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Bald Head Island Conservancy Assistant Director Poul Lindegaard says a dead beaked whale was found on South Beach, while a baby bottle nose was found alive on East Beach almost to Fort Fisher. Lindegaard says a team from the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program came to the island and determined that the dolphin, which was just a few days old, had no chance to live. Comment?
The NC Division of Coastal Management this week issued a Coastal Area Management Act, or CAMA, Major Permit to the Village of Bald Head Island to build a terminal groin up to 1,900 feet long at the point between South Beach and West Beach. The permit was issued under a law that amended the NC Coastal Area Management Act to allow permitting of up to four terminal groins at North Carolina ocean inlets to protect structures and infrastructure from erosion. Comment?
The captain of a Bald Head Island ferry likely was daydreaming at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 17 when the boat ran aground in the Cape Fear River near Battery Island, injuring 13 passengers and one crew member, according to a U.S. Coast Guard Report of Investigation. "The master never realized or was aware how close he was from the sand bars near Battery Island since he never reduced speed or tried any actions to avoid the grounding," according to the report. Comment?
BHI'S Village Council this afternoon voted to eliminate the position of Human Resources and Communications Director held by Karen Ellison, according to information provided by Village Manager Calvin Peck. "After due consideration and evaluation of village needs and staffing, I believe it is time to change how the village handles its HR and Communications functions," Mayor Andy Sayre said at the meeting, according to Peck's information. Comment?
A federal lawsuit filed by one of five Bald Head Island Public Safety Department employees fired in August details alleged issues within the village and department. An attorney for Herbert Bryant filed the suit this week in US District Court in Wilmington against the Village of Bald Head Island and Village Manager Calvin Peck. Comment?
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