The Town Council voted unanimously last night to approve the two proposed municipal service districts, with a modification to MSD-1 so that it includes only those properties that abut the Southern Shores beach and have at least 25 feet of frontage.
The modification means that so-called oceanside properties, which are on the east side of Ocean Boulevard, but are not oceanfront, and those that are oceanfront but have an eastern boundary of less than 25 feet, are now exclusively in MSD-2, not MSD-1.
The vote was 4-0. Councilman Jim Conners did not attend the meeting.
The Town Council also tabled the proposed beekeeping ordinance—apparently having heard from the beekeeping community about its rigors—and delayed action on the noise ordinance until May 18, so that it could be revised.
The North Carolina statute on municipal service districts requires the Town Council to approve proposed districts by majority vote of those present in two votes held at two separate meetings before it can adopt an ordinance establishing them. The Council’s next vote will be at its May 4 regular meeting.
The Beacon will give a full report on last night’s meeting, with editorial commentary, later in the week.
On a personal note: I am moving today from my Hickory Trail home of the past 23 years and will write more when I have somewhat recovered from the experience. I am not leaving Southern Shores, just moving to a house that suits me better. When I hold my obligatory moving sale, I hope some of you will stop by and say hello.
I note in passing that the Titanic sank on this date 99 years ago. The Titanic’s sinking may be a fitting metaphor for my move, but I chose the date as my move day because I wanted to take advantage of the bulk-trash pickup on Friday.
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 4/14/21