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Twenty-fifth Year. Number 47
1907 THl 00UNSW1CK 0(ACOt
Shallotte, North Caroim^^, nursday October 1 1987
»i/» i wno competed in the World Oyster Opening
Championship fn Galway, Ireland Saturday are, from left, bottom
row—Frank Baer of Norway, 9th; Cathy Carlisle of Brunswick Coun
ty. USA, 8th; Peter ManrI of England. 6th; Josle Burke of Ireland,
World Champion; second row—Robert vSchimcr of Canada, llti;
Filadelfio Grasso of Switzerland. 5th; back row—I.ennart Karlsson id
Sweden, 2nd; Louis Key of France, 3rd; and Walter WolgasI of Ger
County s Champ Finishes Eighth
In World Oyster Competition
BY EDDIE SWEAT!
AND CAROLYN SWEAT!
"At least I didn’t finish last," Cathy Carli
sle griimed as results of the World Oyster Open
ing Championship were posted in Galway,
Ireland Saturday afternoon.
The pretty 24-year-old blonde from
Bnmswick County finished eighth in a field of
nine national champions in international com
petition. opening 30 oysters in 3:34 minutes, an
average of one every 7.13 seconds.
ITic world championship was won, for the
third time, by Ireland’s own Josie Burke, who
shucked an oyster every 5.03 seconds to post a
time of 2:31. Burke, whose family owns an
oyster house near Galway, won the world
championship in 1974, 1984, and made another
comeback this year.
Although Norway’s champion, Frank
Baer, finished 15 seconds faster than Ms. Carli
sle, he lost 59 seconds in penalties to finish at
the bottom, with an adjusted time of 4:18, com
pared to Mrs. Carlisle’s 4:01. which included
only 27 seconds in penalties.
The defending world champion from last
year, England’s Peter Manzi, finished in sixth
place this year with an adjusted time of 3:18.
just 43 seconds faster than Mrs. Carlisle’s ad
justed eighth-place time.
Mrs. Carlisle was just 57 seconds behind
the fourth-place finisher, Robert Schimer,
Canada's national champion, who she defeated
■ year in Maryland during the U.S. National
Oyster Shucking Contest when he was
representing the state of Waslunglon.
And. while Mrs. Carlisle, the only female
national champion, may not have opened
oysters quite as fast as seven of the other com
petitors. the hearts of festival-goers opened to
the Boone’s Neck woman who has shucked
oysters for the past seven years at Lloyd
Milliken's Oyster House at Shallotte Point.
She was definitely a favorite of the au
dience and the toast of the 33rd consecutive
Galway International Oyster Festival.
Mrs. Carlisle won the U.S. national cham
pionship last fall in Leonardstown, Maryland,
where she shucked and arranged 24 oysters in
2:40.77 minutes. The leonardstown Rotary
Club, which sponsors the annual national
championship, pays the winner’s expenses to
the international contest in Ireland.
She became eligible for the national cham
pionship after claiming the state title during
the 1986 North Carolina Oyster Festival spon
sored annually here by the South Brunswick
Islands Chamber of Commerce.
Her accomplishments in national competi
tion won her recogition last May in Raleigh
from Gov. James G. Martin and state represen
tatives, including Rep. E. David Redwine, at
The fanfare at Raleigh paled, however, in
comparison to the festival in Ireland last week
when Mrs. Carlisle and other national cham
pions were wined, dined, paraded and inter
HEARING SET Oa. 5
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Water Policy Decision
BY RAHN ADAMS
Brunswick County Commissioners
delayed action Monday on a proposed
policy that if adopted would change
the county’s direction in supplying
water service to new subdivisions.
The commissioners, who met last
Wednesday with the Brunswick
County Utility Operations Board, had
indicated they would lake action on
the policy when they continued that
meeting until Monday.
The proposed policy, drafted by
Commissioner Chris Chappell and
County Attorney David Clegg, first
would affect the Lockwood Folly sub
division in the Holden Beach-
Vamumtown area, which has re
quested water service.
Commissioners Monday night tabl
ed discussion of the I^ckwood Folly
water project after Commissioner
Benny Ludlum questioned whether
or not Lockwood Folly intended to
eventually dedicate its water lines to
the county system.
However, UOB Administrator John
Harvey told commissioners that
Ix)ckwood Folly had informed the
UOB in June that the subdivision’s
five miles of water lines would be
given to the county.
Also, Water System Manager Ken
neth Hewett said Lockwood Folly’s
state permit application indicates
that the water lines would be
dedicated to the county system.
Commissioner Frankie Rabon
made the motion to table the matter
until the county board's Oct 5 regular
meeting. Commission Chairman
Grace Beasley said l/>ckwood Folly
representatives would be given the
;pporlur.ity to appear at that
Ireland was not Uu.* onlv Unni; to/oign to
Mrs. Carlisle, who sa'd llu- Galway oysters us
ed in the international cornpclitioi; are vastly
different from thase .she is accu.slomed to
shucking locally. I’he Galway oyster is smaller
and tougher to open, the cliampion .says.
Arriving in Ireland on Tuesday before
Saturday’s competition, she had .several
chances to practice opening the •foreign”
oysters, and was coached by the young
Irishman who won the world title for the third
time, and last year’s national Irish champion
who has competed for 14 years.
Mrs. Carlisle is accustomed to shucking
oysters by prying them open at the ‘ hinge’’
side. She was advised to open the smaller
Galway oyster at the "Up’’ or thin side, but had
difficulty adapting to this method .since it is
more apt to break or shatter the shell, she
One of her coaches ground the blade of an
oyster knife to a sharper, thinner point to make
it easier to open the opposite side, but Mrs.
Carlisle decided tc stay with her own style.
That style, while perhaps slower, ap
parently is neater. Since the presentation of the
platter of oysters is important in scoring, she
lost less in penalties for broken shells than did
five other contestants.
The 1987 Galway International Oyster
Festival got underway Thursday night and
Mrs. Carlisle watched as contestanLs m the
Irish Oyster Ooening ('hampionship competed
(See COUNTY'S CHAMP. Page lO-.A
meeting to explain the subdivision’s
U the “rough draft" policy propos
ed by commissioners is approved,
the county and the developer of
Lockwood Folly would each pay
roughly half the cost of running
water lines the 1.6 miles to the en
trance road to the subdivision. The
county would then allow I.xx:kwood
Folly to reclaim its costs through
free connections to the subdivision
.According to Chappell, the propos
ed policy, which in effect underwrites
the cost of extending water lines to a
major subdivision, could also apply
to future extensions, to "get the most
use for our water and get .somi- Iini*'^
in the ground. "
The UOB earlier went on record op
posing the commissionor.s’ proposal,
which was presented to the uiilitics
board for comment at its .Kept i \
The UOB, in turn, rccommondod »o
commissioners that the county l)«>ard
adopt a policy simiUr to ils original
special asscs.sment district pohry
The UOB asked that the comity r*’
quire the developer to pay the max
imum six-inch line a.s.*Nessmenl f(»i
property owners along the extcn.'^ion
who would not be assessed under llio
terms of the commission prnp«isal.
At a Sept. 23 joint meeting. TOH
Chairman Robert Nubcl outlined ’.hat
proposal and several other policy op
tions for commls.sioners. He tenned
the commissioners’ proposal i!ie
"Idast desirable’’ alternative.
Nubel said the UOB’.s main con
cems about the commi.ssitm pi tiposal
were the need for fairne.ss" in
assessing for water line instaliations
and that the county’s revolving fund
would not be replenished for future
Ms. Beasley emphasizdl that her
board’s proposal was simply a
"rough draft" and that “it was not
something that was car\*ed in .stone. "
Also, Ms. Beasley, t.liappell and
Clegg all reiterated that the policy
draft had not been previou.slv
discussed in executive session by th*-
commissioners, despite indication.s
in UOB meeting minute.s that the
draft was given to Hai-vey ir im a
county commission meeting" mi
Clegg said the proposed nidii y wa .
distributed to commission uimnla i'
al the end of Ihe lOi',
Uierc was no di:>cui.sion ■ i the ‘U«i:T.
Also at the Sept. 28 johit meeting,
commissioners acccptcil -letaii>i;
plans and specification.s for .v:ucr
projects planned for special .assess
ment districts No. I and No and
authorized the county staff to submit
the material to the .stale for r-vie;\
S.A.D. No. 1 Is located in the Noi tl:
Holden Beach area; .S.A.D. Nu. 2 is
located in the Brick Unding IManta
tion and Bent Tree Plantation area
Harvey told commLs.sioneis that
the projects should be ready to begin
To Stagger Terms
BY DOUG RUTTER
Calabash Town Council Monday
unanimously approved an ordinance
amending the lowii charter to create
staggered four-year terms for coun
cil and the mayor.
The ordinance will first take effect
following the 1989 municipal election.
At that time, the three elected coun
cil members receiving the fewest
number of votes will initially .servo
The next election for these llirt i
seats will be in 1901. Thereafu-r
these three seats will be up for el-
tion every four years.
The two elected council meinhei
receiving the highest mimber .
votes during the 1989 election -*» ‘ »
(See CALABASH. Page ‘’ A i
Beach Access, County Zoning Among Policies Supported In CAAAA Plan
BY RAHN ADAMS
"Brunswick County supports the
current growth trend being ex
perienced and, to the extent possible,
will plan for and accommodate
future growth while simultaneously
maintaining and improving the quali
ty of life for current and future
That is the “over-riding theme" of
Brunswick County's proposed
Coastal Area Management Act
fCAMA) I^nd U.se Plan, which
citizens will liave the opportunity to
comment on during a public hearing
Oct. 5 at 7:30 in Bolivia.
The most significant changes from
pnsl plans arc policy .statements sup
porting beach acce.ss programs and
According to Brunswick County
Planning Director John Harvey, it is
an “excellenl plan"- one that plann
ing officials don’t expect will draw
the .same criticism as did an earlier
draft submitted lo the stale last year.
The current CAMA draft was
prepared by the Brunswick County
Planning Board, with technical
assistance from the Brunswick Coun
ty Planning Department and plann
ing consulting firm Edward D. Stone
Jr. and Associates of Wilmington.
The land use plan, which must be
updated every five years, te intended
to deal with projected land use needs
and potential related problems fac
ing Brunswick County, which is iden
tified as the second fastest growing
county in the stale next to Dare Coun
According to population growth
estimates outlined in the plan,
Brunswick County's current popula
tion of more than 51,000 will increase
lo 75,500 by the year 2000 and to 96,800
draft of the county’s CAMA plan,
which wa.s submitted to the CRC last
September, was "sent back for more
As a result, work on the revised
draft included public hearings held
May 11 through 14 at the I .eland Com
munity Center, South Brunswick
High School, West Brunswick High
School and the Brunswick County
Public workshops previously wore
held in November 1985 in the Nor
thwest, Lockwood Folly, Town
Creek. Smithvilie, Waccamaw and
Shallotte townships. A total of 77 per-
soas attended those workshops.
Harvey says he doesn’t expect the
current "public hearing draft" of the
proposed CAMA plan to attract as
■’Through all the work.shop.s and
hearings on the current update), the
public has not shown the intere.st that
they had in the 19BWll update."
Harvey said. “Far fewer people have
shown up at the public hearings."
County coiiuni.s.sioner.*^ and plann
ing board memlHT.s parlicipated in
special work .se.ssion.s la.sl month, to
iron out details of the draft. During
those ses.sions. planning coasultanls
Glenn Harbeck and Barn' Griffith
emphasized the draft's [wlicy sec
But the land u.se plan in iUsclf has
been something of a problem in
receiving approval from the Coastal
He.sources Commission iCRC).
According to llaiTcy. an original
attcntiCM as previous updates.
Me said approximately 500 people
appeared at a public hearing on the
1980-81 plan, w ilh main topics of con
cern being urban growth and the
passibility of an oil refinery being
located on the Cape Fear River.
"The policy section is the section
that people outside RruiLswick (‘oun-
ty are going lo be really looking at,"
Harbeck told told county officials.
Earlier this month, copies of the
pnhlic dr;»f! were di.stributcd
to the N.C. Division of (‘oaslal
Management. 14 local
municipalities. Wilnnnglini and
neighboring counties ineluding Col
umbus, Nev\ Hanover aiul Horr>'
Har\'ey said la.st week he has
received no comments “of
substance" on the proposed plan
from any other governmental bodies.
During a special joint work session
last month with planning board
members, Bnmswick County Com
missioners voiced no opposition to
any specific parts of the CAMA plan,
including inclusion for the first time
of a policy which supports county
participation in state ^ach acce.ss
The proposed policy slates:
“Brunswick County supports and en
courages efforts to provide
reasonable public access to the
beaches and coastal waterfronts."
However, the policy does not
specify that the county participate in
the beach access programs with
Commission Chairman Grace
Rea.sley said following the work ses
sion tlial she did not conuiicnt on the
lM?ach acce.ss policy since she knew
the commission wuiild be getting
public input on it at (he
"WTien it's their itlu- pnblii'-;i
dollars you’re spending. tli.-> h;>..
the right to give their mpiil .uid Imv.-
it heard." Mrs. Beasley said last
She added that cuuiily mvolvemeni
in future beach access programs
would be considered on an indu oiual
basis, with cost as a determining fa-
Work .ses.siuns la.st mnntli .iKo
yielded suggested changes m Hie
CAMA plan including: (rcain»n of
separate policies relating to mannas
and floating homo.s, lodtsmurage l!i*
location of floating homes m
Brunswick Coumy; deletion of the
tenn “floating zone” in anoihei
policy, lo avoid the inferenre ih;*i
creation of floating zones is suj.
ported here: and addilh)n of a poln y
to encourage the eventual con.striK-
lion of mulergroiind nlilituvs m i|i.’