This summer has been very enjoyable in Emerald Isle and all along the Crystal Coast. I hope all of you have been able to take advantage of all of the wonderful things the Crystal Coast has to offer.
Soon, the summer will be over, the kids will be heading back to school, and everyone will be shifting to fall and winter activities. This fall will be a great time for you and your friends to get involved in one or more of those volunteer activities with which you have wanted to work, but haven't taken the initiative to get involved. If you take the initiative to get involved, I guarantee that you will receive more in return than you give. You can make a difference. Volunteerism is a great way to meet other people and to put skills you have learned over the years to good use. If you are willing to give your time, there are plenty of organizations that could use your help.
My wife Diane and I have volunteered with many groups across the county and if you let us know what your interest is, we will be glad to put you in touch with the right people. There are plenty of opportunities to work with young people, older people, disadvantaged people, and also to make things enjoyable for your fellow citizens.
I am sure we left many organizations out, but the following Emerald Isle organizations could use help In no particular order, the organizations are the Revegetation Committee, Blood Drives, Habitat for Humanity, Holiday Parade, Friends of the Library, Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee, Turtle Trotters, Emergency Medical Services, Volunteer Fire Department, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease fall fund raiser), the 2nd Annual Triathlon, and White Oak Elementary School. There are also many other county organizations that we can put you in touch with if you have interests in other areas. Time commitments can range from very small to lots of time depending on your wishes. Give Diane or I a call at 252-354-2916 (home) and we will hook you up with the right person.
On another note, according to the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the U. S. Supreme Court eminent domain decision does not change law in North Carolina. North Carolina state law is very different from Connecticut where the case originated. North Carolina municipalities and counties do not have the authority to use eminent domain to acquire and convey property to a private developer for general economic development purposes.