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Postby bert911 » Sun Jan 23, 2005 5:30 pm


<<Originally posted in Non Lighthouse Discussion Forum >>

In today's The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC)
by Randall Edwards, The Associated Press

Corolla - Currituck County's Board of Commissioners would like to purchase the Currituck Beach Lighthouse from the nonprofit group that has long been at odds with the county over ordinance requirements.

Read the rest at: http://seathelights.com/news/curritucknews.html

(I scanned the article because I couldn't find it online.)


When will this madness stop? Why do I get the feeling that if the county WERE successful in purchasing this lighthouse, the ordinances requiring parking and restrooms would no longer be enforced?

Why does the county want this property so badly? Where was the county when the property was in danger of being lost forever? They were no where to be found!! The only reason they want the lighthouse now is because of the excellent job that Outer Banks Conservationists (OBC)have done to make the property what it is today! The hard work is over, now the county thinks that they can buy the lighthouse, and just sit back and charge whatever they want for people to visit it. People like US!

Would Currituck County even be on the map today, if it were not for the Currituck Beach Lighthouse???


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! It is time to write more letters! It is time to send more emails, faxes and phone calls the way of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners! It is time for Currituck County to BECOME A GOOD NEIGHBOR!

What are your thoughts on this never ending nightmare? What can you do to help?

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Postby Larry » Sun Jan 23, 2005 6:19 pm


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At least this shows that they admit that the OBC owns the lighthouse. But Robert is right. Suddenly the UDC requirements would disappear if the county gained ownership.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:11 pm


Thanks for posting the story, Robert.
As far as the UDC requirements disappearing, they wouldn't have to. By buying the LH property and having the Whaleback property right next door they would easily meet all parking requirements.
If you want to write letters, I would suggest that you contact the governor's office, the State Attorney General, and anyone who sits in the N.C. House and Senate. After all, they are the one's holding the trump-card on this mess.
The OBC may be in a delimma, but so is the Currituck County Commissioner's. They know damn good and well that this will become a nasty protracted legal battle that, in the end, no one will truly win....and the state of NC knows it. The negative fallout (if OBC loses) will be immeasurable.
Right now, I think John Wilson and the OBC are "holding their cards" tight to the vest in anticipation of what the state will do, next.

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:05 pm


Not for nothing,

... but, IMHO, I agree with Larry...

Isn't this the first time the County admitted ... in any public forum ... with no ifs, ands, or buts ... about who has uncontested ownership of the light?

Whatever the outcome of this inquiry, doesn't that make all future contentions meaningless ... as well as all prior ones now frivilous?

This is nothing but a good thing ... and from now on, the OBC deals from strength ... not defensively ... not ever again ...

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Postby Hersh » Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:32 pm


It is just an offer, I think an offer doing exactly what Bert said, trying to take advantage of OBC's hard work for a quick buck.

Sad and despicable but hopefully harmless.
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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:08 am


The behavior of the officials in Currituck county is somewhat worse than disgusting, whatever that is...

I for one will never spend a dollar in Currituck County again. At one point I was thinking of buying property in the area for when I retire, but I'm content to retire somewhere else to keep from giving those greedy #@$+@rDS a dollar....
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Postby Ross » Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:14 am


I sort of noticed that the article seemed as if it was written by a county supporter. I got the impression that OBC was being made to be the bad guys. "First they didn't do this, THEN they refused that..."

And no mention of Jones and his tactics, which leads to the lack of objectiveness in this article..

anyways... the fight shall go on!
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Postby vacastle » Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:03 am


What bungeling fools these county officials are. And this newest stupid action is nothing more than another of their clumsily desguised threats.

Got that off my chest! Now, I'm just shaking my head!

In the meantime, Melody Leckie of OBC, Inc. reports that Currituck Beach Lighthouse re-opens for business March 21, 2005.

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Postby island » Mon Jan 24, 2005 3:29 pm


For such a sale to take place approval of the Secretary of Interior is required. Would such approval be granted if the buyer had not met and does not meet criteria for ownership as required by the NHLP Act? Not likely.

``(F) the eligible entity to which the historic
light station is conveyed shall not sell, convey,
assign, exchange, or encumber the historic light
station, any part thereof, or any associated historic
artifact conveyed to the eligible entity in conjunction
with the historic light station conveyance, including
but not limited to any lens or lanterns, unless such
sale, conveyance, assignment, exchange or encumbrance is
approved by the Secretary;
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Postby plebetkin » Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:31 pm


one would imagine that the offer will be refused, that court action for compliance will go forward, and we will be back to the beginning again.
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Postby COTA » Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:36 am


I JUST WISH THEY WOULD LEAVE CURRITUCK ALONE!!!! :evil: :twisted:
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:51 am


I wish they would, too, Beth....but it's too much of a potential "cash cow" for them to walk away from without trying every trick in the book! :x

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Postby vacastle » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:45 am


Jan.27th on-line edition of The Daily Advance...

Currituck, OBC Differ on Sale of Beacon

http://www.dailyadvance.com/hp/content/news/stories/2005/01/27/20050127edaobc.html

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Postby Maria » Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:00 am


The only way that anyone can be forced to sell a property when the owner does not want to sell is through Eminent Domain. Since the property is well-maintained and open to the public, I doubt this tactic would work legally. Unfortunately, I can see the county trying this anyway.

Does anyone see any hope in the Squirrel Point decision related to this case? The Squirrel Point case did set a precedent since the group was not allowed to consider selling the property for a profit.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:07 pm


One thing that concerns me in the last article is
Wilson said if the deed can be changed he would be willing to take it to OBC's board of directors.

"My board will consider anything that deals with Heritage Park," he said.


What is the big deal with the Heritage Park?
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