CAROLINA BEACH ââ Vince Losito is vying for one of the open seats on the Carolina Beach City Council.
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Losito’s positions on local issues are discussed below. Port City Daily included all responses in their entirety and corrected only responses corrected for grammar and spelling errors.
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Vince Losito – Republican
- BS in Accounting from St. John’s University
- MBA in Finance from St. John’s University
- Profession: Corporate Control for Autism in Motion Clinics, LLC
- To live: Career of more than 30 years of growing responsibility in Corporate Finance
- Family: Kim, my wife is a CPA and also a very successful finance professional. We have 7 children between us and 7 grandchildren.
Port City Daily (PCD): What are your top three priorities, if elected?
Vince Losito (VL): # 1 – Fiscal Responsibility – This means identifying areas that would have the most impact on the community, clearly communicating those issues and working closely with stakeholders to reach consensus on the best path to be continued. Given the ownership increases that we have seen, I think we need to do a better job of showing our taxpayers that we have identified the critical projects and that we have a way to fund those projects.
# 2 – Infrastructure – We need to make the investments we have been postponing for years in water, storm water, wastewater, etc. We need to invest in our routes to make the âuser experienceâ of coming to Carolina Beach the most enjoyable possible. it can be. This goes hand in hand with # 1 as these are very big budget projects and we need to clearly identify these projects and transparently explain how we are spending the city’s tax dollars. We also need to be more accountable to city residents by giving them project timelines and measuring them against those timelines.
# 3 – Work to maintain Carolina Beach’s identity as a family-friendly tourist destination as well as a family-oriented small town community – We must make the investments that will continue to make Carolina Beach the destination of choice for people looking for the little seaside town experience. We need to do this by focusing on our downtown promenade area and the businesses there.
PCD: Flooding and stormwater runoff is a continuing concern for the island. Are we doing enough to solve these problems? Why or why not?
VL: As stated above, we are not doing enough to address these issues as a city. We’ve done a good job of talking about it for years, but never really fixing the issues. We need to be stronger in identifying the wants and needs of the community and in prioritizing important projects. In recent years, we have undertaken questionable projects which have taken resources from these projects. We need to stop doing this and tackle these issues head-on.
PCD: How will you influence the future of land use and development in Carolina Beach? As an elected official, what would be your guiding principles when it comes to deliberating on planning and zoning decisions?
VL: I think the city did a good job bringing together a group of very talented citizens who created the land use plan. As can be seen from the recent proximity text amendment, there will be projects that were not considered by this group. That being said, I think this plan is a great model for growth, but we have to remember that we may need to be flexible. I think each project should be judged individually but should fit into the aesthetic of our community. My guiding principles will be the wishes of the people of our city. I will review each project, receive feedback and seek to make the best decision for all of Carolina Beach.
PCD: In your opinion, what development practices, which you may have seen on the beach recently, should be discouraged and encouraged?
VL: I think, for the most part, the developers in our community have the best interests of the community in mind when developing. We have seen cases where new developments have resulted in flooding on adjacent properties. I believe our developers are doing their best with the people involved and the city to find the best solution. I think we need to do more diligence before the authorization process to try to anticipate and mitigate these events before they happen.
PCD: The Council is expected to review a new tree ordinance soon. How far should the prescription go? What specific provisions do you want to see included?
VL: While I understand the passion that some have shown about this, it is not something that I can strongly support. If a buyer buys land, that property is theirs and they should be able to decide what to do on that land as long as they follow the guidelines set by the city. I just think we have so many bigger issues to deal with.
PCD: Are you comfortable with the city’s parking policy and configuration? What should change, if anything?
VL: I am comfortable with city politics but agree with the need for more accessible parking options. Unfortunately, the only real way to add parking in areas that need it will be expensive. The only 2 options I can see are; 1) add vertical parking in the form of a parking lot or 2) try to buy the lots near the promenade to turn them into city owned lots. We have little control over private lots, but we have to put them on an equal footing with city-owned lots.
PCD: Freeman Park has been a source of legal controversy and natural erosion. Do you have a position on the future of this access point in the context of its control and maintenance by the city?
As I understand it, the city only owns the strip of land where the access point is located. I would like the city to look to monetize this asset by looking for a buyer who can invest and manage the entry. I just think, as it is, Freeman Park will become more of a financial liability over time as the city will need to invest more resources to support Freeman Park while continuing to see the revenue stream dwindle.
PCD: Are you comfortable with the current short-term rental ordinance and would you like these properties to be more regulated?
I think as some short term rentals become a public nuisance, I am in favor of the ordinance. I believe that although we are a tourist community, we also have a large community of residents all year round. The city has made great strides in removing unwanted elements from the city, but the point is that they remain and are made possible by the type of short term rental we’re talking about.
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