Monday, December 4, 2023

ICYMI – Developer takes man’s house, DR Horton lies to Pender, and more

One Carolina Beach resident complained that revealing bathing suits violated the town’s ‘public nudity’ law, kicking off a conversation between police and town leaders over how to bring the ordinance into the 21st century.

Carolina Beach resident claims female lifeguard swimsuits constitute ‘public nudity,’ wants thong enforcement at beach

A Wilmington man who tried to sell part of his land to a developer ended up losing the entire property, including his house, after the courts enforced a hand-written mediation agreement, gave the developer’s attorney the right to sign away his deed, and issued a rare but powerful ‘gatekeeper’ order, effectively silencing him in court before ordering his eviction.

Developer took Wilmington man’s house in court, city and attorneys say it’s perfectly legal

Neighbors noticed that DR Horton was watering newly laid sod lawns around the clock, despite a month-long ban due to water restrictions. The company told county officials it was using private retention ponds for the irrigation but, as it turns out, the company lied.

DR Horton caught using Pender County water ’round the clock,’ a month into shortage

During the sentencing for former New Hanover County teacher Michael Earl Kelly, a prosecutor dropped a bombshell: Kelly had been investigated by the school for exposing himself to a student, but the school had never contacted law enforcement. Making the claim even more “upsetting and disturbing,” the assistant district attorney said, was the fact that this happened over a decade before Kelly was finally arrested.

Assistant DA: New Hanover Schools investigated teacher’s sexual misconduct, didn’t report to law enforcement

What impact will the city’s short-term rental ordinance have on those already renting out their houses? For at least 20 owners, it means they’ll be out of business.

City of Wilmington’s short-term rental ordinance will put at least 20 units out of business

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