Government

Hospital sale endowment shapes up, key activities of the past year outlined

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The New Hanover Community Endowment Inc. is already investing $1.25 billion it received as part of the February sale of the previously county-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health.  The day before the one-year sale approval anniversary, endowment president Spence Broadhurst and vice president Hannah Gage shared a range of […]

Design team presents first look at Project Grace façade and proposed building

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The aesthetics and capacities of the library-museum building that will anchor a county-backed project with developers became more clear this week after the design team released images of the proposed building façade and more details on Project Grace. The new images depict a three-story building marked by an exterior of glass […]

Father says Live Nation contractor told transgender teen to get out of men’s restroom at riverfront park concert

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WILMINGTON –– A Wilmington father said his 15-year-old transgender son was yelled and laughed at by a contracted employee of Live Nation when he entered the men’s bathroom during a Lady A concert Thursday evening at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. In a statement, a Live Nation general manager said the company was looking […]

The Agenda: This week in local government, Oct. 4-8

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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 […]

Wrightsville Yacht Club proposes deck expansion, unrelated to floating club

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CORRECTION: The Wrightsville Yacht Club application is not related to the forthcoming Commodore Club, which has already been approved by town leaders. The club’s current application to be heard by the planning board Tuesday concerns a pool deck expansion, dockmaster Sam Clery told Port City Daily Monday. Port City Daily apologizes for this error. WRIGHTSVILLE […]

Do I need a permit for that? Common mistakes, plus city to require pre-approval for fences

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Many homeowners often look to enhance their properties with DIY, weekend warrior projects.  Some minor construction jobs don’t call for a permit. But when they do, it’s a headache if the homeowner gets hit with a fine –– or worse, when their time and money gets wasted after an installation is deemed […]

Talking with Congressman David Rouzer: Earmarks, beaches and farms

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– U.S. Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) represents a district that spans from the Cape Fear region up to Johnston County, roughly along the path of Interstate-40 — and he sees himself on a trajectory.  Rouzer won the seat in 2014, beating out Wilmington players Woody White and Jonathan Barfield Jr. in the process, then […]

Biden nominates former Gov. Easley’s son for Eastern District U.S. Attorney

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President Joe Biden has chosen Michael F. Easley Jr. — the son of a former governor and a litigator at Raleigh law office — to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  U.S. Attorneys act as the chief federal prosecutor in the regions they occupy and also represent the United States […]

Mitchell family begins Bald Head ferry sale process on open market, authority still preferred buyer

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY –– The Mitchell family is actively pursuing a competitive sale process of its Bald Head Island transportation assets to dissolve the estate of their late patriarch.  Throughout this year’s ferry chaos, the island’s original developers have not once directly spoken publicly on the contentious sale of their system –– not even after the […]
Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

4 new rezoning requests being pursued in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY –– There are four rezoning requests in the pipeline expected to soon be considered by the Brunswick County planning board. The board is the county’s regulatory body charged with reviewing incoming developments and ruling on attempts to rezone land — and the board has been flush with activity recently.  Meetings this year routinely draw […]