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.
The Town of Calabash is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Calabash Mayor Keith Hardee. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his beloved children & grandchildren, family and friends.
Mayor Hardee was not only a successful Calabash business owner but also a public servant to the Calabash community before Calabash ever became incorporated as a Town in 1973. He officially began to serve the Town of Calabash in April of 1976 when he was appointed to the Calabash ABC Board. He served as a member of this very important Board for several years.
In 1987, Mayor Hardee wanted to play a larger role in his public service to Calabash so he decided to run for Town Council. He won that November election and was sworn into office as a Town Commissioner on December 14, 1987. He continued to win the Commissioner Elections in 1991 & 1995. December 9, 1997 Commissioner Keith Hardee was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore by his fellow Board members.
When Calabash and Carolina Shores seperated into two towns in September 1998, Keith Hardee was appointed Mayor of Calabash by the Board. In the 1999 election he was voted in by the citizens to the position of Mayor and then again in 2003. Mayor Hardee retired from his role as a Town of Calabash public servant in December 2007 after 31 years of serving the Town.
Having served twenty consecutive years as a member of the Calabash Governing Body his accomplishments are far too lengthy to list. Mayor Hardee played a vital role in making Calabash the Town it is today. He was a visionary who welcomed development and progress and wanted to see Calabash grow but not lose its identity as a small fishing village which, is known as "The Seafood Capital of the World". This was a balancing act that he worked tirelessly to maintain. He never made light of a decision as he had the citizens' best interests at heart.
It should be noted that Mayor Hardee was particularly concerned with public safety. He was a huge supporter of the Calabash Fire Department and he made great efforts in attempting to form a Calabash Police Department.
We thank Mayor Hardee for his dedication to Calabash. Mayor Keith Hardee will forever be remembered and missed by those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.
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.