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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:20 pm


I recieved an email from Melody today. Here is the responce from John Wilson himself about the land they (OBC) owns.

Melody,
Why can Currituck never tell the truth? This time it is about OBC
land adjoining the lighthouse. We own two parcels that adjoin the lighthouse tract.
(1) approx. 10 acres adjoining the north side, west of the Village
Road. It is our understanding that it has less than one half acre of
high land adjoining the road and the remainder is pure marsh. It is
zoned residential and parking lots are not allowed in a residential
zone. They know full well we can't park there.
(2) a residential sub-division lot #44 in the Corolla Village
Sub-division. It adjoins the lighthouse tract on the north side, just
east of the Village Road. It is deed restricted for residential use
only. It is where we are building the new Site Keeper's House. It is
just to the north of the Staff Parking area.

There is no way 125 parking spaces can be put on 8/10s of an acre, and
they know it. It will not fit. It is in the middle of the yard. And
it has no access to a road. The State land surrounds it. Please forward this information to anyone who asks.

John Wilson


I thought you guys would want to know about this!

Also, there was an article in yesterday's daily advance about the lighthouse being sold, but I can not get around the registration link. Does anyone else have access to the article?
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Postby COTA » Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:24 pm


Thanks for sharing Stephen!
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:28 pm


Here is the article I spoke of........Thanks Paul!

Feds: Lighthouse can be sold to Currituck

By ROBERT KELLY-GOSS

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Even though the agency that awarded it ownership of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse now says the beacon can be sold to Currituck County, the lighthouse's owners say they're still not convinced.

Currituck officials have discussed for months the possibility of purchasing the lighthouse in Corolla from Outer Banks Conservationists. OBC officials have said they're open to discussing the sale, but suggested it might not be possible under the agreements they signed when OBC was awarded ownership of the lighthouse several years ago.

David Barna, director of governmental affairs for the National Parks Service – the federal agency that awarded the beacon to OBC – said last week that Currituck could strike a deal with OBC to buy the lighthouse. However, Currituck would first have to apply with the Parks Service to qualify as an owner of the beacon.

"From (the Park Services') standpoint, (OBC) could sell the lighthouse because they own it," Barna said. "But the new owner would still have to go through the same (approval) process as the original owner."

In effect, Currituck would have to go through the same process it went through several years ago when it sought to obtain the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard. Both the county and OBC submitted applications to the U.S. Department of Interior – the Parks Service's parent agency – for the beacon, and the federal agency ended up selecting OBC to be the new owner.

Asked about Barna's comments, OBC board member John Wilson seemed surprised. OBC's deed to the lighthouse is specific about the possibility of future sales, he said. OBC cannot sell the lighthouse, he said.

"We have answered that question (of the sale) to the best of our ability," Wilson says. "The covenant we signed at the time of the application (for ownership) specifically states we may not sell, lease or rent the lighthouse."

Wilson says he has not talked with Park Service officials about the possibility of selling the lighthouse to Currituck. He says the only action OBC has been prepared to take in response to Currituck's request is a legal inquiry into whether the sale can take place.

That inquiry stopped when the county filed suit against OBC several weeks ago for not complying with Currituck's Unified Development Ordinance, Wilson said.

"We have no choice but to focus on the lawsuit" at this point, he said.

Last January, the county advised OBC that it was in violation of the UDO because it had not installed rest-room facilities and an estimated 125 parking spaces on the lighthouse property.

OBC officials claim the lighthouse is exempt from the UDO's requirements on parking and rest-rooms because the beacon existed prior to adoption of the county's zoning law. They also claim their lease of the lighthouse predates adoption of the UDO. An opinion issued by the state Attorney General's Office sides with OBC's position.

It was not clear Monday whether Currituck officials have any desire to go through the Interior Department's lighthouse-ownership application process again.

If it decides to, Barna says Currituck would need to prove to the Interior Department that the county has "the foundation that shows over a period of time (it) can maintain the" lighthouse.

"We're looking for the ability to maintain the structure," he said.

Although Currituck failed to convince the Interior Department that it would be a better steward of the lighthouse than OBC, that doesn't mean the county isn't without the means or funds to operate, says county Commissioner Paul O'Neal.

"We have the full faith and value of the entire county to put behind the (lighthouse)," O'Neal said. "For (the Department of the Interior) to say Currituck didn't have the financial means to maintain the lighthouse was the biggest joke I've ever heard."

Not only does Currituck have the financial resources to maintain the lighthouse, it also could keep the beacon open for little cost to the public, he said.


Aritcle appeared yesterday in the Daily Advance
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:31 pm


Once again, where was Currituck County when the lighthouse was falling to rack and ruin?????? :evil: SURE they want it NOW when the OBC has restored it to it's former glory and beyond!!
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:00 pm


:lol: O'Neal is so full of himself! :lol:

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Postby Hersh » Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:58 pm


Wow, the CCC lied.... Who woulda thunk it.

I can't believe the OBC is even considering selling the light to those buttfaces!!
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Postby vacastle » Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:20 am


I can't believe the OBC is even considering selling the light to those buttfaces!!


THEY AREN"T!
And why should they? Just because the county government persists in name calling and harassment? Just because the county has filed a lawsuit? OBC is looking forward to their day in court.

Don't believe everything you read in newspapers! The strong do not fold and buckle when the ignorant resorts to name calling and harassment, Mike.

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Postby bert911 » Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:11 am


"We have the full faith and value of the entire county to put behind the (lighthouse)," O'Neal said. "For (the Department of the Interior) to say Currituck didn't have the financial means to maintain the lighthouse was the biggest joke I've ever heard."

Not only does Currituck have the financial resources to maintain the lighthouse, it also could keep the beacon open for little cost to the public, he said.


Hmmmm - I wonder - When it comes time to spend money on repairing roads in Currituck County or maintaining and repairing a lighthouse, which would O'Neal and the other commissioners choose? Do the commissioners realize that the money collected to climb the tower goes to maintain it?

There is going to be a hugh cost to the public to keep the beacon open, if taxes are used to purchase, maintain and repair the lighthouse.

It is TIME for the CCC to start being good neighbors!

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Postby Pharoslvr » Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:45 am


The Interior Dept. never did say that "Currituck County didn't have the financial means to maintain the lighthouse," as O'Neal is quoted as saying. What they did say, in fact, was that OBC could do a better job of maintaining it, and that OBC's track record had already proved it! :)

The more that O'Neal shoots off his mouth, the more the public realizes just how foolish those bureaucratic buttheads really are, if, by some chance they don't know that already! :)

Keep talking Paul!

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Postby vacastle » Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:33 am


Stephen,

Thanks so much for sharing John Wilson's comments and his explanation about the land owned by OBC.

This is great, because all we get from the newspapers are partial-quotes, mis-quotes, or what ever portions they seem to think make good press.

Now we have it from the man, himself.
Melody, if you're reading this, tell John, "Thanks!"

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Postby plebetkin » Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:43 pm


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Postby OBC, Inc. » Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:20 pm


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