Local elections don’t always get the same scrutiny – or generate the same excitement – as midterm or presidential elections.
But the 2017 elections generated both — and in some races ended in surprising upsets. If you somehow missed it, you can catch up on coverage on our 2017 elections page.
But election results weren’t the only big stories this week; there was plenty else going on away from the polls and campaign headquarters.
It has now been four months since the developer of the northern riverfront area failed to built the public bathrooms required by its agreement with the City of Wilmington. But that’s not the only issue that has arisen with the developer, which also owns the Port City Marina.
Port City Marina operates golf carts on the public Riverwalk, though city officials say there should be no vehicles at all in the area. Despite complaints filed to the city and the police department, no action has been taken. So what’s going on? READ MORE
The practice of “finning” – capturing sharks, cutting their fins off, and leaving the animal to die – is already illegal. But new legislation would put even tighter regulations on the shark fin trade, banning it entirely. Few support ‘fining,’ but not everyone’s on board with the latest development. READ MORE
Most species of wildlife move out of a neighborhood as it gets developed, but not the American alligator. As it turns out, the artificial lakes, canals and retention pools of new developments are thoroughly inviting to the alligator.
So what happens now that humans will be running into gators much more frequently? We spoke with Jimmy English, the only man in North Carolina licensed privately to deal with alligators. READ MORE
A Board of Alderman motion to approve a new development next to Johnie Mercer’s pier turned into a deeper discussion about Wrightsville Beach’s ambivalent attitude towards business. READ MORE
Decades ago, the lower Cape Fear River was lined with rich oyster beds that have since been destroyed by erosion and pollution. Take a first hand look at the new effort to rebuild the oyster populations. READ – AND SEE – MORE