Harbor Moves Toward Incorporation
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Sunset 1 I arbor residents arc moving forward with
plans to incorporate their quiet, waterway community
into an official town.
State Rep. David Redwinc explained the incorpora
tion process to a group of ahout 60 permanent and part
time residents who gathered at Sunset Harbor Baptist
Church last Friday night.
"I just want to make sure you understand what
you're about to do." he told the crowd. "This needs to be
a thoughtful process."
Redwine warned the group that the decision of
whether to incorporate could become "very emotional."
He said residents would have to decide such issues
as town boundaries, taxes, a proposed budget and public
services before he would take their request to the N.C.
Redwine also would require registered voters to de
cide the issue in a referendum as a condition of becom
ing a tow n.
The pmposed town boundaries would run from the
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Lockwood Folly
River to the edge of River Run Plantation and the old
IX'inmhxI Landrclh. chairman of the incorporation
committee, said IS I of approximately 21X) permanent
residents of Sunset Harbor had signed a petition to in
corporate into a town.
The 31 permanent residents who attended the meet
ing voted unanimously to dissolve the original five
member incorporation committee, forming a new eight
person incorporation committee in its place.
The new committee is made up of volunteers from
the group of permanent residents.
Besides Landrclh. the committee includes Billy
Nicholson, David Ben.' soil, Larr>' Roberts, Tom Yeagle,
George Reiner, TJ. Edwards and Miles Edge.
Most of the meeting was spent discussing the rea
lms lor incorporation, taxes, and the rights ol approxi
inately 1 .MM) pun-lime residents.
Many property owners who ;ire registered to vote in
other counties asked Rep. Redwine about their not being
able to vote on taxes ihey must pay on their Sunset
Redwine said every citi/en has a constitutional right
to vote on taxation, but people can only vote where they
He explained thai il a person owned 50 parcels ol
land across the suite, ihat peison would not have the
right to vote 50 tunes.
"How will incorporation help me if I can't voice my
opinion about it?" asked a woman who votes in Raleigh.
Another part-time resident asked if they would still have
to pay taxes in Sunset Harbor it they couldn't vote then.*.
Bcresoff, member of the new incorporation commit
tee. received applause from the group when he replied
that "you vote where your heart is: if your heart's in the
Harbor, then you got your vote."
The state legislator said people can change their vot
ing district by establishing a new place of permanent
residence. However, individuals can he penalized lor
falsely reporting their place ol residency.
Other residents said that they feared Sunset Harbor
was incorporating simply to avoid annexation by Long
Redwine fielded questions about what would happen
il Long Beach tried to annex the community. But he said
it didn't liH>k likely that would happen.
Landreth denied that the only reason most residents
favored incorporation was to avoid annexation by Long
Voting A Two-Stop Process
For Residents Of Two Towns
Residents at Ocean Isle Beach and Holdcn Bcach will need to go to
two different locations Tuesday, Nov. 5, in order to vote town and coun
Both towns conduct their own municipal elections rather than con
tracting with the Brunswick County Board of Elections. Voters in the
two towns will go to their respective town hall to vote on candidates for
However, to vote on the two county referendum issues. Ocean Isle
Beach residents will go to the Sea Trail Building at Seaside (Oyster
Holden Bcach residents will go to Bellamy's Net Shop off Holden
All polling places open at 6:30 a.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m.
For those voters who will be away on Nov. 5 the last day for one
stop absentee voting in county-run elections is Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.
at the Board of Elections office only at the Brunswick County
Government Center in Bolivia.
Here are the polling places, by prccinct:
PRECINCT POLLING PLACE
Freeland Myrtle King Building
Ash Waccamaw Park Community Building
Longwood Roland Gore Store
Shinglctrec Calabash VFD
Grissettown Sea Trails Bldg., Seaside
Frying Pan Shallotte National Guard Armory
Shallotte Shallotte VFD
Secession 1 Tri- Bcach VFD
Secession 2 Bellamy's Net Shop
Supply Supply VFD
Mosquito Sunset Harbor/Zion Hill VFD
Oak Island 1 Caswell Beach Town Hall
Oak Island 2 Long Bcach Recreation Center
Southport 1 Jaycees Building
Southport 2 American Legion Post 213
Boiling Spring Lakes ?BSL Rescue Squad Building
Bolivia Bolivia Town Hall
Town Creek Town Creek Township Park
Bclvillc DOT Maintenance Building
Woodbum Navassa Town Hall
Leland Leland Community Building
Hood Creek Hood Creek Community Building
Shell Point Residents
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Point, who also believes commis
sioners have overlooked his com
munity's need for county water.
"When they get elected for four
years, they know they've got four
years," said Chadwick. "They don't
have to answer to the people."
Shell Point is located on the cast
side of the Shallottc River. Resi
dents say that if commissioners can
vote to build another water line to
the Seaside and Sunset Bcach com
munity, then they should be willing
to route a line to Shell Point.
Increased demand for water south
of Shallottc prompted the need for
another line there, a major project
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thai is still under construction.
"Seaside gets more," said Black,
"but Shell Point has none."
One resident believes she knows
"1 don't think we have enough
prominent developers out here,"
said Lila Hester of Riverview.
"They're (commissioners) not as in
terested in common, ordinary folks
with less influence."
Black said 85 percent of River
view residents have petitioned the
county for water. He believes they
share his view on county represen
"Right now, you can buy the best
liquor, beer and wine in the world in
Brunswick County," said Black,
"but you can't buy good water. 1
think their (commissioners) priori
ties are absolutely wrong."
Residents there have asked
District 2 Commissioner Jerry Jones
"He (Jones) wasn't very encour
aging," said Ms. Hester. "He said
that he did understand. Unless you
have water problems of your own,
you don't understand what people
Chadwick said there arc as many
homes and voters in Shell Point as
there arc at Sunset Beach.
"There's enough people here to
justify them putting it in," said
Chadwick. "I believe my property is
valued just as high as that on Sunset
He said residents there want to
know that they arc being heard
Added Ms. Hester, "We have a
lot of people in this area. We're go
ing to keep working on it. We're not
going to give up. We're taxpayers,
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STATE REP. DAVID HEDWINE (left) explains steps involved in incorporating as a town to a group of
Sunset Harbor residents Friday night. Also answering questions was Derwood tMndreth (back
ground), incorporation committee chairman.
He focused on police protection and the betterment
of the community through localized government as the
major reasons most residents gave lor taking action to
become a municipality.
The committee chairman also said River Run would
not be included in the town boundaries because ii was
"just a bigger headache."
lie said u would Ik* too expensive io inuiiil.un and
repair the subdivision's roads and provide services and
still keep the tax rate low.
Rcdwinc had been asked by members of the River
Run community about the procedures lor incorporation
more than a year ago, but he said he never heard any
thing more from them and the idea seems to have been
dropped. At that lime River Run had made no plans to
include Sunset Harbor in its municipal boundaries.
Landrcth said he Impos to call another public forum
in early December, alter die incorporation committee
talks with officials from the N.C. Institute of
(!i >v eminent m Chape! Ilill.
Sunset Harbor's request to become a town could not
he considered by the N.C. General Assembly until the
legislature reconvenes in May 1992.
Ballot. Exit Poll Asks 5 Sticky Questions
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Residents vote on the candidates
"What we are doing is. in effect,
ensuring the one-man, one-vote
principle," said Clcgg.
District lines were redrawn last in
198 1, based on population counts
from the 1980 U.S. Census. At that
time, each district contained an av
erage of 7,155 residents.
Residency districts arc not to be
confused with electoral districts,
where residents do not vole county
wide. Residency districts do not af
fect townships or voting precincts.
"People arc concerned that this is
going to change their polling place
or change what precinct they arc
in," said Lynda Britt, supervisor ol
the Brunswick County Board of
Elections. "But this is not what is
Based on questions and com
ments she's received from absentee
voters slopping in the office, Mrs.
Brill is concerned thai there arc
some county residents who "don'i
really understand the issues being
put before them," she said.
"People are reluctant to ask ques
tions, but they shouldn't he," she
said. "That's my greatest concern,
that they might not understand."
On the ballot regarding terms lor
commissioners and school board
members, for example, she said vot
ers tend to Ik; contused because
they arc not being asked a "for" or
"You have to be for something
? cither two-year terms or four-year
terms," she said.
Non -Partisan Flections?
When State Rep. E. David
Rcdwinc began checking among
constituents to sec how they felt
about changing the terms of school
board members from four years to
two years, he didn't get a decisive
response one way or the other.
Rut a lot of voters told him and
Brunswick County Commissioners
- that they were interested in a vote
on reluming school board elections
to a non-partisan basis. That is when
candidates run widtoul having to de
clare an affiliation with a particular
parly. It also eliminates the potential
of a party primary. County comiuis
State To Award Last Bid
Suite Board of Transportation members arc expected to award a
contract Friday to four-lane the last scction of U.S. 17 in Brunswick
The board meets Friday at 9 a.m. at the Highway Building in
If the contract is awarded, construction could begin any time after
Nov. 25 to widen U.S. 17 from just west of Old Shallotlc Road (S.R.
1316) to the South Carolina state line.
APAC-Carolina Inc. of Darlington, S.C., submitted the lowest ol
eight combined bids on the 1 1.5-mile stretch. The company says it will
complete the work for S10.27 million, which is about SI million below
what the Department of Transportation had estimated.
If the work is completed on schedule, motorists can mark June I,
1994, as the first day they can travel from one end of Brunswick County
to the other on a four-laned U.S. 17.
The project is part of a larger effort to four-lane U.S. 17 Iroin the
Virginia to the South Carolina suite line.
More Mild, Dry Weather Ahead
Area residents can expect more
milit temperatures and very little
rainfall over the next week as the
South Brunswick Islands settle into
an unseasonably warm lull.
Jackson Canady, weather watcher
at Shalloue Point, said the outlook
for the area will continue to offer
temperatures above normal for this
time of year and rainfall slightly
less than normal.
Evening lows should be in the
low 5()s, while the daytime highs
should reach the mid 70s, he said.
Less than a quarter inch of rain is
expected to fall in the next week,
For the period of Oct. 22 through
2H. the local area saw a maximum
daytime high oi S4 degrees, which
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Canady recorded on Oct. 23, 25 anil
26. The minimum evening low ol
53 degrees was recorded on Ocl. 22.
The average daytime high lor the
period was 83 degrees, and the av
erage evening low was 60 degrees,
making lor an overall daily average
of 72 degrees.
These figures are 1 1 degrees above
longierm (normal) average, Canady
said. "It has been unseasonably warm
lor this time of year," he said.
Canady recorded no rainfall at Ins
home in Shallolte Point.
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sioitcrs added il to the list of ques
lions ihcy wanted to jx>ll voters on.
The Brunswick County Board of
Kducatinii has not taken an official
stance on partisan versus non-parti
san elections, though individual
members have staled their views on
County school board elections
went from non-partisan to partisan
in IMK2, at the same time the board
size was reduced from six to live
Only 34 ol the 134 scIhk)I sys
tems in North Carolina conduct
non-partisan elections, according to
dam maintained by the North
Carolina School Boards Associa
"To be very honest, I can't tell a
great deal ot difference between the
two," Association Executive Direc
tor Gene Caushy said in a recent in
"I have some tell me that even
though the members are elected on
a non partisan basis thai we still
don't have many non-partisan
Voter ( >|>inions Sought
Voters will he asked on ihe exit
l*>ll if the county should "create
live county service districts for the
purpose of providing fire protection,
ambulance service, rescue service
and emergency medical service" to
fund volunteer units, effective July
Commissioners arc exploring ser
vice districts as a way of alleviating
funding woes for many of the coun
ty's 31 volunteer fire and rescue
In service districts, residents pay
an assessment, not to exceed 15
cents per SHK) of property value,
thai is earmarked lor fire and rescue
service in their own district.
Presently, the county provides
S 1 3,5<X) to each unit, regardless of
the departments' needs. Also,
S5I).()(X) is budgeted for each of the
five residency districts, to be used
on an emergency basis.
These questions are listed on a
questionnaire that is oversized so as
not to In m the machines that count
ballots. Results of the exit poll will
be handcounted and will not be
available with other election results.
Causes Minor Erosion
Hurricane Grace caused only mi
nor beach erosion in the South
Brunswick Islands when the storm
passed oil the North Carolina coast
early this week.
Most of the erosion at llolilcn
Beach and Ocean Isle Beach was at
the east end ol hoth islands, town
Ocean Isle Beach Building In
spector Dniied Roberson said high
tides and waves from the storm
caused erosion at the end of East
Second Street, and one public beach
access was undermined.
Most of the erosion occurred dur
ing Monday afternoon's high tide,
but some accretion was also noted.
"It brought some sane in in some
pkecs," Koberson said.
Ilolden Beach Building Inspector
Dwight Carroll said waves came
over the wall ol sandbags at the east
end of Ocean Boulevard. He said he
wasn't aware of any property dam
age caused by the storm.
Besides the hurricane's waves,
tides were higher than usual be
cause the moon was closer than
usual to Earth.
There were no reports of erosion
at Sunset Beach, which has a wide
strand and rarely has problems with
Long Beach Town Manager
David Poston said there was only
"minimal" beach erosion and no
"It wasn't bad at all," Poston said
Tuesday. "It looks like we've
gained sand in some areas."
Grace was the season's seventh
named storm and third hurricane.
Hurricane season officially ends
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