Potential For Fines And Heavy Restrictions Including Fines Coming For Residents And Businesses In The State

November 17, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper announced today the state is actively monitoring counties which currently have serious spreading of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As of today, there are ten counties in the state being monitored.

The governor added that if local leaders do not get ahold of this problem, the state will consider levying fines and major restrictions on businesses and residents who do not comply with mask mandates, mass gathering, and other measures to contain the spread.

The ten counties are Alexander, Avery, Columbus, Davie, Gaston, Hoke, Mitchell, Sampson, Wilkes and Wilson. To qualify for being in the critical alert red zone, a county must have 200 cases per day out of 100,000 people with 10% of those coming back positive for the virus. Additionally, a shortage of hospital beds because of these cases must be taken in to account.

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N.C. Governor Issues State of Emergency After Flooding Related To Tropical Storm Eta

November 13, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency for several Eastern NC cities and towns relating to flooding along rivers and other waterways as Tropical Storm Eta drenched the area earlier in the week.

Rains from Tropical Storm Eta are expected to causing cresting at many rivers in Eastern NC over the weekend of November 14 and November 15.

Officials with the governor’s office said heavy rains associated with Eta caused many water rescues, deaths, and school closures as this low pressure system moved over North Carolina.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Decreases Mass Gathering Limits Ahead Of Thanksgiving 2020 Due To Rising Coronavirus Numbers

November 2020 – NC Government News

Earlier this week, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced that reopening restrictions will remain in place for another 3 weeks, continuing his current executive order till December 4, 2020.

However, the NC Governor also announced because of the increasing COVID-19 Coronavirus numbers, he and the NC DHHS secretary are forced to reduced mass gathering for indoor Thanksgiving gathering from 25 to 10.

Under current thinking, the Coronavirus is much easier to pass from person to person for unmasked people indoors, and that family will be less likely to social distance. Thanksgiving Day for 2020 is November 26.

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Governor Cooper: NC Will Continue With Reopening Guidelines For 3 Weeks Despite Increased COVID-19 Metrics

October 21, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement on October 21, 2020 that the State of NC will continue with it’s reopening guidelines despite increasing metrics showing COVID-19 is causing increased new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.

In fact, on the day of his announcement, the state recorded 4,000 deaths and 250,000 cases with many counties reporting their single highest 24 hour period increase from testing.

The continuation of reopening guidelines allows for elementary schools to reopen to in-class learning, for more businesses to reopen under certain parameters, and for increased mass gatherings for some events.

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NC Governor Announces Phase 3 Reopening For Bars, Movie Theaters, And Venues

September 2020

At the end of September in 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced Phase 3 reopening for large venues, small venues, bars, and movie theaters and conference centers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here are his guidelines: 1) Large outdoor venues with seating for 10,000 or more can operate at 7% occupancy. 2) Small outdoor venues can operate at 30% outdoor occupancy or 100 people whichever is smaller. 3) Movie theaters and conference centers can open at 30% occupancy or 100 people whichever is smaller. 4) Bars can open for 30% occupancy outdoor only or 100 people whichever is smaller.

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N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Relief Fund To Help Small Businesses Hurt By Revenue Shortages During the COVID-19 Coronavirus in 2020

September 2020 – NC Government Information

On September 22, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced the N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) relief fund with $40 million in incentives for small businesses in the state and will focus on industries who experienced severe disruption in loss of business and revenue because of mandated closures during the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The MURR relief fund was designed to help companies with fixed costs like rent, mortgage interests and utility bills.

The NC small business MURR program will be administered by the N.C. Department of Commerce and will offer $20,000 per business location.

Qualifying companies wanting to apply for the N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) relief fund must be able to show that they were closed April 1 through July 31, 2020, that they expect to be able to operate after the COVID crisis has passed, and they have not been reimbursed by any other federal source for the expenses for which they seek reimbursement through this program.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Amends His Coronavirus Executive Order To Allow State Elementary Schools (K-5) To Proceed Under Plan A Starting October 5, 2020

September 2020

On Friday, September 18, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced that he is amending his COVID-19 Coronavirus related executive orders for NC public K-12 schools and allowing kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school students and staff to attend school under Plan A which is 100% in-person instruction 5 days a week.

Prior to that decision, NC schools could operate under Plan B which is a hybrid of in-person schooling 2 days a week and online learning 3 days a week, and Plan C which is 100% virtual.

As a function of government, the governor can take immediate legislative action on issues that have immediate, emergency, or pressing ramifications for the public.

Earlier on the same day, Lt. Governor Dan Forest who is running against Roy Cooper in 2020, said that he is moving forward with his plan to draft legislation to open all public schools fully; a promise which is also a part of his gubernatorial campaign.

Governor Cooper’s amended action can be adopted by individual districts, or remain under the current plan, and K-5 parents and guardians can choose to either remain under 100% virtual (Plan C), the hybrid (Plan B), or go with Plan A if the districts agrees with the governor.

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NC Attorney General Josh Stein Files Federal Lawsuit To Counter Trump Administration On Oil And Gas Exploration And Seismic Testing Along The NC Coastal Beaches

September 2020 Government And Legislation News

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, NC Attorney General Josh Stein filed a federal lawsuit to stop five companies in NC from gaining permits to begin oil and gas exploration along the NC coastal regions using seismic testing after the Trump administration opened the door to this type of exploration.

Environmentalist say that seismic testing is the precursor to fracking which has unimaginable negative consequences for marine life, aquatic life, sea turtles, and other habitats along the coast.

Attorney General Josh Stein says that this issue is non-partisan given that many municipal leaders along the coast, and who are from large Conservative centers, are opposed to any legislation opening the door to offshore drilling, fracking, and technologies that use mechanical devices to harm natural habitats simply for energy production from fossil fuels.

Filed under government local news and reports that impact regions along the Crystal Coast near Carteret County NC.

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NC Governor Announces Executive Order 163 Phase 2.5 Reopening Of Businesses

September 1, 2020 Executive Order Phase 2.5 Reopening

On September 1, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper announces via executive order 163 that Phase 2.5 reopening of some businesses at limited capacity while maintaining closed status for others.

Mass gathering events will now allow 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. This is an increase from 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Kids playgrounds will now be open providing that children and parents maintain social distancing and face masks.

Museums and aquariums can now open at 50% capacity.

Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity.

Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed.

Outdoor visiting at nursing home and skilled care facilities provided that these facilities follow guidelines in place.

Executive order Phase 2.5 begins September 4, 2020 at 5 pm.

filed: NC Legislation and government action information.

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Governor Cooper Extends Executive Order Restrictions On Restaurants Serving Alcohol Past 11 pm

September 1, 2020

In July of 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper used executive order legislation to require restaurants that serve alcohol to have a cut-off time of 11 pm rather than what state law normally calls for which is 2 am. This executive order was put in place amidst the coronavirus pandemic and was instituted to discourage social congregation.

On August 31st, the governor extended his order until October 2nd at which point he and other NC government officials along with health officials will re-assess whether this alcohol restriction can be lifted.

The governor is expected to hold a late afternoon conference on September 1st to address the closure of other businesses including gyms, amusement parks, and some bars and restaurants that do not serve essential foods. These establishments haave been closed since March of 2020.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Issues Executive Order Ending Alcohol Sales After 11 pm In Response To Coronavirus

July 28, 2020 – NC Government Executive Order

On July 28, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order ending all alcohol sales after 11 pm staring July 31st. This new executive order is in place for restaurants that are allowed to have 50% occupancy and who are able to operate a bar based on what types of food they sell.

Bars that do not serve food or who serve food not considered essential, are not allowed to be open under previous executive orders during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The 11 pm curfew on alcohol sales in NC does not apply to convenience stores and grocery stores where alcohol sales are intended for off-site consumption.

This new temporary legislation is intended to decrease the number of people who gather in public places while the NC government deems social distancing a must in response to the Coronavirus.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Vetoes GOP Bill To Open Gyms And Bars; Extends Phase 2 Restrictions Amid Increased Coronavirus Cases

June 24, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper extended Phase 2 stay at home restrictions via executive order amid an increase in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases across the United States and in North Carolina.

Phase 2 will stay in place until July 17, 2020 when the Governor has to decide on taking the state back to Phase 1, maintaining Phase 2, or going to Phase 3.

Under Phase 2, gyms, health clubs, and bars are prevented from opening, and under new rules, all NC residents must wear a face mask in public when social distancing is not an option.

Earlier in the month, Governor Cooper vetoed legislation brought to the table by GOP members who were fighting on behalf of bars and gyms. The executive order decision brought sharp rebuke by GOP members and Conservatives across the state who say that the U.S. Constitution forbids a Governor from decisions that are in conflict with the Constitution. Additionally, these groups see the decision as government overreach.

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County Commissioners To Hear About Duke Energy Report On A Industrial Park At Radio Island

(August 2019 News) On Monday, August 19, 2019, Carteret County Commissioners will hear from Duke Energy officials on a report outlining the need for an industrial park at Radio Island. This report is part of the “Duke Energy Site Readiness Program” which outlines their plans to develop industrial parks around North Carolina to aid in their readiness programs.

This readiness program is likely due in part to hurricane and tropical storm events that happen in Carteret County which will allow Duke Energy to already have resources stored here.

Any industrial park on Radio Island will require a special use permit. Currently the NC Port Authority owns the property in question. Commissioners will hear about traffic ingress and egress in to the island, structural components of the park, and other information.

EOF: NC Government, County Commissioners, Duke Energy.

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Representative Pat McElraft Reverses Decision To Run For The NC House In 2020 After Pine Knoll Shores Mayor Ken Jones Drops Out

(August 2019 News) After signalling that she will not run for re-election to the NC House in 2020, Representative Pat McElraft has announced that she will be a candidate for state office after Pine Knoll Shores Mayor Ken Jones dropped out of the race.

McElraft is currently in her 7th term at the NC House.

Initially, the Representative said that her decision not to seek office again was due in part to health concerns over her husband, but her announcement included a statement that her husband’s health has gotten better and she is ready for 2020.

Representative McElraft represents the citizens of Jones County and Carteret County, and lives in Emerald Isle NC with her husband.

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David Rief Tapped As New Town Administrator In Cedar Point NC

(August 2019) Officials in Cedar Point NC have announced that David Rief will be the new town manager effective October 1, 2019. Rief will replace outgoing manager Chris Seaberg who resigned to take the same position in Swansboro.

David Rief is an attorney, former town planning director, permit officer, and building inspector for the town so he is no stranger to local government.

Mayor Scott Hatsell is on record as being excited about this announcement and thinks that Rief’s planning experience will be a big asset to Cedar Point residents and businesses.

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Atlantic Beach NC Town Hall Offices, Phone Numbers, And Government. Mayor’s Information, Utilities, Fire, Police, Planning, Inspections, And Zoning Links

Information on Atlantic Beach public utilities, tax collector, fire/EMS/law enforcement offices, the Mayor’s office and other public information about the government in this Carteret County NC town.

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Cape Carteret NC Rejects Form of Government Petition

( Carteret County News and Information) – August 2018 – The Cape Carteret NC commissioners voted recently to reject a petition started by area residents to change the town government format from mayor-council format to council-manager format. The rejection was announced citing legal reasons in how the petition was started despite the NC State Board of Elections saying the petition is valid.

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