More News

Tickets Sold Out For Offshore Drilling Forum

By Cece Nunn, posted Oct 17, 2017
Jean-Michel Cousteau (from left), moderator Jon Evans and John Hofmeister are shown on stage at the CFCC Wilson Center on Tuesday night during a forum on offshore drilling. (Photo courtesy of Cape Fear Realtors)
Tickets were sold out Tuesday for a forum on offshore drilling at the CFCC Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington.

Explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and former Shell CEO John Hofmeister presented different views on offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina, in the “To Drill or Not to Drill?” event hosted by Cape Fear Realtors, Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

“This event was a victory for the entire community,” said Steve Hobbs, chair of the Cape Fear Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee, in a news release Thursday. “We had a room packed with people that held differing views on offshore drilling. The event began civilly and ended the same way.”  

Announced in August, the forum is part of a larger project initiated by the Cape Fear Realtors called The Public Square, an effort to bring important topics to the forefront in a civil, constructive way.

“With so many issues out there, we can’t formulate good policy without understanding them. The Public Square is set in the middle to educate the public and decisionmakers on both sides of the issue,” said Shane Johnson, CFO of Cape Fear Realtors, in an email.

Johnson said it makes sense for Realtors to organize The Public Square because they “often are the information gateway for people moving to the area. It is critical for our members to be well-versed on important issues. Relating to coastal drilling, a good portion of our members have not made a decision on the issue, which is exactly what The Public Square is meant to address.”
Johnson said the turnout was much larger than the 350 participants that organizers had initially anticipated. The Wilson Center has 1,557 seats, and tickets sold for $10 each.
The Public Square is expected to continue with additional events in the future on other topics of local and national interest.

Editor's note: This story has been updated from the original version to reflect comments from CFR after the event.
Ico insights



November Brings Turkey, Alzheimer’s Awareness And A Need To Proactively Plan For Aging Loved Ones With The Disease

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
Geofflosee300x300 10221511305

Five Things Business Owners Should Know About Trademarks

Geoffrey Losee - Rountree Losee LLP

Lessons In Success

Yasmin Tomkinson - Cape Fear Literacy Council

Trending News

United Airlines To Offer Two New Non-stop Routes To DC, Chicago

Christina Haley O'Neal - Nov 20, 2017

Virginia-based Insurance Broker Acquires Wilmington Firm

Christina Haley O'Neal - Nov 20, 2017

New Owner Picks Up 3 Wilmington Taxi Companies

Cece Nunn - Nov 21, 2017

ILM Hires Planning And Development Director To Aid Future Growth

Staff Reports - Nov 21, 2017

Industrial Supply Co. Growing, To Open N. College Road Storefront

Cece Nunn - Nov 20, 2017

In The Current Issue

New Brunswick Economic Development Group Meets

Brunswick County commissioners have approved a formal agreement between the county and a new private-public economic development organizatio...

UNCW Survey To Study Economic Impact Of GenX

Economists with the University of North Carolina Wilmington are moving forward with efforts to study the effects of GenX on the regional pop...

Builder Aims To Create Apartment ‘Gems’

In a shady area surrounded by trees just off South 17th Street, builders found a real estate equivalent to a diamond in the rough. Plantatio...

Book On Business

The 2017 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2017 Health Care Heroes
Major Developments
WilmingtonBiz Expo - Key Note Lunch with Keynote Lunch with Chip Mahan - 2016