Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 15

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Boats littered Town Creek after Hurricane Irene in 2011.

BOC Approves Amendment to Town Code with Conditions

The Beaufort Board of Commissioners met last night and approved a text amendment that prohibits boaters from anchoring their vessels in the town’s navigable waters during a Hurricane Warning, with the exception of the federal Harbor of Refuge in Town Creek.

At the beginning of the meeting, Steve Tullevech of Town Creek Marina and Jerry Gaskill of Beaufort Yacht Basin asked that the commissioners to delay their vote and hold a public hearing on it first. Both relayed concerns about boats within the Harbor of Refuge dragging anchor and damaging nearby businesses.

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“This has been a problem for many, many years,” Tullevech said. “I’ve yet to really see a vessel that has been anchored in the Harbor of Refuge during a storm event that has held anchor….When they anchor there, believe me, they do not stay there.”

During discussion, Town Manager John Day said the town cannot prohibit vessels from anchoring in a Harbor of Refuge as it is under federal jurisdiction. Day also said there is some urgency to pass the amendment as we are still in the midst of hurricane season.

After further discussion from the Mayor and Board, a motion was made, then amended, to go ahead and approve the amendment as it is now on the condition that the board revisit the issue as soon as possible and get input from affected parties. Day said he would be happy to have an informal meeting with the marina representatives to gather their ideas.

See the meeting rundown here

Did You Know?
In 1765 a French visitor shared his thoughts about Beaufort: “the inhabitants seem miserable, they are very lasy and Indolent, they live mostly on fish and oisters, which they have in great plenty.”

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Rain, Cooler Weather on the Way

A low pressure system will be moving in Wednesday morning and will bring rain, wind a fall-like temperatures along with it. Rain is expected to begin tomorrow morning with amounts totaling up to an inch or so by evening.

Expect windy conditions along with the wet weather. The forecast has been getting windier, and now calls for sustained winds in the mid-20s with stronger gusts. The storm will bring daytime temps down into the 60s Thursday and Friday with gradual warming by the weekend.

Quick Bites

Roundabout Back on Schedule: The roundabout project at Hwy 101 and Live Oak Street was delayed a few weeks ago due to funding issues at NCDOT. Funding has been found, and the project is now back on the schedule. The Town of Beaufort has requested an meeting with DOT to get an update on right of way determination.

Chat with the Chief: You can meet Beaufort Police Chief Paul Burdette tonight at 6 pm at the Train Depot to learn about what the department is doing and relay any concerns.

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Donate Blood, Win Cool Stuff: The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the NC Maritime Museum today, Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 2-7 pm. Enter to win one of five $500 gift cards and other prizes, including a guided kayak trip. Learn more here

BOC Meeting Date Change: The Beaufort Board of Commissioners November meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 18, instead of Nov. 12 (the day after Veteran’s Day).

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Mon 18

Storytime at the Down East Library

November 18 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Share Your Florence Experience for Research!

November 19 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 20

Carteret PreK Storytime

November 20 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wed 20

Young Adult Study Hall

November 20 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm