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Wrightsville Beach considering WAVE Transit, dangerous condition surfing ban

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- Lots of people catch waves at Wrightsville beach, but what about to it? The town is exploring the possibility of adding a WAVE Transit service from Wilmington to the beach. Among the questions to be addressed: the number of stops and the cost. The board of aldermen will likely hold a public hearing to get comments from residents before they vote on the idea. Another issue the board is considering is restrictions on surfing at Wrightsville Beach during dangerous conditions. The ban would include the areas near lifeguard stations during red flag conditions where waters are rough and have strong currents and surf. The town's current surfing zone ordinance restricts surfing in front of the lifeguard station during the summer season when guards are on duty. The board has scheduled a public hearing in March to discuss the proposal.

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WB bus?

Bad idea for Wrightsville Beach. It's clean now, but it won't be very long if they start busing in from Wilmington.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH CRY BABIES

I was born and raised here in Wilmington for over 50 years(one of the few left) Everytime you read anything about W-beach residents don't want this dont want that.Why not put a gate at the bridge and just allow W-beach residents on the beach. Just do that for one year and they will be glad to have bus traffic and surfers back on their beachs. Let them try and be a private beach. If that is what they want let them try it and let them come back crying for what they will need to keep the town going.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH CRY BABIES

THE HOMEOWNERS OF WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH HAVE RUINED A FRIENDLY BEACH COMMUNITY AND SEEM TO THINK THEY, AND ONLY THEY, HAVE THE RIGHT TO STEP ONTO THE SAND THERE. WELL. I WAS BROUGHT UP HERE AND REMEMBER IT BEING A PLACE WHERE ALL WERE WELCOME. NOW THESE SNOOTY PROPERTY OWNERS SEEM TO THINK THAT ANYONE FROM "ACROSS THE BRIDGE" IS CONTAMINATING THEIR PRISTINE PARADISE. I PLAYED AT THE BEACH AS A CHILD AND REMEMBER LUMINA. NOW, IT SEEMS THAT THERE IS NO ROOM FOR WILMINGTONIANS UNLESS THEIR 'GRANDFATHA' HAD A SUMMER HOME THERE. WHAT HAS MADE THESE STUFFY INDIVIDUALS THINK THEIR MANURE HAS NO SMELL??? I WOULD NOT CARE TO LIVE AMIDST SUCH PHONIES ALTHOUGH I CERTAINLY COULD AFFORD IT. GET OFF YOUR 'ROYAL' HIGH HORSES AND SEE THAT YOU ARE TOO STUFFY AND FAKE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. MAY THE BEACH SWALLOW YOU AND YOUR CRUMMY ATTITUDES.

Bus to the Beach

First, it would ease the traffic problems that abound at the beach. Area residents, who pay for the bus lines, should have bus access to the most popular area attraction--the beach. Plus everyone complains about our traffic congestion. Wouldn't buses help? You know I closely watch the buses as they travel throughout the city, and they are sadly empty. I have often thought of ways to increase their use by travelers. In many western ski towns, free bus service is offered and widely used. Full buses cost as much to run as empty buses. So why not offer residents a free valuable public service, and make the bus lines impact traffic and parking congestion? Let's use our bus system. Let's end "ghost" buses!

empty buses

I drive a bus and mine stays pretty crowded.

buses to the beach

great idea,run those buses, every 1/2 hr where I moved to in 1994, El Salvador, you get the bus to the beach, from San Sal the Capital to La Libertad 55 cents with surfboard I also grew up Wrightsville Beach, Johnson Properties since the 40's My Grandmom ran Beach Haven Inn, we had Johnson Apts. then bought the Weatherall house, till my Dad died in 75 who also owned 100 acres on Masonboro and Figure 8 when there were 5 houses there big deal, all this is moving and has been under water i had New Hanover Electric from 85 to 94 glad I grew up there when i did 50's,60's,70's great times, cooked at blockade runner for 4 summers from 15 y.o. had great times overpriced hurricane loving land and prentious people, ha..... what an attitude to have for any of you 'sheeples' there now to deny ANY PERSON the right to go to the beach, especially one that receives any federal funds the beach is for ALL, and is public land up to mean high water, even Figure 8 and Bald Head again , more evidence of a deterioting society with this attitude of, Wrightsville Beach is mine, no one elses what? good luck, but run those buses, full of folks from town but in the background there was always this same attitude from those that live there, hey what is the name of the idiot, YOU elected that has committed fraud, is that WRIGHT? and those of you that want to deny this,well go shoot yourselves for your arrogance, greed, ignorance,xenophobia and I am sure obesity public buses running on public roads with a potential high ridership that just want to come to the beach with maybe the little bit of money they are able to afford think of others I will laugh at all of you in a few years from 700ft above sea level, and 300 days waves a year when your precious beach is under water, bad karma sick society jaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Viva El Frente

Nightmare

Sending the bus into wrightsville beach would be an absolute nightmare. During the summer that place is so crowded anyway, adding a huge bus in the mix and it would be horrible. Also, people walk and bike all over the beach. The Wave bus drivers are terrible drivers, especially when in a hurry. If this happens you will be hearing about pedestrians getting hit by the bus. Don't do it!!!

You are CRAZY

We usually have about one accident a week at wave transit. Guess whos fault it ALWAYS is. Yep, it is always the car or truck who can't stand to be behind the bus. I don't blame you for wanting to get by, but try to do it safely please. You don't want your insurance paying out about ten claims for bus passengers do you?

Master of none

Sending a bus will help alleviate some of that traffic and parking, will it not?

Likely not much

When you consider the large number of people coming from outside Wilmington, you're not going to see much of a decline in traffic at all. Taking kids, blankets, coolers, buckets and shovels for the kids, sunscreen, and five tons of more junk is a big enough pain with a car. Can you imagine doing it on a bus?

Wave to WB

As a dowtown resident I would love to be able to jump on the Wave and have an enjoyable day at Wrightsville Beach. I hope this happens.

BUS TO BEACH

YOU PROBABLY NEVER WILL FIND A BUS TO THE BEACH. THE OWNERS OF THE BEACH PROPERTY ARE AGAINST ANYONE INVADING THEIR WORLD. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH HAS BECOME THE ARMPIT OF EASTERN BEACHFRONT AREAS BECAUSE OF THE HAUGHTY AND MIGHTIER THAN THOU RESIDENTS. YOU WOULD NEVER GUESS THAT THESE FOLKS HAVE 'MAIDS' WHO MIGHT NEED TO RIDE A BUS TO WORK FOR THESE SMART A****.

Go jump in the river

We don't need buses adding to what is already a ridiculous traffic situation.

I don't think one bus is

I don't think one bus is going to add that much more traffic. You make it sound like there will be ten.

WRIGHTSVILLE BUS

TRAFFIC IS BAD EVERYWHERE. DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CORNER ON TRAFFIC PROBLEMS? THE BEACH IS A PUBLIC PLACE. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE TRAFFIC...MOVE, BUSTER.

I don't have to move

I'll just keep doing all I can to fight this idiotic proposal. If the residents of the beach stand together and say "No," it won't happen. Swim in your own neighborhood! You don't see the residents of Wrightsville or Carolina Beach clamoring to swim in Greenfield Lake or the Cape Fear River, do you?

cantankerous old man

Common you never cease to amaze me with your comments. If you live in Wrightsville Beach area you obviously have money so life should be good right? Why be a cantankerous old man all the time? Usually I swim in my own neighborhood, but this summer I'm taking bus rides to the beach and I'm bringing all my brothers with me.

Commonsensenotc

You should really change your handle, because you sound like you lack all common sense. Do you really think you have the right to tell people to stay away from the beach and go swim in their own back yard? Just because you have a house there, it does not mean you own the beach. If you had a problem with people other than the residents that live there using the beach, than maybe you should have bought property in the country somewhere, where your back yard is truly your own. You want the people from the surronding area to foot the bill for beach erosin, but want to deny them the right to go to the beach. The beach belongs to all of the residents of North Carolina, and I will continue to patronize the beach even more now, since I know it irritates you so much. I hope they put a bus stop sign at your front door!

That comment was totally

That comment was totally uncalled for! I will be coming to the beach alot more this year just because of it!

No one Owns the Ocean

First, because you have the extra money to live near the ocean, that does not mean you own the ocean. Second, we pay big tax dollars to ride those empty buses through the area, why not go to the beach? Well, maybe those that live at the beach should not use services that exist in town. Try that one on for size. Beach residents would be begging for town, before we would be begging for the beach. That's only common sense.

Actually, I can't remember....

...the last time I used any services in Wilmington at all. I shop for groceries out in the county, my doctor is out in the county, my dentists is out in the county, and I purchase anything else I need on the Internet. Oh wait! I bought a bedroom set at a Wilmington furniture store in 1998.... ...but heck, there are furniture stores in Jacksonville, so you can build a wall around Wilmington, for all I care. As a matter of fact, the surrounding communities might help you build it if it's high enough to keep your criminals in. On a serious note, what you fail to see is that it's not about "owning the ocean." (You're welcome at the beach - just bike over, walk, or if you absolutely have to, drive over.) What it IS about is taking an absolute, total traffic nightmare and thinking that you're going to somehow improve it by tossing in large, slow buses. It's especially ludicrous when you realize that like most of WAVE, the buses going out to the beach will likely be near empty. (WAVE - our own little version of Amtrak. Lots of money out, very little in. I understand, however, that you have to have some kind of public transportation or those sixteen people who ride WAVE will have to walk....or should you start considering a subway?) Okay, that's enough...I shouldn't even joke about a subway, because Saffo will start getting that blank, glazed stare, and pretty soon the Convention Center will have an adjoining subway station planned. Right next to the heliport, to whisk conventioneers to the airport who didn't have time to take the subway out to the airport! ....but picture Greenfield Lake or Eagle Island with a fifty foot man-made beach....lifeguard stands built every quarter mile or so.... Hey, we could mount a diving board on the fantail of the battleship, and sell a combination "Tour the Battleship/Day at the River!" You could even make it a big tourist spot: "The Wilmington Beaches - No sharks or stinkin' surfers running you over here!" (If you occasionally lose one to an alligator every now and then, just claim it was one of those crazy-drunk Wrightsville Beach boaters who came up river and ran over the victim, just like in Jaws.) We could even have a subway station at Greenfield Lake! If you can't get to the beach this Summer, call me and I'll come pick you up. But keep those big, stinky, EMPTY buses off the beach!

How do you get to the country Common?

Do they have some kind of ferry at WB that I don't know about? If not I presume you take a Helicopter off of the island? You use the city streets just like everyone else so shut the hell up! You should be annexed. WB Can't even opperate thier own 911 service. The city has to do that for them too!

Reply to CommonSense

I do appreciate your reply, or I should say your attempt to stand your ground. Mostly I appreciate and enjoy your comments. When I said "town", I did not only mean Wilmington city limits, I meant: town as a destination that takes you from the beach area. Do you not realize that you travel through town in your vehicle to get to the country or Jacksonville, or where ever you go, that you consider not to be in town? You could be driving in front of my house, adding to my traffic woes. Yes, buses pass in front of my house every day. I do understand your reservations concerning buses to the beach. But in all fairness you cannot condemn buses in general, or the right for buses to travel on all public roads. Public transportation has to advanced, or at least tolerated. This is just an exchange of ideas for the good of our community, as far as I am concerned. I respect your view, and the view of all residents.

Buses-commonsensenotc

You are not going to be able to back track out the comment you made about people of Wrightsville Beach not going swimming in Wilmington's residents own back yard, such as Greenfield Lake No matter how hard you try, you said it and you are not going to be able to take it back. It was just a statement that probably is often to referred to as Freudian slip. It only reflects what most of the citizens that live in Wilmington already knew about the majority of the people that live in Wrightsville Beach. That you think you are better than the rest of us and don't want us patronizing your beach.

Why would I take it back?

"You swim in your back yard, I'll swim in mine." How does that indicate that people from Wrightsville Beach feel they're better than you? It's quite possible to dislike crowds without thinking they're made up of inferior people. Heck, speaking for myself, I find it's possible to dislike people in general without thinking they're inferior. I don't particularly want Alan Greenspan, Maggie Thatcher, the Dutchess of York, or Winona Ryder hanging around my neighborhood bugging me, and most people would consider them to be far superior to lil' ol' me. (BTW, I'm lying about not wanting Winona Ryder hanging around....)

I'll swim in my back yard?

What does this mean? Does it mean the ocean is within the property lines of YOUR backyard, or does it mean that you have a pool in your back yard? Otherwise this comment makes no common sense. Just because you live NEAR something, does not mean you own it anymore that someone else who just doesn't live as near as you do. Hey you own it, or you don't.

No one Owns the Ocean

First, because you have the extra money to live near the ocean, that does not mean you own the ocean. Second, we pay big tax dollars to ride those empty buses through the area, why not go to the beach? Well, maybe those that live at the beach should not use services that exist in town. Try that one on for size. Beach residents would be begging for town, before we would be begging for the beach. That's only common sense.

Well...

I would THINK that the town would WANT some surfers in front of their guard stands in rough conditions....guess who is first to pluck someone in trouble out of the water and throw them on the board...SURFERS...they are in the water already and not asleep on the stand with a towel on their head.

WB

I can already hear the residents "Not in front of my house !!!!!". I can see the folks getting on/off the bus fighting with surfboards, chairs, coolers....LOL

w.b.

negative nancy over here...