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Bird Island Effort Must Maintain,
Increase Momentum, SBTATold
BY LYNN CARLSON
Bird Island Preservation Society
Chairman Bill Ducker on Saturday
challenged members of the Sunset
Beach Taxpayers Association to re
cruit new supporters of the effort to
keep the barrier island undeveloped.
"Momentum is as important now
as it has ever been," Ducker said.
Since Sept. 1, 1992, when 10 people
formed the organization, the preser
vation group has grown to 1,680
families and has raised about
$39,000 toward acquisition of the is
land by a government agency or
The preservation society and SB
TA are separate organizations;
Ducker was reporting to SBTA's
11th annual Thanksgiving weekend
membership meeting about the Bird
Ducker said permit applications
by Bird Island owner Janie Pace
Price to build a bridge and causeway
to the island and to develop it with
single-family homes are likely to be
acted upon in the coming year.
"Our momentum could have a
great deal of impact over those deci
sions," he added. "I want you to
keep it up, talk about it and encour
age people to join."
In addition to the Bird Island plea,
about 40 SBTA members heard re
ports Saturday on topics ranging
from its membership to the proposed
central sewer system for the island
of Sunset Beach.
Secretary^Treasurer Minnie Hunt
reported that 726 families are now
Bridge Study Continues
President Clete Waldmilller up
dated the gathering on the environ
mental impact statement being com
piled on the effects of replacing
Sunset Beach's old pontoon bridge.
SBTA led the effort which result
ed in a judge's halting plans for a
high-rise bridge to Sunset Beach un
til the environmental study is done.
Waldmiller reported that 277,000
vehicles were counted crossing the
bridge this past July ? 87,000 of
them in the first 11 days of the
"Our momentum could have a great deal
of impact over those decisions. . . I want
you to keep it up, talk about it and
encourage people to join. "
? Bill Ducker, Chairman Of Bird
Island Preservation Society
Summer and fall studies have
been completed to measure the
heights of boats passing through the
pontoon bridge, he said.
"Several sizes and styles (of
bridges) are being considered" by
the N.C. Department of Transpor
tation, Waldmiller said. "The best 1
know, the environmental impact
statement will take another year or
so before it's complete."
The group encouraged Town
Councilman-elect Herb Klinker, an
SBTA member, to ask council to de
vise and publicize guidelines for cit
izens about how to deal with the
pontoon bridge in case of an emer
Hunt updated the members on the
proposed central sewer system to
serve Sunset Beach and Calabash
and on the integrated wastewater
management conference set to take
place in Wilmington today (Thurs
day) and Friday. She said several
town council members and "four or
five" SBTA leaders were scheduled
Hunt, who lost her bid to unseat
Mayor Mason Barber in the recent
election, has been critical of sewer
consultants' and town council's ar
gument that a central sewer will im
prove area water quality and reopen
shellfish beds which have been
closed because of pollution.
One audience member asked
"Who's for the sewer and who's
Hunt replied, "The developers are
certainly for it. Are you asking me
to say that the people who'll have to
pay for it are against it?"
She charged that growth projec
tions in the towns' draft sewer feasi
bility study "give credence to the
idea that it is a developers' system."
Waldmiller commended the
Sunset Beach Beautification Com
mittee's Christmas decorations on
the bridge and town gazebo and
commended the group for producing
the Sunset Beach flag.
The committee also maintains the
plantings in flower barrels outside
Sunset Beach businesses year-round.
SBTA board member Kathy
Kakos asked the group's help in the
Friends of the Library effort to raise
money for temporary library service
while the West Brunswick Branch is
closed for renovation and expansion.
The library is expected to close in
March through summer "when our
children could use the extra read
ing," Kakos said.
Waldmiller said the SBTA board
will consider contributing to the ef
fort to rent and staff a temporary li
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