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While the Town has been waiting on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife recommendations on the CBRS maps, the Town has been working with Marlowe & Company and others to approach the corrections to the CBRA designation legislatively through Congress. 

 

Congressman Walter B. Jones and Senator Kay Hagan have introduced bills in Congress (Jones introduced HR 4311  - reintroduced as HR 187 on Jan 4, 2013 and Hagan introduced S 3561 - reintroduced as S 533 on March 13, 2013 ).

 

On April 8, 2014 Mayor Tuman testified before a House Natural Resources Subcommittee in support of CBRA legislation.  Archived video footage can be found here. This NTB Media Release about the Hearing includes Mayor Tuman's prepared statement and the proposed map.  The subcommittee hearing was the next step in the process to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote.  The subcommittee adjourned after Chairman John Fleming stated that there may be more questions from the subcommittee members.


Since Mayor Tuman's testimony, Congressman Jones has requested a meeting with the Town and U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW).  The Mayor met with Jones and USFW on June 25, 2014.  Below are links to Mayor Tuman's letter which responds to the testimony given by USFW at the April 8th hearing and the documents and other information referenced in his letter which was provided to Congressman Jones and USFW at the meeting.  


Updated 1/13/2015

With the inception of the 115th Congress, Marlowe & Company is working with North Topsail Beach’s Congressional delegation on reintroducing the Town’s CBRA bills. Last week, Congressman Jones introduced H.R. 151, a bill to correct the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Unit L06, Topsail, North Carolina. This bill is identical to last Congress’ H.R. 187. The reintroduction of this bill is a big initial step in moving CBRA legislation forward on the House side. In regards to the Senate, Marlowe & Company has requested a meeting with Senator Tillis’ staff and intends to discuss the Town’s proposed revision to CBRS unit L06 and ask the Senator to officially introduce a bill that will remove the populated areas of North Topsail Beach from the CBRA zone.

 

In the last Congress, the Town’s CBRA bill did not advance because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) did not support North Topsail Beach’s revisions. Without the endorsement of the USFWS, the Fisheries Subcommittee was concerned that both Democrats and Republicans would not support the bill. The Committee choose to defer marking up the bill until a more hospitable congress is in place.



Updated 3/3/2015

The Town has received a report from Dr. William Cleary which is a response to a paper titled, "North Topsail Beach, North Carolina - A Model for Maximizing Coastal Hazard Vulnerability".  The report can be found on this page.  The report will be taken to Washington, DC to be shared with legislators.


NTB Officials, Mayor Daniel Tuman, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Leonard and Assistant Town Manager Carin Faulkner had meetings with Senator Thom Tillis, Representative Walter B. Jones, Representative David Rouzer and professional staff from Senator Burr's office, the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the US House Subcommittee on Federal Lands.  Most of the conversations were concerning Representative Jones' re-introduction of the Town's CBRA legislation in the House and to get support for the re-introduction of Kay Hagan's bill on the Senate side and to make staff aware that the Town seeks to have the bills reach committee on both sides.  The delegation also stated the importance of shoreline protection and the challenges CBRA poses to the Town's ability to pursue funding that would be available if the Town was not in the CBRA system. 

 

The Town would appreciate any comments from NTB property owners about the affect the CBRA designation has had on them.  Comments can be e-mailed Carin Faulkner, Town Clerk, or please contact your representatives at the Federal level directly.  A sample letter (Word) was prepared for our citizens to send to their members of Congress.