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Holden Beach Board Asks Attorney
To Devise Plan For Hillside Drive
BY IHHC rutter
llolden licach Commissioners hope their attor
nc> can figure out how the town can legally dump
truckloads of sand on a public street w ithout clos
ing ii or restricting access to private property.
Attorney Ken Campbell was given until March
23 to come up with a plan for Hillside Drive, an
oceanfront road where officials want to build a
dune in an effort slow down erosion.
Following a public hearing Monday night,
commissioners decided not to pass a resolution
closing the street. The board also held off on
awarding a contract for dune construction.
The last oceanfront house on Hillside, the
Whistling Swan, should be moved this week
Nearly all of the beachfront property on the road
has eroded, and the ocean washed over part of the
street during a small storm last week
In an attempt to stop erosion and protect scc
ond-row homes on Hillside, town board members
want to build .i dune along the entire length of the
street from the center line of the pavement toward
"The go.il of this commission is to save
Hillside Drive from wishing away," Mayor Wally
Auslcy said Monday.
Commissioners held a public hearing Monday
night im ,i proposal to close the street. Residents
and property owners opposed the idea, saying
they want to keep access to their property from
( impbcll. who was asked to have a proposal
for the M.irch 23 meeting, said Mondav the best
The goal of this
commission is to save
Hillside Drive from
?Wally Ausley, Mayor
of Holden Bcach
thing lo do may be changing the right-of-way
width along Hillside Drive.
Reducing the width from 50 feet to 20 feel
could allow the town to leave one lane of the
street open to local traffic and build ihe dune on
the south side of the road.
Campbell said a lawyer with the N.C. Institute
of Government recommended changing the right
of-way width to accomplish the town's goal.
"You've got control over how that right-of-way is
used." he said.
Commissioner Jim Fournier suggested the
town hoard postpone further discussing the dune
renourishment plan until the attorney figures out
ihe best w ay to move ahead w ith the project.
"I don't see how we c.in do anything. We don't
know enough about it. We're not lawyers...,"
Fournier said. "Whatever it takes, just bring it to
us so we can act on it and gel something done."
Several Hillside Drive property owners said
Monday they support the town's plan to build a
dune on the south side of the street, hut don't
want the road closed.
"The residents and the property owners on
Hillside Drive still need access to their property."
said landowner Curt Britt. "If you can put berms
on the south side and leave part of that road open
it would help all of us."
Lvn I loldcn. who owns several pieces of prop
erty on Hillside, said the town will need to stabi
li/e the new berm to prevent s;ind from blowing
across the street into yards.
"If you pile too much dirt up there it's going to
close it. period." he warned. "I would like to see
it at least kept open for the people who have prop
erty up there."
Hillside Drive is just one area where town offi
cials are planning dune ^nourishment work. I"he
town has $44,000 in a reserve fund that could be
used to repair holes in the frontal dune.
Mayor Ausley said Monday the town may be
making headway with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), which gave the
town $57,000 in dune renourishment funds fol
lowing a severe storm last March.
Town officials and FEMA have not been able
to agree on where the money should be spent.
Commissioners say if dunes arc rebuilt where I I
MA recommends, the sand would quickly wash
Auslev said Congressman Charlie Rose's staff
has been working with l-'IiMA officials to resolve
the issue. "Hopefully we'll get that finalized
shortly," he said.
PRICE TAG IS $30.000
Varnamtown Buying Land For Boaters' Parking
BY DOUG RITCTER
Varnamtown officials have decid
ed lo buy rather than lease property
for a parking lot for people who use
the community's new boat ramp on
Lockwood Folly R?u.
Aldermen agreed at a special
meeting last week to purchase ap
proximately 1.5 acres on Fisherman
Road from Larry and Mary Knowles
of Riegelwood. The price tag is
Mayor Judy Galloway said she
thinks buying the land instead of
leasing property as originally planned
is in the best interest of the town.
"We'll be better off if we buy
something. If we pay rent for 10 or
15 years we'll have nothing."
Galloway said last Friday. "Once the
town gets this land we'll have it. It'll
be ours forever."
Town officials had been negotiat
ing a lease agreement with Nicky
and Jackie Varnam for vacant prop
erty they own near the waterfront
adjacent to Garland's Seafood
However, aldermen changed their
minds about the lease when they
found out the Knowles' wanted to
sell their property. It is located in the
curve on Fisherman Road about K(XI
feet from the public boat ramp.
"We didn't really think any land
was available," Galloway said. "We
just found out that this man was in
terested in selling."
I-iliry Knowles is the new pastor
at Brunswick Islands Baptist
Church. The mayor said the pur
chase will be official as soon as the
land can he surveyed and the legal
papers are signed.
"Right now if it's an acre and a
half, more or less, we're going to
pay $30,000,** Galloway said.
Town officials want to establish a
parking area near the boat ramp to
discourage boaters from parking
their vehicles and boat trailers along
the shoulders of Fisherman Road.
Residents who live near the wa
terfront presented a petition to the
town last year opposing construction
of the new ramp. They said it would
attract more boaters and create more
However, opposition died down
after the town board agreed to pro
vide a parking area as part of the
boat ramp project.
l-ast year, town officials an
nounced that the Varnams had
agreed to lease property near their
fish house tor 15 years at an initial
cost of S2, l W per year. Aldermen
went as far as approving a 20-space
parking plan for the tract.
But the town board and Varnams
never signed a lease contract.
Aldermen met with the landowners
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behind closed doors for more than creased. By purchasing land,
an hour on Feb. 14 to discuss the Galloway said the town will come
arrangement. out ahead.
In open session, the board voted Work on the new boat ramp is ba
to postpone signing the lease until sically finished. Galloway said, with
several issues could be resolved, just a few minor things left to be
Galloway said at the time there were done.
"a couple of things that need to be "I don't know much about boat
cleared up." ramps but it looks nice." Galloway
The mayor said last week that she said. "We're very proud of it and I
appreciates the Varnams' willing- think the town will be tot)."
ness to lease the parking area to the Varnam's Docks and Bulkheads
town, but she's glad the board of al- built the concrete ramp, which is 16
dcrmcn found property to buy. feet wide and 72 feet long. A 3-foot
"l just feel good about it, and I wide pier between the ramp and
think Jackie and Nicky do too," Garland's Seafood House was part
Galloway said. "They really didn't of the project.
want to tie up their land. They were The N.C. Wildlife Resources
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people would have a place to park." $25,000 to build the ramp, which is
Renting the Varnam property for expected to cost $19,500. Town offi
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$32,850 if the annual cost never in- ey to improve the parking area.
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Planned March 26
Brunswick County Animal Control and local veterinarians will hold
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Rabies vaccinations will cost S5. Parvo and distemper shots will also
The following sites and times are scheduled:
?Seaside Animal Clinic. Calabash. 9 a.m. until noon.
?Seaside Plaza, N.C. 179 and 904. 12:15-12:45 p.m.
?Ocean Isle Airport, 1-1:30 p.m.
?Shallotte I.ions Park, 1:34-2:15 p.m.
?Ash Post Office. 2:30-3 p.m.
?Bennett's Esso Station, Exum, Big Ncck/Makatoka. 3:15-3:45 p.m.
?Brunswick Animal Hospital. Supply 9 a.m. until noon.
?Sunset Grtnxry, Sunset Harbor, 12:30-1 p.m.
?Bolivia Post Office, 1:30-2 p.m.
?Boiling Spring Lakes Town Hall. 2:15-3:30 p.m.
?Ibwncreek Park, N.C. 17. 4-4:30 p.m.
?Midway Trading Past, N.C. 211 at Midway Road, 12:30-1 p.m.
?Long Beach Town Hall. 1:30-2 p.m.
?Yaupon Beach Town Hall, 2:15-2:45 p.m.
?Southport Town Hall, 3-3:30 p.m.
?Companion Animal Hospital. Shallotte, noon until 12:30 p.m.
?Smith's Grocery, Civietown. 12:45-1:15 p.m.
?Bill's Quick Stop, Boones Neck Road, 1:30-2 p.m.
?Cat's Beach Shop. Holden Beach Causeway, 2:15-2:30 p.m.
?Varnamtown Town Hall. 2:45-3:15 p.m.
?Ieland Veterinarian Hospital. Clairmont Plaza, 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
?Holly Bucks. Lanvale Road. Lcland. 1:45-2:15 p.m.
?Phoenix Country Store. Mount Misery Road, Cedar Hill, 2:30-3 p.m.
?Maco Truck Stop, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
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Two volunteer emergency service will be divided between the fire de
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Lakes are joining efforts to sponsor Spaces or tables are available for
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day, March. 19. from 8 a.m. to 3 type of items to be sold, said Jeaninc
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