Dr. Andy Hall, 46, is an interventional radiologist, and one of four candidates for two open seats on the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen.
What is the reason you are running for alderman?
It was pieces of the puzzle coming together in the sense of being old enough to have a little wisdom, the kids are at an age where I have a little time and personal events that made me feel obligated to give back to the beach.
What do you think being an alderman means?
I have accepted the beach as my patient and so being an alderman means a commitment to preserving the health of the beach and helping to identify its issues and solving its problems as cohesively as I can with the other four aldermen and mayor, and surrounding support staff.
Any question asked will be addressed by answering three questions: what is best for the residents, what is best for the beach and will it raise taxes?
Some of the people who have talked to me have said, ‘Hey, some people are going to hit you up with your lack of experience.’ You could flip that and say, what is it I lack experience in? If it is in making critical decisions with complex pieces of information then I do that every day.
How would you make yourself available to residents?
My cellphone and my pager and email and house phone are open 24/7. You call me at 3 in the morning and if there is a gas leak or something, I am available.
Describe your budgeting outlook and financial philosophy.
As I reviewed the last few years’ worth of budgets I see that $10 million comes in and $10 million goes out. As a fiscally conservative guy that is better than $10 million coming in and $11 million going out but if there was a way to streamline things or cut back and make some concessions somehow to have a surplus. If it is an important, vital thing then of course, but my tendencies will be to try and save money.
How do you feel about soft revenues like parking and the Room Occupancy Tax fund?
That to me is going to be the solution to a lot of the financial issues on the beach — how can we utilize space and the desire to come to the beach in effective ways to generate revenue for the beach to help fund parks and recreation issues, downtown beautification and FEMA issues?
Passive revenue streams are crucial to the future of the beach because at some point you just can’t keep raising taxes and throwing it on the burden of 2,000 people when 30,000 are using the resources.
What is your opinion of the many sporting events that use Wrightsville’s environment and should there be a limit to how many are approved?
If there are reasonable price points and the venues are healthy, as an amateur triathlete, I am all about the triathlons and the revenues they bring in are huge. If it was to the point to where it was intruding somehow on my ability to get to the hospital on a call situation then yeah, but to me those sorts of things contribute to the pulse of the beach.
What would be your first step as alderman to address the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act?
The first thing I would do, and it seems small and simple, but as I walk around and talk to people about it they don’t know anything about it.
I’m hoping this is all “Henny Penny and the Sky is Falling,” and it is not as critical of a thing, and we are able to bend the curve of these steep increases somehow. If we are not someone needs to be sounding the bell and getting the residents charged up about this.
Dissemination of information is critical on these large issues that folks really aren’t even completely aware of.
What is something people should know about you that they don’t?
I am a beekeeper … probably for six years now. I have three hives and every once in a while I give some honey to my friends.