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Archive for April, 2013

Convention Center hotel developer asks for another extension

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The developer for Wilmington’s Convention Center hotel has asked the city for another extension in its effort to get financing for the project.

City Council next week will consider extending its deal with Harmony Hospitality, Inc., which ends today, 90 days through July 31.

The city and developer still need to hammer out final details on the design of the 186-room Embassy Suites and the land purchase agreement.

The city says Harmony has already submitted preliminary plans to build the $33.6 million hotel.

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Sales tax bill aims to wash away funding deficit

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Area beaches attract millions of dollars in tourism to North Carolina every year, but federal funding for beach nourishment has been slowly eroding just like many of our beaches. Now one local lawmaker has an idea to try to stem the tide financially.

“The beach is very important on many levels for the town and for the state,” said Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens. “Yes, funding is from the federal perspective and sometimes from the state perspective is not there when you need to do a project.”

Representative Susi Hamilton, a Wilmington Democrat, said she recently introduced a bill that would help beach communities in their times of need.

House Bill 962 would give municipalities the option of a half-cent sales tax increase to use for beach nourishment.

“The good news about sales tax, particularly since it doesn’t include food, is that it doesn’t hit the citizens that hard,” said Bruce Shell, Carolina Beach Interim Town Manager. “If we tried to fund it by property taxes, it would hit their wallets pretty strongly. This way it allows visitors to come here and enjoy the beaches and spend money on sales tax, so that they’re a contributor to the very issue that attracts the people.”

The proposed half cent sales tax increase could add money back to the coffers for beach nourishment and local leaders say that opportunity is too good to let simply slip through our fingers.

“For every dollar spent on beach re-nourishment, $320 comes back in the form of commerce,” said Shell. “This creates jobs, sales tax, room occupancy tax, business for hotels, motels and restaurants, so it’s all a part of our economic ecosystem.”

If House Bill 942 passes it would then be up to the voters of each municipality if they want the sales tax levied in their town.

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Grant advances animal clinic plan in Winnabow

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Adopt An Angel program was one of the top vote-getters in a contest sponsored by State Farm.

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Man pleads guilty of killing step-father, sentenced to life in prison

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

A judge found James Gorby guilty of first degree murder in the death of his step-father Roger Mock.

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Hagan says VA claims backlog ‘unacceptable’

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Kay Hagan was among the dignitaries at today’s ribbon cutting for the new VA superclinic in Wilmington.

Hagan (D-NC) has been helping push for changes in the VA. Among her efforts, she has joined 66 of her Senate colleagues in asking President Obama to end a backlog of hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims.

“These are men and women who have served us, and for them to have to wait more than a year, sometimes two years to get an answer to their request, that’s totally unacceptable,” Hagan said.

Hagan says veterans issues are about more than just policy. She says we must do everything within our power to protect the promises we have made to our veterans and their families.

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