Skip Watkins says he’s dreamed of serving in public office his whole life. A father, financial advisor and longtime volunteer with the Cape Fear Festival and Expo and the Azalea Festival, Watkins cites frustration over Wilmington City Council’s recent efforts to acquire a minor-league baseball stadium as the catalyst that ultimately spurred him to run for a seat on the Council. If elected, Skip Watkins hopes to provide the City with a dose of what he describes as “fiscal guidance.”
The headliner for this year’s Azalea Festival has been announced. Country singer Scotty McCreery will perform at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum on April 13th.
McCreery is a Garner, North Carolina native who won the American Idol television competition last year.
The Azalea Festival has been a Wilmington tradition since 1948 and a recent study by UNCW researchers found that the event has a $50 million impact on the local economy. This year, the festival runs from April 11th to 15th.