Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of
Hatteras Island-related issues at their February 22 meeting in Manteo.
Topics which pertained to the island and / or the local community included the following.
Proposed Zoning Amendments for Food Stands
a presentation from Planning Director Donna Creef, the Board of
Commissioners scheduled a public hearing on Monday, March 19 at 5:30
p.m. to receive input regarding the proposed changes affecting food
stands or food trucks in the unincorporated areas of the County.
proposal includes amending six older zoning districts to add food
stands, amending the current food service definitions to be more
consistent with State health regulations, and adding a new section of
review procedures for food stands and mobile food carts, including
Update from the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group
Dave Hallac reported that over 3.2 million people visited local Park
Service attractions and facilities last year.
show that there were 65,000 overnight camping stays in the 4
campgrounds and 39,000 off road vehicle permits issued.
highlights from the past year included the formation of Shelly Island
off Cape Point and a record 94% of Off Road Vehicle routes were open
spoke of the strong partnerships that have been formed with local
organizations to establish beneficial programs. He announced that the
newly-renovated Visitors Center at the Wright Brothers National
Memorial in Kill Devil Hills is scheduled to open late summer.
Continued Support for Commercial Fishing Industry
Steve House reported that the NC Marine Fisheries Commission voted to
redefine qualifications for a commercial fisherman at their meeting
last week and the proposal will now move to the state legislature for
consideration. Although some of the originally proposed qualifications
were changed, House said it would still be detrimental to the
commercial fishing industry. The Board supported a resolution opposing
any adverse change to the definition of a commercial fisherman. In
addition, they adopted a resolution asking the Governor to examine the
membership of the Marine Fisheries Commission and make whatever changes
may be needed to ensure that the Commission functions as intended.
Hatteras - Ocracoke Passenger Ferry
Dixon, Deputy Director of the NC Ferry System, briefed the Board about
the passenger ferry service that will begin operating this summer
between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke Island. The passenger service
will operate on a reservation basis and is designed to reduce wait
times. The new service will supplement the existing car ferry
provided by NCDOT. Commissioners also approved a resolution to
name the new passenger ferry vessel the “Ocracoke Express.”
Report from the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce
Peele, Chairman and Karen Brown, President and CEO of the Outer Banks
Chamber of Commerce, provided information about the Community Housing
Initiative Committee that has recently formed to address the housing
crisis. A number of local organizations and concerned citizens are
involved including the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, Outer Banks
Home Builders Association, Outer Banks Restaurant Association, and
County and Town officials. The Committee is working with all
stakeholders to find solutions and encourages involvement by anyone
with an interest. For more information, contact the Outer Banks Chamber
of Commerce at 252.441.8144.
Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Gail and Angelo Sonesso of Gentle Expert Memorycare (GEM)
and Angelo Sonnesso of Gentle Expert Memorycare or GEM were recognized
for their leadership in providing a vital community service helping
families dealing with memory loss. During the presentation, Chairman
Woodard stated that Gail and Angelo have been “caring and compassionate
angels of mercy that have helped families impacted by dementia
and have been a driving force advocating for memory care services,
education, and support.”
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
March 5 at 9:00 a.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.