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Castle Hayne takes steps to incorporate town

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Castle Hayne residents are trying for a second time to incorporate their town.

Members of the Castle Hayne Incorporation Committee went to Raleigh today to drop of a petition supporting incorporation. The petition includes nearly twice as many signatures as organizers needed.

Now the ball is in the General Assembly's court. Legislators can vote on whether to legally make Castle Hayne a town or let voters decide.

"There's a lot of people talking about it, and now that it's gotten to this point I believe there's going to be a lot more talk going on and a lot more people on board," Castle Hayne resident Willie Sidberry said. "Second time around. It looks like it's going to be worth everything we've gone through so far."

Residents last tried to incorporate Castle Hayne in 1999. They did not have enough support from the community.

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Be careful what you ask for

Castle Hayne can not afford to proceed down this road. The infrastructure upgrages and services would burden potential taxpayers. As a native of New Hanover County for 43 years , I have seen little change or improvement in this area during my lifetime. There is not much to preserve and the city of Wilmington ( the annexation King ) would not be interested in grabbing this region due to it's rural nature and lack of development. Tom Radewicz is a very nice man but I think he is a little delusional about his ambitious plan. Castle Hayne is a community crossroad with a rich , cultural history but incorporation is not the answer.

Can't afford not to proceed

This incorporation is a great opportunity for Castle Hayne to incorporate and have direct say-so when new industry wants to move into the area. The benefits will far out-way the costs. It is not that we are afraid of being annexed but that the fact that when Wilmington completes its already proposed land grab in 2011 there will never ever be a way to incorporate because of the new Wilmington city line being within 5 miles of Castle Hayne. The plan is not "delusional" but rather simple and efficient and the best use of tax payer money that has been proposed in a long time. A great plan that shows government can be run simple and efficiently.

Good for Castle Hayne

Even though they're in no immediate danger, they see the handwriting on the wall.

The residents of Bayshore, Marsh Oak, Porter's Neck, Futch Creek Road, and Figure Eight had better wake up and do something soon. The Saffo Greed Squad has their eyes on you. As soon as the increasing McMansions on Middle Sound Loop outnumber the old cabins and trailers, Wilmington will claim that it must expand to the Pender County line.