Holden Beach Property Owners Association

Representing the property owners of Holden Beach, NC

June 4, 2018

New Flood Maps

Did you get the letter from the Town about the Public Hearing on adopting the Flood Maps?  Homeowners have been waiting for these new maps since they were first presented in 2014 because 92% of the properties on the island will have a better flood rating.  Many VE properties will even change to AE, resulting in lower flood insurance premiums when your policy renews after August 28!   The public hearing is required by law for the Town to adopt the maps.

Check Your Property’s Flood Map Changes

You can check to see what the new flood maps for your property will be by clicking here.  Zoom in to your property and you can determine what your current designation is.  Click on your home and get all the details on the right side of your screen.  Use the drop-down menu in the top right corner to change from Effective to Preliminary.  This is what your new flood rating will be.  Again, click your home to see the changes.  Many properties go from a VE designation to AE – which will significantly lower insurance premiums.  Most properties also have a lower Base Flood Elevation (BFE) which will also lower premiums.

Another factor for homeowners looking to do renovations is that the lower BFE will make this easier and less expensive.

May 5, 2018

May Commissioners’ Meeting

 The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, May 8, for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include discussion and possible action on creating an Assistant Town Manager position and filling the position with the Recreation and Shoreline Protection Manager, an update on the Sewer System Upgrades and scheduling dates for future meetings.  
 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.  

April 15, 2018

April Commissioners’ Meeting

The Town of Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 17, for their regular monthly meeting.  Highlights include discussion and possible action on parking, an Inlet and Beach Protection Board and a presentation on the FEMA Flood Map adoption schedule.  Also on the agenda is Resolution 18-02, which if approved, would revoke the terminal groin permit application and cease all further actions in pursuit of the terminal groin.  
Click here for the meeting packet and agenda
Click here for Resolution 18-02
The HBPOA Board of Directors requested an extension to the comment period on the Terminal Groin Environmental Impact Statement.  The comment period now expires on May 4, 2018.  Comments should be submitted to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403,  (910) 251-4811.  For more information on the groin go to the HBPOA Terminal Groin page.

April 6, 2018

Commissioners’ Meeting to Focus on Groin

The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will be looking carefully at the terminal groin at their meeting on Friday, April 6, at 7:00 PM.  The agenda includes speakers in favor of and opposed to a terminal groin on the east end of the island. The packet for the meeting was released last night.  HBPOA will be speaking and presenting information from the Easter Meeting where members voted to oppose the groin.  For more information on the groin, including where you can download and read the Final Environmental Impact Statement click here.

The Commissioners will also meet Friday morning at 9:00 AM to discuss audit committee business, hear from the Town’s environmental attorney, Clark Wright, and review the revenue portion of the proposed FY 18-19 Town budget.  You can click here to review the agenda and the meeting packet.

April 2, 2018

HBPOA Says NO to Terminal Groin

The Holden Beach Property Owners Association has concluded that the nourishment efforts performed by the Town over the past 15 years have been very successful and cost-effective in protecting the east end of the island, and that the additional costs and risks associated with a terminal groin are not justified.

The attached material provides the basis for this position, and includes the resolution that was passed by the HBPOA members during their meeting on March 31st urging the Board of Commissioners to continue with the same nourishment and Lockwood Folly inlet strategies from the last 15 years, and to stop spending the Town’s money and resources in pursuit of a terminal groin.

Terminal Groin Committee Report and Resolution

Terminal Groin Fact Sheet

The Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District will receive written comments pertaining to the proposed groin until 5 PM, April 16, 2018. Comments should be submitted to Mr. Mickey Sugg, Wilmington Regulatory Field Office, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403,  (910) 251-4811.  HBPOA has requested an additional 30 days for comments, but it is not clear that the extra time will be granted.  Visit our Terminal Groin Page to learn more about the proposed groin.

March 26, 2018

Easter Meeting this Saturday!

You may join or pay your dues by sending your check to HBPOA, PO Box 376, Supply, NC 28462.  Dues are $15 per year.  Please include your email address(es) and the Holden Beach property address along with your permanent address and phone number.  You can also fill out and print this Membership Form to mail with your check if that is easier!  To pay your dues online go to our website here. See you Saturday morning at 10:00 AM!

February 25, 2018

Click here for a short summary of the results of Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting.  You can listen to a recording of the meeting by clicking here.

The March regular Commissioners’ Meeting has been moved to April 6 at 7:00pm.

As always, feel free to email us at hbpoa@hotmail.com with your comments and questions and we will get back to you.

February 19, 2018

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

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. https://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.