With only the vaguest of explanations, the Town of Southern Shores has canceled implementation of a no-left-turn weekend June 27-28 that the Town Council unanimously approved and budgeted funds for just three days ago.
In announcing the cancellation today, the Town confirmed that prohibition of the left turn on to South Dogwood Trail from eastbound U.S. Hwy. 158 will occur tomorrow and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as the Council authorized.
The June 27-28 no-left-turn weekend was canceled, the Town’s release said, “due to not having the appropriate resources.”
The Beacon hopes that when new town manager Cliff Ogburn comes on board next week, he will ensure that Town announcements actually inform Southern Shores property owners and residents, and not just demoralize them.
Perhaps Mr. Ogburn will even have ideas on how to salvage an event by finding “appropriate resources” elsewhere.
Today’s announcement by the Town also casts doubt on the holding of the three no-left-turn weekends that the Town Council approved June 1 to be held in July-August.
It states: “The dates and/or times of the remaining scheduled events may also be subject to change.”
The Town Council discussed at its June 16 workshop meeting possibly scheduling no-left-turn weekends on different July weekends than the ones it has previously approved—which are July 4-5, July 25-26, and Aug. 1-2–as well as on additional July weekends.
By its language, however, the Town’s announcement unnecessarily calls into question the Town Council’s commitment to holding three no-left-turn weekends during July-August, not just the dates of those three weekends.
Mr. Ogburn starts next Wednesday.
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 6/19/20