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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Residents apply to fill 19 town board vacancies

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As of Sunday, Jan. 4, the town of Wrightsville Beach received 15 applications to fill 19 vacancies on town advisory boards and committees. Thirteen of those applicants were seeking reappointment.

Planning board members Ace Cofer, David Culp, Vivian “Zeke” Partin and Susan Snider are all applying for reappointment as their two-year terms expire Jan. 31.

Five parks and recreation advisory committee members’ terms are expiring, too. Katrina Morton, Elise Running and Penny Tillery are seeking reappointment but Catherine Brunjes and Greg Files have already served three consecutive terms and must take a one-year hiatus.

Susan Collins applied for one of the two openings. Collins is a former member of the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen and also has four years of experience on the planning board. Collins currently serves on the town’s Historic Landmark Commission.

The Wrightsville Beach Marketing Advisory Committee has three vacancies. Pres Davenport, Madeline Flagler and Dave Motte’s terms are expiring but only Davenport has applied for reappointment.

Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach hotel manager Anne Marie Hartman submitted an application for one of the openings. Hartman cited her years serving on the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) as an example of her experience with Wrightsville Beach tourism.

She also stated in her application that as manager of the largest contributor of Room Occupancy Tax (ROT) on the island, it would make sense for her to have a voice in how to spend the portion of that money allocated to Wrightsville Beach.

The terms of historic landmark commission members Nancy Faye Craig, Stephen Logue and Robin Spinks are expiring but only Craig submitted an application for reappointment.

Four Board of Adjustment members’ terms are also expiring. All four have applied to serve another term.

The board of aldermen will appoint the board and committee members during its Jan. 8 meeting.

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