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Bridge Work Requires Closure of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pender County

Vehicular traffic will not be impacted

JACKSONVILLE – The Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to boating traffic south of the N.C. 50/210 Swing Bridge on Monday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The closure is needed for safety reasons as a Department of Transportation contractor will be installing girders across the Intracoastal for the new Surf City Bridge.

“We ask that boaters and other maritime interests please be patient during this installation,” said Jacksonville Resident Engineer Trevor Carroll. “Our contractor will be working to install these girders in a safe and timely manner.”

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Invitation for Proposals – Lawn Maintenance Services

Pender County Solid Waste is soliciting proposals for Lawn Maintenance Services for twelve (12) Pender County Convenience sites and the Transfer Station for years 2018 and 2019.  A contract for lawn maintenance services should be awarded on March 19, 2018 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting.  Bidding Packets are available at the office of Pender County Utilities at 605 E. Fremont St., Burgaw, NC 28425 or may be mailed and/or emailed upon request.  Sealed proposals on the appropriate bid forms will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st, at which time they will be publicly opened and recorded. Bidders should not attend the bid opening.  A bid tabulation will be mailed to all bidders.

The sealed proposals may be delivered to Pender County Utilities at 605 East Fremont St., in Burgaw, NC or may be mailed to Pender County Utilities, 605 East Fremont St., Burgaw, NC 28425. Questions concerning the proposals may be directed to Margaret Gray at 910.259.1521.  Pender County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.  Final award will be made to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, as determined by the Pender County Board of Commissioners.

– Bryan McCabe, Interim Director

Please see the linked documents here for more information.

Intermittent Lane Closures on Dan Owen Dr & SR 1570 (Factory Rd)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have intermittent lane closures on Dan Owen Drive and SR 1570 (Factory Rd) in Pender County (rotating East and West bound lanes) beginning Friday February 9, 2018 through Monday May 28, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm Mon – Fri) to construct the new alignment connection between Dan Owen Road and SR 1570 (Factory Rd).

One lane will remain open to traffic at all times on SR 1570 (Factory Road).

This work is part of the original Hampstead Median Project and has been accelerated to enhance safety along US 17 between NC 210 and SR 1570 (Factory Road).  “Safety is a top priority with NCDOT, said Resident Engineer Trevor Carroll and by separating this portion out of the project it has accelerated the Dan Owen Connection by 7 years”.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this lane closure, please visit and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone.  For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

To obtain more information about this work, you may contact Trevor Carroll, Resident Engineer at (910) 467-0520.

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Tourism initiatives continue digital trend

By Sherri Crawford, posted Jan 12, 2018 on

With the New Year here, many businesses are busy planning and forecasting via a fresh start. For those operating by fiscal year, however, steps to obtain company objectives have been long underway. Among them are the tri-county tourism offices, including Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.

One of the bureau’s top initiatives this year is showcasing Wilmington’s evolving downtown riverfront district. Recent additions to the northern riverfront, including a marina and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront (connected to the Wilmington Convention Center), have enhanced the area, with more development to come, officials said.

Now referred to as the Convention District, the multi-use area integrates the Wilmington Convention Center with the city and its businesses, experts and academic resources, CVB officials said.

Additional hotels, retail space, restaurants, a city park and more are under development in the district.

“With the transformation, the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will refresh our brand and creative strategy to seamlessly blend the historic charm with new modern attractions and facilities designed to challenge the visitors to not only enjoy the things they already love here, but to seek out new sights, sounds and tastes,” said Shawn Braden, the CVB’s executive vice president of marketing. “We will inspire visitors with strong visuals and to interact with 360 and drone video to create immersive brand experiences throughout Wilmington and our island beaches.”

Last spring, the CVB became the country’s first Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) to integrate SkyNav technology into its official tourism website. The DMO launched its second tour of that type, titled SkyNav Convention District Tour, late last year, taking viewers “inside” the Wilmington Convention Center through 360degree panoramas.

“Consumer interest in virtual reality ranks very high in the categories of travel, tourism and adventures,” Braden said. “Projected virtual reality active-user growth is expected to rise exponentially over the next three years. It is where the industry is headed. Future plans include 360-degree live videos that allow users to hear and see live movement and sounds, all through 360-degree movement.

“This will add a deeper, more immersive layer of experience into our SkyNav 3-D tour.”

While promoting Wilmington’s riverfront is one of many of the CVB’s initiatives, a milestone event for Pender County is in the works, said Pender County Tourism Director Tammy Proctor.

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the presence of legendary pirate Blackbeard along the North Carolina coast, Scallywags Weekend will showcase Pender County’s cultural heritage and more May 4-6.

Like officials at the Wilmington and Beaches CVB, Proctor notes the ever-increasing use of digital components in marketing campaigns. Additionally, she said, all of her organization’s tourism initiatives are three-pronged: targeting local, state and out-of-state visitors.

“What is different this year is our reach,” Proctor said. “We are using various websites and editorials to reach an audience outside the state.”

“The goal is to bring in visitors and grow our local economy via tourism,” she said. “Events like [Scallywags Weekend] will bring people to our hotels, our restaurants, our shops, our gas stations, etc. – it has a ripple effect on the economy.”

Meanwhile, the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is also focusing on its digitally related reach. Creating content in the way of video and photography is at the forefront.

According to Mitzi York, theauthority’s executive director, a new video promoting golfing was recently created, with plans to shoot two more leisure-related videos in the spring.

“I think that there’s a lot more focus on digital now than there used to be when I first got started working with TDA,” York said. “So we’re always trying to add to our library whether its photos or videos because people are spending a lot of time on social media. For example, YouTube, I think, is the second-biggest search engine now. Those things are becoming increasingly important.”

To that end, the Brunswick County group has added a photo gallery to its website’s weddings section. This lets website visitors see what a wedding on the Brunswick islands might look like, while gathering information about wedding locations, vendors and the like.

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Season 10 Fireball Run ‘Anniversary Edition’ Premieres on Amazon

Season 10 Fireball Run ‘Anniversary Edition’ Premieres on Amazon

Featuring Team 64 from Pender County Tourism

SANTA FE, NM. – The much anticipated tenth season of the Fireball Run television series has premiered on Amazon Video.  The 26-episode adventure-travel series traverses from Western New York to Massachusetts. Season 10, titled Anniversary Edition, spotlights the extraordinary history, sights, attractions, and people of under-discovered America while also aiding in the nation’s largest recovery effort for missing and exploited children.

Participating in season 10 series is local Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director, and Carrie DeLeon as team number 64, Nun-Thing Wrong hailing from Pender County and Vero Beach, Florida respectively. They joined a cast of over 100 dashing to cities within the Northeastern United States. Fireball Run chronicles the adventurous journey of 40 driving teams as they receive several clues which if solved, lead to rare, historic, or epic experiences.

More than just great entertainment, since 2007 the series has leveraged its exposure to support Child Rescue Network, a 501-c3 charity in a Race To Recover America’s Missing Children. Each contestant team is assigned a child missing from their local region and provided posters featuring the child to distribute along the 2,000-mile, ten-day live production. The series has since aided in the successful recovery of 50 missing children.

Team 64 was assigned the case of Tiffany Warrington who was abducted on Sept. 26, 2001 from Florida. “Fireball Run partners with the Child Rescue Network to raise awareness of America’s missing children”, said DeLeon. Co-Driver Tammy Proctor added, “Fireball Run is an adventure series, but it is the race to find America’s missing children. In 2015, Pender County and Topsail Island hosted the Fireball Run series and it was an adventure we thoroughly enjoyed.”

Best described as a contest, history, and travel show combined, Fireball Run differs significantly from Reality TV. The Factual Entertainment series is filmed authentically in real-time, then edited into an exciting 26-episode series that entertains while educating viewers about amazing sites and attractions visited and experienced by show contestants.

No easy task; solving the clues often involves assistance from a strong support team of fans, family, friends. How well did local team Nun-Thing Wrong score? You’re in luck if you have an Amazon Prime account. The series is distributed by Amazon and bingeing is free for Prime members. If not, maybe it’s time to join. Alternately, you can just go to Amazon to buy, download and keep the entire season.

Fireball Run picture featuring Tammy Proctor of Pender County Tourism

Media representatives can request clips, publicity stills, or schedule interviews using the info below.

Adrenaline Partnership LLC., M-F 9am-5pm MT (818) 572.1400 or
December 2017 the production relocated from Orlando to its own 22-acre Scaramanga Studio-Ranch in Santa Fe, NM.

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FedEx Freight coming to Pender Commerce Park

BURGAW – The Pender County Board of Commissioners and Wilmington Business Development announced FedEx Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, a unit of FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) has selected a 12.5-acre parcel at Pender Commerce Park for a new service center.

“The arrival of FedEx Freight highlights the rise of Pender Commerce Park as one of our region’s most appealing industrial properties, and demonstrates the county’s ongoing efforts t0 create jobs for its citizens,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. The company will be the park’s third tenant. New York-based Acme Smoked Fish and Empire Distributors, a consumer supply-chain leader, established operations in Pender Commerce Park in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Located on U.S. Highway 421 in the community of Currie, the 450-acre full-service industrial park was completed in 2011 as part of a partnership between Pender County and Wilmington Business Development (WBD).

“Pender Commerce Park is well on its way to being the modern business destination county leaders envisioned in 2006 when we began developing it,” said David Williams, a Pender County Commissioner who also represents the county on the WBD board of directors. “It is an asset that will further our push for greater economic diversification.”

“The choice of Pender Commerce Park by the world’s leading name in logistics is a huge vote of confidence for this fast-rising economic development asset,” said Scott Satterfield, chief executive officer of Wilmington Business Development (WBD), which markets the county to global businesses and provides technical advice to Pender County leaders. “The property is a significant regional product that enhances the convenience and connectivity of Greater Wilmington’s economy.”

Founded in 1956 as the Wilmington Committee of 100, Wilmington Business Development oversees business recruitment and industrial retention for the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and Pender County. A private, non-profit organization [501(c)(6)], WBD supports its members, partners and allies through a broad array of technical expertise, leadership resources and value-added business services. For additional information, visit


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Rescheduled Public Hearing Interbasin Transfer Public Hearing Rescheduled 03/22/18

The Interbasin Transfer Public Hearing which was cancelled 01/18/18 due to weather conditions has been rescheduled to 03/22/18.  This public hearing will be held in the Public Assembly Room/Board of County Commissioners meeting room located at 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw.  This public hearing will occur from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Those wishing to speak will need to sign the speaker registration form which will be available at 5:30 pm outside the meeting room.

NCDOT and Pender County to Hold Update Meeting on Hampstead Bypass and Median Project

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Pender County will hold a drop-in session to present current timelines on the Hampstead Bypass and Median projects.  The session will be held at the Hampstead Annex, located at 15060 US Highway 17, Hampstead, NC on January 23, 2018 beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

Members of the public and interested parties are invited to review current project timelines, designs, and funding for the Hampstead Bypass and Median projects.


Interbasin Transfer Public Hearing 01/18/18

The Interbasin Transfer Public Hearing which was scheduled for tonight at 6 pm in the government complex public assembly room has been canceled by the Environmental Management Commission hearing officer.  Both the hearing officer and the Division of Environmental Quality staff would be traveling from Raleigh which received a large volume of snow last night.  Pender County Utilities regrets the short notice of this cancellation but understands the travel safety concerns.  This public hearing will be rescheduled and re-advertised.

Pender 2.0 Public Meetings – Updated Venue (1/17)

Pender County Planning staff has scheduled two public meetings in Burgaw and Hampstead this week to seek additional public input on the draft of Pender 2.0, the Comprehensive Land Use Plan update, including the Future Land Use Map and recommended actions on the “Top 10” items in which we received public comment on.

We encourage the public to engage in the process and emphasize the importance of this document and the positive direction it guides our community over the next few decades. These will be drop-in style meetings in which the public will be asked to cycle through a series of maps and priorities while being provided the opportunity to leave comment on the draft product. In addition to this input, Staff will be at both the public libraries to address one-on-one interaction with interested citizens and stakeholders.

Burgaw, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. – Pender County Library
Hampstead, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. – Pender County Annex Auditorium

Pender County Library (Burgaw) – January 16, 2018 @ 10a.m. – 4p.m.
Pender County Annex (Hampstead) – January 17, 2018 @ 10a.m. – 4p.m.

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