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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It was a chance for folks in New Hanover County to voice their opinions to County Commissioners tonight. Commissioners hosted their second town hall meeting in Wrightsville Beach.

Though folks who live in Wrightsville Beach say they appreciate their commissioners coming out to hear what they had to say, they still feel like they’re being overlooked.

“We’re kind of treated like the red-headed step child,” said Harold King, a Wrightsville Beach resident.
King says with all of the money Wrightsville Beach contributes to the county, they should get more in return.

“They put the money other places and it’s a tough place being a County Commissioner and apportioning the money,” said King. “They have a lot of demands on them, so it’s easy to send it somewhere else, but we’d like to get more of what we’re sending up there.”

Mayor David Cignotti says beach citizens in the past didn’t feel like they were always part of the county, but says the current commissioners seem to realize that all beach towns are constituents. He says there are a few issues he feels are important for commissioners to realize.

“We need to make sure we have adequate funding so we can renourish our beaches,” said Cignotti. “Like we said before, tax dollars are big, and an example with the parks and recreation money is that Wrightsville Beach would love to have a bike path all the way to the beach.”

Joseph Walsh has lived in Wrightsville Beach for over thirty years. He says he wants to know why most of the county’s parks and recreation money is spent in Wilmington but not in the beach towns.

“Mr. Barfield said that his interest lies in taking care of the unincorporated county, particularly Veterans Park in the Murrayville area,” said Walsh. “Well that’s great, but nobody said anything about taking care of the beach communities.”

Regardless of the beef folks have with commissioners, many say they appreciate the town hall meetings.

“I think they’re excellent,” said Walsh. “It’s the only chance you get to talk to these guys.”

Besides all five commissioners, Bruce Shell, the County Manager and several department heads were also in attendance.

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13 Comments on "Wrightsville Beach residents voice problems with county"

2015 years 10 months ago

For the most part I agree with and understand the perspective of the Wrightsville Beach residents. In other ways, I tend to disagree because the area has seemed to have a separatists attitude towards everything “Wilmington”.

2015 years 10 months ago

They’re jealous!
Everyone loves Wilmington, and we welcome all!

2015 years 10 months ago

We’re talking about New Hanover County management and the people of Wrightsville Beach pay far more into the county than they receive.

It’s not only Wrightsville Beach that wants nothing to do with Wilmington, however. As we have seen in two previous referendums, the people who live outside Wilmington want nothing to do with that zoo. That’s why everyone fights annexation.

It’s why Castle Hayne is exploring incorporation, and if the people from Bayshore to Figure Eight, Porters Neck, and Futch Creek thought about it, they’d do the same. Wilmington’s crosshairs of greed are on you right now.

2015 years 10 months ago

From the story: “We’re kind of treated like the red-headed step child,” and this gem: “Mayor David Cignotti says beach citizens in the past didn’t feel like they were always part of the county,”

Awww, that is so sad. The beach that doesn’t want “outsiders” to come to their town and don’t feel like they belong to the county. Keep your funds on the island, raise your bridge and run the kingdom.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Funny how, when off-island money is concerned, Wrightsville Beach residents are always whining about not getting a larger share, but when it comes to making off-island visitors feel welcome, it’s always the attitude of the old bumper stickers we saw…”Welcome to Wrightsville Beach! Now leave!”

Also funny how, when offered an opportunity to have off-island parking, with shuttle service to the strand area, WITHOUT COST TO THE BEACH, Wrightsville Beach leaders were quick to not only oppose it, but actively prevent it.

Everything about public facilities on Wrightsville Beach screams, “STAY AWAY!!!”, but the island always has its hand out to the mainland.

2015 years 10 months ago

…and you might understand why they’d like to get nothing more than their share back.

2015 years 10 months ago

Keep your money

Nourish your own beach

Overcharge for parking for family’s.

People already don’t want to go to the peoples republic of wrightsville beachastan.

We’ll put up a toll plaza going to beach.

Also, lets stop the govt flood insurance for rich, snooty, and privileged snobs.

2015 years 10 months ago

“…rich, snooty, and privileged snobs.”

You people are SOOOO easy to predict. I don’t even live on the beach, and I can understand why they’d want to be away from people of your mentality.

2015 years 10 months ago

How about some relief for New Hanover County residents with parking costs at the beach???

I think using county tax dollars for some added restrooms and showers at WB is a great idea, but WB will hold all the cards when it comes to charging county folks to park anywhere near these restrooms/showers.

2015 years 10 months ago

Amazing! Cignotti put a string of words together about renourishment that kind of made sense. See Mayor Cignotti, it is amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t let the retired Colonel lead you to the ledge.

2015 years 10 months ago

Dear Mayor Cignotti: When will the minutes of your Alderman meetings finally get caught up so we can read the transparency that you promised in real time? Check you Town’s website Mr. Mayor. Three months behind. Shameful.

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s not that hard to see why you can understand how they feel (see other post). They all don’t live at Wrightsville.

2015 years 10 months ago

The REAL wealth envy is that of Wrightsville Beach toward Figure 8 and Bald Head. Wrightsville Beach would love to be able to put a guard house on the bridge, and keep all off-islanders out. BUT they still want the beach re-nourishment money, and the advertising from room taxes there, and the public money for bridge maintenance, and the state money for road maintenance, and the tourist dollars (but not their presence…just give your money to the guard and leave, please), and are demanding photo exhibits in the convention center they didn’t contribute to.


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