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Archive for September, 2009

New shopping plaza in Surf City underway

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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Developers and town officials broke ground on Surf City Crossing Monday. The 70,000 square foot shopping center isn’t set to open till late next year, but excitement around the complex is already building.

Despite empty storefronts at other strip malls in the region, the developers are confident about the new complex.

“There are a lot of shopping centers today that may be struggling but if you build quality, in a quality location, with quality anchors, you’re going to have a success,” said Ken Hocker of Weingarten Investors.

One of those anchors for the new development will be a Harris Teeter supermarket.

For locals, the high-end grocer is a sign of a bright future.

“I think that it’s saying that we’re an up and coming community and it’s the place to be, where you want to live,” said Pam Honeycutt of the Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce.

With continued population growth expected for the Pender County beaches and a strong economic base the shopping center should draw plenty of customers.

“It’s just a tremendous market for retail, for business, for grocers and for restaurants,” Hocker said.

The ground breaking for the Surf City Crossing not only speaks to the growth of the topsail area, but it also means more jobs for those who already live here.

“The buzz word is j-o-b-s, jobs. We’re told that we’re looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 100-plus jobs that will enable families to stay here, not travel for work,” said Surf City Mayor Zander Guy.

During a time when the Pender County unemployment rate is more than 11-percent, residents will surely dig the idea of bringing more jobs to the area.

The shopping center is only phase one of the complex. Once the retail space is completed the developers plan the build a luxury apartment complex right behind the new shops, but that ground breaking is still more than a year away.

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videoDevelopers and town officials broke ground on Surf City Crossing Monday. The 70,000 square foot shopping center isn’t set to open till late next year, but excitement around the complex is already building.

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Summer weather was unremarkable for Southeastern North Carolina

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Relatively dry, typical temperatures and calm.As the summer of 2009 moves out and fall officially starts Tuesday, the most memorable part of the year’s warmest season might be, well, how unmemorable it was.

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Hearing begins in Ocean Isle Beach parasailing deaths

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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The Coast Guard will hold a formal hearing into that fatal parasailing accident late last month in Ocean Isle Beach.

Investigators have recalled the crew of the parasailing vessel Tied High and several of its passengers for the hearing that starts Wednesday.

They are trying to finalize the timeline of events leading up to the accident that killed two women.

The hearing starts at 9:00 Wednesday morning in the New Hanover County Courthouse.

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The Coast Guard will hold a formal hearing into that fatal parasailing accident late last month in Ocean Isle Beach.

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Ocean Isle Palms could move forward without sewer

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick commissioners at their 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday are expected to consider allowing Coastal Construction of Eastern N.C. LLC to build homes in Ocean Isle Palms even though no sewer is available yet for the development.

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Brunswick County man arrested after deputies, man exchange gunfire

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Shallotte | A 20-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after authorities say he fired on a van that had three Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies inside.No one was injured in the incident, which is under investigation by the office’s professional standard’s division since one of the deputies returned fire, officials said.

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