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Without the assurance of federal money, funding beach nourishment and shoreline stabilization is one of the most critical issues facing beach towns.  During the first CoastLine Candidate Forum of 2015, all Kure Beach Mayoral and Town Council candidates agreed on one thing: New Hanover County needs to contribute more toward beach nourishment. 

Mayor Dean Lambeth says that he doesn’t think federal funding for beach nourishment will disappear any time soon, but he does want the county to contribute more:

Barbara and Tom wrote:

We are writing a fan letter to you. We can't tell you how happy it makes us listening to Gina [Gambony’s classical music] programs. She is so fun, so informative, and we love her taste in music. We look forward to her interviews, of course, too. There's an art to asking interesting questions and getting interesting answers. What can we say? She's an artist! Thanks for sharing her with us all.

Seismic testing and the potential for offshore drilling has galvanized strong opposition in Kure Beach.  Earlier this year, Mayor Dean Lambeth ignited controversy after he sent a letter in support of seismic testing to the Federal agency overseeing offshore oil exploration.  Hundreds of opponents showed up to protest at the next Kure Beach Town meeting in January.  

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In this first CoastLine Candidate Forum of 2015, we bring you the four candidates running for Kure Beach Mayor and Town Council.

In the Town of Kure Beach, two candidates are competing for the mayoral seat.  On the council side, two candidates are running unopposed for two open seats. 

Kure Beach Town Council Members serve staggered four-year terms. The Mayor serves a two-year term.  Members are elected in a non-partisan election every two years.  

Candidates for mayor:  

Emily Louise Smith is a senior lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW and the Founder/Publisher of Lookout BooksLookout is the sister book imprint of Ecotone Magazine.  Anna Lena Phillips Bell is also a lecturer with the Creative Writing Department and the editor of both publications.

Forward Motion Dance is ready to perform its yearly bonanza.  As always, a collection of diverse talents have been weaved together to create this multimedia show, called  Cape Fear Arts in Motion:  Duets, Pirouettes, and Silhouettes.

New Hanover County Board of Education is setting to work on its next Strategic Plan.  A new vocational high school may be included in the proposal. 

The New Hanover County Board of Education is looking into building a vocational high school on the Cape Fear Community College campus.  Edward Higgins, member of the Board of Education, says they’re looking to the county and the state to provide funding for this project:

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares an experience she hasn't spoken of since 1987.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and a Free Lance Nut.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Kim Henry moved to Wilmington about 4 years ago and within 2 weeks began teaching drama workshops for children.  She had started a company several years earlier in Spain, called Luv2Act, and she wanted to continue her work here.  She knew she was doing the work she loved most.

WHQR is participating in the national PARK(ing) Day by taking over a parking space and creating a lush SoundGarden. The garden will be located in a parking space directly in front of HQR’s Studios at 254 N. Front Street and will be open from 11am – 6pm on Friday, September 18, 2015.