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.

Brunswick Residents Receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Award


Dozens turned out Tuesday to celebrate four Brunswick County individuals and groups who received recognition from the Governor’s Office for their volunteer efforts.

William “Buzz” McManus; 4-H Volunteers Benje Jones, Amanda Barnhill, Agnes Taylor and Dawn Britt; and the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor’s Center Volunteers all received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The Members of Mike’s Garage Band received the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award is given each year to individuals and groups in North Carolina that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The Governor’s Medallion Award is given each year to 20-25 volunteers, selected by a statewide panel.

Buzz McManus volunteers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, serving as the Volunteer Manager for the BCSO Detention Center, where he is responsible for recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers. He also serves as a Citizens Patrol VOICE Volunteer, is a certified traffic control officer, and serves as the BCSO’s Evidence Technician assisting the Evidence Custodian. In 2016, McManus single-handedly volunteered more than 1,100 hours in these roles.

4-H Club Leaders Benje Jones, Amanda Barnhill, Agnes Taylor and Dawn Britt guide, mentor and advise the youth in their clubs, creating an environment that allows the youth to make decisions about the activities and future of the club. This year, their efforts allowed two new 4-H clubs to form in Brunswick County: one additional club was formed for youth interested in shooting sports, and one additional club was formed specifically for younger members, to help the clubs meet the needs, attention spans and learning speeds of youth at different ages.

The Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor’s Center Volunteers greet guests at the Museum and Visitor’s Center, provide orientation for visitors, assist with museum exhibits and foster an understanding and appreciation for the rich heritage of Southport. In many instances, Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Venis wrote, the volunteers are the first people visitors meet as they come in to Southport. Venis credited the volunteers’ warmth, enthusiasm, knowledge and love for Southport with helping in large part to make Southport the popular tourist destination it has become.

Mike’s Garage Band, made up of St. James residents Mike Haase, John Staryak, Chuck Krambuhl, Tony DeFilippis, Mike Horgan, Dave Holly, Dave Reed and Katherine Weeks, puts on concerts throughout the year to raise money for Brunswick County organizations. Since the band’s formation in 2012, the group has raised more than $750,000, benefiting Pretty in Pink, Matthew’s Ministry, the Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry, Southport/Oak Island Kiwanis Club, New Hope Clinic, Communities In Schools, St. James Military Appreciation Day Fund, American Legion Post 543, Operation at Ease, Brunswick Family Assistance, the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw, and Sea Biscuit Wildlife Rescue, among many others. After a Southport teen was hit and critically injured by a drunk driver during the July Fourth festival, the group held a concert and raised $18,000 to help with the teen’s medical bills. The band takes no money for its expenses, so that all the donations from a concert can go to area non-profits. In nominating the group, community members spoke of the group’s dedication and commitment to Brunswick County and its residents.