BREAKING NEWS: Wrightsville Beach de-annexation added to SB 172, heads for vote

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A North Carolina Senate bill sponsored by Harry Brown, R-Jones/Onslow, bundles a Jacksonville, N.C. occupancy tax bill with the de-annexation of 12.2 acres of Wrightsville Beach mainland holdings

Staff photo by Cole Dittmer. The town of Wrightsville Beach and city of Wilmington have entered into an inter local agreement supporting the voluntary de-annexation of the 12.2-acre Galleria Shopping Center property from Wrightsville Beach into Wilmington.

Staff photo by Cole Dittmer. The town of Wrightsville Beach and city of Wilmington have entered into an inter local agreement supporting the voluntary de-annexation of the 12.2-acre Galleria Shopping Center property from Wrightsville Beach into Wilmington.

voluntarily de-annexed in two steps on Tuesday, June 17, when the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to de-annex the former Galleria Shopping Center property and return it to the City of Wilmington. Wilmington City Council voted at its meeting, also on June 17, to accept the voluntary de-annexation.The swap comes at cost of nearly $800,000 to be paid by Wilmington to the Town of Wrightsville Beach during a 29-year period.

When passed, Brown’s SB 172, will legalize the transfer making it possible for property owners, State Street Galleria LLC, to proceed with plans for the rezoning of the commercial property to mixed use for a proposed high density residential retail complex. The acquisition of an additional 11-12 contiguous acres  bracketed by Wrightsville Avenue and Airlie Road doubles the developer’s real estate holdings.

House Bill 1059 sponsored by Representative Ted Davis Jr., R-New Hanover, regarding the unlawful taking of Venus fly traps and distribution of Room Occupancy Tax Funds in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County is expected to be amended to include a similar de-annexation amendment.

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