7/7/20: TOWN COUNCIL MEETING IS AT 5:30 p.m. TODAY; DARE COUNTY SETTLES ONE NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY OWNERS LAWSUIT.

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Future no-left-turn weekends in Southern Shores this summer will be discussed at the Town Council’s meeting. 

We would like to remind you that the Southern Shores Town Council meets for its regular monthly meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the Pitts Center. Please see The Beacon, 7/4/20, for a preview of the agenda, or click on the following link:

https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/minutes-agendas-newsletters/Meeting-Packet_2020-07-07.pdf

In-person attendance at the meeting will be limited by physical-distancing requirements. If you have a Zoom account, you may access the meeting in real-time on that website with the meeting ID 985-6739-9679 and the password 623394.

For any questions about participation in the meeting please contact Town Clerk Sheila Kane at skane@southernshores-nc.gov. All public comments that you would like to have read into the record should be emailed to Ms. Kane, too.

This will be new town manager Cliff Ogburn’s first Town Council meeting since he started work last month. The Council will hold a workshop session on Tuesday, July 21.

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LOCAL MEDIA have reported that the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved yesterday a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by non-resident Dare County property owners who claimed that their constitutional rights were violated when the County prevented them from accessing their properties from March 20 until the week of May 4.

According to The Outer Banks Voice, Dare County agreed in the settlement to classify and treat non-resident property owners as if they were residents in future public-health emergencies and to pay $16,500 in legal costs.

The settlement only applies to public-health emergencies as defined by the World Health Organization, Dare County Attorney Bobby Outten told The Voice, and does not affect how non-resident Dare County property owners will be treated during hurricanes or other natural disasters.

Mr. Outten also told The Voice that the settlement is not an admission of fault or liability on the part of Dare County.

See The Voice at https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/07/06/dare-county-agrees-to-classify-nrpos-as-resident-property-owners-in-future-health-emergencies/.

This lawsuit, known as Bailey v. Dare County, is separate from the class action lawsuit, Blackburn et al v. Dare County et al, filed in federal court May 15 that seeks monetary damages from the County and the six beach towns for denying non-resident property owners access to their properties. (See The Beacon, 6/6/20.)

The Beacon, 7/7/20

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