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STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER
Fraternity Lends Some Hands
Thirty members of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity at N.C. State University in Raleigh boosted the Big Sweep turnout at
Sunset Beach last Saturday. Here they join other volunteers for lunch. The APOs' most unusual find was a paring knife.
Sunset Beach Asks Court To Shut
Down Watercraft Rental Business
BY SUSAN USHER
The Town of Sunset Beach wants
Brunswick County Superior Civil
Court to stop a personal watercraft
rental business from doing business
in town because it allegedly violates
three town ordinances, and to dis
miss the company's suit against the
Without having received either a
business permit or peddler's license
from the town, the ScaQucst Comp
any Inc. leased space at a Main
Street business, purchased equip
ment and began operating a water
craft rental business on Memorial
Sunset Beach, in its response and
countersuit, claims company officers
Kevin Smith and Ale* Kjnlaw were
advised before and after starting up
their business on Memonal Day
1) watercraft rental was not a per
mitted use in the beach business
2) that no peddling was allowed
?jo the Sunset Beach strand, and
3) that the town's "Jet Ski" or per
sonal watercraft ordinance applied
The ordinance bans operation of Jet
Skis, power sleds or similar devices
within 300 yards of the shoreline be
tween 7 a m and 5 p.m from April
1 through Sept 30
Town Administrator Linda Rue
gel, it states, also advised the two
that their recourse would be to apply
in writing to the town planning and
zoning board, seeking amendment of
the zoning ordinance. While the part
ners discussed their business plan
with Fluegel and contacted her and
town commissioners on several oc
casions. no application was received.
On Memorial Day weekend the
town ordered the business to close
because it was operating in violation
of several town ordinances. Smith
and Kjnlaw refused, saying their
business was legal and that the town
had not responded in a timely fash
ion to their request to do business in
town. Later in the weekend either
the U S. Coast Guard or a state
agency ordered the business to stop
operation from a new location on the
On June 1 the court issued a re
straining order to keep Sunset Bcach
from shutting down SeaQuest's op
eration in town. The order resulted
from a suit filed by Smith and
ICinlaw claiming the town had vio
lated their rights in not issuing a per
mit for the liusiness and then al
legedly threatening their arTest and
confiscation of equipment if the
business didn't shut down its opera
tions on Mam Street and on the
The order was extended through
Sept 12. effectively allowing the
two to rent through the summer sea
son family-size, jet-powered water
craft from the beach business district
on the island, to load and unload
boats from the bcach strand, and to
operate the boats off the beach.
The town also states it has re
quested that SeaQuest cease opera
tion in violation of town ordinances,
but that Smith and Kinlaw have re
fused to do so.
Sunset Beach and its taxpayers
have, as a result, suffered "irrepara
ble and immediate damage for
which they have no adequate reme
dy at law."
SeaQuest's principals contend
their constitutional rights were de
nied and their business harmed fi
nancially by the town's refusal to al
low the company to operate and its
allegedly not responding in a timely
fashion to their request to do busi
ness; that they have not violated any
town regulations; and that their busi
ness is "conceptually similar" 10
others in the beach business district
that rent items for use on the beach
strand and should be allowed even if
not specifically allowed by ordi
Sunset Beach contends that since
the partners were told the business
was not allowed or permitted in
town, the two "could not have rea
sonably relied on their right to con
duct said business in incurring any
expenditures or other obligations."
The Brunswick County CHADD
Chapter, an organization for people
who want to learn more about chil
dren and adults with attention deficit
disorder, will meet Monday, Sept.
26, at 7:30 p.m. at Ocean View
United Methodist Church, Yaupon
The meeting was rescheduled
from Sept. 19. The group's regular
meeting day is the third Monday of
Meetings are free and open to the
Forum Chance To Speak Up
On Future Of N.C. Tourism
In what direction should North
Carolina move with tourism devel
That's the question local residents
will get to address at a regional fo
rum on travel and tourism.
One of eight across the state, the
local forum will be held at Bruns
wick Industiial Business Center in
Leland Wednesday, Oct 5. from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tourism is currently North Caro
lina's second largest economic sec
tor, and projected to become the
largest by the end of the decade, ac
cording to the N.C. Travel and Tour
ism Division, and the travel industry
is expected to continue experiencing
The S8.3 billion industry is driven
in part by the natural beauty and re
sources of the state. According to
Gov. Jim Hunt, "In order to preserve
this natural beauty, and to continue
to be a leader in the travel and
tourism industry, we must plant now
ior tnc ruturc."
Information gathered at the re
gional forums will be developed into
action recommendations by issue
oriented working groups. Then, at
the Governor's Summit on Travel
and Tourism Feb. 6-7 in Raleigh,
business, government and communi
ty leaders will analyze and refine the
proposals Their final recommenda
tions will be presented to the gover
nor. secretary of commerce and state
Economic Development Board for
possible legislative action They will
also be forwarded for consideration
at the White House Conference on
Travel and Tourism in Washington,
D C., in November 1995.
At cach forum, the time allocated
to each speaker will be determined
by the number of persons wishing to
speak Speakers are requested to
provide a written outline of their
comments at the time of presenta
tion, if possible.
Also, the N.C. Travel and Tour
ism Division will accept written
comments that arc received by Oct.
19 at N.C. Travel and Tourism
Division, 430 N. Salisbury St., Ral
eigh. N.C. 27611.
The forum ??!* >? accessible to ihe
physically handicapped. Anyone
wishing to attend the session, but
needing special assistance can con
tact forum coordinator Gayle Har
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