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All-New Festival Halloween Carnival
To Focus On Costumes
BY LYNN CARESON
Organizers of the Festival by the
Sea Halloween Carnival say this
year's event will focus on its popu
lar costume contest, which last year
drew 120 contestants up to 13 years
old. and similar wholesome activi
Missing this year, and from now
on. wiii in: the haunted house which
carnival coordinator Martin Feldt
says was too scary for the little kids
and attracted too many rowdy
teenagers looking for Halloween
This year, organizers are counting
on the event being a true carnival
fair, with the costume contest as the
highlight, complemented by games.
HOUSE THIS YEAR
information booths and a larger, im
"It'll have a whole new look."
said Feldt. adding the carnival will
he changed "from this point for
The carnival is held annually at
Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Depart
ment on Sabbath Home Road as the
kickoff event for the Festival by the
Sea. This year, registration for the
costume contest begins at 5:45 p.m.
and ends at 6:45. The judging begins
Contestants are divided into cate
gories from infant through 3 years
old, 4-7 years old. and N-13.
Games and information booths
will lie open at 6 p.m. The games
will include fishing, pumpkin toss
Nerf basketball, darts and something
called the "duck pluck," Feldt said.
About a dozen games are planned in
Information booths will be staffed
by representatives of such organiza
tions as DARE (Drug Abuse Resis
tance Education), the Optimist Club
and Turtle Watch.
Rattle gifts this year will include
fishing rods, fishing trips, dinners
and kites. Feldt said. There will be
35 to 50 raffle prizes this year, as
compared to last year's 20.
Holden Beach, Marine Fisheries
Strike Compromise On Gill Nets
BY DOUG RIJTTER
Hoi den Beach fishermen will be allowed to leave
their gill net gear on the strand during peak fishing sea
son under a compromise worked out between town and
N.C. Fisheries Director William Hogarth issued a
proclamation Monday revising an earlier mandate that
established gill net restrictions for all of Brunswick
At the request of town officials, Holden Beach has
been exempted from a provision that requires fishermen
to remove all equipment such as ropes, anchors and
buoys when gill nets are not in use.
Holden fishermen also may leave their nets unat
tended between Labor Day and Jan. 31. Elsewhere in
Brunswick County, fishermen must stay with all nets set
from the beach.
"We made a special exemption for Holden Beach at
the request of the town commission," said Rich
Carpenter, southern district manager with the N.C.
Division of Marine Fisheries.
The exemption takes effect Thursday. However,
fishermen w ho want to leave their gear on the strand or
leave nets unattended must get a state permit first.
Applications can be filled out at Holden Beach Town
Holden Beach officials have been looking for the ex
emption since speaking with a group of local gill net
fishermen shortly after the state rules took effect Aug. 2.
The fishermen said requiring them to remove an
chors. ropes and buoys every day would put a burden on
them because it takes several hours to set up a gill net
Town officials agreed and decided to reject the stale
rules in favor of a less-restrictive town ordinance. The
local ordinance turned out to be illegal, however, and the
town and state agreed to work out a compromise.
Mayor Wally Ausley, who recently met with Marine
Fisheries officials for two hours at his home, said the
new rules should please the fishermen, state and general
"I'd like to thank Marine Fisheries for their sensitivi
ty and cooperation and for helping our local fishermen,"
The mayor said the exemption will allow fishermen
to set their nets at night and return at sunrise to remove
the fish. "They've traditionally done it that way."
The new rules still prohibit net fishermen at Holden
Beach and other county beaches from setting gill nets
from the strand from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
It's also illegal for fishermen to leave gill nets set
from a boat within 3(H) yards of the beach unattended
during the summer.
Carpenter said all gill net gear at Holden Beach will
have to be removed from the strand and ocean by the
end of January. The state will make sure it's taken up by
having a representative present during removal.
Ausley said the fishermen will still be responsible
for ensuring that all ropes are buried on the strand and
all litter and dead fish are removed from the beach.
"I want to challenge our fishermen on Holden Beach
to make sure they abide by the letter of the law," Ausley
said. If they don't, I think Marine Fisheries will be re
luctant to work with us in the future."
Meet Holden Beach Candidates Monday
Holden Beach voters can meet the
1 1 candidates who are running for
town commissioner at a special fo
rum Monday (Oct. 25) that is being
sponsored by a group of town resi
Mack Foster, one of the organiz
ers, said last week he has hand-de
livered invitations to each of the
candidates for the meeting sched
uled Monday at 7 p.m. in town hall.
"We just got together and we
were talking about it and thought it
was a good idea," Foster said of the
meeting. "We're going to try our
best not to let it get out of hand."
On Nov. 2, voters will elect five
people to two-year terms on the
board of commissioners.
The candidates include incum
bents Gay Atkins. Sid Swarts. David
Sandifer and Jim Fournier. Also run
ning are Dwight Carroll, Crawford
Hart. Jeff Lee, Don Pollard. James
Shafor, Lirry Vogt and Roger
At Monday's meeting, each can
didate will have three minutes to
give an opening statement about
their background, experience, quali
fications and vision for the upcom
Afterward, audience members
will have the opportunity to direct
questions to specific candidates or
the entire group. Follow-up ques
tions will not he permitted unless
there is time at the end of the meet
Foster said he doesn't expect
Mayor Wally Ausley to speak at the
meeting since he is unopposed in his
bid for re-election.
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BEACON Flit PHOTO
THE COSTUME CONTEST will be the focus of this year's Festival by the Sea Halloween carnival.
Pictured arc last year's winners in the 4-7 age group. They are (from left) Cody Galloway, Tayler
Champion and Jessica Loughery.
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