OBAR Legislative Briefing

April 8, 2015 Legislative Briefing

Currituck County Takes Over Whalehead Operations Town/County Updates In the News

Whalehead Club Now Operated By Currituck County Tourism Department
The Currituck County Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate their relationship with the Whalehead Preservation Trust this week. The County placed operations of the historic Corolla tourism destination Whalehead under the Currituck Tourism Department. The Whalehead Preservation Trust was appointed by Currituck County officials in 1993 as stewards of Whalehead and the 39 acres of property surrounding it. The Trust was responsible for overseeing the restoration of the property and involved in the daily operations since opening to the public several years ago. The move by the County removes any power the Trust has had over operations of the site. County Manager Dan Scanlon and County Attorney Ike McRee are members of the Whalehead Preservation Trust.  County Manager Dan Scanlon is in the process of working with the Trust and staff regarding the takeover. The site will be closed for a short time until details are worked out.

Town/County Updates
Currituck – The Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Historic Currituck County Courthouse, 153 Courthouse Road, Currituck, North Carolina 27929.  The purpose of the Special Meeting is to hold a work session to hear information and participate in a discussion on zoning districts.  There will also be a brief agenda software training session.

Dare County – House Bill 388, Dare County Local Option Sales Tax, will give Dare County the authority to impose an additional ¼ % local sales tax for the purpose of inlet dredging and maintenance. The bill passed the House on March 31 and passed 1st reading in the Senate. It was referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

Southern Shores – Mark Your Calendars: The Planning Board will review a Zoning Text Amendment to establish an ordinance regarding the minimizing of tree clear-cutting at their April 20th meeting. For more info call Wes Haskett at (252) 261-2394 or email whaskett@southernshores-nc.gov.

Kill Devil Hills – Next Week: The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 13th at 5:30 p.m. on the proposed beach nourishment Municipal Service District.
More information on the project can be found at: http://www.kdhnc.com/index.aspx?NID=398
The oceanfront erosion control and flood protection project area runs from Jejac St. south to Prospect St.

Nags Head
The Town has set up an informative page regarding two Senate bills that would alter the current allocation of certain tax revenues.  As reported last week, Senate Bill 369 (Sales Tax Fairness Act) would reallocate current sales tax revenues and harmfully impact local town budgets.

The Town also has a fact sheet on Senate Bill 160 (Enhance Safety & Commerce for Ports/Inlets) which included a provision that would have given Dare County the authority to use some or all of occupancy tax revenues for inlet dredging.  That provision was removed in Committee last week.

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