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91 I SET TO BbGiN MAY 8
O/de Towne Subdivision Residents Like Old Addresses
BY TKRRY POPK
Residents ol Olde fownc subdivision ncai Lciand
told Brunswick County Commissioners Monday that
they want to keep their old addresses under the new 91 1
program, which is set to begin May 8.
To help emergency personnel locate homes easier,
all niral routes are being replaced with street names and
house numbers. But Olde Towne already has its own
house numbering system that homeowners there claim is
"This was a surprise to us. in our neighborhood, that
our addresses would change," said Barbara Smith. Her
address will change from 40 Oldc Towne Wynd to
10(176 Olde Towne Wynd SE.
Oldc Towne subdivision is on Route 3, Lciand, but
homeowners thJre do not rely on the route number to get
Approximately 22,(XX) county residents will get new
addresses to prepare for the county's enhanced 91 1 pro
gram. Monitors will automatically display the address of
the caller when persons arc unable to speak into the
phone or to give directions.
Developers Who Pre-Sell Lots
BY TERRY POPK
Developers who prc-sell lots are
having a difficult lime with Bruns
wick County's new subdivision ordi
Caw Caw Land Corp., which is
developing a multi-million dollar
coif course community near Hick
man's Crossroads south of Shallotte,
was given a break from the new rules
by the Brunswick County Planning
Board last week.
adopted Jan. 2
stipulates that de
velopers who of
fer lots for sale
must have streets
lines in place
Brunswick Plantation, a 600-acre
community with a planned 18-hole
?.vjii cv;ui .*?c anu v/vtv u) /va./ ivjiviwuuui
lots, asked for permission to keep
selling lots without the required im
provements in place.
Caw Caw partners are Mason
ASKING FOR ADVICE
' Moke Suggestions / Asks Rea'wine (Dt ABC Dilemma
HY MA R.IORIK MKCJIVKRN
N.C. Rep. David Redwine feels
like a well-gnawed bone pulled in
both directions between the teeth of
He's asking for advice from his
Brunswick County constituents about
how to solve the problem of ABC
(Alcohol Beverage Control) store op
eration m Brunswick County.
Presendy nine municipalities and
the county each operate one ABC
store, with town establishments in
Belville, Shallouc, Ocean Isle
Beach, Sunset Beach, Calabash,
? Ceramic Tile
? Window Treatments
Hwy. 904. #3 Seaside Noith
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ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Sr. Citizen
In Brunswick County !_I6.30 "J5.30
N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32
Postage Charge 3.68 3.68
TOTAL 10.36 9.30
Elsewhere in North Carolina LI6.30 -J5.30
N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32
Postage Charge 8.18 8.18
TOTAL 14.86 13.80
Outside North Carolina LI6.30 LJ5.30
Postage Charge 9.65 9.65
TOTAL 15.95 14.95
Complete And Return To Above Address
Commissioners look no action on a petition Oldc
Townc residents gave thern Monday. However, District
5 Commissioner Donald Shaw said residents have a
right to be upset.
"1 would be," he added.
Addresses were assigned based on a grid system
with house numbers reaching into the 10.(KK) range in
the extreme northern and southern comers of the coun
ty ? in die Oldc Towne area anil in the Calabash com
munity. A new number is assigned for every 21.3 feet of
land, or 500 numbers within a mile.
"There are other counties, cities Unit go about this
method," said Steve Randone. manager of Brunswick
County's Geographic Information System (G1S). "Un
fortunately, we do end up with some high numbers."
Changing established addresses is like re inventing
the wheel, said resident Frank James.
Emergency personnel will have to compare old ad
dresses with new ones, he said.
"If we lose one life in the time it takes to cross refer
ence," he added, "then you've wasted your time."
Anderson, Jimmy McLamb, W.J.
McLamb and George A. Sloan III.
They had liule trouble convincing
planners lasi week 10 grant their pro
ject a modification from the ordi
"The intent of the ordinance was
never to stifle the development of
Brunswick County," said Michael
Schaub, planning board chairman. "It
was to get a handle on developments
that traditionally have not been up to
The board approved plans for
Phase II of Brunswick Plantation,
which will add 61 traditional lots av
eraging 13,500 square feet and IS pa
tio lots averaging 8,000 square feet,
all served with water and sewer sys
Anderson told the board that it's
not feasible to make required im
provements to land before selling lots
in a project the size of Brunswick
44!?v n jyjQjQf undertaking " sulci
Anderson. "It's a major investment
If we have to put everything in place
first, we've got serious economic
Long Beach, Yaupon Beach, Boil
ing Springs Lake and Souiiiport, and
a county store on Holden Beach
Sincc the legislator met April 16
with municipal representatives who
want no part of his proposed county
town ABC merger, Redwine has just
about despaired of compromise.
The nine municipalities realize a
hefty part of their incomes from
ABC store revenues each year-S4.9
million in fiscal year 1990-91 -and
arc not convinced a merger would
not pull the nig out from under this
source of funds.
Redwine's quandary really began
in 1989, when Brunswick County
voted in liquor by the drink.
"State law mandated that a 'wet'
county could establish as many
ABC stores as it wanted," he said.
"Most countics have only county
systems, only municipal systems or
a merger of the two kinds."
His recommendation was a merg
er, but municipalities persuaded him
to introduce legislation, instead, pro
hibiting the building of a county
store within seven miles of a town.
That law expires July 1 and Red
wine had hoped town ABC boards
would have changes of heart by that
date and have reached a compromise
with the county ABC Board.
Doug Ixdgctt, Brunswick County's Emergency
Medical Scrviccs director advised commissioners not 10
make an exception for Olde Towne.
"If we do it for every subdivision that requests an
exemption," said Ledgett, "then we no longer have a
system. To institute a change would void two years of
work. Where do you draw the line with which subdivi
sions you grandfather and which you don't?"
Approximately 60 percent of county residents have
received their new addresses, said County Planner Don
Eggert. In Leland, some 1,200 to 1,400 people will get
County Manager David Clcgg, who lives in
Crcckside lownhomcs near Olde Towne, said his ad
dress will change from two digits to a six-digit figure.
"It doesn't bother me," he said.
But Olde Towne residents contend they were ex
cluded from the planning process before the new ad
dresses were mailed this month.
"An area established this long should be considered
to remain the same," said Lynn Atkinson. She said Olde
Are Stifled By New Ordinance
Anderson also asked that the poli
cy be changed for such large devel
opments. Planning Director John
Harvey said he will meet with
County Attorney David Clcgg to dis
cuss the matter. Schaub requested
that it be placed on the board's May
Federal regulations also keep an
eye on companies, such as Caw Caw
Land Corp., that pre-scll lots to con
Under the Interstate Land Sales
Registration Act, such companies
must first register the project with the
U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD), Inter
state Land Sales Registration Div
ision and give full disclosure of all
relevant facts concerning the real es
"Full disclosure" involves identi
fying any uncompleted streets, sewer
systems, drainage systems and any
developer-promised improvements or
amenities ? such its clubhouscs.
swimming pools, tennis courLs ? with
a scheduled dale of estimated com
Federal law contemplated that de
velopcrs would offer lots for sale to
the public prior to the land improve
ments being in placc, and Congress
acted to protect the consumer, said
He said other county projects have
also filed under the Interstate Land
Sales Act, including Lockwood Golf
Links near Holdcn Beach and Sea
Trail Plantation at Sunset Beach. The
Act also requires the company, in its
sales documents, to contractually ob
ligate itself for the completion of the
required and promised improve
Caw Caw loind Corp. has com
plied with the Act in offering for sale
the first two phases of its subdivision,
containing approximately 180 lots.
"Over the years, this is the way
we've done business," said Ander
son, an attorney who handles Caw
Caw's contracts and filings under the
Land Sales Act. HUD must approve
the federal property report before de
volorvrs ran nre.-sell InK
r " ' ~ ?" f
"Ninety-nine percent of properly
offered in this county has never seen
the likes of a federal contractual re
port," said Anderson.
Not so. Brunswick County's nine
flourishing (for the most pari) mu
nicipal ABC boards are still locked
in solid and unified opposition to a
When the county built its first fa
cility near Holden Beach two years
ago, the result was a 40 percent loss
in revenues at die Shallottc store, ac
cording to its manager, Ron Cooper.
"Then, when die county proposed
to set up another in River Run Shop
ping Center on Long Beach Road,
that got die attention of the towns,"
Redwine said. "The county brought
in a man who had arranged a merger
of Winston-Salem and Forsyth
County, but he did not convince
anyone. The resulting talk of Bruns
wick County merger stimulated a lot
This fear is over die expected loss
of funding for town law enforce
ment, as well as money they allocate
to the schools in the area where
stores arc located. In January, Red
wine asked town representatives to
look at some options, so a commit
tee, headed by Ben Thomas of Long
Beach, was organized. It was diis
group that invited him to meet with
them last week.
"I tried to open lines of communi
cation," Rcdwinc said of thai meet
ing. "Nobody was talking to cach
otiicr, hut two actions camc out of
the evening: the town representa
tives asked me to re-introduce the
seven-mile limit bill, and Jennie
Mau, lawyer for the state ABC
Commission, said she would draw
up a plan for consolidation just to
give them a starting point."
Representatives of some towns,
notably Long Beach, have said they
were not interested in merger, but
Redwine still hopes some negotia
tion can lake place.
"If only the county could get the
towns to reduce that seven-mile fig
lire some, and there could be discus
sion about what funding towns
would get from a merger, wc might
get somewhere," he said. "In a
merged system, towns can arrange
to get the same percentage they re
ceived as a town system."
Redwine pointed out there is am
ple space in Brunswick County to
build enough stores. There simply
needs to be a meeting of minds, he
said, on the best system for every
John Ramsey, chairman of the
county ABC board, who did not at
tend the April 16 meeting because of
Ideal Weather Attracts Easter Crowds
(Continued From Page 1-A)
Meanwhile, Shallotte was experi
encing its first Easter holiday sincc
the completion of the U.S. 17 by
piss of downtown.
Jim Lewis, owner of T.J.'s
Electric on the northern end of the
bypass said it resulted in dramatic
"There were no tie-ups this year!"
he exclaimed. "People were just
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buzzing on by; every other year cars
were backed up clear to Mac
Construction Co. a half mile north."
He recalled that during the slow
creep of traffic, motorists often
stopped and came in to use his bath
"Also, local people didn't ever
come in to shop on Friday or
Saturday, because they knew there
would be such congestion. This
year, it was nice to have customers
in the store on Friday."
Sabrina Hodges, director of the
new Southeastern Welcome Center,
sat in her glass-enclosed building on
the bypass Saturday and watched a
record number of cars go by, some
of them stopping at the center.
"We have previously counted an
average of 450 cars passing by on
weekdays, 600 on weekend days,"
she said, "but Saturday there were at
least 830. That's all we could count,
but there were more."
Hodges said traffic was equally
heavy in both directions, and many
travelers came in to ask about
beaches and attractions in Wilming
ton and Myrtle Beach, as well as
"People tell us we have the pret
tiest and cleanest welcome center
they've seen," she said.
Hodges was not the only Easter
observer to draw this conclusion:
"We're in for a big summer."
Townc's street names were chosen in 1976 anil adopted
by the county in 1981.
Warren Fraizcr said his address will go from 56 to
10005 and that house numbers will count down instead
of increase as one progresses into the subdivision.
"It'd be very confusing to me," said Fraizcr. "Res
cue workers all know Olde Townc like the back of their
Rivcrcroft subdivision is located on N.C. 133 across
from Okie Towne. Resident Walter Kelly said his ad
dress will change from 2 to 10212.
"The numbers arc ridiculous," said Kelly, "and it's
The much-delayed 911 program will begin May 8,
"It's going to happen on diat date," he told commis
The program was originally set to begin Jan. 1.
Building design setbacks forced a delay until April.
When radio consoles were late arriving from the factory,
it forced another delay last month.
A master plan for Brunswick
Plantation was approved by the plan
ning board in October 1990 anil the
preliminary plat was adopted March
20, 1991. The one-year period under
the old subdivision rules, which did
not require prior street and drainage
improvements, expired last month.
However, lots in the development
between U.S. 17 and No. 5 School
House Road (S.R. 1305) more than
meet the requirements of the new
subdivision ordinance, said Harvey.
"Their requirements or setbacks
are more protective than the mini
mums in the ordinance," said Har
Setbacks refer to the location of
homes from property lines and street
right of ways.
The first nine holes on the golf
course have been completed and
opened for play last week, said
Anderson. I he remaining nine holes
will open in the fall.
Anderson said Caw Caw has in
vested in excess of S6 million in the
project and directly employees 21
persons. Contractors, marketing and
sales agents employ another 75 peo
"In short, lliis is a major industry
providing substantial employment in
the area," said Anderson.
If the development was defined as
an industrial or manufacturing com
pany providing the same number of
jobs, the Resources Development
Commission for Brunswick County
and other agcncics would feverishly
attempt to provide funds or infra
structure needs to promote the pro
ject, he said.
The intent of the ordinance should
not be to interfere with the "normal
business ojieration of a creditably-run
corporation and a creditably -run pro
ject such as this," he argued.
In other business, the board
waived a 60-foot right of way re
quirement on the Theodore Apple
gate and family tract on the Cape
Fear River near South port. A home is
under construction in the path of a
proposed 60-foot right of way but is
on an existing 20- foot road.
The family-owned tract cannot be
further subdivided along the 20-foot
road, the motion stipulated.
business conflicts, said his board
will meet April 28 to discuss its po
"We favor a merged system," he
emphasized, "but we need to get out
the details on how municipalities
could keep their share of the money."
Ramsey added, "This is really just
a territorial problem. I have some al
ternatives to suggest that will come
out at the meeting."
He noted that 80 percent of the
county population live outside mu
nicipalities, so county stores are
Redwine observed that "county
commissioners have been silent on
this issue". Board of Commissioners
Chairman Kelly Holden could not
be reached for comment.
"I sure am open to suggestions
from anybody," said Rcdwinc.
A weather report was not avail
able lor the South Brunswick
Islands this week.
Shallottc Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady, who provides
weekly forecasts for The Brunswick
Deacon , was out of town.
The weather report will return
Bridge Openings Prompt Debate
(Continued From Page 1-A)
Fluegel said Friday she and
Mayor Mason Barber had discussed
the issue after learning about the
resolution through the newspaper.
"We can't do anything else," she
said in reference to the hourly open
ing. "All you have to do is go out
there this weekend and see what's
"If they really want to help the
town, they ought to adopt a resolu
tion supporting construction of the
high-rise bridge," she said.
Easter weekend traffic was ex
tremely heavy, with vehicles backed
up at various times on the mainland,
island and waterway.
Sunset Beach police officers have
to direct traffic on both approaches
to the bridge at busy times during
the tourist season, especially on
Most of the time, she said traffic
"flows through very niccly," unless
traffic is extremely heavy or a DOT
crew is working on the bridge, cither
of which can cause additional delays.
Sunset Beach residents and visi
tors have learned to plan around the
"They don't go buy milk and ice
cream and get stopped at the
bridge," she said.
If Ocean Isle Beach Commis
sioners pursue their resolution, she
said, they're going "to stir up a hor
net's nest" at Sunset Beach.
"We're not going to sit back and
take it lightly," she said. "Nobody
knows the situation until they've
lived with it."
Opening of the bridge involves
not only the time involved in boats
passing through, but the time neces
sary to swing the bridge barge in
and out of position.
Two S.C. Residents Killed On U.S. 1 7
(Continued From Page 1-A)
Stanley was traveling south on
U.S. 17, Lewis slated. The impact
knocked the Glover vehicle into a
1989 Nissan stopped on N.C. 904
and driven by Shonda Smith Ward,
22, of Shallotte.
Both Stanley and a passenger in
the Glover car, Gcraldine H. Glover,
66, received serious injuries and
were taken to The Brunswick
Hospital by ambulance. Ms. Smith
received minor injuries.
Damage was listed at S3.5CX) to
the Glover car, $2,500 to the Stanley
vehicle and S600 to the Smith car.
No charges were filed.
A Maryland man was charged fol
lowing a four-car accident on U.S.
17 in Bolivia Saturday.
Michael Thomas Cataldo, 32, of
Edgcwater, Md., was charged with
following too closely by Stale
Trooper C.E. Ward.
According to Ward, several cars
had slopped for a vehicle making a
left turn into the Bolivia Post Office
driveway when the 12:30 p.m. acci
Cataldo's vehicle struck the rear
of a 1991 Nissan driven by Guilford
Stanley Ide, 46, of Wilmington,
Del., Ward stated. That started a
chain reaction that involved two oth
Also damaged in the wreck were
a 1990 Lincoln driven by Robert D.
Ott, 56, of Marlborough, Mass., and
a 1988 Honda driven by Robert
Arthur Diseker 111, 23, of Winston
Salem, reported Ward.
Ide and two passengers in his car,
Rachael Elizabeth Ide, 17, and
Elizabeth C. Ide, 47, each received
Damage was listed at S3,2(K) to
the Ide car, $1,800 to the Cataldo
car, $250 to the Diseker car and
$2(X) to the Ott vehicle.
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