Dear Wrightsville Beach Neighbors and Town Staff,
As I complete my second and final term as your Wrightsville Beach Alderman, I would like to thank you for your support. It has been my honor to serve our community.
Reflecting on the past 10 years, I am proud to be a part of two Boards and a professional town staff who maintained a very healthy fiscal budget, especially during the Great Recession. We saw the writing on the wall early on that future beach renourishment funding may be in jeopardy and created a sand fund which is now over $2 million dollars. We also tackled “unsexy” issues like our water and sewer infrastructure, which has been neglected for so long. Our capable public works department has made much progress.
The Wrightsville Beach Foundation was founded by a group of Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members and a few residents who were concerned about the gap between residents’ needs and wants and funding of amenities around the island. I am proud to be a part of that grass roots effort which has blossomed into a vibrant organization. The group helped establish the Farmers Market and Taste of Wrightsville Beach and has donated thousands of dollars to the town for amenities like bike racks, water fountains and even Santa’s visit this Christmas Eve!
I have always been a staunch supporter of our Commercial businesses and hope we will continue to maintain our island as a town, not a suburb. Our businesses have been very supportive of events like the Taste of Wrightsville Beach and other needs when called upon.
I have been an advocate for curbside recycling and safer pedestrian and bike paths and even though it did not happen during my time on the Board, I am optimistic they will!
I leave knowing our town is in very capable hands and look forward to spending more time with my family who has been my biggest supporters.
Have a Merry Christmas and healthy and safe 2018!