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Coast Guard temporarily removes navigational aids from Lockwoods Folly Inlet

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (USCGC) -– Coast Guard Sector North Carolina personnel temporarily removed the aids to navigation from Lockwoods Folly Inlet this week due to severe shoaling in the waterway.

Shoaling conditions in the area were exacerbated in late August by Hurricane Irene. Depths of less than three feet exist in many areas of Lockwoods Folly Inlet, less than the Congressionally authorized federal navigation depth for this inlet.

Sector North Carolina personnel dispatched the Coast Guard Cutter Bayberry crew to remove the buoys because channel depths are not adequate to sustain safe navigation. The Coast Guard has issued a notice to mariners via marine radio to inform boaters that aids to navigation in Lockwoods Folly Inlet were removed and urge mariners to use alternate channels to access the Atlantic Ocean.

The Coast Guard plans to replace the navigational buoys when channel conditions improve and traffic can safely transit through the inlet.

For additional information, contact Cmdr. Steve McGee at (910) 772-2225 or the Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3882.

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‘Iron Man 3’ coming to Wilmington, expected to pump $80M into local economy

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The rumors are true. Tony stark and the third installment of the “Iron Man” movie franchise will fly into Wilmington.

The film is expected to bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the local economy.

“‘Iron Man 3’ will be made here in Wilmington, NC,” Gov. Bev Perdue said in making the official announcement. “How about that?”

Producers of “Iron Man 3” decided to move from one end of I-40 to the other. Gov. Perdue says with the film will come many economic advantages to the Cape Fear.

“This is a great day for North Carolina,” she said. “Five-hundred-fifty jobs, all the other sub-jobs, the construction jobs, that’s what it’s all about to us here locally. But around the country and around the world it’s about North Carolina’s brand. Today we are Hollywood East, and it starts right here in Wilmington.”

The movie will be the largest production to ever shoot in North Carolina. State officials are excited about the announcement.

“It’s going to be a film that’s going to bring a budget to North Carolina of about $300 million, but when it’s filmed in the studios it’s going to gross over $2 billion are the projections. It’s going to put North Carolina in the forefront of the movie industry,” Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) said.

Screen Gems officials say Marvel chose the Port City because of the scope and capabilities of the studio’s lot. North Carolina’s 25 percent tax incentive for films also helped the cause.

“We’ve had a 185 percent increase in films this past calendar year,” Gov. Perdue said. “We are doing something right all over North Carolina. We’ve got ‘Hunger Games,’ we’ve got five other films being shot in different parts of the state. We have changed the paradigm for North Carolina. Again the film tax credit made a real difference.”

Although this film will not bring permanent jobs, it is expected to bring around $80 million to the local economy.

The governor says with “Iron Man 3” coming to town more movies could find their way to southeastern North Carolina in the future possibly creating more jobs.

Shooting will start next year. “Iron Man 3” is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2013.

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It’s official – ‘Iron Man 3’ to film in Wilmington

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Gov. Beverly Perdue delivered the official news Thursday afternoon.

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‘Iron Man 3’ coming to Wilmington

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s official: “Iron Man 3” will film in Wilmington. At a news conference at Screen Gems Studios this afternoon, Gov. Bev Perdue officially announced the latest installment in the popular film franchise starring Oscar nominee Robert Downey, Jr., will shoot in the Port City.

Perdue said “Iron Man 3” will be the largest movie ever produced in North Carolina. She says it will bring 550 high-quality, well-paying jobs, 1,000 acting opportunities and pump $80 million into the local economy.

“Over the last two years I joined our commerce dept

The movie is set to release in May 2013.

We’ll have a complete wrap-up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.

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As public comments near end, debate over cement plant continues

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne has been the topic of debate for years. This morning, opponents showed how it would affect the Northeast Cape Fear River.

“This river has a lot more economic potential than one Titan or two Titans or three Titans,” Mike Giles of the NC Coastal Federation said.

Several Cape Fear River experts against the proposed Titan America cement plant hosted a tour of the Northeast Cape Fear River showing hidden waterways and wetlands they say will be destroyed if Titan comes to the area.

“People come here to enjoy this, and if we ruin it, they’ll go somewhere else,” Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette.

Opponents to it say the plant would not only further pollute the river, but also drinking water and groundwater resources. Bob Odom, the General Manager for Titan subsidiary Carolinas Cement Company, says that is simply not true.

“We will not be discharging any processed water into the water,” Odom said. “The mining operation that has been out there for 40 years has not had a negative impact on the river, nor the aquifer. Water that is coming out of the mining operation will be cleaner going into the river than the water that is in it already.”

Giles says it’s not only the water that will be affected by Titan.

“It’s going to emit all of these wonderful, nasty pollutants out of the stack,” Giles said. “The list keeps going. It’s hundred of pollutants.”

Odom, though, says no other cement plant in the world will have the pollution control devices Carolinas Cement will have. He insists the environment will not be negatively affected by the cement plant.

“You know, I live here too. I want to continue to live here in Wilmington. It’s a great place to live. I don’t want to harm myself or my kids or my family, so we’re all looking out for the same thing,” Odom said.

The state’s draft air permit for the cement plant is still under review. You can submit comments to the Division of Air Quality until Monday. DAQ will accept written comments emailed or postmarked by Oct. 31. Written comments should be emailed to patrick.butler@ncdenr.gov or mailed to Patrick Butler, N.C. Division of Air Quality, 3800 Barrett Dr., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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