Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Thursday, Sept. 12


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Town Commissioner Sharon Harker talks with a resident about the Compass Hotel project at a design charette in April.

Compass Hotel Update

The developers of the future Compass Hotel in Beaufort have submitted new site plans to the town. The plans will be presented to the town Planning Board at a public meeting at 6:30 pm, Monday, Sept. 30 at 301 Mulberry Street – the cafeteria of the old Beaufort Elementary School. Materials related to the site plan presentation will be available when the agenda is released at least one week ahead of the meeting.

In addition to the Hotel presentation, the board will hold a public hearing on two rezoning requests and a text amendment request to add language concerning “micro distillery” operations to town code. Read the town’s legal notice of the hearings here.

Beaufort Debris Pickup

Storm debris pickup will begin in Beaufort tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13. The town has asked residents to have their debris out by Monday, Sept. 16, to ensure everything is picked up. Vegetative debris must not be placed in bags or containers and must be separated from other debris. Bulk item pick up needs to be scheduled with Town Hall by Sept. 16 at 5 pm; call 252-728-2141.

Two Bridge Wrecks Tie Up Traffic for Hours

Two major, multi-vehicle wrecks closed the Morehead City high rise bridge for a combined total of nearly four hours this morning. The first wreck happened around 8:30 am and involved a full-speed, head-on collision. At least one victim had to be cut from his or her vehicle, and a guardrail was knocked out. The second accident happened around 10:45 am while guardrail damage from the first wreck was being assessed. Read our full coverage on wreck one and wreck two.

Did You Know? NCDOT will begin acquiring property for the new Morehead high rise bridge in 2020. Construction is set to start in 2022.

County Board Meets Monday

The County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 pm Monday for their regular monthly meeting. Included on the agenda are items related to dredging East Taylor’s Creek, property revaluations and declaring a county-wide Commercial Fishing Day. Check out our On the Agenda article for more. On the Agenda comes out every Wednesday and makes it easy for citizens to see what their elected officials are working on.

Harm’s Way

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center will host a community event Tuesday, Sept. 17, that takes a look at how major storms have shaped our communities, our history, and ourselves. This is a time to share stories, thank those who have helped us and discuss where we are in our community’s recovery after Hurricane Florence. A free catered supper will be followed by community discussion. Learn more about this event on our event calendar.

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