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Currituck County Has Now Decided to Erect a Fence

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Postby COTA » Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:47 am


I would rally by myself in person as well, but would be better if others did! :P However, Judy, I am not looking to see what the jail facilities are like in Currituck County! 8O
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Postby vacastle » Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:42 pm


Same story, different paper, more slants...
http://www.dailyadvance.com/hp/content/news/stories/2005/03/02/20050302edaobc.html

In the Daily Advance Article, written by Brenda Kleman, referenced here,
As expected, Currituck County filed suit against Outer Banks Conservationists Tuesday, naming the owners of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources as co-defendants.

The lawsuit filed by County Attorney John Morrison in Currituck Superior Court claims that OBC has been operating the lighthouse, located in Corolla, for 206 days in violation of the county's zoning ordinances.

The state Department of Cultural Resources is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit because, according to OBC's deed for the lighthouse, the state agency has a "reversionary interest" in the beacon should OBC no longer be able to operate it.


And there's some more interesting stuff to be read in this article.

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Postby Grover1 » Wed Mar 09, 2005 6:10 am


Next Round ...

As reported by "Chesapeake Bryan" on the CF this morning ... for those of us who do not cross over ...

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Mar 09, 2005 6:20 am


Barry,

Thanks for bringing that to our attention. There is some ray of hope in that article. It seems that CCC has pushed to the point that now maybe they realize that they have pushed a little too far.

I disagree with the statemt that says if the court rulled in CC favor that they could end up with the lighthouse. Although this has to be what CC wants, I would like to think that the state or the Feds would step in and get involved?
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:06 am


Stephen,

I would agree. Angering your poltical enemies is one thing ... angering your constituents ... here the business owners who are probably major campaign contributors as well ... is quite another.

The OBC, publicly, is saying all the correct things.

Also note, according to the article, no court date has been set. Makes one think the county's suit is tenuous at best and the courts are giving the parties yet still more time to work this out.

Lastly, Stephen, with all assumptions intuitive, I agree with you. I can't see how the county could assume ownership based on these circumstances. Could you imagine the hue and cry if a Currituck Court not only ruled in favor of the CCC, but then awarded them the lighthouse, especially in consideration of how unworthy they were deemed by the federal government during the original process? If, in the extreme, the OBC was stripped of ownership, how could an appeal court not see the obvious conflict of interest and not vacate such a ruling? No, I would think in this unlikely circumstance the property would revert to the government to start the process again.

And, as I posted once prior, as unworthy as they were found to be the first time, could you imagine the embarassemnt if the CCC were to lose the light twice?

Of course, we've seen travesties of justice in our lifetime ... this just won't be one of them. Of that I am confidant ...

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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:40 am


Lets just hope this whole issue leads to an out-of-court settlement that everyone can live with :!:

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Postby COTA » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:03 am


I wish it were soon! Thanks for sharing Barry.
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Postby plebetkin » Wed Mar 09, 2005 12:50 pm


who needs reality tv when we have this?
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Postby Ross » Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:43 pm


I don't think any judicial body in the universe would turn over ownership of the lighthouse to the county, just based on the reasons they weren't granted it the last go-around.

What I think will come of this, is that it will be decided that the lighthouse is exempt from the usual guidelines for businesses, etc., and by pure reasoning of the grandfather clause. All this BS about "if we give them a break, everyone will want one." is just that, BS. Completely different circumstances surround this case and there's not a business or entity in the area that should complain. Last time I checked, there was no profit being made from the lighthouse.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:53 pm


Ross,

I agree completely in your assessment.

Of course, what that would mean, if the suit is heard and not settled, is that the Superior Court of Currituck County took sides against the county ...

It might be interesting research to see how frequently that has occurred.

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Postby plebetkin » Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:59 pm


is this how issues get so blown out of proportion that they finally go to the Supreme Court?
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Postby Ross » Wed Mar 09, 2005 3:09 pm


That's how, Peter.

I'm sure the superior court typically would keep its peace with "it's own kind". I learned that the hard way in the State of NH ;)

But the county is so blatantly and perversely spiteful, I'm surprised a higher authority hasn't already stepped in and said "Ok, now you're being stupid, and you're making us look bad."

On the other hand, these county lackeys can't wipe their own butts without permission so I believe they would not take steps on their own accord to try and right this situation. As they say, "we're just following the laws and rules." A cop out for a group of people that have had no other obvious purpose in the world.

I'd be willing to bet their wives lay out their clothes for them in the morning. :twisted:
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Postby Gary Martin » Wed Mar 09, 2005 5:16 pm


It's a shame when you spend a week on a cruise ship only to come back and hear the same chapter and verse is being reiterated yet one more flaming time....
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Postby Larry » Wed Mar 09, 2005 6:03 pm


Ross wrote:
I'd be willing to bet their wives lay out their clothes for them in the morning.


Are you saying that there is something wrong with that? :roll: :wink:
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:33 pm


"county lackeys", Ross?" :)
I'll betcha that Melody will be tickled to hear that one! 8O :lol:

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