers and rollers.”

Former Mayor Joe Benson shared the following statement after signing up for council, “I've missed serving you. I've missed the interaction, the dynamic exchange of ideas, the many town halls and, from the unmatched creativity of our residents, the pursuit of solutions. It was a privilege to have served you as your mayor. I was humbled when you elected me and I made every effort to serve and lead with humility. I'm asking for your support again as I seek a position on Town council.

If given the opportunity to serve on town council, I pledge to remain accessible and accountable, just as I was while serving as mayor. I never turned down a request to meet or talk, even if just on the phone. You have my word that I shall remain 100% accessible to each and every one of you.

Before the end of the week, I will lay out my position on a number of the significant issues that our Town is grappling with, as well as some of the recent initiatives (e.g. gotta love the wall art!). For the purpose of organization, the most pressing matters we face could be summarized as such:

(1) Address the BASICS (e.g. water, stormwater, parking). (2) Sustain the BEAUTY (e.g. beach renourishment--MUST DO). (3) Support the BUSINESS (e.g. set conditions for businesses to propser while attracting new businesses to call CB home)

Idea: how about swapping a possible tree ordinance, which presents an 'either-or', with a reduction in the stormwater impact fee for residential and commercial development choosing to plant trees as well as a general increase in pervious surface area (e.g. driveway). In doing so, we avoid the implementation of an ordinance which would be difficult to enforce (what size tree qualifies? what type? arborist on call?) with something that maintains the rights of property owners, addresses stormwater impact and promotes natural beauty.

I've got more to add and look forward to doing so before the end of the week. In the meantime, feel free to share whatever is on your mind, possible solutions as well!”

Matt Dunn for Carolina Beach Town Council share this, “Graduates of UNC Wilmington in 1997, my wife, Kristen "Doc" and I , moved to Carolina Beach in 2005. We have two boys, Willie (11) and Jimmy (8). My boys were born in the Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital. Both of my boys went straight from the hospital to the Ocean Blvd beach access before they went to our home located just down the street. Inspired by my parents, Chuck and Cindy Dunn (also Carolina Beach residents), I believe that it is important to give back to the community you love. That is why I have volunteered in our community with organizing youth baseball. As a volunteer, I have worked to keep kids and families here on the island by giving them a viable and affordable youth sports experience close to home, something I believe makes our community stronger.

My campaign believes kids and families continue to face unprecedented times. School shutdowns from Hurricane Florence to COVID are still impacting children. It is a critical time for children and families. I would like to do more to preserve the future of our children and their well-being in Carolina Beach. In order to do that, we need to address key issues that will not only benefit children and families, but everyone else who has an interest in where we live, learn, work and play.

Carolina Beach has a lot of big issues, including water quality & capacity, stormwater, flooding, the Lake, Freeman Park, the inlet, beach nourishment, parking and bike & pedestrian paths. I am looking forward to discussing those issues, issues residents bring up during the campaign as well as issues concerning kids and families... Many of those issues are a mindset and do not cost millions of dollars. 

People keep asking me why I am running. I say it was gravity pulling me towards the Board of Elections. Over the last decade, I don't think I have heard enough candidates mention the issues that my wife and I talk about every night. Other parents, residents and friends have the same concerns. Someone needs to stand up and bring these topics to the table. We are so lucky to call Carolina Beach home.”

This election will fill 75% of the current council seats and residents are left with big decisions on the topics they hold near and dear for the future of Carolina Beach. Consider prioritizing wants and needs and the extremely fast growth of this little Island.

Friday, 02 July 2021 16:14

Meet Skully

If you ever cruise down Fifth Street in Carolina Beach you may notice a giant skeleton. “Skully” can be seen year-round sporting seasonal attire and always brings a smile! Currently Skully is ready for a Luau but soon will busting out some red, white and blue in celebration of Independence Day. Property owners, Ron and Noelle Stevens are known for going all out with their decor for both Halloween and Christmas. They quickly realized the huge Halloween decoration was just too big to be packed away and decided Skully was here to stay!

In an email sent to Carolina Beach’s Assistant Town Manager, Ed Parvin the Bike and Pedestrian Committee has asked that ordinance “Sec. 16-103. - Riding on sidewalks” is revised. Currently the ordinance states, “No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk or walkway within the town. The following exceptions shall apply: (1) Bicycles are not allowed to be walked or ridden on the wooden boardwalk any time. (2) Bicycles are allowed on sidewalks and walkways including on the boardwalk walkways located east of Woody Hewett/Canal; and from the north side of Harper Avenue up to and including Cape Fear Boulevard.  However, during times of high pedestrian traffic which typically occurs from Memorial Day to Labor Day bicycles should be walked on the boardwalk walkways.

The email states, “The Bike Committee feels that riding on sidewalks should be allowed, particularly on Lake Park Boulevard north of Harper where there is no room on the side of the road to safely ride a bike.  This is prohibited under the current ordinance and is unsafe. 

Also, the Bike Committee thinks people should be able to walk bikes around the boardwalk area – in other words, people should be able to ride their bikes to the boardwalk area and lock them on the racks provided or else just simply walk around with their bikes.

The committee outlined their suggested updates based on the City of Wilmington’s Ordinance: “Sec. 16-103. - Riding on sidewalks, sidewalk area, or walkway. prohibited; exceptions. A person riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, sidewalk area, or walkway, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before passing any pedestrian.  No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk or walkway within the town. The following exceptions shall apply:1. Bicycles are not allowed to be walked or ridden on the wooden boardwalk or ocean boardwalk at any time. 2. Bicycles should be walked on the boardwalk walkways.”

The committee added, in the “Sec. 34-64 Definitions” there was no definition for walkway or multi-use paths like the Greenway trail.

Snows Cut Park, located at 9420 River Road, will permanently close on June 30, 2021 due to significant and persistent shoreline erosion that has occurred, forming steep embankments along the shoreline, compromising the septic system, and creating sinkholes on the land.

“Our team has, for years, conducted safety assessments with the county’s Risk Management, relocated fencing and installed signage to prevent visitors from accessing the eroded embankments, but these measures have not been enough to completely ensure the safety of park visitors,” said New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Director Tara Duckworth. “To make the septic repairs that are needed, approximately 40 trees would need to be removed and that would further exacerbate the erosion issues. In addition, our insurance carrier will no longer provide coverage for the park unless we can demonstrate that it is safe, and at this time, we can’t guarantee safety and have to close the park.”

The US Army Corps of Engineers owns the property, and the county leases it from them for Snows Cut Park. New Hanover County has notified the Army Corps of the park closing and has submitted the required one-year notice to terminate the land lease to the Army Corps.

The playground equipment at Snows Cut Park will be relocated to River Road Park beginning this week, and the picnic shelters will begin to be removed in the coming weeks. River Road Park, which is approximately five miles north of Snows Cut Park along the river, offers numerous amenities including a canoe/kayak launch, fishing access, playground area, picnic shelters, picnic tables and restrooms.

“While we know closing Snows Cut Park will be disappointing for some of our residents, and it is for us too, we have to do what is right to ensure the safety of our park visitors,” said Duckworth. “We have seen a significant decline in the number of people visiting Snows Cut Park over the past few years because of the park’s condition, and we are fortunate to have River Road Park just a few miles away, which is a popular park with even more amenities and direct water access that our community can continue to enjoy.”

To learn more about New Hanover County’s park locations and amenities, visit Parks.NHCgov.com.

 

Friday, 02 July 2021 16:06

Where to Park, How Much and Why

Carolina Beach has been dealing with paid parking and permits for quite sometime but in Kure Beach is in their first Season. Last month the Kure Beach Mayor shared this letter from the Town’s website: “Letter From the Mayor - Paid Parking Information: Dear Residents / Owners at Kure Beach;

I wanted you to know that the long road to paid parking at Kure Beach is soon to become a reality. Shortly you will see crews installing just two kiosks near downtown, you will see parking signs in discreet colors and designs being put up in areas of the Town. You will not see meters. We have worked with Premium Parking to use a friendly and low cost system to pay in four simple ways:

Pay by Texting, pay by camera, pay by phone call, pay by kiosk in downtown. Each of these methods take seconds and at least one does not require a smart phone. Explanations of these pay methods will soon be on the Town website for our guests and visitors. The control point of the system for pay and enforcement is your license plate number.

As a resident with an HOA beach front parking facility, or if you generally walk to the beach and businesses you can opt to do nothing. Our program will be effective from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM so our restaurants will have no impacts to evening dining and entertainment. You do have the ability to register your license plate for parking anywhere at anytime for a fee of $20 each for up to 2 plates, golf carts can be included in this. A third plate registration would need a season fee of $100. We have limited spaces and many more residents so we need to manage the space accordingly. This doesn’t guarantee a place to park, only that if you find one you would only need to abide by the timing in spots identified for time limited parking. On your own property you still have control of the right of way, no one should park there without your approval, a phone call to the Police Department will remedy that situation.

We will have special parking in the 15 spaces on the south side of K Avenue from Fort Fisher to Atlantic Avenue, 5 spaces will be 30 minutes FREE parking for take out at the local businesses and located in the middle of that street to have less impact on turns from the traffic light. The other 10 spaces will be 2 hour parking spaces for lunch and shopping at $3 per hour unless you have your license plate registered, in that case its still limited to 2 hours.

On Sunday Mornings from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sixth Street and Third Street the marked parking will be free for worship hours. At 1:00 PM enforcement will begin in those areas.

We need to be concerned about our workers and our guests. The workers that provide services in the stores and restaurants in our town need parking too. We will have a $100 whole season pass for workers as long as they are employed by local merchants.

Guests will have options also, a full season pass will cost $200 for the guests that share the Town infrastructure and the beach through the season. The occasional guest can pay $5 per hour or $20 for the day, weekly guest rentals can purchase a week pass for $100 to avoid the daily pay for the week.

You may ask why is this necessary? This is a large change to our community. As the surrounding area grows by 40,000 in the next decade we can expect that all will have a desire to share the beach. Today during season we grow 3 to 4 times our size in guests and residents. Like your home with guests the costs rise. We need more police and first responder support, trash is multiplied by more than 3 as you see the trash stacked on collection days, water and sewerage increases, lifeguards are added, the roads take traffic wear, beach access points need new signs and service, all costs are higher. The Towns experience over the last year with increased visitors and the anticipated continuous growth moves us to join the large number of beaches in North Carolina that have paid parking. We are asking that our guests share in that cost that you have shouldered alone for many years.

If we generate the revenue expected and enjoyed by the other beach towns we will use that revenue where it is most needed, from road repair to storm water drainage, to beach support or any other place that it can best serve our residents and owners.

We will put out more information in the next few weeks regarding how and when to sign on, what the initial grace period will be for warnings and the actual start date for the program. We expect to begin in early April and end parking September 30th in time for the October fishing season.

It is the Town Commissioners goal to keep Kure Beach a clean, safe, welcoming place for our guests and visitors. A place where the residents can continue to live with the support needed to keep Kure Beach a special destination and a wonderful place to live and play. Best Regards, Craig Bloszinsky 
Mayor Kure Beach.”

Comparing and contrasting both towns and their unique parking situations there is confusion from both sides but for completely different reasons. In Carolina Beach residents and guests are faced with Town owned parking lots, Town-run but privately owned lots and finally, owned and privately managed lots. In Councilman Lynn Barbee’s Weekly Update he shared visiting the lots recently with the Town Manager Bruce Oakley stating, “Some of the temporary lots are pretty confusing.  Which lot am I in?  Which sign do I follow?  This pay station is out of order where do I go?  I have to admit I can see the confusion.” While in the heart of Kure Beach signage is ample and clear the side street parking gets a little hazy as some of spray painted stencils are extremely hard to read in addition, the parking management offers no local number or office with requests or questions taking 24 hours to answer. Residents and workers from both towns question why an Island wide parking decal is unavailable and the costs associated with out of town employees parking to work. Speaking to visitors in Kure Beach last week, many were discouraged and explained the free parking was their draw to visiting in the past and will affect future decisions to come back.    

Friday, 02 July 2021 16:05

To My Friend Rose

Thank you for being my friend. It meant more to me than you’ll ever know. You were one of the first people I met when I first came to Carolina Beach, a ray of sunshine. It was always the simplest things that made you happy, which did not take much. Never did I see you frown, but always smiled.  I will always remember our lunches together on the boardwalk eating tacos, something we did regularly. We had some great times laughing, sharing stories, and just hanging out. I will especially remember all the car rides to church with you and Spiegel. It always amazed me how you were always willing to give to others, even when you had so little. The love you had was never ending. But I think my fondest memory of you will always be the joy you had singing, dancing, and playing the tambourine at church. You had a love for Jesus, a childlike faith, something very rare, and it touched my heart. It’s the simplest things in life that makes a person feel loved, and you gave me that. Until we meet again my friend, keep dancing for Jesus, in your own special way.

 

 

April L. Williams

Friday, 02 July 2021 16:01

ROSE AND SPEAGLE – SPECIAL FRIENDS

Folks on Pleasure Island knew her simply as “Rose.”  I met her at the Carolina Beach Dog Park where she was a regular visitor with her forever friend, Speagle the Beagle.  They stayed with friends at various locations on the Island over the years.  When a bed was unavailable, they slept in her car, which was packed solid with life belongings and memories.  That’s where she died last Saturday.

She struggled with wounds from her past, but never allowed those to define who she was.  She was fiercely independent and resilient.  She had a big heart and an easy smile that touched the many people with whom she had contact.  Businesses and Churches on the Island opened their doors to her and Speagle.  She lived life to the fullest.  Our redbone coonhound Kirby, learned to recognize her car on our walks and early morning trips to the Dog Park.  She seemed to always have an extra treat for him. 

Christmas morning 2019 we got to the Park early to find a message written on a pizza box:  “Blessed Morn!!!  Until I see everyone again Joy, Peace, Doggie Love to all!!!  Thanks for caring for me and Speagle-Dog as we are.”  It is a sobering lesson in relationship and empathy that no text book can ever teach.

When her car died last year, Rose used an old bike to get around towing Speagle in a child’s trailer.  After she lost a wheel on the trailer and it was beyond repair, a restaurant owner donated money for a new trailer.  She took advantage of many opportunities to share gifts with folks she cared for.  I have a coffee cup that says:  “Life is better with a furry friend.”  When she found out my wife was looking to buy a horse, a small plastic version was left on the hood of my truck.

After a prolonged absence from the Park, she showed up last fall and her legs were more swollen than usual.  I talked to her about much needed assistance and put the word out to the Social Work community in Wilmington.  I received an overwhelming response and phone numbers for her to call.  I assisted her with making some contacts, but fears of losing her independence and Speagle prevented her from choosing permanent housing.

My hope is she died peacefully with her car pointed towards the ocean.  But, like most poor, homeless people she was entitled to a better fate.  Empathy and compassion can make that happen.  They are a bridge to acceptance and what it means to be fully human in America – “as we are.”

 

John Shalanski

  


 


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