Flooding last year during Hurricane Florence caused quite a bit of damage to soundside properties, taking out piers, docks, and walkways.

Dr. Michelle Flynn Osborne, Chief Deputy Commissioner of the N.C. Dept. of Insurance, will speak at a “community conversation” about property insurance Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m., at First Flight High School Auditorium in Kill Devil Hills. The free event is sponsored by Dare County and the Outer Banks Assn. of REALTORS®.

Dr. Osborne’s topics will include types of coverage, limitations, and the importance of flood insurance, according to the sponsors.

You may access Dr. Osborne’s biography here: https://www.ncdoi.com/Leadership_-_Dr._Michelle_Osborne.aspx. She has both masters and doctoral degrees in business administration.

To get to First Flight High School, turn right off of U.S. Hwy. 158 at the Colington Road intersection, just south of the Wright Brothers Memorial; then turn left on Veterans Drive after you’ve passed the KDH government complex. You can’t miss the auditorium.

(Note: The first game of the World Series starts Tuesday at 8:08 p.m., so you can attend Dr. Osborne’s conversation and still catch the early innings. Go, Nats!)


PLANNING BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, 5:30 P.M., PITTS CENTER: The Town Planning Board will vote on ZTA 19-02, an amendment to the Town Code that attempts to fill gaps in regulations concerning building height and lot fill. See https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/10-9-19-ZTA-19-02-Building-Height-FIll.pdf.

The Planning Board has spent considerable time thinking about, researching, and drafting the proposed changes on height and fill, which are designed to help both property owners and the builders they hire, as well as neighboring property owners, and will likely approve ZTA 19-02 unanimously. The Beacon will cover the changes in detail when the amendment comes before the Town Council Nov. 6 for a vote.

The Planning Board also will entertain public comments at tomorrow’s meeting.


LIBRARY SURVEY ONLINE: The Southern Shores Exploratory Committee for Potential Branch Library has posted a short survey about the potential library’s use by residents at the top of the Town of Southern Shores website: https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/. The committee will meet next on Nov. 1, 2 p.m., in an upstairs room of the Pitts Center.


ELECTION DAY AND THE TOWN COUNCIL: Because the general Election Day is always the first Tuesday in November, and the Town Council usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, the November Town Council meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 6, instead.

Voting for the Southern Shores municipal election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Pitts Center from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Town Council meeting the next day will begin at 5:30 p.m. The newly elected Council members will be sworn into office at the Town Council’s Dec. 3 meeting.

POLL WORKERS NEEDED: The Dare County Board of Elections is accepting applications for poll workers. According to the BOE’s website, poll workers receive some compensation and must be able to work from 5:30 a.m. until at least 8:30 p.m. To apply for a position, go to https://www.darenc.com/departments/elections/about/poll-workers.

COUNCIL CANDIDATE WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN?: The Beacon has heard some rumors about a late write-in campaign for a fifth candidate for the three Southern Shores Town Council seats that are being contested in the election. If you are having trouble deciding to whom you should give your third vote, you may wish to delay voting for a few days. The Beacon will confirm or deny these rumors as soon as possible.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 10/20/19


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