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THE BRUN,,.? Bt ACON
C'990 THE BRUNSWICK BEACON
Twenty-ninth Year, Number 2 Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, November 15,1990 25$ Per Copy 32 Pages, 3 Sections, 1 Insert
WILL SEEK BLACK
Block Leaders Resign
Democratic Party Posts
BY SUSAN USHER
Five black Brunswick County Democratic
party leaders resigned their posts Monday,
saying they will no longer work to elect white
Democratic candidates if voters won't support
They also announced plans to pursue cre
ation of two black majority electoral districts
in the county to insure black representation on
the Brunswick County Board of Commission
ers and Brunswick County Board of Educa
Their actions come in reaction to the gener
al election last Tuesday, in which no blacks
were elected to county offices.
At the Nov. 6 clcction returns, Franklin
Randolph, who resigned
Monday as Democratic
chairman of Supply pre
cinct, said he and other
black leaders were "dis
gusted" with the outcome
of the elections.
"Some Democratic lea
ders have betrayed us," he
said. "They have broken
their promise. We gave
them our wholehearted
support but they did not reciprocate. We voted
for !Q0 percent of the Democratic candidates
and they did not vote for us." Coatncy, first vice-chairman of Bolivia pre
Thc one black incumbent, James "Jimbo" cinct.
Clcmmons of Leland, lost his District 5 scat Glen Peterson, chairman of the Brunswick
on the Brunswick County Board of Education County Democratic Party, said he accepted
to white Republican Yvonne L. Bright in the their resignations with regret.
election's closest contest. "I understand why they're doing this," he
Joseph Stevenson of Supply, the only other said. "We hope at some future time they will
black candidate for local office, lost his bid feel comfortable enough to work with the rest
for the District 2 scat on the Brunswick Coun- of the party in electing Democratic candi
ty Board of Commissioners to Republican dates."
Jerry Jones, currently mayor of Shallottc. While resigning their positions, the black
Democrat party leaders who resigned with leaders stressed that they were not resigning
Randolph Monday were Shady Daniels, chair- from the party itself. Black leaders may pur
man of Longwood precinct; Bernest Hcwcit, sue legal action to change the county's clcc
chainr.ar. of Mosquito precinct, and George (See BLACK I-F.ADF.RS, Page 2-A)
The ocean took another bite out
of Holden Beach over the weekend
as waves knocked down wooden
decks and stairs overlooking the
strand and eroded more dunes and a
state road at the east end.
Most of the erosion occurred last
Friday night and Saturday morning
when a low-pressure weather sys
tem moved through the area and
kickcd up rough seas, according to
Building Inspector Dwight Carroll.
"It's just heartbreaking," Mayor
John Tandy said. "Every year
there's a few winter storms that give
us fits. This year it seems like we're
getting it in the fall."
The weekend erosion was the just
latest to occur this fall at Holden
Beach, where dunes and beach ac
?essways rebuilt following Hurri
cane Hugo last year have been dam
aged several times. Most of the
damage has been at the east end and
in the 600 to 800 blocks of Ocean
Sand dunes and beach access
ways were pounded last month
when two tropical storms caused
Sunset Beach officials want a law
on the books that will stop an area
man from walking the beach in
nothing but a thong, but so far
haven't come up with a solution.
"We have got a man who prances
up and down the beach in just a
thong, a jock strap, really," Town
Administrator Linda Fluegel said.
"He has continued this right on after
She says the man, a Longwood
ach Sees More Erosion
rough seas. Two weeks ago, the
alignment of the sun and the moon
resulted in abnormally high tides
and more erosion at Holdcn Beach.
Tandy said erosion during the
weekend uncovered old house foun
dations on the beach in the 500
block of Ocean Boulevard West. He
said some people who lost stairs or
decks over the weekend plan to wait
until spring to rebuild them.
Carroll said some areas on Hold
en Beach, including the far east end
where a section of Ocean Boulevard
has been closed to car traffic, arc
now eroding during normal tide and
"The tides have been hitting it
every day," Carroll said. "It's not
just a case of high tides. Every day
it gets a little more sand."
Carroll said waves washed sand
away from around the pilings that
support a house at the far east end
of the island over the weekend.
Wilton Carr of Lumbcrton owns
the threatened cottage at 355 Ocean
Blvd. East Carroll posted the house
an uninhabitable last week when the
scptic lank system was damaged.
The building inspector said the
owner of the home has applied for
federal assistance to have the struc
ture relocated or destroyed under
the Upton-Jones provision of the
National Flood Insurance Program.
While Holden Beach property
owners have suffered, other Bruns
wick County bcaches have seen lit
tle or no erosion damage this fall.
Ocean Isle Beach Building In
spector Druicd Robcrson said there
was no erosion damage over the
weekend. He said requiring beach
front homeowners who rebuilt ac
cessways following Hugo to keep
them farther back from the ocean
than they were before the hurricane
has paid off.
Another unusually high tide is
expected Dec. 2, and it could result
in more damage if it occurs during a
"We've had some bad erosion but
it's not really all that bad yet," May
or Tandy said. "All we can do is
hope and wish and do the best we
Board of Elections employee Lois
Baccarny watches as Chairman
Glcnda Walker signs the official re
sults of the general election. Only
the numbers changed. Sec Page 3-A.
Signs On The Way
this one arc
carls arc a
tion. The story's on Page 6-A.
Residents of ihc Brick Landing
community arc pitching in to help
raise funds for one of their newest
neighbors. Read about leukemia pa
tient Alyssa Granados on Page 6-B.
's Exposed Buns
resident and member of a nearby
nudist colony, refuses to leave the
beach when asked to do so by po
lice officers or others. He also docs
things to attract attention to himself,
such as kicking sand on sunbathers'
blankets, she said.
When confronted by a police of
ficer, she said, "He asked 'Have you
got something in an ordinance?' We
don't and so he refuses to leave."
The man's appearances on the
Stump Sunset Beach Officials
beach have prompted repealed com
plaints to the town hall and the po
lice department by local residents
and visitors to the beach.
The town has also received simi
lar complaints about women wear
ing skimpy swimsuits, she said.
"They're saying Sunset Beach used
to be a family beach and that it's
getting to not be that way any
When the first complaints came
in, Mrs. Flcugel contacted the town
manager at Wrightsville Beach,
where a similar issue had devel
oped. But the manager there said
the town was never able to adopt a
beach apparel ordinance, she said,
because there was so much contro
versy over what is considered inde
cent. "They never could get the lan
guage straight," she said.
Town Attorney Michael Isenberg
said the N.C. League of Municipali
ties is trying to develop a model or
dinance with language that would
withstand a legal challenge on the
grounds of its constitutionality. He
had expected to receive that infor
mation from the League prior to the
town council's Nov. 5 meeting,
when the proposed ordinance was
scheduled for discussion, but didn't.
Attorneys with the N.C. League
of Municipalities did not return the
Beacon's phone calls this week.
Mrs. Fluegel said she's promised
Police Chief J.B. Buell that she'll
keep trying. She said she thinks the
town should adopt the best ordinance
it can come up with and then if any
one wants to challenge it, let them.
"If they win it, they win," she
said. "But 1 think that if a majority of
the people don't want to look at this
guy's buns, then they shouldn't have
Meanwhile, Mayor Mason Barber
told council members, "It looks like
he'll be able to continue to strut."
i r?c iif M/wrvttfV ajcub(//i will
publish one day earlier next
week because of the Thanks
Local subscribers should get
their copies in the mail on
Wednesday instead of Thursday,
since there is no mail delivery
on Thanksgiving Day.
All news and advertising
deadlines will be a day earlier in
order to print the newspaper
aiicau of schedule.
Deadline for real estate adver
tising is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov.
IS. All other display and classi
fied advertising must be placed
no later than noon Monday, Nov.
Routine news items should be
submitted no later than Friday,
The Beacon office will be
closed Thursday to observe
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG *UTT?K
STAIRS LEADING TO THE REACH were toppled in the 600 to
800 blocks oj Ocean Roulevard West at Holden Reach over the
weekend. The barrier island community has seen a lot of erosion
Recyclers Looking For New Site In Shallotte
BY DOLIG RUTTER
A recycling collcction ccnter similar to "Vrt? IIJlUCl CMOthCV Slt?,
ones at Calabash, Sunset Beach and Holden 17 ?>
Beach that was scheduled to open this week by gOlly.
in Shallotte has been put on hold.
Leaders of the recycling effort had Potts, member
planned to park a collection trailer in the Recycling committee
Hill's food store parking lot in downtown
Shallotte and open it to the public today Monday that the trailer could not be parked
(Thursday). It was to be the seventh rccy- at the site.
cling station in the county. Dewey Hill, owner of Hill's food stores.
Those plans were scratched Monday, how- said the area where the trailer was supposed
ever, when organizers of the effort were told to be parked was recently paved to provide
they would have to find a different location parking spaces for a new movie rental shop
for the trailer, said Bill Potts, a member of that was added to the south end of the build
the South Brunswick Interchurch Council's ing.
recycling committee. He said the remaining land at that end of
Potts said the committee received a letter the parking lot is too wet for a trailer. "The
from Hill's in August saying the trailer could land down there is too boggy," Hill said,
be parked at the south end of the parking lot. "You couldn't park anything on it."
Committee members wen pleased with the Hi!! said there is no other place in the
location, he said, arid didn't look for any oth- parking lot appropriate for the recycling
er possible sites. trailer. He pointed out that a drive-through
With volunteers ready io staff uio center market in the lot was lorn down recently to
and a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled provide better visibility of the shops in the
this afternoon, Potts said the group was told complex from U.S. 17.
To get a recycling trailer in Shalloile, the
South Brunswick Intcrchurch Council and
the town had joined forces, with the church
group lining up volunteers to run the center
and the town fooling the bill.
Recycling trailers are filled with large
containers where people can place different
types of recyclable items. Organizers of the
Shallotte center had planned to accept news
papers, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum
cans and glass.
The group had planned to open the trailer
six days a week for six hours a day and to
use volunteers from the Intcrchurch Council
and Shallotte community to assist recyclers
at the site. Shallotte Aldermen had earlier
agreed to pay $200 per month for the trailer
on a three-month trial basis.
The lack of a site for the trailer has tem
porarily stalled the effort to bring voluntary
recycling to Shaiiotte.
Potts said a group of volunteers from
Camp United Methodist Church had agreed
to build stairs for the trailer Tuesday in ad
vance of the grand opening.
Monday, the recycling commiuec called
off the ribbon-cutting ceremony, canceled
the volunteers' work project and sent back
the lumber for it that had been donated by
Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Despite the problems with the location of
the trailer. Potts said Monday he's not dis
couraged. "We'll find another site, by golly,"
He said the committee would like to park
the trailer near a business or shopping area
so it would be convenient for people to use.
The group now hopes to open the trailer in
Hill said he plans to help the group Find a
new site for the recycling center. "I hope
they can find some other place for the trail
er," he said. "It's an excellent idea and we're
While the project is temporarily on hold,
the recycling committee is still looking for
people willing to help at the center once it
People interested in volunteering at the re
cycling ccntcr coil contact Lena Mintz at
754-6725 or Sky Bramley at 579-7955.
Transition To Four
Laning Of U.S. 17
BY TERRY POPE "Anytime you have a bypass going around
The impact of four-laning U.S. 17 through a town, your businesses need billboards
Brunswick County remains to be seen, but telling people what is in that town," said
there arc signs that area businesses expect to Glenn Ormsby, of Brunswick Outdoor
benefit from the project. Advertising. "Whether it's a hotel, fast-food
Literally, there arc signs. restaurant or whatever."
Eight permits for billboards along the new The four-laning of U.S. 17 through
U.S. 17 route were issued in Octobcr by the Brunswick County is expected to route traffic
5iuiinwuk County Building InSpCCtiOnS liuiuiiij; Mmui off uf luivi^unc 40 irGii'l
Department, bringing the total of sign permits Wilmington to the South Brunswick Islands
issued during the year to 10. and other South Carolina destinations. The
Seven of those permits were issued to Shallottc bypass will route traffic away from
Brunswick Outdoor Advertising of Castle the main business district on a four-lane route
Hayne on Oct. 26. west of the town limits.
The company plans to erect seven 300 Ormsby said he realizes that he got the
square-foot signs on the U.S. 17 route: four in jump on his competitors in the advertising
Winnabow, one in Bolivia, and two on ihe business when he applied for the pcrmiLs. To
Shallotte bypass. The Winds Corporation of apply for a permit, the slate must approve
Ocean Isle Beach acquired a permit to erect a each proposed site and a lease must be ob
sign at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Four tained from the owner of the land. A slate in
Mile Road south of Shallottc. spector visits each proposed site with the ad
verusing representative before the county per
mits can be obtained.
Location of the seven proposed billboards
for Brunswick Outdoor arc:
?U.S. 17 south, on right at Lane's TV Repair
just past Harrelson's south of Shallotte;
?U.S. 17 south, on left at Martin Seller's
Ciumao north nf CKollntm
?U.S. 17 north, on right at L.V. Walton's tax
office in Winnabow;
?U.S. 17 north, on left at Winnabow Video;
?U.S. 17 north, on left at Orce's Grill in
?U.S. 17 north, on right at Trading Post past
L.V. Walton's tax office in Winnabow.
"It docs have something to do with people
coming off of 1-40," Ormsby said. "I think
that after leaving Wilmington they'll be tak
ing four lanes all the way to Myrtle Beach."
Permits for signs are usually obtained be
fore the space has been rented. Ormsby said if
he didn't think the area was going to "boom"
from a business standpoint, then he wouldn't
be applying for sign permits in Brunswick
County. The time frame for installing the
signs depends on the progress of the by-pass
and the four-laning of U.S. 17.
"It's up to the state, whenever they get the
roads," Ormsby said.
There is no sign ordinance in Brunswick
County. The only regulations in place are
those imposed by the state regarding setback
requirements from road rights of way.
Mostly, private businesses in the Shallotte
area will benefit from the billboards he plans
"Anybody can buy advertising to put on the
billboards," Ormsby said. "If Brunswick
County wanted to buy advertising to promote
the area then we would do that."