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October 05, 2007

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Amber K

I heard your show today and was wondering why you didn't mention the other candidates. I mean Pat DeLair just went bankrupt and you never said a word about that.

Tre Benson

Ms. Delair's bankruptcy is not a crime. The report had to do with the violation of the law.

I did look into Ms. Delair's criminal background and found nothing to report.

Steven Mark Pilling

Dear Tre: Remember what John Wayne's character said in "The Cowboys"? "I don't necessarily hold prison against a man... but I can't stand a liar!" I suppose that's in line with what Governeur Morris, a Founding Father, once said. "The exercise of authority depends on personal character." Occasional acts of stupidity are only to be expected, even in the best of us. Rank criminality is something else entirely! We've lowered the bar on character to such a degree that you can't help but wonder how many "Durhams" or "District of Columbias" there are right now.

I THINK THAT MR. GILBERT SHOULD RESIGN AS MAYOR PRO-TEM AT ONCE. HE SHOULD ALSO NOT RUN FOR THE MAYOR. HE SHOULD ALSO RESIGN ALL HIS POSTS.

What a blemish on carolina beach. Mr. gilbert give it up. move on, Don't bring the beach down to your level. you are a digrace to us all.

Alison

I think some of these crimes are forgivable...but assault on a female and domestic violence??? I draw the line there. What kind of role model is he for children?? I second that he is not the man for the job...Alan Gilbert should withdraw from the race.

Stunning is all I have to say and how can Alan Gilbert preach so much about family values..........Please withdraw from the Mayor's race as you have deceived us.

Mr. Gilbert is a slick talker and now we know the truth about him. If he will cover this up, there is no limit to what he may do and I do not want him as my mayor. Go home please and stay there and resign as mayor pro tem. His favorite word is clarity and now I am very clear about his lack of character!!

For the three years that Alan Gilbert has stuck his name out to the public as to how he cares about family values and the future of our children, what a disgrace this makes us all feel about the trust that was given to him. He is an embarrassment to true caring people for children. How can he say that he could lead our town or any town when he can't even lead his own life in the manner that Christ would want him to. I sincerely pray that he can be saved and that one day he will turn his life around. People say that years have passed, but this is a problem that began years ago and without public committment and an effort to find help for these or this problem in his personal background takes years to overcome. No where has it been found that he has sought that help that we all need from time to time and his attitude shows the truth as to how he personally perceives his dilemmas he may or may not be in.

Patrick

I have known Alan for 5 years and think the man has all the qualitiesneeded to work as mayor. We have no idea what took place to have him with such a reocrd. When is someone held acountable of a crimek that took place 10 years ago? I say the proof is that the man has a good family who loves him and many loyal friends that stand with him and will see him elected Mayor to protect this beach from being strip mined for its natural resources.

the proof you are looking for my be at the blackhorn bar and grill. if he has changed so much than why was he kicked out of the bar for trying to start a fight. I will tell you, HE STILL HAS ISSUES!!!!!!!

It takes people like you to allow people like him to continue his slick talk. Wake and smell what you are shoveling.

Jeff

Blackhorn are you kidding that ws two years ago, I was there and some drunk Mexican who was over served was messing with his wife and the staff and owners were too drunk to throw anyone out. They left on their own.

Jeff

Wake up people, Mr. Gilbert's past is just that. This is a set-up by David and Diane Lawn, Michelle and George Connette, Dan Wilcox candidate, Joel Macon candidate. They are the greedy ones that were going to make abunch of money off of now bankrupt Arcadius. They are evil and bitter. Mr. Gilbert is the best thing that has happened to Carolina Beach in a long time. Mr. Gilbert has a wonderful family and is serving the people.

Jeff

You want to expose Mr. Gilbert for something years ago, why not talk about Joel Macon using his position with the state to land he and his partner Dan Wilcox jobs. These two are stealing from condo owners with the help of Ann Bowman and Coastwalk Realty. Why not look at these guys for ripping off the beach?

Jeff

I know some of Dan Wilcox's (running for council) girl friends, they say Dan is a violent drunk. Let's give them a call and see what they have to say. At least Mr. Gilbert is happily married. Joel Macon left his wife for another woman after she got back from the war in Iraq and only after spending all the money she made.

1st Thing Blackhorn has been opened since 01/06. Thats a year and a half. 2nd Thing is that Mr Gilbert is a selfish individual. He has no business running for council, let alone to run for mayor. Alan is a nice person, but has no business in office. What he is doing subjecting his family to the spotlight is disgusting. His kids will be picked on in school, everyone will look at him and his wife differently. All for what to prove something.
If we as voters of Carolina Beach do elect Alan then we are saying, "We don't care about peoples past. Come on down to CB where you can live here just 4 years and get into office with any past."
Domestic Violence is terrible and what he did was intimidate his poor wife when she had there child, (there oldest kid), in her arms. Then he riped the phone out of the wall so she couldn't call for help. Know if people think that is a person that should be mayor then maybe all the good people of CB should leave.
10 Years ago is not that long!

1st Thing Blackhorn has been opened since 01/06. Thats a year and a half. 2nd Thing is that Mr Gilbert is a selfish individual. He has no business running for council, let alone to run for mayor. Alan is a nice person, but has no business in office. What he is doing subjecting his family to the spotlight is disgusting. His kids will be picked on in school, everyone will look at him and his wife differently. All for what to prove something.
If we as voters of Carolina Beach do elect Alan then we are saying, "We don't care about peoples past. Come on down to CB where you can live here just 4 years and get into office with any past."
Domestic Violence is terrible and what he did was intimidate his poor wife when she had there child, (there oldest kid), in her arms. Then he riped the phone out of the wall so she couldn't call for help. Know if people think that is a person that should be mayor then maybe all the good people of CB should leave.
10 Years ago is not that long!

Jeff Why are you bringing other prople into this? I know, to bring them down to alan's level! well don't bother. alan is what he is, there's proof, however the statements you are making about the others,there is no proof. this makes you no better than alan. maybe you are one of the same. maybe you are alan. maybe not, but than again maybe you are. You seem to have a lot of anger too! Maybe you you both need help.

Jeff if Mr. gilbert is the best thing that has happened to carolina beach, what does that say for carolina beach? You need to re-think your way of thinking. I think all battered women would want you to do just that.

jeff, i see you have the same family values as mr. gilbert's. hanging out in bars late at night and early in the morning, "wow" what values. do you have his temperment as well? what are his children doing this time of night or morning? oh well i guess family values needs an overhaul.

Ever woman needs to show up at Town Hall tonight and demand Mr. Gilbert resign his positions. Any woman that cast a vote for Alan Gilbert is a traitor to the female race. He made a statement he has been married 13 years and he knows that is a lie. What other lies is he telling.

Alan why don't you tell the whole truth? When were you and your wife really married? If you have been married 13 years, prove it. Show everyone your true family values.

Boy, I think there are a lot of nasty, nasty people in CB (i.e., referring to the above negative comments) that are so quick to pass judgment (without knowing the facts). Moreover, numerous ugly people manipulate and twist things to position what they want to project out of the alleged situation. As the old saying goes, two wrongs don't make it right. I would hope that there are more of you willing to take the high road!!

As Americans, we know the amount of hatred and ill will that exists for us in other countries. If we can't get along in our little town in big America and be respectful towards one another, how can we expect other countries to control their own hateful, vengeful terrorists?

to the lady who stated "I think there are a lot of nasty, nasty people in CB"....Maybe you missed the part of the report that said CONVICTED. I think you need to go grab a dictionary and look the word up..seems you need a little clarification on the word and it’s definition.
Terrorism in America has NOTHING to do with this situation. This man should be held accountable or what he has done. Please do everyone a favor and really think about what you are commenting on…You make yourself sound pretty ignorant.

I'm taking the high road...lets let the voters decide what road you and the others have taken.

I think the female voter will decide what road we all will take.

Adam Higgins

Jeff, here are the Top Ten Reasons Why You Have No Idea What Your Talking About.

1) As previously stated we have not been open for more than 1.5 years

2) I was there that evening and witnessed how inebriated Alan was that night.

3) Myself, and the other owners, left at approx 1:15am, leaving Gilbert behind.

4) The "Mexican" was Caucasion. His name was Jeremy.

5) The manager-on-duty at the time is now part of the NHC Sheriff's Department and I trust his explaination of the story over all others.

6) Alan had to be exited because he was threatening, belligerent, and attempting to escalate the situation. His use of anti-Mexican verbage had also rallied a few actually of that descent against him.

7) Jeremy was thrown out with Alan, and banned for his complimentary comment on Alan's wife's rear end.

8) When outside, Alan identified himself as a Town Councilman, and stated, "I'll shut you down and take all your jobs". THEN he left of his own accord.

9) Extensive questioning of all employees and customers was conducted.

10) We tried to be professional and keep the story to ourselves, but we had no idea it was just the tip of the iceberg.
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Clearly, this demonstrates a pattern of volatile behavior. I have read the police report, and if you pay attention to the above article, it outlines THREE seperate instances of domestic abuse. One he was convicted for in 1993, and TWO reported by Ginny in 1997. "...had committed a similar, previous act of violence against the same woman in an unreported event prior to 1997."

No one is perfect, but I believe we should hold our elected officials to a higher standard. They should represent the best in us not worst. Alan should spare his family, do the right thing, step down, and seek help.

As you can see, I have posted my full name and take full responsibility for these comments. I would press others who feel it so easy to include a laundry list of names, conspiracies, and accusations to do the same.

First of all, Jeff why did you feel compelled to state that the person making the comment in the bar was Mexican-come on. Why does that matter?

I have always said that Alan Gilbert makes my skin crawl. I didn't know why...but now it is apparent. Got to trust those instincts

It's clear that numerous parties (i.e., "DEVELOPERS") to these comments *think* they have a financial benefit if their commercial developments are approved built. Or, if said DEVELOPERS (who mistimed the market) can sell their "white elephants" that already have been built.

Said DEVELOPERS think that if they "trash" Gilbert and he no longer can represent "the little guy", said DEVELOPERS will be better off financially.

No further comment is warranted.

KV

I have had a problem with Alan Gilbert ever since he somehow pushed a skate park through our local officials. This is now a major strain on our city employees and will eventually cost the tax payers 2X the original cost of that waste of money. It just so happens that he is personal friends with the developer(KICK BACK!!!). I had no idea unitl a few days ago this scumbag had a PERMANANT CRIMINAL RECORD!!!!HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RUN!!!!!!!
I am a car salesman and and a CB resident for 9 yrs. In order for me to sell cars I had to pass a credit check, background check, and drug check. Yet we allow a CONVICTED WIFE BEATER to represent what I consider home???? If you can sleep at night supporting this type of person then I feel for you. As for the rest of the citizens of CB lets tand up, kick this asshole over the bridge get back to where we were a few years ago and get this island back on track.
I CAN ASSURE YOU A CONVICTED WIFE BEATER DOES NOT HAVE (Y)OUR BEST INTERESTS IN MIND.

FOLLOW THE MONEY...........THAT WILL TELL YOU WHAT HE CARES ABOUT

hey "said developer" you have no clue. as for the little guy "short is short" you know what i mean "shorty".

I whole heartedly agree with the person who wrote the following:

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It's clear that numerous parties (i.e., "DEVELOPERS") to these comments *think* they have a financial benefit if their commercial developments are approved built. Or, if said DEVELOPERS (who mistimed the market) can sell their "white elephants" that already have been built.

Said DEVELOPERS think that if they "trash" Gilbert and he no longer can represent "the little guy", said DEVELOPERS will be better off financially.

No further comment is warranted.

For the above:

Do you have a thought of your own?

Regarding "Kickback!!!", it is my understanding there is a relationship between Alan and the skateboard park developer. As such, there was a kickback involved...a kickback to the town. The skate park is twice the size at half the cost.

Adam Higgins

Did the town have the $200k for the skate park, or was it running a deficit already? If the latter is true, half price, full price, kickback or no, that's financial mismanagement. It was logistically mismanaged as well, since no staffing was ever considered. Allowing skaters to run the park has created the situation its in now. Didn't a cop get spit on a few weeks ago, forcing an arrest? Alan was present then as well.

I too, agree with the below. I wonder if Mr. Higgins classifies himself as a developer?
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It's clear that numerous parties (i.e., "DEVELOPERS") to these comments *think* they have a financial benefit if their commercial developments are approved/built. Or, if said DEVELOPERS (who mistimed the market) can sell their "white elephants" that already have been built.

Said DEVELOPERS think that if they "trash" Gilbert and he no longer can represent "the little guy", said DEVELOPERS will be better off financially.

No further comment is warranted.

JOE B.

for the comment above, you seem to know alot about "DEVELOPERS" IF SO WHY DON'T YOU LET THE PEOPLE KNOW WHO YOU ARE. at that point we can make a dicission on whether you know what you are talking about. don't talk the talk if you will not walk the walk.

The skatepark has been an issue since it was built. Staff tried to manage it...but it was pointless. One staff member against 40 skateboarders...doesn't work to the staffs' advantage. One employee(female), even had someone spit in her face. If Allen Gilbert is so gung -ho about this park....why doesn't he man it himself.I have been there on several occasions andher him tell skaters they didn't "really" need to wear safety equipment. Now....which age group/genre is he trying to buddy up with??
If he thought tht building thispark would put him in the good graces of the 18-35 age group...spectaular job. Look what a mess he has created though.

KV

this blog has nothing to do with his ties to developers. it has to do with the fact that his wife had to call the authorities because she was scared of her own husband and had to have him physically removed from the property. that is the point. he does not deserve the honor to be a public official.

(From a guy with "fundamental" issues about this situation.)
Check out this website.
http://sidcauseyforsheriff.blogspot.com/2002_10_13_archive.html

That bit of history adds some perspective that Marc and Tre Benson should remember.

You be the judge.

Why has this become an issue about developers. Why is it these said "developers" fault that Alan Gilbert's record has a come out. Did they twist the radio stations arm, or maybe pay them a "kick back" to air Gilbert's durty laundry-give me a break-talk about conspiricy theories. I think someone is trying to cloud the issue and take some heat off of themselves. I think a major problem with our society is that people do not take responsibility for themselves-blame it on everyone else. Last time I checked we live in a democratic society-remember "free enterprise", so what is the crime with development. On the other do we really need people with questionable moral backgrounds, poor judgement and poor impulse control in a governmental possition. No ofense, just calling it like I see it, no coming out smelling like a rose in this case, it is what it is, very sad!

I believe it's all about the developers!!!! Whoever wrote this knows what there are talking about:
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It's clear that numerous parties (i.e., "DEVELOPERS") to these comments *think* they have a financial benefit if their commercial developments are approved/built. Or, if said DEVELOPERS (who mistimed the market) can sell their "white elephants" that already have been built.

Said DEVELOPERS think that if they "trash" Gilbert and he no longer can represent "the little guy", said DEVELOPERS will be better off financially.

No further comment is warranted.

Your right, I do know what I am talking about. I do not think that the issue of Alan Gilbert's record has anything to do with development or developers. Being for or against development is not the issue. I think that some people would like to take the spot lite off Alan Gilbert and his record and are using the same old sorry argument that it is someone else's fault. Where these "developers" in the room when Alan Gilbert commited the crime? On the other hand Lets be honest, our town could use a little "development", and I am not talking about duplexes (unless someone wants one-again, it is a free country). And speaking of free country what would be the harm in mixed use development, improvment of our sewer systems, more green space, viable shops and restuarants. How about a grogery, one that sells organic produce (call me crazy), bike paths, safe walkways etc. I would love not to drive across the bridge everytime I needed something, walk to the store, save on gas, cut down on trafic and cut down on green house admissions well I was at it, (again, call me crazy). I would like to invest my money in my own community rather than in Willmington, support local business owners. Build and have a community to be proud of, not one with closed down businesses, few dinning options and delapitated buildings...a good community for families

Tre Benson

It is unfortunate that Mr. Gilbert's past has been brought to light. I don't know Mr. Gilbert, or anyone else running for office at Carolina Beach. I can assure everyone that this report of our check into the candidates criminal background has absolutely no prejudice or bias against any one individual or any political affiliation. I am on record in many published journals and newspapers my own political slant and should anyone wish to question any motive of mine in my report PLEASE look into previous publications and reports.

The above link to a website or blog that was mentioned has nothing to do with this report. That site was written by a resident of Carolina Beach who has since passed away. We discovered the author soon after the information was first made public. We used his sources and spoke with authorities in Tampa and have found the allegations concerning Sid Causey and Gene Pulley and the attempt to take money from a drug dealer to be true.

I do my best not to censor any comments. I would suggest that if anyone has issue with a particular post that they post your response and not email me because I won't do anything about it.

This site is not the Holy word of God and you should remind yourself that when and if you become upset. Hopefully everyone understands that about the internet. It is usually just talk.

But one thing is true, we verified everything we stated. I even spoke with Mr. Gilbert prior to making this public. He told me his wife of 13 years stands behind him in full support. He also said he had hoped that his record serving on Council would overshadow his violent past. After all, he reminded me, this happened 10 years ago.

But come on where is all the outrage about a rubber check dribbler running for office in Wrightsville Beach? All of you can't be from Carolina Beach. I had no idea so many of you Carolina Beach folk had functional internet connections. Charter cable is the worst! The next candidate who says he will do away with Charter gets my support.

TAMMY

I appreciate Mr. Benson and his clarification. The skate park and "Developer" issues are just smoke and mirrors for the real issue at hand.
I think it is pretty funny that first of all Gilbert stated he has been married for 13 years...I think NOT (this is NOT what a legal Police Report states). If he would lie about a little thing like this who knows what this manipulators limit would be!
Secondly I think the radio station was pretty lenient in not mentioning the police report in its entirety. As a parent the fact that Mr. Gilbert was ripping his then infant child out of his GIRLFRIENDS (the childs mother) arms while the domestic was happening is the WORST part. It was one thing for him to treat another adult in such a manner but lets not forget a baby was also involved.
On the issue about "It was 10 years ago"...well I have underwear older than that...trust me 10 years is NOT a long time.
Lastly...this was NOT just a one time thing. The police reports (PLURAL)just might be showing us a pattern.

A friend of Jack L.

Underwear older than 10 years...now that's REPULSIVE !!!!!!!! Tammy, are you sure your not jealous of the Gilbert clan because Jenny wears new underwear and her husband has been elected (by the voters) to public office?

Maybe it's time to clean up the stench... change your underwear and your wealthy husband's underwear.

Friend of Jack L., you seem to have quite an interst in underwear. Dirty and otherwise. Please, tell me more about the varieties you have discovered.

Susan Underwood

For all of you who believe the "developers" are the cause of Alan Gilbert's problems, let me set this straight. I was the one who tried last Tuesday night to bring this up in front of Town Council and the mayor refused to let me speak. I thought it was a PUBLIC FORUM and that I had five minutes. Apparently not. I have copies of the paperwork. I have a copy of the disposition of the court in Wake county, dated Nov. 1993 with a guilty verdict against Alan Gilbert for Assault On A Female. I also have a copy of the Protective Order, dated April 1997 that was taken out by Alan's then girlfriend. In her own handwriting, she states that Alan tore the phone from the wall and grabbed the baby from her arms. Somehow, she got in touch with Alan's SISTER, who called the police. One question on the Protective Order form was, "When was the last act of violence?" She answered by writing April 1995. Apparently, Alan has a problem with the month of April. So, what we have here folks are three SEPARATE incidents, that we know of, involving TWO SEPARATE women. I know he's trying to make it sound like an isolated incident that happened ten years ago, but that is not the case. Trying to use the excuse of being "young, having low income and being a new parent" is insulting, to say the least. I know a lot of people think my motives are political, as my husband is the campaign manager for another candidate for mayor. My motives stem from having been an abused wife for 23 1/2 years. Our elected officials represent US. Alan's anger problems are not just limited to his wife. He's displayed that around town quite a few times. A DUI---not good, but it happens. A big argument with the wife that got out of hand---again, not good, but it happens. THREE SEPERATE REPORTED INCIDENTS INVOLVING TWO DIFFERENT WOMEN----come on, people. It this who you want representing you? I am not afraid to put my name to this.

Susan Underwood

A friend of Jack L.

Susan, you want to apply your alleged horrible experience to others (based on a police report). You weren't there, they weren't there. Your motive may be to fight for others because you failed to fight for yourself (for 23 1/2/ years). Or your motive may be to "tar & feather" a guy based on YOUR political agenda. Quite frankly, I don't think you even know if it's one or both motives/reasons. Your not even being truthful to yourself.

Tre Benson.
Did you contact anyone in Carolina Beach about a man named Alan Gilbert prior to airing Gilbert's background information on the radio on October 6th, 2007?

I am confused, if his wife of 13 years stands "behind" him-not beside him, then who was the girlfriend ten years ago?

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