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Archive for October, 2009

Wilmington selects new city attorney

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Carolyn Johnson, general counsel for the N.C. Turnpike Authority, will be Wilmington’s new city attorney, Mayor Bill Saffo confirmed.Wilmington City Council is expected to announce the hire at its meeting Tuesday night.Johnson will take over for longtime city attorney Tom Pollard, who is retiring.

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Restaurants, hotels worried about health care reform

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Local restaurant and hotel owners expressed concern Monday about how employer mandates to help with insurance coverage would affect them if the current health care reform proposals are adopted.

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Some unhappy with downtown demolition

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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The old police station was built in 1945 as part of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. This year, it made the list of the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s most endangered places.

Foundation Vice President Kevin O’Grady said the city is losing an irreplaceable asset as the building is knocked to the ground piece by piece. The new CFCC building is financed by the 2008 bond referendum, and O’Grady said before that money was approved, the foundation was told the building would be saved.

“Now the building is gone and we’re very concerned about that and why those plans changed. It was possible to save it. It could have been incorporated, but instead it’s gone,” said O’Grady.

CFCC spokesperson David Hardin said, “What we found with the study with the engineers and the architects, they recommended we not use the building because it would be incredibly expensive to get it up to any type of usable shape.”

Hardin said there was originally a plan to save at least part of the building, before learning it would cost more to renovate than demolish.

The new Union Station Building is scheduled to open in 2012. Its design was inspired by the Passenger Station Building that once stood nearby.

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More of the old Wilmington Police Department building is rubble Tuesday as crews continue to demolish it. They are making way for a new building for Cape Fear Community College. But not everyone is pleased with the building coming down.

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Tropical Storm Henri forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MIAMI | Forecasters say Tropical Storm Henri (awn-’REE) has formed in the Atlantic Ocean but it could be short-lived.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon the storm was about 600 miles (965 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands.

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Artificial reef off Brunswick coast hopes to stimulate fish populations

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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Building new homes for fish – one reef at a time. The Long Bay Artificial Reef Association is working to establish a new reef in Brunswick County to help boost the fishing industry.

The proposed artificial reef would be constructed about two and a half miles off the coast of Oak Island. If it does come to happen, it may become a popular spot for fish and fishermen alike.

“It starts a new food chain. You start with a clean piece of pipe. And it starts at the bottom of the (food) chain with the microorganisms and it goes right up to your fish, to your table fare,” said Bob Black, the project’s coordinator.

So how does it work? Man made material like old ships, or in this case, concrete pipes are sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The material is placed in a strategic way to create new reefs and new homes for fish.

Before going underwater, the materials must pass a series of regulations.

“All material we’ve ever used on our reefs is environmentally safe. We cannot put any material and don’t desire to put any material on a reef site that’s approved by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries,” Black said.

Once established, the new reefs should mean more fish in this marine community.

“That means more boats that can go out there and get on the water and spend money in our town and keep the dollars here,” said Karen Pahr of the Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

Town leaders are open to the new project and are happy to have their waters considered.

“Its an interesting project, its interesting in the way it works. I just happen to be familiar enough with it because I’ve been here a long time and watched it happen before. But its always been a success,” said Oak Island Mayor Johnnie Vereen.

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videoBuilding new homes for fish – one reef at a time. The Long Bay Artificial Reef Association is working to establish a new reef in Brunswick County to help boost the fishing industry.

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