Of the 552 municipalities in North Carolina, Leland ranked as the seventh fastest-growing between 2017 and 2018, just under large metropolitan areas like Charlotte and the Triangle region.
Considering the Town grew nearly 11 percent in just one year, I am especially proud to say that the new budget, which began July 1, includes no tax rate increase. Residents will also see utility rates remain the same in 2019-20.
Keeping pace with rapid growth can be a challenge. But we have designated more than $1 million to handle road maintenance and repairs and have allotted funds to staff 12 new full-time positions in departments like Police, Public Services, and Planning. You can see more highlights, as well as the complete 2019-20 budget, online.
As we welcome this continued influx of new residents and employees, I would like to take a moment to bid farewell to our EMS department, the finest around, if you ask me.
July 1 marked the transfer of EMS service from the Town to the County. The news was certainly hard to take, but I believe we were able to keep what matters most in mind – ensuring the well-being of our EMS employees and our residents through our agreement with the County, which offered employment to full-time Leland EMS staff and created a seamless transition of services for citizens.
Leland EMS has been a source of local pride since it was formed as an all-volunteer group back in 1968. And no one should be prouder than the men and women who gave tirelessly and selflessly to help others and save lives, even at risk to their own. To each and every one of them, I give my heartfelt thanks.
As summer rolls along, remember that July is National Parks and Recreation Month, offering even more opportunities to get outside and have fun. This year’s theme is “Game On!”, so be on the lookout on our Facebook page and website for locally planned events the whole family can enjoy.
--- Mayor Brenda Bozeman
UnBirthday Party: Tie Dye
Leland Municipal Park
Saturday, Aug. 17
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Admission: $8 (residents); $12 (non-residents)
We're throwing an UnBirthday Party to celebrate the end of summer! Have fun in the park with friends while making tie dye t-shirts to take home, enjoying cold treats, and playing games! This awesome event is for ages 6-14.
July 9 at 10:00 AM – Infrastructure Committee
July 9 at 3:00 PM – Public Safety Committee
July 11 at 6:00 PM – Economic Development Committee
July 15 at 11:00 AM – Council (Agenda)
July 17 at 4:00 PM – Leland Tourism Development Authority
July 18 at 6:00 PM – Council (Regular)
July 23 at 6:00 PM – Planning Board
July 31 at 6:00 PM – Parks and Recreation Board
Aug. 1 at 1:30 PM – Transportation Oversight Committee
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use park space or other Town facilities for my event?
While the Town's public parks include amenities, like picnic areas, can be used at no cost for birthdays, family reunions or other gatherings, park space cannot be reserved ahead of time.
Use of park facilities for events is on a first-come, first-served basis. Information about Leland parks, including any pertinent rules and regulations and maps, is available online.
The Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) - a flexible venue that can accommodate a number of events of various sizes - is available as a rental space. The facility includes an open gallery space, classrooms, multimedia equipment and a catering kitchen. Rental fees are determined hourly and by the specific space being utilized.
Some agencies may qualify for special consideration in the reduction of rental fees. Brunswick County Schools and other organizations that closely align with the Town of Leland's mission are encouraged to apply for Town sponsorship of their event.
For more information, or to submit a rental inquiry form, visit the Town's website.
Susan Carmack Artist Reception
Leland Cultural Arts Center
Thursday, July 11
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate the works of Susan Carmack at the opening reception for her exhibition at the LCAC Gallery.
Economic Development News
Photo courtesy Port City Daily/Johanna Ferebee
Eternal Sunshine Café in Wilmington recently announced plans to open a second location in the former space of the twice-shuttered Blue Star Kitchen and Bar on Village Road in August.
At Leland Town Center on U.S. 17, C & S Commercial Properties is working on the site of the long-awaited Chick-Fil-A and a 9,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building next door that will be anchored by a Starbucks.
The owners of Sweet ’n Savory Cafe in Wilmington signed a lease for the former Eddie Romanelli’s/Fat Tony’s space in the Waterford community and plan to open this second location sometime later this year.
Work is progressing on Leland Station, a 120-unit gated apartment community in the Waterford Commercial Village area. The initial buildings are expected to be ready for occupancy by August.
Construction is nearly complete on the new EmergeOrtho medical building and surgery center in Brunswick Forest. Stay tuned for news about their grand opening.
Kayak Adventures Aug. 19 – Sharks Tooth Island
Paddle with us at Sharks Tooth Island in the Cape Fear River! These trips, led by Mahanaim Adventures, are sure to be memorable – you might even find sharks' teeth! Excursions fill up quickly, so register now! Please visit the Leland Kayak Adventures for more details.
Tickets are sold out for the upcoming On the Border concert at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) on July 12. Be sure to get your tickets to LCAC events early! Or purchase 2019 VIP season tickets online or at the LCAC office, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, (910) 385-9891.
Leland Cultural Arts Center
Camp Create – Now - Aug. 9
$150 weekly per child
Camp Create continues this month, with a strong focus on the arts and self-expression. During each week, campers explore a variety of art forms, take part in a field trip, and enjoy games and social time. Select weeks will be heavier in a specific art form to give campers a more in-depth experience.