This is the official website for the Town of Calabash, North Carolina-"The Seafood Capital of the World". Calabash is a coastal community, bordering South Carolina located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. A Mayor-Council form of government with a Town Administrator who together operate the Town of Calabash. Calabash has a six-member town council-a Mayor and five commissioners each serving a 4-year term in office. The Board of Commissioners meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the town hall located at 882 Persimmon Road. You are encouraged to attend.
Remembering Mayor Pro Tem/Commissioner Emily DiStasio
The Town of Calabash is deeply saddened to share that Mayor Pro Tempore/Commissioner Emily DiStasio passed away at New Hanover Regional Medical Center at approximately 6:15 PM on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
Emily DiStasio moved to Calabash from NY in the mid 1990's after retireing from a career with IBM. With a strong desire to serve the community, Emily was first appointed to the Calabash Board of Commissioners by the Board on October 13, 1998; to fill a vacant position. She was then elected for a 2-year Commissioner term in November 1999. Enjoying serving Calabash, Commissioner DiStasio ran for the Board again in 2001 where she was elected to serve her first 4-year term. In November 2005 she was elected for another 4-year term. Due to personal reasons she was unable to run in the 2009 election. However, her love of Calabash and desire to serve never ended. When she was able, she requested to be appointed to the Planning & Zoning Board; which she was in May of 2011. In November 2011, Commissioner DiStasio was elected to serve another 4-year term on the Board of Commissioners. She was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore in January 2012.
Having served the Town of Calabash for 16 years her accomplishments are too lengthy to list. However, it should be noted that she had a passion for making sure policies were established, and that they were reasonable, applicable and easy for all to understand. She played a key role in the revamping of the Town's Personnel Policy and cared for the Town employees. Commisisoner DiStasio was a strong, fearless and meticulous lady that worked tirelessly for the Town of Calabash.
Mayor Pro Tem Emily DiStasio will be greatly missed by Mayor Knight, her fellow Commissioners, Town employees and the citizens of Calabash.
Calabash was incorporated in 1973. At that time, Calabash was a small fishing village with a handful of seafood restaurants. We have since grown into a small town with a year-round population of 1,868 residents. Currently, there are over 30 restaurants in town serving people from all over the world each year. The Mayor and Board of Commissioners invites you to explore our website and learn everything you would like to know about our beautiful town; from our history, which began as early as 1691, to current events and future plans.
The town would like to thank you for visiting our website. If you are planning a trip to the Carolina Coast be sure to stop by Calabash and try the local fare, do some shopping, take a fishing voyage or dolphin cruise, or just relax and enjoy the peaceful beauty of our quaint town. Please feel free to contact us at any time.