Foundation focuses on downtown, calendars


Soon supporters of the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue competition team will be able to take their favorite lifeguard home.

The Wrightsville Beach Foundation’s inaugural lifeguard calendars will be available for preorder at the next Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market Monday, July 7, at the foundation’s booth.

Foundation co-president Jim Smith said ocean rescue director Dave Baker, Jackie Whitaker and Jordan Wiegman served as photographers for the calendar. The calendars will sell for $15.

Although the calendars are a couple of weeks late in coming out, Smith said they should raise significant funds to send WBOR to the 2014 Unites States Lifesaving Association competition.

“We are excited about it, and have some awesome photographs and great sponsors,” Smith said. “We are going to be able to raise plenty of money to send the ocean rescue team to competition this year.”

Wrightsville’s ocean rescue team took home first place in last year’s USLA southeastern regional competition.

The beautification of downtown Wrightsville Beach will also continue to be a focus of concern for the foundation after the town of Wrightsville Beach secured a federal grant for intersection and pedestrian walkway improvements.

The Surface Transportation Project-Direct Attributable grant will provide $233,600 in federal funding for the project with a required match of $58,400 from the town, which was approved by the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen in May.

Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens said the grant funding carries the timing restrictions of permitting completed by Aug. 21, 2015, and project completion by April 30, 2016.

“At some point in the near future the board is going to have to sit down and figure out where they want to go with it all,” Owens said.

Smith said one of the things that helped the town secure the grant was the commitment from the foundation to also provide funding for the project.

One source of funding the foundation is currently working on is the sale of the first Wrightsville Beach flag.

Bordered in light blue with the town seal in the middle, foundation volunteer Linda Brown said the first order of the flags has already sold out.

All proceeds from the flag sales will be used for foundation projects like the downtown beautification plan.

For more information, visit www.wrightsville



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