Planning board agenda items on hold till February

by Kelly Corbett
Monday, January 13, 2014

Two Wrightsville Beach Planning Board agenda items, both concerning the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, were continued from the Jan. 7 meeting until Feb. 4, when both owners will be able to attend.

There were no new business items. The old business items, including storage of beach chairs on the beach strand and allowed shore zone activities in Banks Channel, have been discussed during recent meetings with owners Mary Baggett Martin and Bill Baggett in attendance.

“The Blockade Runner came to us last week … they have asked to open and continue this to our Feb. 4 meeting at 6 p.m.” said Tony Wilson, Wrightsville Beach planning director.  “… We’ve been discussing the S-1 shore zone, and the Blockade Runner, this will be very important to them, so they needed some more time on this until Mary gets back in February.”

Also in February, the planning board will change faces, and the new board will choose the chairman and vice chairman.

Current Vice Chairman Ace Cofer, serving as chairman due to Chairman Dale Walker’s absence, commended Walker and Hank Miller III for their service on the board.

“In February, we are going to be getting busier,” Wilson said. “We’re probably going to see some conditional use permit text amendments coming up. … Be thinking about these two items in the next 30 days. We’re going to have a busy year; the agenda will be full.”

Moller leaving Wrightsville Beach after five years

Wrightsville Beach Planner I Eryn Moller will be leaving the town Jan. 10, after almost five years working for the planning department. She accepted a position as associate planner with the City of Wilmington. 

“Wrightsville Beach is great,” Moller said after the meeting. “The planning department and administrative department have been great. It’s bittersweet.”

Planning board members all thanked Moller for her service and wished her luck in her next endeavor, giving her a round of applause and asking for parting advice.

“Continue to look at both sides,” Moller said. “Be the devil’s advocate. … Try to give some good advice to the [Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen].”

An advertisement for Moller’s position will be posted in the next couple of weeks, and Wilson said it will probably take a couple of months to fill her position. A qualified candidate should have geographic information system (GIS) and zoning knowledge.

“She’s going to be very hard to replace,” Wilson said. “She’s put a lot into the Historic Landmark Commission, planning board, board of aldermen. … She’s going to be missed sorely. So things will move at a slower pace and we wish her all the best.”


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