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Archive for June, 2013

Wave eyeing route, driver cuts at next meeting

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

There is $360,000 shortfall between what Wave requested and what the county approved

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Clergy gathering Thursday to encourage ‘cease fire’

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Local clergy and community supporters will call for a Cease Fire throughout the City of Wilmington during a news conference scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. at 14th & Dawson Streets (plaza area of Hillcrest Housing Community).

The pastors will be joined by Chief Ralph Evangelous and other community supporters in a united stand against the recent rash of gun violence in the City of Wilmington.

Over the past few days, there have been dozens of shootings, reports of shots fired and two teenagers have been murdered. One was in Wilmington, the other in Leland.

Police officers were also called in Friday night on their time off to help patrol hot spots.

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Compromise made for food trucks in downtown Wilmington

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Both restaurateurs and food truckers attended a planning commission work session to review points of interest. The session was designed to allow everyone with a vesting interest to have a say in the amendment.

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N.C. beaches rank third in nation in report

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Since 2008, North Carolina has had some of the cleanest beaches in the nation

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Food trucks fight for rights in downtown Wilmington

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Food trucks and the city of Wilmington could soon work together like burgers and fries.

Food truck owners are pushing for regulation changes that would make it easier to consistently serve their tasty treats in downtown Wilmington.

The Wilmington planning commission met today to discuss changing some of the current regulations that put the squeeze on food trucks running a business downtown.

“People get used to you being in a certain location,” James Smith, owner of food truck, ‘Patty Wagon’ said. “You know your customers aren’t going to remember that you were here 44 days ago and tomorrow’s the day you’re coming back. You know it needs to be you know an every weekend kind of thing.”

Proposed changes would allow food truck owners like James Smith to apply for annual permits that would give them power to sell their food in downtown Wilmington.

This would also mean there would no longer be a 45-day waiting period.

“We want everyone to come together and agree on what’s best for the city, what’s best for downtown, and what’s best for the business owners,” Brian Chambers, Associate Planner for the Wilmington Planning Commission, said.

Chambers says they have been working with restaurant and food truck owners alike to come up with a solution that everyone can be happy with.

But the discussions didn’t start off peacefully.

“In the beginning, yes, I think it was an us versus them kind of thing, and since this, it’s kind of actually gotten to be more of an us working together to make downtown what we think it should be,” Smith said.

Those who enjoy the food truck’s delectable delights say they want to see more trucks travelling downtown, for more reasons than one.

“Not everybody wants pizza when they get done having fun, and going out and drinking, and having a grand old time,” customer Shannon Giegerich said. “I think it’s a wonderful thing to have downtown. That way, you know, I can stop and get a burger. That way we don’t have to drive anywhere, and risk other people’s lives.”

Giegerich says she hopes the proposed regulations go through soon.

“Food trucks are awesome! I say go with it,” she said.

The next step is a public hearing before the planning commission on July 10th. From there, the proposed changes move on to city council for approval in August.

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