WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Municipal elections are just a few weeks away and the people of Wrightsville Beach had a chance to meet their candidates Tuesday night.
There are five candidates for two seats on the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen and each made their pitch to represent the town to a full house at the Blockade Runner.
Residents peppered the aspiring Aldermen with questions about how they would have handled past situations similar to the ongoing bridge construction.
“We need to have a comprehensive study with DOT to look at not just the bridge but there has been a circle suggested immediately when you get on the beach,” said Hank Miller. “There is traffic signalization and stuff that I’ve known from my background that can be done but we need to study the whole beach.”
But the study most concerning residents is one by FEMA which some say could financially sink those on the island.
“The flood insurance premiums will be so extensive that a lot of folks won’t be able to sell their homes or be able to afford them in general,” said Bill Blair. “There is a big push to consolidate and try to get some lobbyist efforts together and keep that from happening.”
“If you have flood insurance and you have a mortgage on your home you are going to be affected by this and 9 times out of 10 it’s not going to be positive,” said Andrew Hall.
As the water level rises so is the cost of beach nourishment, but all of the candidates agreed it was money well spent.
“If we lose the beach then tourism and everything else is negatively impacted,” said Blair.
“I can tell you that the sand and the water and everything are cleaner,” said Hall. “The cigarette butts are gone and it’s a much healthier more pleasant place for me, the families, turtles, and everybody else.”
Bill Sisson and Lisa Weeks are also running for the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen but weren’t available for comment on this story.
Wrightsville Beach voters will cast their ballots in the municipal elections on November 5th.