Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Podcast Nov. 17 – Military Cutoff development, involuntary commitment turns violent, Jervay evictions

We start this week with a return to Military Cutoff Road. We look at two smaller issues with big implications, including a rezoning application that argues residential zoning just doesn’t make sense on the congested road. Plus, a property owner wants to change the terms of its agreement with the city in order to add more traffic — arguing that morning traffic isn’t a big deal.

Then, a look at the case of Hiram Farmer, a Wilmington man dealing with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Farmer’s mother, fearing for her son’s well-being after he stopped taking his medication, requested an involuntary commitment order against her son. But before police could take Hiram Farmer to the hospital, a violent struggle broke out.  We break down what happened, and some of the crucial questions we still have about what happens at the intersection of mental health and law enforcement.

After that, it’s a look at the evictions at the Jervay Communities public-private housing project. It turns out the low-income residents were among the last to know evictions were coming. Ten days before they were asked to vacate, FEMA, county, and Wilmington officials were notified. As one reader asked: could no one have told the residents earlier?

Finally, we visit the proposal for a floating bar in Carolina Beach that met with surprising resistance. What were the complaints? And what’s next for the proposal?

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

The domino effect: Rezoning requests on Military Cutoff continue to come in

Planning Commission gives the go-ahead to increase traffic in and out of Renaissance Market

Update: New Hanover Sheriff’s Office supports deputy’s use of force during involuntary commitment arrest

Local and federal officials met before Wilmington evictions, but say they couldn’t warn tenants

Residents speak out against Carolina Beach Marina expansion plans for floating bar

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