STAf F PHOTO BY MARJORIE MECIVSRN
Springfest Is International
Kindergartners at Bolivia Elementary School chose England as the
country they would represent with an artistic presentation in the
school's Springfest held May 26. Pictured is Utile Bo Peep of the
familiar English nursery rhyme, portrayed by Samantha Wescott,
with her sheep, ( left to right) Kristie Evans, Amanda Romanelle
and Courtney Eullwood. Their teacher was Sharon Shannon. Art
teacher Roberta Hurst planned the program, in which students
performed songs and dances from Australia, Mexico, the Orient,
Africa and the United States.
Zion Hill Artisans To Hold Fish Fry
The Zion Hill Artisans' Club will The cost per dinner will be S3 for
hold a fish fry Saturday, June 6, children, S4 for adults and S3.50 for
starting at 5 p.m. at Smith's Service senior citizens, said Robert Hewctt,
Station on Sunset Harbor Road. club president .
The artisans' club is a non-profit
Fish, chicken, cole slaw, potato . which hclPs. seniors with
salad, hush puppies, potato pics and home improvements in the Zion Hill
clam fritters will be on the menu. community near Supply.
Summer Quarter Sign-Up Ends Today
Registration for summer school The ASSET, Assessment for Suc
classes at Brunswick Community cess Seminar, is scheduled at 9 a.m.
College ends at 1 p.m. today (Thurs- for students enrolling in classes for a
day). specific curriculum program.
The last opportunity for late reg
istration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at For more information, contact the
the main campus on U.S. 17 north of Office of Student Services at 754
Supply. 6900, 343-0203 or 457-6329.
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Bulkhead Rules Supported At Holden
BY DOUG RUTTF.R
Holdcn Bcach property owners voiccd over
whelming support Monday for a proposed ordi
nance that would ultimately require bulkheads on
every canal lot on the island.
Each of the seven people who spoke at
Monday night's public hearing said they like the
new rules. Mayor Wally Auslcy also read letters
from four lot owners supporting the proposal.
Holdcn Bcach Commissioners didn't vote on
the ordinance, deciding instead to follow a town
board tradition and mull over the comments be
fore making a decision at a future meeting.
If adopted, the ordinance would be a major
shift from the town's current policy. It would re
quire bulkheads prior to construction on all canal
The present rule only requires bulkheads be
fore building on canal lots that arc less than 100
feet deep. Lots at Holdcn Bcach must be at least
75 feet deep to accommodate a house.
Undeveloped canal property and lots that arc
at least 100 feet deep don't have to be bulkhcadcd
under the current regulations.
The new proposal would require bulkheads on
all canal lots within two years, whether they arc
presently buildablc or not.
Many canal lots at Holdcn Bcach cannot be
used for residences, mainly due to their small size
and restrictions in state septic tank regulations.
The proposed ordinance also would require
repairs to bulkheads that allow soil or sediment to
erode into the canal.
Edna Bochmc, who lives on Lion's Paw
Drive, said at Monday's hearing she's afraid her
bulkheaded lot will enxle into the canal if her
neighbors don't do something to control erosion.
The lot on one side of her proj>erty has no
bulkhead, and the lot on the other side has a dam
"I'm afraid I'll become a peninsula," she told
the board. "I'm afraid my precious piece of prop
erly will erode because of a bad bulkhead and one
that maybe will never be built."
Other supporters of the ordinance said bulk
heads would help keep the canals from filling up
with sediment, which makes it difficult for
boaters to get through the narrow channels.
Town officials proposed the new rules to pre
vent the erosion of canal property, which they say
causes pollution and a reduced tax base through
loss of land.
The only person who objected to the proposed
ordinance Monday was Steve Helms, a non-resi
dent property owner who wrote a letter to the
Helms, who owns property on Sailfish Drive,
said requiring bulkheads would put a financial
burden on landowners. He said a bulkhead costs
between S2.000 and S7,(XX).
Helms also said in his letter that many lots
without bulkheads, including his lot, arc not erod
ing. He added that the natural tidal flow will con
tinue to leave silt in the canals even if all of the
lots are bulkhcadcd.
William Williamson, a former town commis
sioner who lives on Sand Dollar Drive, said he
supports the ordinance. But he questioned
whether the town should require owners of lots
that cannot be built upon to put up bulkheads.
"It basically is making him pay for some
thing he can't use," he said.
Williamson noted that the town doesn't re
quire people who own such lots to pay street as
sessments on them. The town pays their share,
with the right to collect an assessment if the lot
While they sympathized with people who
own unbuildable lots, other speakers said Monday
that the ordinance would benefit the whole com
All new bulkheads required by the proposed
ordinance would have to be built according to
state and town regulations. People who don't fol
low the proposed rule could be fined S100 for
each day a violation exists.
VOTE 4-1 TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING
Holden Board May Repeal Rules On Outside
BY DOUG RUTTER
A controversial ordinance regulat
ing the use of yard and security
lights at Holden Beach has seen
The town bdard voted 4-1 Mon
day to hold a public hearing next
month on a proposal to repeal the
rules that have created hard feelings
sincc they took effect in November
The zoning ordinance was de
signed to keep outside lights from
becoming a nuisance to neighbors.
But some people say the rules go too
far and prevent them from providing
adequate security lighting for homes
Commissioner Jim Fournier, who
has opposed the ordinance sincc it
was adopted 2-1/2 years ago, want
ed to overturn the rules at Monday
night's joint meeting with the plan
ning and zoning board.
He said a longstanding ordinance
under the policc department regula
tions adequately addresses the issue
of outside lights.
But Town Attorney Ken Camp
bell told the board a public hearing
must be held before killing the light
ing ordinance under zoning.
After Fournier changed his mo
lion, commissioners voted to con
duct the hearing Monday, July 6, at
7 p.m. in town hall.
Commissioner Sid Swarts cast the
only opposing vote. He said he
wanted the planning and zoning
board to keep working on its latest
draft of the lighting ordinance.
Planning board members have
been working on a change in the
rules since last September, when the
previous town board handed them
the issue amidst a flood of com
Planners had come up with a
comprehensive set of rules for out
side lights. Among other things, it
would have required the use of a
light meter to determine if a light
should be considered a nuisancc.
Campbell said the town board
needed an objective standard, such
as a light meter reading, if it wanted
its ordinance to stand up in court.
Instead of accepting the planning
board's revision, town commission
ers dccided to move toward a repeal
of one of the two existing ordi
"I didn't agree wholeheartedly to
it then, and 1 don't now," remarked
Commissioner Gil Bass, who was
on the town board when the ordi
nance was adopted in 1989.
If the zoning ordinance is re
pealed, Holdcn Beach would still
have police department regulations
to control lights.
Those rules prohibit lights that
shine in the eyes of people operating
vehicles or cause a nuisance to peo
ple in nearby dwellings.
In other business Monday, com
?Took no action after meeting about
35 minutes in executive session to
discuss a legal matter. Mayor Wally
Auslcy said the town manager was
handling the matter.
?Heard from Mayor Ausley that he
had appointed Gary Cart to the
town's wastewater management
committee to fill a vacancy. The
group meets today (Thursday) at 10
a.m. in the town hall.
?Voted to let the Holden Beach
Property Owners Association use
the town hall facilities for its Labor
Day weekend barbecue dinner.
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