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Newsroom Podcast July 21 — Fentanyl faux pas, Carolina Beach evictions, Wilmington Riverwalk news

Our weekly podcast takes a deeper look at recent stories, answers reader questions, and goes behind the scenes of the Port City Daily newsroom.

We kick off this week with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office retracting their announcement – made last week – that they had conducted the state’s largest seizure of the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl. As it turns out, a rushed field test misidentified the substance. What will that mean?

We also followed up on an issue from last week: New Hanover County Magistrates who are releasing suspects on “unsecured bonds,” essentially allowing them to leave custody without paying bail — even when they have a history of failing to appear in court, and even warrants out for their arrest. And before the first break, we touch on Wilmington City Council’s “Red Flag” resolution, which would allow a judge to order the seizure of firearms from residents deemed a danger to themselves or others.

In part two, we check in with Carolina Beach, where the long-delayed development of two grocery stores may finally be moving forward. Though the developer of a (maybe) Publix has been locked up in court proceedings with Harris Teeter, tenants at the Federal Point shopping center – future home of the proposed (maybe) Publix – have been given eviction notices.

We also recap Wilmington’s unanimous vote to approve CenterPoint, the last (for now) of several major mixed-use developments on Military Cutoff, and talk about how this vote was actually a little different.

In the last section, we head down to Wilmington’s Riverwalk to discuss some further reader questions about “The Strands,” a proposed 75-houseboat community at Port City Marina. And we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the missed deadline to build public bathrooms nearby.

If you missed any of these stories, you can catch up below — then take a deeper dive with our weekly podcast.

District Attorney Ben David dismisses charges after faulty testing in fentanyl case

Wilmington City Council will consider asking for ‘red flag’ law allowing firearms seizure

New Hanover magistrates are releasing arrested suspects without requiring bond payment, police ‘gravely concerned’

Carolina Beach Maxway going out of business, Federal Point stores given just weeks to vacate

Wilmington City Council approves 1-million-square-foot CenterPoint development on Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington’s new houseboat neighborhood: What it will look like, how it will work

One year, no Riverwalk bathrooms. It may now be Wilmington’s responsibility to build them

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