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WB aldermen talk restaurant plan, smoking ban, school safety

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- It was a busy night at the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen meeting. The meeting included a new face and talk of a new restaurant.

The first order of business was to swear in new Town Manager Tim Owens, and it turned to be quite an eventful first meeting.

Thursday night's meeting was the first for Owens. He held the same position in Carolina Beach before resigning in November.

"Everybody's been super nice and really helpful. You know, I've been here three days and I got sworn in tonight and i'm just excited to be here," Owens said.

The board began the meeting considering the New Hanover County Commission's request for the beach town to provide it's own security for it's elementary school.

This week, Wilmington decided to provide four police officers. But Wrightsille Beach went a different direction, deciding to simply contribute up to $28,500 cash.

"We have a small police force, and it's really a burden for us to have to be able to pull one or two people off," Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti said.

There was also talk of national seafood restaurant chain Joe's Crab Shack, which has shown in leasing space in Johnnie Mercer's Pier. That proposal is still in the early stages.

"(The planning board) will look at anything like parking," Owens said. They'd look at noise, how it affects the community, those types of things. So that's what the planning board will be looking at."

The Board of Aldermen also approved a project by Eagle Scout Andrew Stoycos, who has an idea to make Wrightsville Beach's new beach smoking ban easier. He will build 18 cigarette butt receptacles to put at beach access entrances.

"I got the idea from walking around downtown (Wilmington)," Stoycos said. "They actually have the same things. They have canisters mounted on the trashcans, so we decided to maybe bring it over to Wrightsville."

Stoycos plans to have the receptacles in place by Memorial Day in time for summer tourists.

Many residents and tourists are anxiously waiting to see if Joe's Crab Shack will, in fact, be coming to the town. Owens says more will be known after a public hearing set for March 14.

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At least it is Oceanfront Dining

I completely agree with the posters about Joes Crab Shack being a chain and not belonging on the Oceanfront. It kills me that we would even have to be considering a seafood place like them, but there really aren't other options. Right now it is expensive concessions, and the only other oceanfront dining is very expensive and not anything spectacular. It is so expensive to have a restaraunt on the ocean that nobody can do it cheaply. For that reason alone, I would say joes is a better option than our embarrassing lack of oceanfront dining. Let them come in... Unless the is another option (which I would welcome excitedly).

Nothing like imported shrimp

Once I ate at a Joe's Crab shack overlooking the Ohio River in Kentucky. Food wasn't that bad and I didn't mind eating imported seafood there since I really didn't want anything pulled from the muddy Ohio. But to have a chain restaurant like that right on the shores of the Atlantic seems like a slap in the face to our North Carolina fishermen. I still laugh every time I hear people lament that we don't have a Red Lobster here. Ever heard of Hieronymous, Catch, Dock Street Oyster Bar? If not, you should give them a try.

LOL

they have enough officers...you don't need TWO officers to pull over a car...this isn't the Middle East!

joes

While I like Joe's well enough, I wonder why.. When we live in a beach community. There are wonderful opportunities for a local seafood restaurant. It seems kind of strange to put a chain, right there on the pier.. or anywhere within eyesight of the ocean.
Seems more appropriate to perhaps look at Monkey Junction!

Might

as well put a red lobster down there too. Nothing like eating frozen seafood while dining on the ocean front. Never will step foot in there.

Eagle project

Kudos to young Mr. Stoycos. That was a concern of mine about the smoking ban - that many people will walk out to the beach entrance where it is legal to smoke and then just throw their butts on the ground there.

More like...non smoking

More like...non smoking people won't want to walk past smokers going onto the beach, unless, they can cram them over the heads with umbrella's.
But even at that...at Wrightsville Beach...that would cost them $1.00 per swing!

Interesting

About Joe's Crab Shack.
I have eaten there and think it's "OK"

The question for me regarding the local impact revolves around parking. In MB you park in a free lot in WB you pay to park.
As for noise? It's certainly a very congested residential area but the residents have to either accept Joe's for what it is or send them away.
I don't see Joe's as being that noisy unless they do a lot of outside seating.
It would be a welcome addition I suppose

Vog

Sure, maybe a welcome addition. For those that know nothing...

...about seafood! May as well add a Long John Silvers and a Red Lobster to get the really high quality frozen stuff in!