Opposition to Plastic Bag Ban Repeal, and Other
Highlights from September BOC Meeting
Dare County Board of Commissioners tackled a number of issues and
topics at their Tuesday, September 5 meeting. Here are the highlights
of this most recent session.
Opposition to the Repeal of the Plastic Bag Ban
the public comment period, numerous citizens spoke with frustration and
dismay about the NC Legislature’s recent repeal of the plastic bag ban.
Many said they felt that the legislation went against the wishes of the
people - one speaker called the repeal an outrageous affront to
speakers suggested that Commissioners call for a referendum on the
issue. Another recommended implementing conservation measures to
encourage recycling of the plastic bags.
Woodard thanked speakers for their comments and reminded everyone that
the Board of Commissioners was unanimously opposed to repealing the ban
and previously sent a resolution to State representatives expressing
support for the ban on plastic bags.
promised to pursue the matter to determine whether any action can be
taken by the County. He questioned whether Dare County has the
authority to implement a plastic bag ban without the approval of the NC
Legislature. County Attorney Bobby Outten will research the issue and
report back to the Board.
The plastic bag ban has been repealed by the State Legislature, but has not yet been signed into law by NC Governor Roy Cooper.
Community Rating System Increase
Brubaker, the National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator with the NC
Department of Public Safety, presented the County with a certificate in
recognition of the County’s Community Rating System (CRS) increase to a
CRS program is an incentive based voluntary program that recognizes
communities that administer regulations beyond minimum standards.
Citizens receive a 5% insurance premium discount per class. Chairman
Bob Woodard and County Manager Bobby Outten commended Planning Director
Donna Creef for her efforts to develop and implement a program to
improve the County’s rating which in turn makes the community Storm
Ready and saves money for homeowners.
Mid-Year Tourism Update
received a mid-year update from Lee Nettles, Executive Director of
the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Nettles reported that tourism in
Dare County had an economic impact of $1.1 billion in 2016 and ranks
fourth among North Carolina’s 100 counties. He reviewed occupancy and
prepared meals tax collections, discussed the importance of social
media, and provided an overview of some new initiatives that have
recently been launched.
Revisions to the the Potentially Dangerous Dog Ordinance
approved changes to Dare County Ordinance, Chapter 91, Animals Section
to provide options that may be imposed by the Health Director if a dog
is deemed potentially dangerous.
Mano al Hermano
Minis, Family Literacy Director for Mano al Hermano, presented
information about the non-profit and its mission of serving Dare
County’s Latino community by strengthening families.
Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Brandi Jordan, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman, presented information to raise awareness about elder abuse.
September Proclaimed Literacy Month and Constitution Week
Commissioners adopted resolutions proclaiming September as Literacy Month and September 17 - 23 as Constitution Week.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
September 18 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Dare
County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and the
video of entire meetings, visit darenc.com/boc.