Commentary: Changes to flounder plan not fair to our commercial fishermen

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting in New Bern today to take comments on draft proposals to supplement Amendment 1 of the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. That might sound like a routine housekeeping step needed to ensure the viability of the state’s fishery resources. However, it is not. For newcomers to the […]

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BOC discusses school funding, endorses using occupancy tax funds for dredging

In a lengthy meeting yesterday, the Dare County Board of Commissioners heard public comment on its proposed budget for 2016, passed a resolution supporting using occupancy tax money from the beach nourishment fund for dredging Oregon Inlet, and decided not to merge two advisory panels on inlet and waterways issues. Shortly after the meeting began […]

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Notorious church, labeled ‘hate group,’ plans demonstration at FFHS

The Westboro Baptist Church, an organization characterized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America,” is planning a protest at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, according to an article posted yesterday on the Outer Banks Sentinel’s website. The protest is planned for the […]

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Legislative update: New taxes for fishermen and new purpose for occupancy taxes

The surface appeared calm, but there was a definite undercurrent this week as North Carolina General Assembly House committees began their work on the state’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget. A draft budget bill that includes the various committee offerings is expected to be published online either on the evening of Sunday, May 17, or early […]

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