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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