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WifA its east-west orientation, Ocean Isle Beach usually isn 1 susceptible to erosion from northeasters. But crashing waves Friday night
heightened damage from high tides in early December, when these homes at East Second and Asheville streets were declared unsafe.
Wesley F. Walker of Rock Hill, S.C ^ who owns " Risky Business" at No. 500, and his neighbor, Robert Hawkins of Cliffside, are making
plans to relocate their homes elsewhere on the island. High tides are expected again around New Year's weekend.
Holden Beach Celebrated. Mourned In 'Q A
BY DOUG R UTTER
Hokten Bcach celebrated its 25th
anniversary, mourned the death of
its popular mayor and won an ex
tended battle with the federal gov
ernment in 1994 All of that in the
first four months.
If there was one moment during
the year that had a greater impact
than any other it was the April 6
death of mayor Wally Ausley. a
beloved figure at the beach and
across the state
Ausley 't death not only left a
tremendous void in the hearts of
everyone who knew him. it necessi
tated changes on the town board
Gay Atkins, a commissioner since
1981, was appointed mayor and
Marlaine Thomas took Atkins' seat
on the board of commissioners
Atkins is the first female mayor of
Holden Beach and the fifth mayor in
Ausley 's death came just days af
ter residents gathered to celebrate
the silver anniversary of the town's
incorporation A re-enactment of the
firn town meeting was held in con
junction with the Day At The Docks
Holden Bcach proved that persis
tence pays off in April, when the
town won a year-long power strug
gle with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) over
oceanfront dune renourishment.
The feud between the town and
FEMA began in March 1993, when
the federal agency agreed to give
Holden Beach S57.000 to repair
sand dunes that were damaged dur
ing a severe winter storm.
FEMA officials recommended us
ing the money to build dunes at 31
lots that met their qualifications, but
town commissioners insisted that the
sand would quickly wash away and
the money would be wasted.
The town board came up with its
own plan to use the money to save
Hillside Drive, and FEMA officials
Anally agreed to go along with the
proposal following a visit to the is
Wayne's Back hoc Service [
of Shallottc was hired to pile NSft
approximately 11.420 cubic
yards of sand along the south
side of Hillside, which was
closed off to everyone except
homeowners needing access
to their property.
Holden Bcach lost nrw of
its two campgrounds this year.
Campground By The Sea closed at
the end of 1994 after 25 years in
Landowner Davis Heniford an
nounced in August his plans to con
vert the 1 59 camp sites into 62 lots
for single-family homes Town offi
cials later agreed to oversee con
struction of street and water lines in
the subdivision, with Heniford foot
ing the bill.
It took a while to work out the de
tails. but town officials were poised
by the end of December to coordi
nate a canal dredging project for the
lot owners in Harbor Acres.
The town advertised for bids four
times before ultimately hiring Bald
Head Island Transportation Inc. to
do the work in three separate phases.
The total cost will be around
$82,000, and property owners will
be assessed once the work is fin
There were many comings and
goings at Holden Beach Town Hall
this year, especially in the building
Both Bill Goodman and Claude
Spellman worked as building in
spectors for a short time before rc
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signing. Current inspector Doug
Gillette is the fourth at Holden
Beach since longtime inspector
Dwight Carroll retired in April
Gus Ulrich ended his second stint
as town manager in November.
1 Talcing his place was 23
1 year-old Sean Anderson a
1994 Appalachian State
graduate in his first job as
hired a new town attorney
in July. Elva Jess of
Southport replaced Ken
Campbell, who had served the town
Among the key issues that will
carry over into 1995 are proposed
changes in lot coverage regulations.
Commissioners are considering
amending the rule that prohibits
covering more than 30 percent of a
platted lot with a structure. The new
proposal calls for limiting buildings
and other impervious surfaces such
as driveways to no more than 30
percent of the usable lot area.
Town commissioners also are ex
pected to discuss in January a pro
posal to pay $25,500 for an engi
neering study to determine if septic
tank systems are polluting ground
and surface water on the island.
Officials say similar studies con
ducted 1.1 1987 and 1989 did not
provide the information they need to
decide if a sewer system is needed.
Coastline Volunteer Rescue
Squad answered 67 emergency calls
during November, reports squad
spokesman Sharon Martin.
Five were for fire standby, 10
were for mutual and and four were
transports. Total mileage for the
month was 1,818.
"This year for Christmas we
adopted a family that had no heat in
their home. They do now," Martin
said. Squad volunteers collected
money all year for the project and
received help from a local fuel job
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Chief Jake Jacobs collected more
than $700 from local individuals and
businesses for 400 fruit baskets de
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and residents of Hope Harbor
Home, Autumn Care Nursing Center
and The Brunswick Hospital.
The squad is looking for a build
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interested in helping should call
Minnie Cook at 842-5186.
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