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STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG KUTTEH
HOLDEN BEACH WORKERS fix a safety fence at Surfside Pavilion that was knocked down in last month's storm. The seawall at the
pavilion is expected to be torn down before the summer.
STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES
Holden Board Discusses Rebuildina Dune
BY DOUG RUTTER
With Easter weekend and tourist
season closing in, Holden Beach
homeowners sre continuing to c!c*m
up from last month's severe winter
Commissioners, meanwhile, have
started discussing the possibili'y of
rebuilding ocean front dunes dam
aged in the March 13 storm.
Town Manager Gary Parker said
at last week's board of commission
ers' meeting that the town could use
sand trucked in from elsewhere to
plug holes and fill in low spots in
It would cost Holden Beach about
$14,000 to reinforce the bcrm at 50
lots where the remaining dune offers
little or no protection from the
ocean, Parker told the board last
But at least two commissioners
indicated they aren't willing to sup
port that propositi. Sid Swarts and
Jim Foumier said oceanfront land
owners have some responsibility to
help rebuild the dune and the town
shouldn't pay for the whole project.
"I think the town has to protect
the road and its property, but I don't
think the town has full responsibility
to protect private property," Swarts
Foumier, who lives in the Herit
age Harbor canal subdivision, said
there was more Hooding from canals
overflowing in his neighborhood
than there was or. the ocean front.
He indicated that the town would
be wasting its money by rebuilding
the dunes. "You can spend millions
and millions putting it out there and
the ocean's going to take it right
back," Fournier said.
Commissioner David Sandifer
said the town needs a long-term so
lution to strand and dune nourish
ment. He said the board may want to
consider buying a dredge to pump
sand on the beach.
"Our approach to protecting our
island has always been Band Aid,"
While the dune issue wasn't set
tled last week, commissioners did
agree that the town needs to get
storm debris cleared from the road
sides and strand as soon as possible.
Storm damage at Holdcn Beach
was estimated at S8 million, mostly
caused by hurricane-force winds.
Commissioners urged Parker to so
licit help from Brunswick County
and the N.C. Department of Trans
"We've got Easter coming up,"
Commissioner Gay Atkins said.
"We need to push them. We need
them to come over and help. We do
Parker said the storm cost the
town S36.000 in bcach accessways,
trash cans, roof damage and pay for
po'ice and public works employees.
11k figure could reach S50.000 be
fore recovery is Finished.
To cover the storm losses, offi
cials may dip into the occupancy tax
fund. The town expected to collect
$205,000 this fiscal year in accom
modations tax, but has already taken
in 5202,000 with several months re
maining in the year.
In the near future, town officials
plan to meet to evaluate the response
Winnabow Volunteer Fire De
partment will be serving barbccuc
on Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
Plates will include pork barbecue,
potato salad, coleslaw and hush pup
pies. Cost will be S3, or S4.50 for a
The department is on Governor's
Road off U.S. 17 in Winnabow.
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Holdcn Bcach needs a more com
prehensive plan for emergencies that
occur without warning like last
"This storm caught us off guard,"
he said. "This pointed out to me we
need more than a hurricane evacua
tion plan. We need an emergency re
Waste Industries will perform a
special pickup of storm debris such
as shingles and wood on Friday,
April 2. Debris should be left beside
the road to be picked up.
2,400 Feb. Calls Answered
Brunswick County Sheriff's De
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calls in February, an average of
more than 86 per day, according to a
monthly officers' activity report re
leased by Sheriff John Carr Davis.
Deputies and detcctivcs made 46
arrests as prosecuting witness in
February. Six suspects were arrested
on charges of being drunk and dis
There were 165 domestic cases
answered and 445 investigations
made. Deputies found two doors or
windows open and discovered one
fire while on patrol, the report said.
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lost in the recent storm.
Space is critical!!!
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