Many people have asked the question “How did we get here? How did the Town of Swansboro allow the Walmart permit to go through?” While much of this has been discussed in articles in the newspapers, the Town did not do a good job in keeping the public apprised of the situation. In fact, much was hidden in executive and closed door meetings in 2014 and 2015. To help you understand what exactly happened, we have combed through records and developed the following timeline. Please take the time to read it. It’s rather enlightening, and perhaps a bit maddening . . .