Each week, Port City Daily publishes numerous stories on local government, business, education, politics, development, the food scene and the arts community in the area. Readers often contact us to share their opinions or offer ideas in response to our coverage. And we value feedback – so much that we want to share it with the community at large.
Port City Daily will publish a column once a week featuring comments and insights from readers that address priority topics and issues facing southeastern North Carolina. We will also share any reports we have published regarding reader concerns.
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On Battleship Point: “This property will likely forever change the character and course of development”
“On May 19, Leland City Council will make its decision whether to vote for or against the annexation of Point Peter. A vote to annex this property will likely forever change the character and course of development of the town of Leland. In my opinion, we could probably see the surroundings bristling with high-rise apartments and condos. It’s not the kind of town I was thinking of moving to. It’s not what I and many others like me want.
You must present yourself and express your opinions at this public meeting. We are at this crossroads in the development of our city due to the belief of several unelected members of the planning board and planning department staff that high-rise, high-density development is the best use of our resources. land. I absolutely disagree with this form of development which is incompatible with the city’s Plan 2045. Many citizens agree with me.
It’s a bad choice for environmental reasons and a bad choice if we want to live in a city that has a sense of community. For the elected members of the city council who choose to support annexation, they must understand that I will do everything possible to have them removed from office. We don’t have to wait for a scheduled election. We are fortunate that in Brunswick County we have used the power of a recall to remove public servants from office. It’s been done before, we can do it again. —Yale Schiffman
Why Carolina Snowie will not be used to Live Nation no longer broadcasts
“Live Nation is a terrible organization. Why the city of Wilmington chose them is beyond me. $8.00 for a can of water? No thanks, I’ll keep my hard-earned money. And I agree with Harley Bruce. We will also not be selling our snow cones at the Live Oak Bank pavilion. Live Nation wanted 25% of the profits for doing nothing but letting us into their overpriced venue. The people of Wilmington deserve better.
I will sell my Sno Cones at a park or at a baseball game and keep my prices affordable so local Wilmington customers can afford them.
Maybe one day the city will wake up and realize it made a mistake. — co-owners Jim and Belinda Augusta
Local cycling enthusiasts advocate for more bike-friendly trails
“Wilmington and area (including Wrightsville) consistently has the highest bicycle fatality rate in the state. There is a “planned” cycling greenway for Greenville Loop.
But it’s been planned since 2014 and not a shovel of earth has been moved. There is the “crosstown trail” but it is very very limited. Raleigh also has a very extensive trail network and great miles of bike paths. We are about 100 years behind them. You would think a small town on the coast would be MUCH MORE bike friendly!!” — Dr. Michael Bryan
PCD coverage: Wrightsville Beach Recap: CFPUA Merger Study, Employee Increases, and Cycling/Education Plan
Respond to “Live a little, lose a lot” call the media
“Your published article is causing a ‘firestorm’ on social media.
They (local law enforcement) will pull you over for going one mph over the speed limit”
Yes of course!!
This may be what you wanted and expected.
To publish this article without discussing the reciprocal results is on the level of a professor of philosophy boldly declaring, “Everything that happens to you in this world is not your fault, it’s just nature.” Next, don’t include the reasons why this concept will or won’t work.
You have started an unnecessary firestorm.
Let’s say the realities of the current discussion were true.
- The increase in court cases would cause the “traffic court” to stop. So much so that a reversal of these velocity windows would be enlarged so that the current backlog of small window violations can be addressed
- Law enforcement will not adhere to the small window because each new violation actually means interaction with more civilians. This increases the possibility of a negative (perhaps violent) confrontation. Do you really think an officer will stop a car for speeding within the initial 5mph window?
- Absolute hatred for law enforcement will be ignited. “He bribed the dirty SOB actually gave me a ticket for another mile, my God, I hate cops.” I don’t have that mindset but the media (electronic, print, social) have grown this weed garden until the garden is actually dried soft for any match thrown in it. This is your article without reciprocal discussion.
- There will be even more challenges for the pilots. “Damn, if he wants to shoot me for one, I might as well go over twenty.” This is the state of mind that prevailed in relation to the automatic “3 strikes” life sentences. “If I’m leaving for life anyway, I might as well kill that person to try and not get caught.”
You, the editors, have thrown this event on the social “bulletin board”. He provided no internal rebuttal. It was apparently throwing a hot potato in the lap of North Carolina communities without regard to why it would lead to negative results. Haven’t your writers or editors thought? Or is the firestorm the result you expected?
Oh the media. Always after an increase in advertising revenue. —Bill Austin, of Roanoke, Virginia
[Ed. Note: Port City Daily never reported the line, “They (local law enforcement) will pull you for going one mph over the speed limit.”]
PCD coverage: “Speed up a little, lose a lot” boosts speed app this week
New Hanover County fact checks board of education candidate on hospital sale money
“Yesterday you posted a questionnaire for applicants with NHCS board member Judy Justice discussing the money the county received from the sale of the hospital. While we know this is Ms Justice’s verbatim answer to the question posed, we wanted to provide information on how this money is allocated in the hope that you will provide some clarity to readers on when and how this money can be used.
When the Board of Commissioners voted to sell the county-owned hospital to Novant Health, the asset purchase agreement that was approved outlined how proceeds from the hospital would be used. This created the New Hanover Community Endowment, with approximately $1.25 billion in proceeds, to benefit residents and support the community, as well as two specific funds to be used by the county: a mental health fund and $50 million behavioral fund and a $300 million income stabilization fund. . The $300 million escrow fund, mentioned by Ms. Justice, is earmarked for emergency and crisis response, debt relief, and stabilization of taxes and fees. It was never suggested that this fund would be used for public education. —New Hanover County
PCD coverage: 2022 primary election: Judy Justice eyes second term on NHCS board
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