Wednesday, May 25, 2022

From the Readers: Battleship Point, food trucks and more

Weekly, Port City Daily publishes numerous news reports pertaining to local government, business, education, politics, development, and the region’s food scene and arts community. Readers often reach out to share opinions or offer insights in response to our coverage. And we welcome the input — so much so we want to share it with the community at large.

Port City Daily will begin showcase feedback and viewpoints from readers that address top-of-mind topics and issues facing southeastern N.C. We also will share any reporting we have published in regards to concerns readers address.

Want to add to the voices? We want to hear from you. Email info@portcitydaily.com no more than 200 words in response to an article you’ve read or something you just want to get off your chest, and we will consider publishing it.

Submissions are not a reflection of Port City Daily reporting. Responses are edited only for grammar, spelling and clarity.

On Battleship Point: ‘This property will likely forever change the character and course of development’

“On May 19 the Leland Town Council will make its decision to vote for or against the annexation of Point Peter. A vote to annex this property will likely forever change the character and course of development of the Town of Leland. In my opinion, we could likely see the surrounding area bristling with high rise apartments and condos. It is not the type of town I thought I was moving to. It is not what I and many others like me want.

You need to show up and voice your opinions at this town hall meeting. We are at this crossroad in our town’s development due to a belief by several un-elected planning board members and planning department staff that high-rise, high-density development is what is the best use of our land resources. I absolutely disagree with this form of development that is inconsistent with the town’s 2045 Plan. Many citizens agree with me. 

It is a bad choice on environmental grounds and a bad choice if we want to live in a town that has a sense of community. For those elected members of the town council who choose to support annexation, they must understand that I will make every effort to see they are removed from office. We do not have to wait for a scheduled election. We are fortunate that in Brunswick County that we have used the power of a recall to remove officials from office. It has been done before, we can do it again.” — Yale Schiffman

Why Snowie of the Carolinas won’t serve at Live Nation shows anymore

“Live Nation is a terrible organization. Why the city of Wilmington chose them is beyond me. $8.00 for a can of Water? No thanks, I’ll keep my hard earned money. And I agree with Harley Bruce. We won’t be vending our snow cones at Live Oak Bank Pavilion either. Live Nation wanted 25% of the profits for doing nothing but letting us into their overpriced venue. The people of Wilmington deserve better. 

I’ll sell my Sno Cones at a park or baseball game and keep my prices affordable so that the local Wilmington clientele can afford them. 

Maybe someday the city will wake up and realize they made a mistake” — co-owners Jim and Belinda Augusta

Local cycling enthusiast pleas for more bike-friendly paths

“Wilmington and area (including Wrightsville) still has the highest rate of bike fatalities in the state. There is a bike greenway “planned” for Greenville Loop.

But it’s been planned since 2014 and not a shovel of dirt has been moved. There is the “crosstown trail” but it’s very very limited. Raleigh has a very extensive trail system and major miles of bike lanes too. We are about 100 years behind them. You’d think a smaller town on the coast would be WAY MORE bike friendly!!” — Dr. Michael Bryan

PCD Coverage: Wrightsville Beach rundown: CFPUA merger study, employee raises and bike/ped plan

Response to ‘Speed a Little, Lose a Lot’ calls out media

“Your published article is causing a “firestorm” over social media.

They (local law enforcement) will pull you for going one mph over the speed limit”

Yeah, sure!!

Maybe this is what you wanted and planned for.

To publish this article with no discussion of reciprocal outcome is on the level of a philosophy professor stating boldly, “Whatever happens to you in this world is not your fault, it’s just nature.” Then does not include reasons this concept will or does not work.

You have ignited an unnecessary firestorm.

Let’s say that the actualities of the now current discussion were true.

  • The increase in court cases would bring “traffic court” to a standstill. So much that a reversal of such speed windows would be enlarged so the now backlog of small window violations could be processed
  • Law enforcement will not adhere to the small window because with every new violation means actually interaction with more civilians. This increases the possibility of negative (maybe violent) confrontation. Do you really think that an officer will pull over a car for speeding in the initial 5 mph window?
  • The absolute hatred for law enforcement will be enflamed. “He corrupt dirty SOB actually gave me ticket for one mile over, god I hate cops.” I do not have this mindset but the media (electronic, print, social) have cultivated this garden of weeds to where the garden is actually dried tender for any match thrown into it.  This is your article without reciprocal discussion .
  • There will be even more driver challenges. “Heck, if he is going to pull me for one, I may just as well go twenty over.” This is the mindset that arose in relation to the “3 Strikes” automatic life sentences. “If I am going away for life anyway, I may as well kill this person in an attempt to not be caught.”

You, the editors, threw this event out onto the social “billboard.” It provided no internal rebuttal. It apparently was the act of throwing a hot potato into the NC communities lap with no thought of why it will result in negative outcomes. Did your writers or editors not think? Or is the firestorm the result that you planned for?   

Oh, the media. Always after increased advertising revenue.” — Bill Austin, of Roanoke, V.A.

[Ed. Note: Port City Daily never reported the line, “They (local law enforcement) will pull you for going one mph over the speed limit.”]

PCD Coverage: ‘Speed a Little, Lose a Lot’ steps up speed enforcement this week

New Hanover County fact checks board of education candidate on hospital sale money

“Yesterday, you published a candidate questionnaire with NHCS Board Member Judy Justice that discussed money received by the county from the sale of the hospital. While we know this is Ms. Justice’s verbatim response to the question posed, we wanted to provide some information regarding how that money is allocated in hopes you will provide some clarity to readers on when and how that money can be utilized.

When the Board of Commissioners voted to sell the county-owned hospital to Novant Health, the Asset Purchase Agreement that was approved outlined how the hospital proceeds would be utilized. This established the New Hanover Community Endowment, with around $1.25 billion in proceeds, to benefit residents and support the community, as well as two funds specific for the county to utilize: a $50 million mental and behavioral health fund and a $300 million revenue stabilization fund. The $300 million escrow fund, which is mentioned by Ms. Justice, is reserved for emergency and crises response, debt relief, and tax and fee stabilization. It was never suggested that this fund would be used for public education.” — New Hanover County

PCD Coverage: 2022 Primary Election: Judy Justice eyes second term on NHCS board


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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at alexandria@localdailymedia.com or on Twitter @alexsands_

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