Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of
Hatteras Island and Outer Banks-related issues at their May 21 meeting
Topics which pertained to the island and / or the local community included the following.
Working Watermen Exhibit Showcased
behalf of the North Carolina Watermen Foundation, Captain Ernie Foster
presented an exhibit showcasing the working watermen that provide
healthy North Carolina seafood for America’s tables. The photographs
were taken by Daniel Pullen of Hatteras Island and Foster announced
that the exhibit will move throughout the state and may soon be on
display at the State Capital.
Public Hearing Scheduled for Manager’s Proposed Budget
County Manger Bobby Outten’s presentation of the proposed budget for
the fiscal year that begins July 1, Commissioners scheduled a public
hearing for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4 to receive comments and
feedback from the public. The proposal maintains the current property
tax rate of 47 cents per $100 of valuation and provides current levels
of service provided by County departments. The entire budget, including
the Budget Summary and Manager’s Message, may be accessed online at
Local Nourished Beaches Named Best in America
County beaches in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil
Hills have been named as Best Restored Beaches for 2018 by the American
Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). The award
highlights the value of restored beaches and the crucial role they play
in attracting visitors from around the world. Duck Mayor Don Kingston,
Southern Shores Mayor Tom Bennett, Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry, and
Kill Devil Hills Mayor Sheila Davies joined Chairman Bob Woodard for
was one year ago this week that work began on the northern beaches
project and over a five month period, almost four million cubic yards
of sand was placed along over 8 miles of beach. This project was done
as a collaborative effort and by working together, each of the towns
were able to achieve their design goals while benefiting from
significant cost and time savings. During the presentation, Chairman
Woodard commented, “We all agree that in order to remain sustainable
and resilient coastal communities, we must continue to prioritize
protection of our beaches as a vital component of our tourism
McGuire Woods to Assist with Legislative Matters in Raleigh
the General Assembly’s short session in progress, Commissioners voted
to engage McGuire Woods Consulting to again represent Dare County to
assist with important legislative matters that may arise.
Commissioners Support Emergency Dredging for Manteo Channel
a presentation from Town of Manteo Planner Melissa Dickerson, the Board
approved a resolution supporting the Town’s request for emergency
dredging of the Manteo Channel.
Public Hearing Scheduled for June 18
public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18 for a
zoning text amendment submitted by Rick Loesch of East Carolina Radio.
The revision would replace existing text that requires
telecommunications towers to be associated with another H345 zoning use.
Dare Soil and Water Quarterly Report
Conservationist Ann Daisey gave a quarterly report on community
outreach activities and efforts to address stream debris, drainage, and
weed treatment. During the presentation, Soil and Water Board
Supervisor and Chair Larry Bray was recognized for his 30 years of
dedicated service to the Dare Soil and Water Conservation District.
Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Months
Board proclaimed May 13 - June 17, 2018 as Vulnerable Adult and Elder
Abuse Awareness Months as a reminder that it is a community
responsibility to protect our vulnerable and older adults. Under state
law, all citizens must report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation
to their local County Department of Social Services.
June 3 Proclaimed Positivity Day in Dare County
proclaimed June 3 as Positivity Day in Dare County following a
presentation from Girl Scout Troop 2139. The Scouts encouraged everyone
to practice positive thinking.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday,
June 4 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.