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Courtney Layton, right, and Whitney Sanford --- students from East Carolina University --- head to the beach.

Not without pushback, Carolina Beach to start charging year-round for parking

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CAROLINA BEACH — Pivot Parking, the firm set to take over operations on Carolina Beach following the town’s cutting of ties with its previous contractor, has been formally initiated. During a meeting Tuesday morning — in advance of the post-election switchover to occur next month — town council kicked off its new relationship with Pivot […]

Cohen to depart, Cooper appoints Wilmington native Kody Kinsley as next secretary of health and human services

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After serving North Carolina for nearly five years, the state’s top health official, Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, announced she will step down from her position, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Wilmington native Kody Kinsley to succeed Cohen. “It’s been an honor to serve […]

Historic district restaurant, Oleander event space among 6 rezonings before Wilmington Planning Commission

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WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Planning Commission will review six zoning changes this Wednesday during its meeting, including plans for a new restaurant downtown, a 300-plus unit apartment complex and an event space off Oleander Drive. After these items pass through the planning commission, city council will take into consideration the commission’s rulings at a later […]
Bald Head Island's reverse osmosis system exceeded state-permitted arsenic levels in December 2018, January, and April. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Bald Head Island board, told four years ago to purchase ferry system, asks for help

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BALD HEAD ISLAND — The appointed board tasked with purchasing the Bald Head Island ferry system, after years of drama and now in fear of the Mitchell estate offloading its property to another buyer, has asked state leaders to help cure an impasse. Since 2017, the quest to acquire the ferry infrastructure in a private-to-public sale […]

The Agenda: Rezoning request for potential downtown restaurant, joint meeting on community violence, and more

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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 […]

ICYMI: Cooper’s signature on the state budget benefits greater Wilmington region by millions

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Gov. Roy Cooper signed the state budget Thursday, Nov. 18, an undertaking that was three years in the making and included many months of negotiations in the N.C. General Assembly. Democrats and Republicans called it a “compromise budget.” “For the first time since 2018, North Carolina will finally have a comprehensive […]

New Hanover County commissioners, board of education meet next week to discuss school safety

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners and Board of Education have called a joint meeting to be held after Thanksgiving break to continue the discussion about school safety initiatives, which began back in early September after the New Hanover High shooting. Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m., the two bodies will […]
Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Four rezoning requests, almost 100 acres, on the table in Brunswick next month

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — At least four rezoning requests, potentially affecting up to 100 acres, will be up for consideration by the planning board in December. The planning board in Brunswick County delivers rulings on land use requests and proposed projects that require legislative changes to the zoning map or review of fleshed out site plans.   […]

Beach towns get chunks of renourishment money and other line items in state budget

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — For the beach towns in New Hanover County, the most significant expenditures in the state budget relate to beach renourishment. The compromise budget, signed by Gov. Roy Cooper last week, followed months of negotiations between his office and the General Assembly and was the last one passed this year in the country.  […]

State budget to fund higher education projects at UNCW and new programs targeting grade-schoolers

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WILMINGTON — With the passing of North Carolina’s compromise budget, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is set to benefit from numerous capital projects and employee benefits made possible by the state funds.  “The budget has been long awaited and is certainly exciting news for UNCW and our employees,” Chancellor Jose Sartarelli said in […]