News Articles – 1970 – 1974

Federal Point, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher
– from the Wilmington Star, Wilmington StarNews

Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994


December 15, 1970 …. Carolina Beach
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new building for the Bank of North Carolina, N.A., at Carolina Beach. The new building was to be located on a lot adjacent to their present building on Lake Park Blvd. and Harper Ave.

Participating in the ceremony were Glenn Tucker, J.C. Bame, Richard B. Kepley, Andrew A. Canoutas, Fred E. Bost and D.L. White, directors of the local branch; Jack D. Davis, vice president in charge of the Carolina Beach Branch, and J. Hugh Rich, president of the bank of North Carolina. The citizens of Carolina Beach had supported this bank since its inception in 1949. After Hurricane Hazel, a new building was constructed to show faith in Carolina Beach, and in 1961, it merged with the First National Bank of Eastern North Carolina. WILM.STAR-News, 12-16-1970.


March 9, 1971 …. Carolina Beach
Members and advisors of the Carolina Beach Town Council conducted their regular monthly meeting at the City Hall. Those present were Louis Courie, Ray Funderburk, Addison Hewlett, Mayor Ernest Bame, Mrs. L.R. Davis, Town Clerk, Douglas Batson , Robert R. Lamb, and Dick Kepley. WILM.STAR, 3-11-1971


July 5, 1971 …. Carolina Beach
The Carolina Beach Town Council voted for a 10-year program of improvement. The Council, with Mayor Richard Kepley breaking a 2-2 tie, adopted a 1971-72 fiscal budget that called for an increase of 40.5 per cent in taxes. The total budget was $523,433.39, an increase of $81,280.07 over the 1970-71 budget of $442,153.32. The new budget called for a tax rate of $1.48 per $100 evaluation compared to $1.07.5 for the year ending. The members of the Council included Barbara Russell, Doug Batson, Norris Teague, Bob Lamb and Mayor Kepley.

Mayor Kepley stressed earlier that this Council was shouldered with the responsibility of making up for 20 years of no progress at Carolina Beach and that the time to act was now. The new budget included in its projection a $1.2 million water and sewer project which would redo the entire town system. Also included was the paving of 4,000 feet of streets, the hiring of a community planner on a 1-year basis, purchase of new equipment to maintain unpaved streets, including a motor grader and a tractor complete with bush hog and cycle blade, a building to house the town‘s equipment and the construction of a welcome center. WILM.STAR, 7-6-1971.


July 11, 1971 …. Carolina Beach
The new Agape Inn coffee house opened to the young people at Carolina Beach. It was located on Lake Park Blvd. near the town‘s first stop light. It offered young people a place where they could sit and talk, or listen to music. The coffee house was sponsored by several churches and organizations in the area. Steve Gray and Dale Schurtz were in charge. WILM.STAR, 7-11-1971.


July, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
The name Pleasure Island was adopted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce which included Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, Hanby Beach, Wilmington Beach and Fort Fisher.   (SCENE Magazine, July, 1983)


January 11, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
The Carolina Beach Town Council agreed to open bids for construction of a metal building budgeted for $15,000 to house the town-owned equipment. The new building was t be placed on Cape Fear Blvd.  WILM.STAR, 1-12-1972.


January 11, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
The Carolina Beach Town Council decided to approve $14,000 from unbudgeted funds for construction of a visitors center. The Chamber of Commerce and Motel Owners Association were to furnish $825 to complete the cost of the project. The center was to be 40 by 24 feet with a high fence, paved parking area and curbing, to be constructed on property already owned by the town.

The new building was to be located at the intersection of Lumberton Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. John Foard, a local business man, worked to obtain the estimate of costs. Mayor Pro Tem Richard Lamb protested the use of the money allocated for the project.   WILM.STAR, 1-12-1972


June 1, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
A mobile home ordinance was passed which did not permit their placement in the jurisdictional area of Carolina Beach. Pre-existing homes were allowed to stay. WILM.STAR, 8-2-1972


July 8, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
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July 10, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
“Fats” Domino appeared at the Ocean Plaza Ballroom. WILM.STAR, 7-8-1972.


August 1, 1972 …. Carolina Beach
Twelve condemned houses had been demolished mad thirty more were to come down in the fall. City Building Inspector Michael Heath, appointed in November, 1971, had inspected over 100 buildings to determine whether or not they met minimum requirements. While undesirable buildings were being demolished, permits for $800,000 of new housing had been issued. WILM.STAR, 8-2-1972.


January 25, 1973 …. Carolina Beach
A fantastic $21 million development was proposed to Carolina Beach citizens in the Town Hall auditorium. Fifty- two citizens viewed architect Vernon Hicks‘ proposed futuristic addition to and renovation of the Town’s boardwalk area.

It involved erecting a recreation, shopping, convention center complex over the present boardwalk area, without disturbing it. It also included a 152-unit condominium that towered 19 stories over the beach, a hotel, a motel, theaters, restaurants, shops and department stores. The structure would be supported on a system of long spans and columns resting on bedrock.

Mayor Richard B. Kepley told the audience that this was not a new idea as it was used twice in New York City, with Madison Square Garden built over the Pennsylvania Station and the Pan American Building built over Central Station. Kepley‘s original idea was to bulldoze the present boardwalk area, and to erect an entertainment-convention center and hotel complex. The property owners were unwilling to bulldoze their property and turn it over to a corporation. Kelpley then searched for another plan. WILM.STAR, 1-28-1973.


September 9, 1973 …. Carolina Beach
The water and sewer situation at Carolina Beach was so bad that the town was seriously considering disconnecting services to more than 300 homeowners who live outside the city limits.

All of the sewer stations were inoperative at this time, an the No. 1 disposal station at Raleigh and Canal Drive was presently being maintained by five centrifugal pumps which were disposing of the sewerage into the bag, the area located from Carolina Beach yacht basin down Canal Drive for about 16 blocks. The raw sewerage was being treated by chlorine which had been approved by N.C. Dept. of Water and Resources. It was decided that the present sewerage system was obsolete and the water-wells would have to be re-drilled and new pumps installed. The town operated six wells for water facilities. Two of the sewer lines discharged sewerage into the sewer lagoon located between Dow Road and the Cape Fear River. WILM.STAR, 9-9-1973.


October 12, 1973 …. Carolina Beach
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved additional grant of approximately $150,000 for the inclusion of construction two lift stations and renovating a main station in the $2.3 million water and sewer project at Carolina Beach. WILM.STAR, 10-16-1973.


October 12, 1973 …. Carolina Beach
A loan of $1,100,000 to the Town of Carolina Beach from the Farmers‘ Home Administration for enlargement of the town‘s water and sewer system was reported by U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. The system was to serve 880 home and businesses in the Carolina Beach area. The loan was to be repaid within 40 years at a 5 per cent interest rate. WILM.STAR, 10-13-1973.


November 13, 1973 …. Carolina Beach
The Carolina Beach Town Council passed an ordinance annexing a 12 –acre tract of land, which brought to a total of 92 acres of land annexed since July 1973. Presently undeveloped, the 12-acre tract fronting St. Joseph Street was purchased in 1973 by the New Bern based developed, Quadrant Corporation. Condominiums or apartment were planned for the site. WILM.STAR, 11-15-1973.


November 27, 1973 …. Carolina Beach
A $135,750 Water and Air Resources grant was unanimously accepted by the Carolina Beach Town Council. The grant was to finance construction of wastewater collection lines, pumping stations and force mains. This was one of three grants requested from the state to help finance the town‘s $2.5 million water and sewer project. The town was requesting a $97,700 grant from the Department of Human Resources and $138,620 from the Clean Water Bond Act. In addition the town had applied to the Environmental Protection Agency for an approximate $1 million grant. WILM.STAR, 11-29-1973.


THE COASTAL CAROLINIAN newspaper was established at Carolina Beach.


January 2, 1974 …. Kure Beach
A portion of the building housing Big Daddy‘s Restaurant was damaged by fire. It was reported that it was the worst fire in Kure Beach since 1969. A rear storeroom was a “total loss.” The kitchen and dining room facilities escaped damage. Pumper trucks from Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and the Fort Fisher Air Force Station answered the 3 p.m. alarm. The restaurant was located at the intersection of Highway 421 and North Avenue. It was owned by Tommy “Big Daddy” Lancaster, who lived in a second-floor apartment in the building. Lancaster was in Goldsboro where he owned a second restaurant when the fire occurred. The fire chief of the Kure Beach Volunteer Fire Department was Wayne Bostic. WILM.STAR-NEWS, 1-3-1974.


January 16, 1974 …. Carolina Beach
Town Manager Jack Webb submitted a letter of resignation to the Carolina Beach Town Council to take a position as city manager of Washington, N.C. Webb‘s resignation ended his second term as town manager. He first served from 1962 to 1968, when he accepted a town managership in Benson, N.C. He served there until 1969 and the took another managership in Garner until 1971 when he returned to Carolina Beach. Webb was a native of Rockingham, N.C. and he attended East Carolina College majoring in Accounting.  WILM.STAR, 1-3-1974.


March 2, 1974 …. Carolina Beach
With an $81,700 dredging contract let, the Division of State Parks began construction on the first state park boat basin at Carolina Beach State Park. It was located at the intersection of the Cape Fear River and Snow‘s Cut. The marina will measure 400 square feet. Funded completely by the state, the project‘s cost was estimated at $142,000. There were to be two launching ramps and two floating piers with docking capacity of 60 boats. WILM.STAR, 3-2-1974.


June 1, 1974 …. Carolina Beach
Mrs. Sheila Davis was appointed city-manager while Richard Kepley was serving as mayor of Carolina Beach. She had served as city clerk and assistant to the city manager since 1969. With this appointment Mrs. Davis was the only woman in North Carolina to hold the position of city-manager. She was a native of Wilson, N.C. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Stancil. She and her husband, Leland, who was a member of the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, were the parents of two teenagers, Mike, 18, and Lynn 16.

Mrs. Sheila Davis, 38, was presently the only female city manager in the state. She had been serving in an acting capacity since the resignation of former City Manager Jack Webb on January 16, 1974.
She is the second woman to be city manager at Carolina Beach. The late Alice Strickland was the municipality‘s first female manager.  WILM.STAR, 6-14-1974.


June 9, 1974 …. Carolina Beach
The tall Carolina Beach water tower had taken on a patriotic look, having been painted with the stars and stripes. WILM.STAR, 6-9-1974.


November 5, 1974 …. Carolina Beach
The annexation of Wilmington Beach and Hanby Beach into Carolina Beach was defeated by a slim margin of 28 votes. When the final votes were counted, 176 were recorded for the proposal, 204 against. This annexation proposal had been under consideration for several years. WILM.STAR, 11-7-1974.


News Articles – 1970 – 1974 – Wilmington Star
Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994