Dare County Board of Commissioners tackled a number of issues and
topics in their roughly day-long meeting on May 1, 2017. Here are the
highlights of this most recent session.
Supporting Working Watermen
unanimously approved a resolution in opposition to House Bill 867 which
is known as the Coastal Fisheries Conservation and Economic Development
Act of 2017.
bill was filed on April 20 and as of April 21, it’s been referred to
the House Committee on Wildlife Resources. If made into law, the bill
would change the management of state fisheries, shifting the focus from
sustainable fisheries to conservation. A number of individuals and
organizations have expressed concerns that the bill would remove checks
and balances from the system, and give state officials free reign to
restrict fishing with few recourses for anyone opposing the actions.
County Commissioners agreed. Per a May 3 press release, it was noted
that the commissioners believe strongly that this legislation, if
passed, would have a devastating impact on commercial fishermen.
Jim Tobin Sworn in as District One County Commissioner
Tobin of Manns Harbor was sworn in as District One County Commissioner,
replacing Margarette Umphlett who resigned at the end of March.
Funding Committed for Maintenance of Beach Nourishment Project
a presentation from Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards and Manager Cliff
Ogburn, the Dare County Board of Commissioners agreed to pay for half -
up to $13 million - for the costs of maintaining the Town’s 10 mile
beach nourishment project that was originally constructed in 2011.
Funds will come from the shoreline management fund which is funded by
occupancy tax collected specifically for beach nourishment projects.
Proclamation Honoring David Weaver
High School student David Weaver was honored for his heroic actions
last fall after witnessing a single vehicle accident where a car was
submerged in a canal in approximately four feet of water. David took
immediate action in the face of danger and demonstrated selfless and
heroic actions to ensure that another individual has the best chance of
surviving a life threatening emergency. The person he helped
rescue was present to join in honoring the courageous student.
Hurricane Preparedness Week
proclamations were adopted unanimously by the Board of Commissioners,
which included designating May 7 through 13 as Hurricane Preparedness
Week. For more information on this proclamation, as well as tips on how
to get ready for the 2017 hurricane season, visit http://www.darenc.com/departments/hurricane-prepardness.
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
May 15 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Dare County Board of
Commissioners, including the video of entire meetings, visit darenc.com/boc.