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Deep dive: Rezonings, conditional rezonings, and special use permits, what’s the difference?

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WILMINGTON — In Wilmington and New Hanover County, residents often hear about things like rezonings, conditional use zonings, and special use permits. But understanding what each one of these zoning ordinances actually does and how developers and property owners (or even a local government) can use them can be confusing. Development is a fact of […]
A group of concerned citizens have asked the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to look into what it alleges may have been criminal failures to report child abuse. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Deep Dive: A long hard look at New Hanover County Schools’ arrests, allegations, and administration [Free read]

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WILMINGTON — For the third time in two years, an employee with the New Hanover County Schools district has been arrested and charged with felony sex crimes against students. As details emerged, tensions and emotions ran high, until the week ended with an off-kilter press conference that left the public with more questions than answers […]

Deep Dive: Vetting the allegations, accusations, and theories surrounding NHRMC’s sale exploration

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WILMINGTON — When New Hanover County announced in late July that it would be exploring options for selling the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, it triggered an avalanche of speculation — what would this mean? Who would benefit? Who might lose out? Since then, the county has established a Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) to help […]

Deep dive: After years without issues, what made Wrightsville Beach go after a jet-ski rental company?

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The Town of Wrightsville Beach is being sued in federal court for allegedly violating the rights of small-business owners launching jet skis from the state-owned boat ramp in town. At the most basic level, the Town of Wrightsville Beach issued numerous zoning violations to multiple jet ski rental companies on state property. […]
New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet (left) and NHRMC President and CEO John Gizdic. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

Deep Dive: Here’s what the ‘uncharted waters’ of NHRMC’s potential sale look like

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County and hospital leaders sat down for a long look at the negative impacts of mergers in the past and the potential benefits of new forms of healthcare that could include addressing affordable housing and food deserts. Then they answered reader questions, including: whose idea was a sale, where will the money go, how can […]
Filed in Superior Court this week, the complaint against the New Hanover County Schools makes allegations against top administrators and the Board of Education. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Superior Court)

Deep dive: New Hanover schools face a class-action lawsuit, what does that mean?

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WILMINGTON — Two Wilmington-based law firms announced Tuesday they will represent multiple victims of sexual abuse in a civil suit, alleging that negligence on the part of the school board and administration makes them liable for damages. Attorneys Joel Rhine and Jim Lea spoke publicly yesterday, saying they – along with a team from the […]