Legislative Briefing ~ 3.7.18

Legislative Briefing ~ 3.7.18

Off-Shore Oil Drilling Comment Period Ends THIS THURSDAY

The deadline to comment on off-shore oil drilling is Thursday, March 9th.

Governor Roy Cooper has requested an official exemption for North Carolina, similar to the exemption recently granted to Florida based on the importance of tourism to the state’s coastal economy. He has encouraged people to call the Interior Department at 202.208.3100 to share their feedback. Public comments may also be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management through March 9 by clicking here.
Outer Banks Voice Article
Dozens of people from Dare County, including many elected officials from Dare County and its municipalities, attended a rally and public information session in Raleigh last week to voice their opposition to drilling off of the NC coast.
At Monday’s Dare Board of Commissioners meeting, local NC Coastal Federation Manager Erin Fleckenstein presented information on the rally and a timeline outlining the process for oil and gas exploration to take place along the NC coast. The timeline also included opportunities for future public comment on this issue.

Reminder: Economic Development Survey

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Dare County are partners in Economic Development. The link below will take you to a 2018 Business Retention Survey. All those who complete the survey by April 30, 2018 and provide contact information will be entered into a drawing for several gift cards from area businesses.
The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
The Chamber and Dare County thanks you for helping make the Outer Banks a great place to do business!

Alligator River Bridge to Close for Repairs Next Week

Beginning Wednesday, March 14, the NC DOT will close the Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties for one week. The closure will allow crews to complete major renovation work on the bridge’s swing-span drawbridge.
The bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 and is expected to reopen by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. The drawbridge will also be closed to boat navigation. During the closure, crews will complete the electrical and mechanical swing span repairs that were started during the previous bridge closure Jan. 10-17.
The work is part of an extensive renovation project designed to extend the life of the 58-year-old bridge. The $16.7 million contract was awarded to Flatiron Constructors of Morrisville, NC back in March 2017.
During the closure, NCDOT will have detour signage and variable message signs in place to guide motorists through the following detour routes:
• Motorists traveling east from Columbia should use N.C. 94 South to U.S. 264 East to U.S. 64.
• Motorists traveling west from Dare County to Columbia should use U.S. 264 West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64.
• Motorists traveling to the Outer Banks from areas west of Williamston should use U.S. 17 North to U.S. 158 East.
• Motorists traveling from the Outer Banks to points west of Williamston should use U.S. 158 West to U.S. 17 South to U.S. 64 West.
No additional bridge closures are expected during the renovation project.


Last week’s briefing included a list of those that had filed to run for office. This comes as a reminder that if you are not already registered or want to change your party affiliation, you have to do so by Friday, April 13th to vote in the May 8th Primary.
Just complete and return the NC Voter Registration Application to the Dare or Currituck Board of Elections office. You can also find the voter registration applications at the library, town hall offices and various public assistance agencies.
When you register, you will need to declare your party affiliation. You may register with any recognized party in the State of North Carolina which is Republican, Democrat, or Unaffiliated. Party affiliation determines the Primary in which you are eligible to vote. An Unaffiliated voter is currently allowed to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primary. The individual party has the authority to permit Unaffiliated voters to vote in its primary. On Election Day, the unaffiliated voter must state the political party with which he affiliates and in whose primary he wishes to vote.

Town/County Updates

Currituck County – The Board of Commissioners met on Monday, March 5th and voted a second time on a proposed ordinance that would establish a permitting system for beach parking in the four-wheel drive area of the Currituck Outer Banks beginning in May of this year. The second vote was required because a unanimous vote was needed. The second-go-round, a majority vote was needed. The ordinance passed with a 5-1 vote and allows for the implementation of a $50, 10-day parking pass system to be put in place after May 1st of this year.

Dare County – Are you signed up for Emergency Alerts! Dare County Emergency Management has the ability to send emergency alerts to residents, visitors and property owners via text, email, and over the phone. Registered users can pick how time-sensitive messages are received and which devices, phone numbers and email addresses notifications are sent to. Examples of emergency notifications include but are not limited to mandatory evacuation orders, reentry information, hurricane advisories/bulletins, emergencies disrupting vehicular/pedestrian traffic, and countywide post-disaster information.

Mobile users can text “DareEmergencyAlerts” to 30890 to sign up for text alerts.
You can also choose to receive alerts from NOAA and the National Weather Service.
More information can be found here.

Nags Head – The Board of Commissioners will conduct two public hearings at their rescheduled meeting on March 14th at 9 a.m. to consider:
• A Conditional Use/Site Plan Application submitted by Outer Banks Hotel, LLC to construct a 6-unit, 24-bedroom Cottage Court upon the property located at 7222 S. Virginia Dare Trail; and
• Amendments to the Town Code as it pertains to a lot coverage exemption for shared driveways and storm-water management.

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, March 6
3 to 5 p.m. – Pitts Center, Southern Shores, Fire Station Presentation
5:30 p.m. – Southern Shores Town Council

Wednesday, March 7
9:00 a.m. – Nags Head Board of Commissioners postponed to 3/14/18
7:00 p.m. – Duck Town Council

Monday, March 12
5:30 p.m. – Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners
6:00 p.m. – Dare Planning Board
7:00 p.m. – Dare County Waterways

Tuesday, March 13
9:00 a.m. – OBAR Legislative Committee
9:30 a.m. – Oregon Inlet Task Force
1:00 p.m. – Nags Head FOCUS UDO Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Currituck Planning Board

Wednesday, March 14
9:00 a.m. – Nags Head Board of Commissioners
6:00 p.m. – OBHBA General Membership Meeting, Roosters, Kill Devil Hills
6:30 p.m. – Duck Planning Board

Thursday, March 15
3:00 p.m. – OBHBA Legislative Committee
6:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Planning Board

In the News

Delayed Buxton Beach Nourishment is Finally Done

Containers Fall Off Ship off NC Coast

Flooding Closed Main Road on Outer Banks

Ethics Complaint Filed Against House Speaker

Passenger Ferry will be Economic Boom to Tourism

Overwash Causes Sections of NC 12 to Close

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