Council Recap: Honoring Our STAR Employees and A Cherished Local Historian

Wilmington City Council held its first regular meeting for the month of February and first up, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine was presented to Wilmington native Captain Wilbur Jones for exemplary service to the state of North Carolina.

A veteran, author, and historian, Captain Jones played a pivotal role in having Wilmington named as the first American World War II Heritage City.

“Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine the summer land where the sun shines. Where the weak grow strong and the strong go great. Here’s to down home, the old north state. Thank you and good evening,” Wilbur said after accepting the award.

Council also recognized numerous city employees who have gone above and beyond in their performance and service to the community.

Next, council accepted a $155,000 grant from the NC Public Beach and Waterfront Access program, which will help pay for an ADA-accessible kayak launch at Bradley Creek.

A voter-approved bond project, the launch will be located just west of the Oleander Drive bridge and is in the preliminary stage of design.

Lastly, council passed a resolution supporting the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority’s request for state funding of pipe infrastructure.

This funding would help ensure the continued reliable availability of raw water for our region.

City Council will meet again on February 21st at 6:30 p.m. For more on this meeting, visit

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