September 9, 2014

2014 Round Table Discussion with the New Hanover County Commissioner Candidates


The Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community is proud to host a Round Table Discussion between the 2014 candidates for the New Hanover County Commission and the respective Mayors, Council and Alderpersons of Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beach.

It will be an open format, facilitated discussion between the candidates and elected officials that will allow for an informal ex-change of ideas, concepts and possible solutions to the issues and opportunities facing the Island Beach communities. The open format will be followed by a brief Question and Answer session from the public in attendance. The media has been invited.

Below you will find a list of bullet point topics that will form the basis of the discussion topics. While this list is comprehensive, there may be other questions not identified herein.

Light Hor D’ouerves will be served starting at 5:30pm. The Round Table Discussion will begin at 6:00pm

Date: Wednesday, September 17th 2014
Time:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Kure Beach Community Center; 118 North 3rd Street, Kure Beach NC
Facilitator: Bruce Holsten, President, Pleasure Island Foundation

Commission Candidates
Dr. Derrick Hickey
Patricia Spear
Skip Watkins
Rob Zapple

Island Beach Representatives
Carolina Beach:
Mayor Dan Wilcox, Mayor Pro tem LeAnn Pierce, Councilman Steve Shuttleworth, Councilman Gary Doestch, Councilwoman Sarah Friede

Kure Beach 
Mayor Dean Lambeth Mayor, Pro tem Craig Bloszinsky, Commissioner Emile Swearingen, Commissioner Steve Pagley, Commissionet David Heglar

Wrightsville Beach
Mayor Bill Blair, Mayor Pro tem Darryl Mills, Alderwoman Lisa Weeks, Alderwoman Elizabeth King, Alderman Hank Miller Jr.

For additional information or questions please contact:
R. Bruce Holsten, President
Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community
910-471-1616 (cell)

Round Table Discussion Topics
•Future County funding options and models for beach sand renourishment
•Future County funding options and models for Carolina Beach Inlet dredging
•The use of a Food & Beverage Tax, Sales Tax or Room Occupancy Tax (ROT) for beach community needs
•Current collection and appropriation of County ROT funds
•County’s proposed 2014 Public School Bond
•The County Public Transportation model as it serves the beach communities
•Allocation of County Parks and Recreation funds
•Future County economic development models that might benefit the beach communities
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