Public Notice

Public Notice

Information About New Flood Maps and Flood Ordinance Changes


Brunswick County is considering adopting new flood maps and amending the County’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA regularly updates Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) using studies to improve the maps and ensure their accuracy. The last maps FEMA approved for our area were adopted in 2006; since then, FEMA has worked to study and improve these maps. Now that FEMA has approved updated maps, Brunswick County can adopt them and continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

To view the current effective maps or the preliminary maps on the State’s website, visit the Flood Risk Information System (FRIS) – Flood Maps, which will automatically show the current effective maps. To view the preliminary maps, in the top right corner of the page, click on “Effective” and change to “Preliminary.” This will allow the viewer to see the maps being adopted on August 28, 2018.

Brunswick County will be scheduling a public hearing about these changes, and a public informational workshop will be held on July 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the County Commissioners Chambers, at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia, NC.

For more information about the proposed changes to the Flood Maps and the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, click here.

Commissioner J. Martin (Marty) Cooke

Commissioner Cooke

Commissioner J. Martin (Marty) Cooke

Too often public officials are seen as little more than politicians who will do or say anything just to stay in office. This shouldn’t be what public service is all about.

Those who seek public office must first and foremost recognize they are indeed public servants, seeking to do the will of the people, doing their homework and getting the job done in an effective and responsible manner, with integrity and excellence. In short, those who seek public office must walk the walk, not just talk the talk, working hard to for the folks back home bringing their views to the table and establishing lines of communication providing timely answers to problems which are before them.

We must seek effective ways to work with others of diverse perspectives, spending more time listening, rather than talking. We must accomplish rather than promise and to do rather than attempt to give the perspective that something is being done.

The days of the select few, the backroom politics and good old boy network are gone, or they should be. We must walk each day with the clear recognition that everyone has a voice, everyone has a valid concern and public officials should be the ones bringing these perspectives to bear.

I want to do this for you, representing your viewpoints and being responsible regarding your concerns.

  • Local Business Owner
    (Cooke Realty, Ocean Isle Beach & Cooke Vacations, Holden Beach)
  • Former University Professor
  • Married 23 Years to Catherine Cooke
  • Four Children, age 8-16 in Local Public Schools
  • Active Member, Beach Assembly of God


  • BA The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
  • MA Communication, Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
  • Doctorate Studies, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership

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