Category Archives: Minnesott Beach

Minnesott course hosts teen golfers


Ten high schools competed in the 1-A East Golf Regional Tournament Monday at Minnesott Golf & Country Club. In a photo snapped between holes are Matthew McAllister of Pamlico County High School; Noah Greenway of Oxford Prep; and Luke Matthews of Southside High School. Greenway finished his round with an 89, placing sixth among all competitors. McAllister and Matthews finished with a 120 and 94, respectively. Several of the teams did well enough to head for the 1-A State Finals scheduled for Pinehurst.

Joel Padilla-Galves of Minnesott Beach arrested

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Chris Davis

Press Release

Joel Padilla-Galves

Joel Padilla-Galves

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations arrested and charged Joel Padilla-Galves of 186 Country Club Drive in Minnesott Beach NC. Galves was charged with the following crimes:

One Count of Trafficking Methamphetamine
One Count of Maintain a Dwelling to Sale a Controlled Substance
One Count of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia

Galves was placed in the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $1,000,000.00 secure bond. Galves first appearance will be on Friday, February 19, 2016.

Galves arrest stems from Investigators conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Galves in the Reelsboro Community. Evidence within the vehicle lead investigators to the residence located at 186 Country Club Drive in Minnesott Beach. A search of the residence was conducted and approximately 7 ounces of Methamphetamine was recovered during the search.

Over the last several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints regarding drug activity at Galves residence. Sheriff Chris Davis would like to thank the citizens of Minnesott Beach for providing the sheriff’s office with key information that allowed us to take another drug dealer off the street. The street value of the Methamphetamine seized is approximately $30,000.00. This is one of the largest Methamphetamine seizure ever recorded in Pamlico County.

Eatery near ferry off to fast start

Karen Whitmore, left, and Erin de Cesare run a tight ship, hoping to snare customers headed to and from the ferry at Minnesott Beach.

Karen Whitmore, left, and Erin de Cesare run a tight ship, hoping to snare customers headed to and from the ferry at Minnesott Beach.

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

MINNESOTT BEACH – Home of a busy ferry terminal across the mighty Neuse River, this waterfront community immediately appealed to restaurateur Karen Whitmore.

Having experienced great success at a golf course location in Mansfield, Ohio, Whitmore quickly sealed the deal, when she discovered that her new spot was on the way to Pamlico County’s only golf course, but better yet, that her quick in-and-out format would be perfect for ferry-bound patrons!

The name, “Changin’ Lattitude @ the Ferry,” seemed to be as much pre-ordained for Whitmore, as the items she has selected for her blazing fast menu!

“I’ve been cooking since I was 13, and now I’m 40,” said Whitmore, during a recent interview. “I’m a big Jimmy Buffet fan. I love the beach, the water, and all that stuff. And, I was definitely changing latitudes with my move from Ohio. Thus far, everyone who has come in has said they must come back!”

And, as every ferry patron will soon discover, Whitmore’s location is indeed phenomenal – less than a 30-second drive to the terminal, and no more than a brisk one-minute walk away. She hopes to reach out to Camp Sea Gull, Camp Seafarer, Wayfarer’s Cove Marina, Minnesott Golf & Country Club, Beta Marine, fishermen, contractors, and anyone else who might find themselves hungry in a part of the county where delicious, quick food is often hard to come by.

Tentative hours are seven days per week, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Without further ado, punch this number into the memory of your cell phone: (252) 249-7228. And, as you head out for a ferry crossing of the Neuse River, call Karen or her young, multi-tasking assistant Erin de Cesare to place your order. Unlike Karen, your personal latitude won’t change much, but she guarantees your attitude will.

Safe stolen from country club

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

MINNESOTT BEACH – A safe was stolen early Sunday morning from the country club of this small waterfront community. Surveillance video captured the first few minutes of the heist – apparently perpetrated by a solo white male – until “wires to the cameras were ripped from the unit,” according to a law enforcement report of the incident.

Based upon brief video footage retrieved from the damaged recorder, investigators believe the suspect was familiar with the layout of the building and has likely been inside the club on one or more previous occasions.

Deputy Stephen Beck of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene at 5:26 a.m. shortly after an alarm was triggered. Video shows the suspect entering through a door of the building just minutes earlier at exactly 5:08 a.m.

Anyone who may have information about this crime should call the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department at 745-3101.

Squatters arrested in Minnesott Beach

‘They looked like regular renters to me’ said one neighbor

TCC080813001By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

MINNESOTT BEACH –Bryan Moore, 47, knew nothing about four squatters who settled into his waterfront home, located on the Neuse River a mere stone’s throw from this community’s ritzy golf and country club.

Moore, on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., had done little to his residence since Hurricane Irene struck in August of 2011. So he immediately sensed something was awry when his Minnesott Beach neighbor called to gently complain about Moore’s ‘renters.’

“I would not even know about this now were it not for her call,” said Moore, during a brief telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “But let me tell you, that was some good service that I got from the law enforcement folks down there. I really feel good about how they handled the situation.”

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

The squatters – a married couple and two adult sons – “were quite overt about everything,” said Moore. “I think maybe that’s part of their regular tactics.”

Deputy Jerry Pegram with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case, which quickly brought about the arrests on July 23 and 24 of Mike and Kristi Poteet, and their sons Paul, 25, and Jacob, 30. The three men remain incarcerated at the Pamlico County Jail, with the woman being held in Craven County.

“They really know how to play the system,” said Pegram, who said that the investigation is still underway. “They forged and altered documents to get the water and electricity turned on. In Pamlico County, if a house has had they power turned off for more than a year, then the Building Inspector has to approve the residence. The place didn’t pass inspection the first time, but they made some repairs and got approval.”

Pegram added the family had previously been evicted from another home in town. As a result of that information, investigators believe the Poteet family was familiar with the Beach Road neighborhood, and knew Moore’s home had been unoccupied for many months.

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

One neighbor, Bob McDonald, said “they looked like regular renters to me.”

One person, unconnected with law enforcement, but familiar with the situation, reported the squatters “had four stolen – verified by their animal chips – very expensive cats, from $600 to $1000 in value. Outside were two stolen (also chipped) dogs.”

Inside the residence were huge containers of beads and jewelry making materials, with a “very large amount of clothing.”

The source also reported a large quantity of food, both fresh and canned, including animal food in unopened bags.

“Apparently they were not planning on running if found out – too much stuff to leave behind.”

Pegram, the deputy, expects more shoes to drop.

“We found out that one of the sons, Jacob, is wanted in Kansas City. And, we know that the parents got financial help locally, so we’re looking into possible charges related to that.”

Moore, the absentee homeowner, finds the entire episode mind-boggling.

“The sheer audacity of it is what amazes me,” he said. “You just don’t expect something like this to happen. They forged my name in mid-March, and after that they just got more and more comfortable living there.”

Town gives developer more time for roads


By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer

MINNESOTT BEACH – Elected officials here unanimously agreed Tuesday night that Arlington Place may have an additional year to finish construction of roads in the 954-acre development.

The new deadline is Sept. 26, 2013.

The original agreement between the town and Burton Farm Development Company, (currently Boddie-Noell Enterprises) stated that improvements were to be “substantially completed” by September 26, 2007, and commissioners have granted yearly extensions since then.

Town resident Phil Hedrick presented the commissioners with a list of questions regarding road dimensions, postponed completion dates, and whether the balance of the bond was adequate to cover the cost of finishing the roads — if the developer failed to perform. He also questioned why the commissioners grant the yearly extensions.

Hedrick is quite familiar with Arlington Place, having secured an option on the entire tract almost a decade ago – which ultimately led to the purchase by Boddie-Noell.

Developers commonly post letters of credit, or “security/performance bonds” that obligate them to construct and complete improvements (in this case roads and water lines), in accordance with local subdivision standards and within agreed-upon time limits.

The original commitment for infrastructure was almost $8 million. Since the water lines and much of the roadwork have been completed, only $1.7 million of the bond remains in effect An engineering firm hired by the town verified the funds were adequate to complete the paving of the six to seven miles of interior roadways.

Lot sales and housing starts continue to be slow in this mixed-use residential development, and Boddie-Noell Enterprises requested another year in which to finish the paving. It hopes to avoid potential surface damage caused by heavy vehicles used during the construction of future housing units.

Look out! Water tower to fall in Minnesott Beach!


Left, if all goes well, this de-commissioned water tower should hit the ground between two pine trees. Center, Larry Hughes, a local welder, intends to dismantle the structure for its salvage value at no cost to the town. Right, high above the ground, Hughes attaches massive steel cables.

Left, if all goes well, this de-commissioned water tower should hit the ground between two pine trees. Center, Larry Hughes, a local welder, intends to dismantle the structure for its salvage value at no cost to the town. Right, high above the ground, Hughes attaches massive steel cables.

By Judith Lynch | Special to the County Compass

MINNESOTT BEACH – The otherwise-peaceful atmosphere of this waterfront community will likely see some violence Thursday when a ‘retired’ water tower – some 140 feet high — loses its grip on the sky and crashes to the ground.

Larry Hughes, owner/operator of Hughes Welding in Reelsboro, has been laboring under a hot sun since July 16 preparing for the big event. The fenced site, just off Hwy. 306, contained two concrete block outbuildings, pumping and electrical equipment, wiring, massive water filtration tanks, and a mountain of salt.

All had to be demolished, disassembled or cut up, and hauled away prior to getting down to the business of toppling the tower.

Hughes, who began working on local trawlers as a teenager, is no stranger to hard work. Over the years he’s learned marine welding, steel fabrication, sandblasting, painting and more, but an accident nine years ago required a course change.

He is now land-based, and has expanded his professional welding services to include commercial and residential demolition and salvage work.

Past projects include taking down and recycling 40 or 50 large grain bins and some 60-foot by 65-foot fuel tanks. Asked what the biggest challenge has been so far on this project, he replied, “There’s nothing we haven’t run into before, except for the salt.”

Unafraid of heights but understandably reluctant to climb the rickety rungs of the skeletal, unenclosed 100’ ladder (“I would’ve done it when I was a kid”), he wisely employed a crane with a big, solid bucket to hoist him up the tower.

On each trip he hauled the eye-spliced, shackled end of a 450-foot long, 1-inch steel cable. Hanging out of the bucket, he bear-hugged the stiff cable around the structure, and attached it. No fool, he was wearing heavy work gloves and a very secure body harness.

The cables form a bridle and run toward two large trees far beyond the path of the tower. A massive steel block chained to the base of each tree will enable the bulldozer, run by Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath (minus coat and tie), to make a low, straight pull and supply some direction to the falling structure. When the top of the tower leans over far enough – seven to eight feet off center — gravity should do the rest.

The target area, a “landing strip” between two large pine trees and marked by blue flags, sits well away from any structure or road. Hughes does not anticipate the tank’s heavy steel, riveted plates coming apart on impact.

The tower’s legs, which are strongly bolted to huge footings of solid reinforced concrete, will require some preparation. Prior to pulling the tower over, the 2-inch anchor bolts and 4-inch nuts will be cut through, and sections of the rear legs scored so on the tower’s way down, they will fold like giant hinges.

After the tower crashes to earth, three men with propane and liquid oxygen torches will attack the approximately 80-ton carcass, carving it up before it’s trucked to New Bern for recycling.

The salvage value of S & P (structural and plate) steel is currently $245 a ton, down from $300 only two months ago. Larry Hughes, who is completing the job for the value of the salvage less expenses, will have earned every single penny of it.

Safety is paramount in a complex undertaking such as this. Removing the structure is a dangerous, painstaking process and should present a remarkable and memorable sight to all who observe it.

Landmark headed for memory lane


NEWS1-Water-tower-picBy Judith Lynchx | Staff Writer

MINNESOTT BEACH – Before too long, residents here will no longer tell first-time visitors to “just turn at the water tower.”

Citing health and safety concerns, the Minnesott Beach Commissioners agreed Tuesday night to issue a ‘Request for Proposals’ for dismantling and removal of the giant, spider-like tower at the intersection of Hwy. 306 and Brinson Road, just behind Beta Marine, a local business.

One small concrete block building and a variety of pumping and electrical equipment will also be removed from the 2.2 acre site, as well as the associated concrete catch basin and piping on the Neuse River.

The precise history of the water tower varies from source to source, but all credit the Indian Trace Company, developers of Lake Minnesott Estates, as erecting the “perhaps previously owned,” gravity-fed tower to serve the growing community.

The Town of Minnesott Beach, incorporated in 1971, bought the tower from Indian Trace. Later, in the early 1980s, Pamlico County incorporated the structure into its system. However, the county subsequently bypassed the tower, leaving it empty and all but useless – except for its value as a local landmark.

Folks just guess at its height and capacity. The tower’s sheer size becomes obvious when one stands underneath or close by. Taking it apart will yield a great deal of valuable, recyclable metal, which will hopefully reduce the cost of the removal.

When work begins, the engineering spectacle could take up to 90 days.