Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

February 19, 2018
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February Commissioners’ Meeting

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, February 20, for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include the annual audit, possible action on parking and establishing an Inlet, Beach and Environmental Protection Board.  In addition, there is also a Special Meeting scheduled for 6:45PM prior to the monthly meeting to interview candidates for the vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Board.  Click below for more information.

 
As always, you can drop us an email at hbpoa@hotmail.com if you would like for us to ask a question or speak on your behalf at the meeting.  

February 7, 2018
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Wind Farms Still Under Discussion off Holden Beach

As a stakeholder on record as opposed to wind turbines visible from our beach, HBPOA was invited to a meeting in Wilmington, NC with representatives of the Consensus Building Institute.  The meeting was for confidential conversations to explore HBPOA perspectives on wind energy development off the coast of the Carolinas. The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 by practitioners and theory builders in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution.

  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has designated three Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) for commercial wind energy leasing off the coast of NC.  One area is off Kitty Hawk, the other two are off Brunswick County, roughly south of Holden Beach and off Frying Pan Shoals. The Wilmington East site — which begins about 17.3 miles from Bald Head Island and runs 20.7 miles southeast — spans 133,590 acres. The Wilmington West site (Holden Beach), which is slightly northwest of the eastern one and separated by a shipping lane, begins 11.5 nautical miles from shore and covers 51,595 acres.
  • The two Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) off our beach have been grouped with the South Carolina WEAs.  South Carolina is proposing a HUGE wind turbine farm off Myrtle Beach, which may be so large it might make the Holden Beach wind turbine farm unviable.  There are so many wind turbines planned they are concerned there will not be enough wind for the area off our beach to make the turbines worthwhile.  (Not sure what this means for our summer sea breeze)

Discussion with the representatives of Consensus Building Institute included:

  1. Overview of Holden Beach including island size and population during various times of the year
  2. Demographics of Holden Beach: permanent residents, “weekend warriors”, rental home owners, seasonal renters and “family-oriented” environment.
  3. Overview of HBPOA resolution to oppose turbines if they were visible. http://holdenbeachpoa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/HBPOA-Windfarm-Resolution-signed.pdf “Resolution in Opposition to Issuance of Wind Energy Leases Within 30 Nautical Miles of Holden Beach Shores”, September 5, 2015, HBPOA Membership Meeting
  4. Property Owners’ Concerns – offshore Holden Beach view of wind turbines and impact to tourism, potential negative impact to rentals and property values, potential impact to tourism tax income, and impact to the service economy. Also discussed potential view from Holden Beach of Myrtle Beach wind turbines.
  5. Discussed differences such as demographics and economic drivers between Holden Beach, other Brunswick County beaches including Bald Head Island, Myrtle Beach, and Kitty Hawk.
  6. Discussed why Myrtle Beach is supposedly enthusiastic about wind turbines versus concerns of Brunswick County beaches.
  7. Discussed NCSU study on visible wind turbines and the negative impact it would have on vacation rentals/property values. The report – “The Amenity Costs of Offshore Wind Farms: Evidence From a Choice Experiment” showed that 54 percent of survey participants would not be willing to rent a home if the turbines were visible at all, regardless of their distance from the coast. The issue is particularly resonant for North Carolina because our state is considered to have the best coastal and offshore wind resources along the East Coast.
  8. Discussed precedent set by agreement with Kitty Hawk to move wind turbines 30 nautical miles offshore. The area currently under development off the Outer Banks was moved out so they would not be visible from shore. Initially, the proposed site in Kitty Hawk was as close as six miles off the beach. But in response to the town’s opposition to any project less than 20 miles from shore, the lease unit area was moved further offshore. The overall size was also decreased to stay 34 miles from the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
  9. Discussed the potential for greater wind efficiency further offshore of Holden Beach based upon wind efficiency maps.
  10. Discussed willingness to meet with federal and state agencies and other local communities to discuss options (YES).

The CBI report summarizing shared concerns by all interviewed stakeholders will be available for review by end of May 2018.

For more information, go to the Wind Energy page under Hot Topics by clicking here.

Thanks to HBPOA Board Member Woody Tyner for representing HBPOA at the meeting!

BOEM simulation of what the Wilmington West wind farm would look like from Holden Beach.

February 6, 2018
by HBPOA
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Lockwood Folly Dredging Ready to Start

Work is set to begin on dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet with near-shore placement of beach-quality sand on the East End of the island.  The Currituck, a trailing suction hopper dredge, should be off the Lockwood Folly Inlet by the middle of February and work until the beginning of March.

The plan is to dredge the navigation channel 10′ deep and 100′ wide.

The project is estimated to cost $504,000 with two-thirds coming from the State’s Shallow Draft Inlet Fund and the remaining third split between the County and the Town.  The Town’s portion will be $84,000.

Read More:

Memo from the Corps of Engineers

http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20171219/county-approves-funding-lockwood-folly-inlet-dredge-project

Lockwoods Folly Inlet dredging approved, work expected to begin in January

February 5, 2018
by HBPOA
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Offshore Drilling

No matter what you think about drilling off our coast, now is the time to comment.  President Trump’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. waters to offshore drilling has opened a 60-day public comment period. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will accept comments until March 9, 2018.

To submit a comment to BOEM click here.

HBPOA voted to oppose oil and gas drilling as well as seismic testing off our coast.  You can read more about the issues here.

 

January 12, 2018
by HBPOA
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January Board of Commissioners’ Regular and Special Meetings

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, January 16 for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include possible action on parking and establishing an Inlet and Beach Protection Board.  

In addition, there is also a Special Meeting scheduled for January 16.  This meeting is a budget workshop and to discuss beach protection and environmental issues with the Town’s legal advisor.

Click below for more information:
 
As always, you can drop us an email at hbpoa@hotmail.com if you would like for us to ask a question or speak on your behalf at the meeting.  

December 14, 2017
by HBPOA
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December Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Click here for the agenda for the December Board of Commissioners’ Meeting.  Highlights include swearing in the new commissioners, possible approval of the engineering contract for the sewer station upgrades, and a report from the Parking Citizens Advisory Committee.  Click here for the meeting packet.  

As always, you can drop us an email at hbpoa@hotmail.com if you would like for us to ask a question or speak on your behalf at the meeting.

November 9, 2017
by HBPOA
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New Commissioners

Congratulations to our Mayor and new Board of Commissioners!  These individuals will take the Oath of Office in December and serve two-year terms.

Mayor 

Alan Holden (202 votes, ran unopposed)

Commissioners

Mike Sullivan (228 votes)

Patricia (Pat) Kwiatkowski (177 votes)

Joseph Butler (168 votes)

John Fletcher (168 votes)

Peter Freer (168 votes)

Also on the ballot was a referendum to change to 4-year staggered terms for Commissioners.  It passed 194 to 91 and will be phased in beginning with the  2019 election.

 

November 9, 2017
by HBPOA
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Survey Results

Take the survey!

As of today, 483 people have taken our survey and expressed their opinions about important issues impacting Holden Beach.  See a summary of the results here.

We also collected over 800 comments related to the survey questions.  These comments are listed after the charts that summarize the responses to each question.  The raw survey data is shown after the comments.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey.  We value your input and hope that it will be used to guide the actions of the Town and the HBPOA.

The survey is still open, so if you haven’t done so already, it is not too late for you to take it and have your voice heard.