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White Lake Board Receives 2017 Tourism Impact for Bladen County

By Joy Warren

During the regular meeting of the White Lake Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening, Mayor Goldston Womble shared information from Dawn Maynard, executive director for the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Her report indicated that visitor spending increased in Bladen County for 2017 at the highest growth rate since 2011.

Statistics released recently by Visit NC revealed a 4.78 percent increase over 2016. Maynard also indicated that last summer showed an increase for White Lake visitors. Womble indicated that improving the lake clarity prior to the start of the summer made a difference.

The Board approved a resolution to regulate the hours of Halloween trick-or-treating. Hours designated are from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. A curfew will be in effect for all youth between the ages of 13 and adult after 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.

A resolution recognizing Sunday, Nov. 11, as Veteran’s Day was approved by the Board. Womble said, “The day is one to show honor to our veterans, both living and deceased, who have served our country to preserve the principles of justice, freedom, democracy, and to show our veterans we appreciate their sacrifice.” The Municipal Complex and Post Office will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the holiday.

In administrative matters, the Board approved Utility Releases ($2,339.14); approved payment of overtime hours by staff during the hurricane, as reimbursed by FEMA; approved Multi-Use Path capital project ordnance amendment; and accepted the full settlement of taxes as presented, due to resignation of tax collector Ginger Stevens. Deputy tax collector Maggie Spivey will assume the duties until the position has been filled.

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