Bald Head Association


2019 ARC Schedules:
Bald Head Association 
Socialization, Education and Recreation (SER) Sponsored Activities

On-going activities held at the Association Center
111 Lighthouse Wynd:
Mondays & Wednesdays at 11:45am

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 :45am

3rd Monday of every month at 6pm

Classes held the first Wednesday of the month from 2-5pm.

for a current listing of activities sponsored by SER.
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April 27, 2019
Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The Village of BHI lifted the boil water advisory this morning. B elow is a message from Utilities Director Ken Bowling: 

The Village of Bald Head Island, Utilities Department has rescinded its April 25th, 2019 boil water advisory issued to all Residential and Non-residential customers located on Bald Head Island, N.C.
Bacteriological analysis results of the drinking water samples collected within the advisory area shows No coliform bacteria present.  The system has now resumed normal operations.
This Boiling Water Advisory is hereby rescinded this 27th day of April 2019 by:
Ken Bowling, Utilities Director
Village of Bald Head Island Utilities
(910) 457-7350

cc:     Heidi Cox, Environmental Engineer; Melissa Lombardi, Brunswick County Health Department; Danny Thornton, Brunswick County Health Department
Ferry Negative Fuel Surcharge
to be Terminated

Bald Head Island Transportation (BHIT) has filed with the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) a request to eliminate the negative fuel surcharge that was approved by the NCUC in 2016. 

In 2008, the NCUC issued an order allowing ferry operators the ability to implement a temporary fuel surcharge. The order required operators to compute the surcharge using a specified formula and to file quarterly reports. In December 2008, the NCUC approved a request from BHIT to institute a fuel surcharge. BHIT has requested and received approval for modifications to the surcharge in varying amounts over the years.

A steady and consistent decrease in fuel costs over time allowed for the overcollection of funds via the fuel surcharge that were placed into a deferred account to offset fuel cost variations. In 2016, the NCUC approved a request by BHIT for a 'negative fuel surcharge' that reduced the cost of ferry tickets by $1 per ticket (i.e., general fare ticket price was reduced from $23 to $22) to reflect more accurately current fuel costs and to reduce the deferred account's balance.

In April 2019, BHIT filed with the NCUC a request to eliminate the negative fuel surcharge stating that with anticipated passenger volumes and lower fuel costs, the balance of the overcollection deferred account will likely reach $0 in May or June 2019. BHIT further stated in its request that if the negative fuel surcharge weren't eliminated, the result would be an undercollection. BHIT requested the elimination of the negative surcharge when the account reaches a $0 balance. When that occurs, ferry ticket rates will revert to those previously approved by the NCUC in March 2016.

Since the balance changes with each passenger riding the ferry and the cost of a tank of fuel, it is impossible to determine the exact date the balance will reach $0. BHIT will provide a public notice no less than 7 days in advance of the elimination of the negative surcharge.

BHA will relay additional information as it becomes available.

CLICK HERE for BHIT's April 2019 request to terminate the negative fuel surcharge.

CLICK HERE for the BHIT's 2016 request to establish the negative fuel surcharge.

CLICK HERE for Schedule of Rates and Charges currently in effect and previously approved by the NCUC in 2016.
2019 Hurricane Season Predictions

Researchers from Colorado State University have predicted a slightly below-average 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Cooler than normal Atlantic temps provide less fuel for the development of storms.

Thirteen named storms are predicted, with five becoming hurricanes and two reaching major hurricane strength (winds of 111+ miles/hour).

This year marks the 36th year the hurricane researchers at CSU have issued their hurricane forecast.

Stay tuned for information from the Village of BHI and BHA on hurricane preparedness for the upcoming season, which runs from June 1st through November 30th.
May Island Report

Hard copies of this month's Island Report have been dropped in the mail and should arrive any day. In the meantime, here are links to this month's electronic versions.

CLICK HERE to view the electronic version.

CLICK HERE to view the pdf version.
"It's No Hassle to Build a Castle"
Family Sand Sculpture Contest
Sunday, May 26th; 1-2:30pm
Beach Access #42
Come join fellow islanders for some fun in the sun on Sunday, May 26th with BHA's premiere sand sculpture contest! Teams will have from 1:00-2:30pm to build their castles; contestants and observers will then have some time to take pictures as the judging commences. The competition will be just to the left of Access 42 in pre-marked plots. All castles must be leveled off and any holes filled in to help our endangered nesting turtles by 4pm. The event is free but there are a limited number of spots. Pre-register with Susan Panousis at . There is no rain date.

CLICK HERE for a flyer on the event.

CLICK HERE for the fillable registration form.

Sponsored by BHA's Socialization, Education and Recreation (SER) Committee.
An Evening of Music and History of Native North Carolinian
James Taylor
Wednesday, June 19th; 7:30-9:30pm
BHA's Association Center

How sweet it is! Drive down a country road to join us on June 19th for a special two-hour presentation on the music of James Taylor. Bring your smiling faces to the Association Center to hear Freddie Kiger of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill tell the story of James Taylor whose formative years were spent in North Carolina. 

Join us from 7:30-9:30pm as we spin the life and music of the five-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The presentation will include listening to James Taylor songs and Mr. Kiger will shed a little light on the stories behind the songs. Given the nature of the stories behind some of the songs and the length of the program, we suggest this event will be appropriate for ages 14 and up. 

Tickets are $10 for those who sign up prior to the event and $15 at the door. Tickets are limited to 65 people. E-mail Susan Panousis at . Credit/debit cards only; no cash please.

CLICK HERE to view a flyer on the event.

Sponsored by BHA's Socialization, Education and Recreation (SER) Committee.
25th Bald Head Island Rodeo Fishing Tournament
May 16th - 18th

Sign up for this offshore fishing tournament or just enjoy being a spectator as the boats come in with their catch. Varying divisions and prizes will make for a fun family activity. Visit for more information and to register. A portion of the event's proceeds benefit Old Baldy.
Giving Tree Summer Reading

The Giving Tree Program is a yearly outreach the Village Chapel has supported for ten years. It supports Southport Elementary students through a summer reading program. With a $12 sponsorship per child, books chosen by both teacher and student are supplied for that child's summer reading. Checks can be dropped off or sent to the Village Chapel by May 5th (105 Lighthouse Wynd, PO Box 3035, BHI, NC 28461). Please contact Kathy McConnell with questions at
BHI Conservancy Conversation
Thursday, May 9th; 6-8pm

The Bald Head Island Conservancy is hosting its first in a series of Conservancy Conversations on Thursday, May 9th from 6-8 pm, at Vita Vite Wine Bar, located at 313 W. Hargett St in Downtown Raleigh. Join Executive Director Dr. Chris Shank as he talks about the beauty of Bald Head Island and its natural wonders. Light hors d'oeuvres and a selection of wine and beer will be served. To reserve your spot for this FREE event, please email Melissa Blackmon at
Friends of Music Gala Cruise
May 17th; 5pm

NC Treasures Weekend
June 8-9

World Sea Turtle Day
June 19th; 1-6pm
BHI Conservancy

Island Treasures Yard Sale
June 22nd; 10am-3pm

Public Safety Day
June 27th; 10am-3pm

Upcoming Events on Bald Head 


You can see all of the upcoming events in chronological order on the "Events" portion of our website.  Visit the website at and click on "Events" at the top of the page, or just access the Community Calendar through the link below:  



Click on the below links to view submission deadlines, meeting dates and other information. 

Also, if you're looking for information about how to get ARC and the Village of BHI required approvals for tree work on your property, give us a call at 910-457-4676 ext 22 . BHA is happy to serve and cooperate with its members to maintain and preserve the beauty of Bald Head Island for all to enjoy.
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