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Shriners Aid Hospital Fund
Officers of the Brunswick County Shrine Club present a check for $13,310.14 to the Officers of Sudan Temple for the Shrine Children 's
Hospitals. The funds were raised throughout the year in projects such as the annual fish fry, golf tournament and paper and plaque sale.
Pictured (from left) are Marvin McKeithan, first vice president; James Broadway, president; John Phillips, Divan Sudan Temple ; Albert
Parker, past potentate, Sudan Temple; Lloyd Tyndall, Divan Sudan Temple ; and Wayne Whitaker, second vice president.
Holden Officials Hope
Fourth Time Is Charm
BY DOUG RUTTER
"If at first you don't succeed, try
Holden Beach officials have taken
Ben Franklin's age-old advice to
heart. They've tried again and again
to find a contractor willing and able
to dredge the canals in the Harbor
The town hasn't had much luck
so far, but officials hope the fourth
time will be the charm.
The fourth bidding cycle on the
dredging project will close Monday.
Town Manager Sean Anderson is
hopeful it will be produce results.
"We feel pretty confident we'll get
something this time," Anderson said
The first two times the town ad
vertised for bids. Bald Head Island
Transportation Inc. was the only
Town commissioners voted to
award an $82,200 contract to the lo
cal firm in early November, but had
to reverse the decision when they
discovered the company did not
have a North Carolina general con
Holden Beach advertised for bids
a third time, but there was no re
sponse. Anderson said he thinks the
town will receive at least one bid
this time around.
Representatives from one compa
ny visited Holden Beach recently to
pick up a copy of the bid specifica
tions and look over the site of the
dredging project, toward the west
end of the island.
"I feel pretty confident by the end
of next week we'll have something,"
Anderson said. "I think we'll be able
to come up with something."
The proposed project includes the
dredging of five finger canals, the
connector canal that runs parallel to
the waterway and the entrance canal
to the waterway.
The town is coordinating the pro
ject on behalf of property owners in
the subdivision who requested the
dredging, which is needed to keep
the canals open to boat traffic.
Holden Beach will assess Harbor
Acres lot owners for the full cost of
the dredging plus the town's admin
istration costs. Each person's assess
ment will be based on how much
property he or she owns along the
canals. The town has already re
ceived more than $68,000 in "volun
tary assessments" from landowners
eager for the work to be done.
"It's a shame that we have the
money and can't get anybody to do
it," Anderson said at the town
board's Dec. 5 meeting.
Town officials have estimated that
the project should take about six
weeks to complete.
State regulations require that all
dredging along the coast stop after
March 31 to protect marine life. "It's
cutting it pretty close, but if we get
something done by the end of next
week we should be OK," Anderson
said of the deadline.
Holden Beach Commissioners
will hold a special meeting Monday,
Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. in town hall.
Agenda items include a discus
sion with board of adjustment mem
bers concerning the board's rules of
Commissioners also will consider
accepting a deed for a beach access
way between 106 and 108 Ocean
Boulevard East. Rose and Leo Cole
have offered to donate the property.
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