An activist has told a Labour conference fringe me

first_imgAn activist has told a Labour conference fringe meeting how her attempts to secure the support she needed after becoming disabled left her feeling “like a human pinball”.Catherine Scarlett became disabled four years ago, and has faced an “incredibly steep learning curve” in finding out “what support is available and how to get it”.She told the fringe event, which was hosted by Scope and the Fabian Society and focused on the extra costs of disability, how it was only receiving disability living allowance (DLA) that allowed her to fund the manual wheelchair with powered wheels that she needed.Last year, she said, she faced “quite frightening” disability-related costs of more than £10,000.She said: “If it hadn’t been for DLA payments I would not have had the money in the bank to get the wheelchair; I wouldn’t have been able to carry on working.“I managed to carry on working for a year after I got it. It gave me back my life. It means I can get around independently.”But she said that coalition spending cuts to working-age DLA, introduced as part of the move to the new personal independence payment (PIP), needed to be reversed.She said the PIP process was “designed to stop people getting benefits. It is taking away the money that they need to lead independent lives.”Scarlett (pictured at the fringe event, watched by shadow disability minister Debbie Abrahams) also said the government needed to remove the “disgusting 20-metre rule”, which has slashed the qualifying distance for the higher rate of mobility support from 50 metres under DLA to just 20 metres under PIP.She said: “I have heard from so many people who have lost their independence because they have lost their ability to have [a Motability vehicle].“They cannot work because they have lost their ability to get out of their houses. Those people need to be given their independence back. It is totally wrong.”Scarlett said that having to deal with DLA – and later apply for PIP – employment and support allowance, wheelchair services, hospital departments, social services and the council’s housing department had left her feeling like “a human pinball bounced around by all different departments”.She is also taking her employer to an employment tribunal, after facing three years of “really severe disability discrimination at work”.Scarlett, now a town councillor in Driffield, said: “I feel like in the last three years my life has been scripted by Kafka; it’s been going from bizarre to even more bizarre.”last_img read more

Alex Nieto Coalition Demands Independent Shooting Investigation

first_imgSee Mission Local’s full coverage of the Alex Nieto shooting here.On the two-year anniversary of his death, advocates for Alex Nieto, a 28-year-old man shot and killed by San Francisco police at Bernal Heights Park in March 2014, are demanding an independent investigation of the shooting by the Department of Justice. They are also requesting a litany of other changes to the San Francisco Police Department’s policy governing officer-involved shootings. Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos, who have long been involved with the Nieto coalition, both support the statement but said its legal demands would have to be ironed out.“Some of the specific things that they’re requesting, there might be limitations on what you’re able to do,” Campos said. Avalos said he would introduce a measure at the board with language similar to the Nieto statement. Nieto was shot and killed by four San Francisco police officers on March 21, 2014. All four officers testified earlier this month that Nieto drew and aimed a taser that they took to be a pistol, and that the four feared for their lives when they shot at him. Nieto carried a taser for his work as a security guard.In a statement published Monday morning, advocates asked police to restructure their use of force policy to “make alternatives to lethal use of force unequivocally mandatory,” make complaints and incidents of police use-of-force open to the public, create a special office to investigate police misconduct, and require more than one medical examiner to perform autopsies on victims of police shootings. The letter also asks that the city build a memorial to Nieto on Bernal Hill where he was shot.Campos said he was supportive of the “intent and spirit” of the statement but noted that some of the specific proposals may be vague or unworkable. A mandatory requirement to not use lethal force, Campos said, was unclear.“I don’t know what that means, for it to be mandatory,” he said, adding that the proposal to increase transparency of the department might brush up against state law.Juana Tello, who helped draft the statement, said it aimed to prioritize de-escalation tactics over lethal force, not require that officers be prohibited from using their weapons. She also called for evidence-gathering to be more removed from the police department.“For us it’s important to talk about the bigger picture, that there is a better process and independent forces that are able to do their own assessment of the evidence,” she said.Albie Esparza, the spokesperson for the police department, wrote in an email that the department is making changes to its use-of-force policy that will be reviewed by the Police Commission. He said the department does not respond to specific letters like the statement drafted by Nieto’s advocates.The statement also asks that the Department of Justice investigate the Nieto shooting during its current review of San Francisco police practices. The federal body was called to the city by the mayor after the shooting death of 26-year-old Mario Woods in December 2015 and has been holding “listening sessions” around the city to gauge public trust in the police force.One such meeting held in the Mission earlier in March saw heated protests by advocates of Woods, who say that the Department of Justice review is toothless.Some of the advocates’ demands stem from a belief that the police covered up Nieto’s shooting. At a rally held hours after a jury cleared all four involved officers of using excessive force in Nieto’s death earlier in March, advocates said that the city participated in a “sham.”At issue are several pieces of physical evidence, including a bone fragment found in Nieto’s pocket that advocates say proves he had his hands pocketed when he was shot. A three-dimensional modeling expert testified at trial that the bone could have gotten into Nieto’s pocket in a variety of ways, and his company, Precision Simulations, is also called out in the statement for investigation.A technician from Taser International testified at the trial that data downloaded from Nieto’s taser showed three trigger-pulls matching the time of the shooting. Because that data was contested by lawyers for Nieto’s family during the trial, the letter published Monday also asks for an investigation of Taser International.Supervisor Campos said that while he respects the legal process of evidence-gathering from the trial, he thinks reinvestigation of the city agencies and private companies involved is warranted given long-standing issues of distrust between the Mission District community and the police.“Even if the police officer does everything right, it’s not enough for the community to hear from the department saying, ‘Trust us,’” he said. “You actually have to see the evidence of what happened.”Advocates for Nieto will hold a rally on Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center, where they will present the statement alongside spoken word, music, and religious performances. 0%center_img Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

FiveStory Housing Coming to 24th Street Parking Lot

first_imgWe cover meetings, stay on top of deals and are relentless in pursuing good Mission stories. We depend on you – our readers – to support this.  Waste no time. Join today.  Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I don’t think they have a clue of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” he said.The plans are preliminary, however, and developers are not required to do outreach before a city-mandated pre-application meeting with neighbors, which has not yet happened.  A mural-decorated parking lot on 24th Street may become five stories of mostly market-rate housing soon, according to plans submitted to the city.Neighborhood activists, however, have vowed to fight the project, saying the businesses and residents of the 24th Street corridor will be priced out if market-rate housing floods the area.“Putting luxury condos on 24th Street is not what the plan is,” said Roberto Hernandez, the founder of the anti-displacement group Our Mission No Eviction, “especially in a time when we’re in a crisis, when we need affordable housing and we’re trying to preserve the community.”Hernandez said he found out about the project on Tuesday and was “shocked” by the proposal. The site’s owners, the Galu family, ran a since-shuttered realtor business just across the street from the project site. Hernandez said they did not seek community input before submitting plans.center_img Dominic Galu, one of the property owners, said he did not know he was stepping on anyone’s toes and that concerns could be raised at those meetings. If “serious opposition” to the project materialized, the family may drop its development plans, but would prefer to work with opponents on a compromise, he said.“We’re not out to create a major war over this,” he said. “It’s been a vacant lot since the railroad easement was removed, and housing is something that’s needed in San Francisco. If we can make it work, we’ll do it.”The family does not know whether the city will approve it or whether they can even fund it, he added.The triangular lot at 3236 24th St. on the corner with Capp Street has long served as a gathering place for taco trucks and street vendors. The walls of the buildings surrounding the parking lot are covered in murals and graffiti, which Galu hoped to either preserve or replace with a new mural on the building’s facade.The project is just one block from the 24th Street BART station, ideal for dense development, according to housing advocates.“The age of parking lots in downtowns is ending,” said Tim Colen, the executive director of the Housing Action Coalition. Colen had not seen project plans but said that its location made it an “excellent” candidate for new development.“Why would a parking lot be a better use than lots of housing?” he said.The parking lot at 24th and Capp streets. Photo by Lola M. ChavezMurals at the parking lot at 24th and Capp streets. Photo by Lola M. ChavezA mural at the parking lot at 24th and Capp streets. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPreliminary plans, first reported by Socketsite, show the proposed project would rise to 55 feet — the height limit on the parcel — and contain 18 market-rate and three below-market-rate studio units. The ground-floor of the building would have a 2,090 square foot commercial space subdivided into three storefronts.The building would have no off-street parking, removing the 14 parking spots currently on the lot. It would have 16 bike parking spots in the building, however, and is commensurate with the city’s transit-oriented development strategy.The development comes in the midst of plans to beef up the 24th Street area’s status as a Latino Cultural District — a symbolic designation made by the city in 2014 covering the area from 22nd to 24th streets and Mission Street to Potrero Avenue. Though that status does not give the area any development guidelines, activists want rules for new housing there.They have unsuccessfully opposed larger projects like a 157-unit development at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. and a 117-unit development at 2675 Folsom St. in the past, saying the Latino Cultural District should get higher levels of affordable housing within private developments — though how high exactly they have not said.Supervisor David Campos even asked the Planning Commission in August to stop all market-rate development in the area until mitigations could be set in place.Erick Arguello, the president of the neighborhood association Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, said he and others would push the developers to sell the site to the city.“Our best hope is that the city can buy the property to build affordable housing,” said Arguello.Galu said he did not know the city could buy the property and had not contemplated selling it.At present, seven fully affordable projects have been approved for the Mission District, including a 40-unit one at 24th and Harrison streets four blocks from the parking lot project.A nine-unit market-rate project opened two blocks away in 2013, and an eight-unit project was proposed for the corner of 24th and York streets in 2015 — though it’s status is unclear.Arguello said the parking lot development was out of context for the neighborhood — its design “doesn’t fit in” with the corridor, he said, and the building is too tall. If it were affordable housing, Arguello said, its height would be fine.Mock-up of the project at 3236 24th St. on the corner with Capp Street Design by Weisbach Architecture & Design.The proposed project at 3236 24th St. Design by Weisbach Architecture & Design.Arguello and others worry that an influx of wealthy tenants will push out residents and businesses. A survey conducted in 2011 found that some 60 percent of the businesses on 24th Street are Latino-owned. It’s unclear if that number has since gone down.Those who work near the development, however, were more sanguine.  “Business is gonna go up,” said Edwin Ayala, the co-owner of Diju Jewelry across the street from the project site. Ayala, whose landlord is also the Galu family, said he is not worried about being replaced by a businesses that caters to higher-end customers, since he can make his merchandise more expensive in turn.“I can put my prices even higher,” he said.“For sure better business, because more people are coming,” said Joaquin Palacios, who works at J.J. Jewelers a building down from the project site. Sheri, a bartender at the Napper Tandy on the corner of 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, said she did not know how business would be affected. There are residential tenants above the bar who never stop in for a drink, she said, and new tenants down the block may act the same.She was concerned about the influx of market-rate tenants and loss of parking, however.“That parking lot has been there a while,” she said, adding that the owners of the bar rent one of the spaces there. “There’s enough development going on.” 0%last_img read more

Police clash with skateboarders at Dolores Park

first_imgOne person at the scene, Joel Hamill, recorded video of a skateboarder who was sent flying over a police cruiser after colliding with a police officer who appears to have stretched out his arm: 2 #SFPD patrol vehicles have been vandalized, with 1 officer injured and transported to the hospital. Skateboarders at the scene said that two skateboarders were injured in the course of skating and were also transported to the hospital. At least three skaters said that Jake Phelps, the editor of Thrasher Magazine and a major skateboarding icon, was among those injured, but this could not be independently confirmed.According to several people at the park, the group of skateboarders were participating in a “skate bombing contest,” an event in which skaters ride down the hill at Dolores Street, and later partake in a race for a cash prize. The San Francisco Entertainment Commission’s executive director told the San Francisco Chronicle that the event, which also took place last year at the same location, was not permitted.Photo by Jackson MayWhile dozens of skateboarders rolled down the hill, and continued to do so after the confrontation with police, one skater at the scene said the race itself never happened.“Cops came for obvious reasons,” said the skater, who gave his name as Pete P, referring to the dozens of people standing in the street and blocking traffic, and the fact that someone was injured. “Look at how dangerous it is. ”But as police presence increased, tensions rose – some in the crowd began chanting “fuck the police” and acted aggressively, said witnesses.  At one point, a witness reported that a skateboarder ran into a parked police car and that the window of another police vehicle had been broken. Another person said a skater had “shoulder-checked” an officer, pushing him into the patrol car. Some at the scene told Mission Local that police had used nonlethal projectiles to deter skaters, but this could not be independently confirmed. Best wishes to Jake Phelps on a quick recovery. He was flying… #dolorespark @thrashermag pic.twitter.com/9C2JbnvH7F— Jason Curtis (@howard_iv) July 12, 2017 #sfpolice purposely push skateboarder into car causing serious injury @nbcbayarea @SFGate @SFist pic.twitter.com/NBkKSY58b0— Joel Hamill (@j_oelhamill) July 12, 2017 The scene at Dolores Park just before 9 p.m. Photo by Mark RabineScene at Dolores Park at 9 p.m. Photo by Mark Rabine — Ofc. Grace Gatpandan (@OfficerGrace) July 12, 2017 “At one point the crowd started getting pretty loud,” said Wood, who did not see the attack on the officer. After attempts to block off the street failed in dispersing the onlookers and mob of skaters, more police were called to the scene, she said.With the crowd swelling, Wood said she heard a loud noise, and speculated that it was rubber bullets being shot to break up the crowd.For their part, many of the skaters who remained on the scene after the incident were nonchalant about the event.“We all play with little wooden toys and try to have fun,” said a skater named Bill Davis, when the topic of the police response came up.By 9:30p.m., crowds remained at the park and spilled into the adjacent streets –some two dozens skateboards and several police officers remained.Photo by Mark RabinePhoto by Jackson May Police clashed with dozens of skateboarders at Dolores Park on Tuesday evening in a confrontation that ended with rubber bullets being fired and at least three people in the hospital, according to witnesses at the scene.One officer was injured by a skateboarder, an officer at the scene said. A public information officer confirmed on Twitter that one officer had been injured and two police cars vandalized, and that police had been “taking projectiles” from the crowd. Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Danika Wood, a Mission resident who was walking her dog along Dolores Street between 18th and 20th streets around 7:30 p.m., said that she witnessed some of the confrontation, which began with “at least 20 skateboarders” skating down Dolores Street.Many more skaters and pedestrians could be seen standing along the street and sidewalk watching the skateboarders ride up and down the hill.After officers responding to the scene showed up and attempted to block off the street, said Wood, the situation escalated. 0%last_img read more

ENGLAND Academy fell to narrow 2220 defeat at the

first_imgENGLAND Academy fell to narrow 22-20 defeat at the hands of the Australian Institute of Sport in a bruising encounter at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.The Academy side, captained by Bradford Bulls Loose forward John Bateman, ran in four tries in a stellar performance but couldn’t find the killer touch late in the game to secure the win.The Australian’s opened the scoring on the five minute mark after Jarrod Watson was on the end of a perfectly placed cross-field kick to dive over the whitewash. Scrumhalf Doug Hewitt added the extras to give the tourists an early six point lead.England responded through some excellent play, with first Stevie Ward and then George Williams breaking through the defence, but England couldn’t capitalise on either opportunity.James Duckworth then levelled the scores when he caught an arrowed kick from Williams on the last tackle to make it 6-4 and England went into the halftime interval ahead by 8-6 after centre Mark Percival snaked his way into the corner, eluding the defence moments before the whistle.The second half began poorly for England when Alexi Falepaini was put through to score under the posts after Hewitt had carved open the defence to put the tourists back in front.England looked to have responded almost immediately when captain Bateman went in under the posts to the roaring approval of the 1,054 crowd in attendance only to see his try ruled out for a forward pass.England were made to pay when AIS captain Rhett Webster slid in down the left hand touchline after some inventive play to keep the ball alive saw the Australians go from one side of the pitch to the other.With just over ten minutes remaining, Bateman collected the ball 30 meters out, shrugged off the first tackler to create an opening and the big forward then showed a blistering turn of pace to beat the cover defence and dive in on the left hand touch line. Williams slotted the extras to bring the scores to 16-14.In an thrilling final few minutes, Ado Waianga collected a high kick to seemingly secure the win only for England’s Greg Wilde to hit back with an instantaneous response, but it proved to be the last throw of the dice for England as the game finished 22-20.“We’re obviously disappointed to get beat but I was very pleased with the performance that the lads put in today and there are lots of positives for us to take from the game,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott.“The lads are all distraught but this is the start of a journey for them and we’ve emphasised the need to give these players access to International competition. The players have had that and we’ve got a platform to work on and build on.“It was a great effort from the boys. There were some outstanding individual performances in our side but we made a few errors and collectively at times we just couldn’t get over the line and you pay for that at this level.“In the end their experience told and they held on for the win but we know where we went wrong and what we could have done better so now we’ll go away and work on that and look to improve going forward.”Match Summary:England:Tries: Duckworth, Percival, Bateman, WildeGoals: Williams (2)AIS:Tries: Watson, Falepaini, Webster, WaiangaGoals: Hewitt (3)Half Time: 8-6Full Time: 20-22Teams:England:1. Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings), 2. James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos), 3. Mark Percival (St Helens), 4. James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves), 5. Greg Wilde (St Helens), 6. George Williams (Wigan Warriors), 7. Daniel Yates (St Helens), 8. Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls), 9. James Cunningham (Hull FC), 10. Mike Learmonth (Warrington Wolves), 11. Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), 12. Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos), 13. John Bateman (C) (Bradford Bulls).Subs: 14. Connor Spencer (Bradford Bulls), 15. Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos), 16. Greg Richards (St Helens), 17. Jack Cockerham (Bradford Bulls).Australian Institute of Sport:1. Addo Waianga, 2. Nane McDonald, 3. Jarrad Watson, 4. Rhett Webster (C), 5. Brady Williams, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Doug Hewitt, 8. Joshua Northam, 9. Logan Harris, 10. Brendan Lee, 11. Jack Creighton, 12. Aleki Falepaini, 13. Corey Jensen. Subs: 14. Hayden Hansen, 15. Euan Aitken, 16. Dylan Cartwright, 17. Andrew Saunders.last_img read more

Local emergency responders prepared for the worst

first_imgEmergency responders running through drills, 2014 (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When tragedy strikes, like the Las Vegas massacre, no one thinks it will happen to them. That is why emergency responders across the Cape Fear are trained and ready for any and all situations that may come our way.While no one can completely prepare to handle mass shootings, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and New Hanover County Emergency Management & 911 said they have no choice but to try.- Advertisement – “We’re the only trauma center, level 2 trauma center, here in Southeast North Carolina. So there is no other opportunity then for us to be prepared,” Manager of Hospital Preparedness, Mark Bennett said. “We have to have the resources in place. Because we’re not in LA, we don’t have multiple trauma centers standing by right around the corner.”The hospital has staff and emergency responders run through drills and exercises at least twice a year. New Hanover County Emergency Management & 911 Director Steven Still said they do too.“We have a framework that we apply to any incident in the county. It’s, it’s considered an all hazards approach. So the, the methodology and the operations of it are essentially the same. If it were a hurricane, if it were a train derailment, a hazardous material, or a mass casualty, we apply ourselves in the same framework every time. Though the training is constant and consistent across the board,” Still said.Related Article: WPD: Warrants issued for hit and run suspects who yelled racial slurs at familyAll to make sure everyone is familiar with the policies and plans in place.“So we walk through these procedures and, you know, from the smallest detail to the largest detail,” Still said. “What do we need to have in place? What additional training do we need to have and be prepared for? So we do train, we do walk through, so if unfortunately an event like this was to happen our guys are ready.”Bennett said if necessary, the hospital can hold more than 400 patients. But they would not treat all of them on their own.“We are a health system that involves not only our hospitals but also the hospitals surrounding in our region. So it’s a community effort,” Bennett said.New Hanover Regional Medical Center is teaming up with New Hanover County Emergency Management, the New Hanover County Sheriff Department and EMS to hold an active shooter drill later this month.last_img read more

Two sea turtles released after year long care at Fort Fisher aquarium

first_imgA yearling loggerhead sea turtle is lowered into the Atlantic and released by North Carolina Aquariums staff. (Photo: NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Two loggerhead sea turtles recently were released to the Atlantic Ocean after receiving care for more than a year at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.The threatened sea turtles first arrived at the Aquarium from Kure Beach Nest 1 in 2016, where they were discovered during a nest excavation. As hatchlings the turtles weighed less than one ounce. During their stay at the Aquarium, the animals received daily care and careful monitoring by the Aquarium’s team. The turtles helped visitors better understand the threats faced by threatened and endangered sea turtle species.- Advertisement – In early October, the loggerhead sea turtles received their last veterinarian check and were cleared for release. They grew approximately 10 inches in length, gained almost seven pounds and could swim and dive for food.Aquarium staff ferried the turtles to Morehead City for their release. There they joined an expedition of scientists and staff from Aquariums from around the country, along with 25 additional turtles for the journey home. The turtles were taken offshore and gently lowered in a basket into the Atlantic.Each summer, the three North Carolina Aquariums (Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island) work with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local sea turtle rescue organizations, accepting a limited number of hatchling sea turtles that do not make the initial trek to the sea. The turtles are discovered during routine nest excavations three days after nests hatch.Related Article: Want to be a lifeguard? Towns announce tryout datesWhile some of the turtles remain in North Carolina, others are fostered temporarily with Aquariums around the country. This year Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey, ABQ BioPark in New Mexico, Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Newport Aquarium in Kentucky and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Connecticut participated in the loan program and release.“Protecting these vulnerable animals and helping the public understand the importance of saving these species is a vital part of our work at the Aquarium,” said Director Peggy Sloan.last_img read more

Armed man on the run after robbing Monkey Junction vape shop

first_img Canines and Sable searched the area.The sheriff’s office says the suspect is a black male between 6’ and 6’2”, weighs 170-180 pounds and had on a blue ball cap, yellow t-shirt, and dark colored jeans.If you know anything, call the sheriff’s office at (910) 798-4162.Related Article: Man gets prison time for smuggling turtles in candy wrappers Deputies block of the area near the armed robbery of a vape shop on August 28, 2018 (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office is looking for an armed man who robbed a vape shop on Carolina Beach Road on Tuesday night.A spokesman with the Sheriff’s Office says around 9:00 p.m., a man entered Port City Vapor with a gun and demanded the clerk fill the bag with money. He then ran away.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UPDATE FedEx driver killed in fiery crash on I40

first_img The Highway Patrol says four vehicles were involved in the crash.Investigators say the FedEx box truck failed to reduce speed and hit the back of a slow moving tractor-trailer at approximately 70 miles per hour.The impact pushed the tractor-trailer into the back of a small wrecker. The wrecker was then pushed into a car.Related Article: Traffic expected to pick up as holiday travel rush gets goingAfter impact, the FedEx truck caught on fire. The driver of the FedEx truck died at the scene. The other drivers involved reported only minor injures. None were transported by EMS.One westbound lane of I-40 opened at 12:20 p.m. Both lanes were opened at 1:00 p.m.The highway patrol says all drivers were restrained and impairment is not believed to be a factor.No word yet on the identity of the FedEx driver. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The driver of the Federal Express truck involved in a fiery crash on I-40 early Thursday morning has died, according to the NC Highway Patrol.The crash happened in the westbound lanes around 9:30 a.m. in the Castle Hayne area, near exit 414.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Carolina Beach businesses fight back from hurricanes wrath

first_img More than seven months after Hurricane Florence hit our area some of us may not realize the lasting impact it had.Jeff Hogan opened Celtic Creamery last May. He planned to stay open over the winter, but the storm had other plans. After months of renovations, he finally reopened last Friiday.“We had a roof that failed, and so the 28 inches of Florence’s rain came through the building instead of around it,” Hogan said. “It’s been tough. The insurance company has probably been the toughest part. Just trying to deal with them and obviously trying to get workers, because everybody in Wilmington had a need for construction-type workers.”Related Article: Rep. Rouzer talks disaster aid for CarolinasSeveral businesses, including the Savannah Inn, are still closed with damage. Some are making repairs, while others seem to have given up.Savannah Inn Owner Susan Riggs says recovering after this storm has been a nightmare.“If we can’t at least get 50 percent of the property rolling, it’s just going to impact my season,” Riggs said. “Every day I lose money. Until the business interruption insurance comes through, and that seems like it’s dragging on forever, I need to get revenue. I need to get a revenue stream coming in. I’ve got to get at least this building up and running.”Riggs says she hopes to have about 50 percent of her rooms open by Memorial Day.If you decide to visit the island, remember parking fees are in effect from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Carolina Beach. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — This week is spring break for many public schools in North Carolina. As families flood into Carolina Beach to soak up the sun, some businesses are still dealing with a different type of flood.The weather was beautiful on Pleasure Island Tuesday. People were lounging on the beach, throwing frisbees, walking on the boardwalk with ice cream cones and enjoying the warm spring sun, but things are still very bleak for some business owners.- Advertisement – last_img read more