Government

Beach renourishment fix puts Pleasure Island back on track, leaves Wrightsville Beach behind

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — North Carolina’s Congressional delegation has announced a partial solution in the quest to reclaim missing beach renourishment money.  The path forward places Carolina and Kure beaches on track toward timely completion of the projects, but leaves Wrightsville Beach with many hurdles still to clear. Government actors at all levels have been in […]

Are New Hanover commissioners ‘blinking’ on a 3-year, $89-million plan to make the community safer?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — When shots rang out inside New Hanover High in August, it was a wake-up call for local officials. An uptick in violence had spilled over into schools, impacting the lives of thousands of youth as several campuses locked down districtwide. Within days, New Hanover County officials had offered a share of […]

Under Regan’s watch, EPA vows to get tough on PFAS, regulations underway

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The Environmental Protection Agency is pledging to unleash its full regulatory arsenal on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) polluters.  In a news conference in Raleigh Tuesday, former N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan, appointed by President Joe Biden in March to head the EPA, returned to his home state to share the agency’s […]

New Hanover County to hold electronic auction of surplus property

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The county will hold an auction of surplus property at the end of this month, where no-longer-needed holdings, like automobiles and office furniture, will be open for bidding. Typically, New Hanover County holds a surplus auction twice per year; the last one was in March.  Nonprofits get first dibs at the […]

The Agenda: This week in local government, Oct. 18-22

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — It may feel impossible to keep up with local issues while they’re still being worked out. Getting involved early on in the policy-making process can help ensure the community’s input gets heard before it’s too late to chime in. You may not even need to attend (in person or virtually) to make […]

City staff unimpressed by developer’s revamped plans for old bus yard on Castle St.

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WILMINGTON –– An old Wave Transit bus maintenance facility on Castle Street continues to encounter complications in the city’s attempts to sell and redevelop it.  Marred by failed partnerships, city staff are proposing the property be put up for a new round of development proposals. The last time that happened, the city only attracted a […]

Two-time political candidate files pro se suit against New Hanover officials for mask policy

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– A familiar face in political spheres, David Perry has filed a pro se lawsuit against each member of the New Hanover County Board of Education, the board of education itself, the sheriff’s office and Sheriff Ed McMahon.  Perry filed his suit without legal representation, explaining his group, the Republican Liberty Caucus, was […]

Large-scale Carolina Beach development gains momentum at latest hearing, faces town council next

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CAROLINA BEACH — The Proximity stepped closer to full approval this week. The proposed development in Carolina Beach would turn one of the final large swaths of empty land in the beach’s center business region into a mixed-use complex with more than 250 units. The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously vouched for the project […]

Wave launches tri-county ride-sharing microtransit service, free for first month

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– A regional ride-sharing microtransit service launched Monday, designed to connect those in need of transportation in areas outside of previously established public stops to the greater Wilmington area.  Wave Transit’s RideMICRO program is rolling out in phases, with the first opening up free rides between northern Brunswick County, downtown Wilmington, and Hampstead […]

Pre-recession subdivision plans on Brunswick Peninsula revived by new owner

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — There is new movement for a subdivision project on a peninsula enwrapped by the Saucepan Creek in Brunswick County. It’s located inland of the Shallotte Inlet that flows between Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.  Since the 1970s, at least two corporations have had control of the roughly half-dozen acres called Village Green. […]