The annual Association meeting will be conducted on Saturday, Apr 8th starting at 9 AM. The meeting will be held at Sunset Grille, and we will serve light pastries and coffee/juice. Please join us if you can.
For owners who can't physically attend, you can join the meeting via a Zoom call.
Attached is the meeting agenda.
Everyone is invited to join Rosemary, Christopher, Julie, Andrew, Haydee and me at 5 PM at our place (1356 Duck Road) to meet and greet neighbors and socialize. We'll serve appetizers and refreshments. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can be prepared.
I hope to see or hear you on the 8th.
As you know, last week we conducted two owner Zoom calls and received owner emails from others who couldn't join the Zoom calls. Well over 50 owners directly participated in these.
The CDA Board then met on Monday to review your comments and feedback. We also discussed next-steps to take.
In summary, here's what the Board heard from the majority of participants:
Most owners want:
Regarding #3, the Board decided to organize a group that would discuss issues and options with the Town. The group will be composed of a few Board members and a few property owners.
It is our understanding that settlement on the property has already happened or will happen this week.
While the Board will keep you posted as events happen, and we will discuss this at the CDA Annual meeting on April 8th, the process ahead of us will likely take some time.
As always, if you have additions comments or questions, just email them to me.
Here's some information you may find useful.
Here are two important updates:
Author: Andrew Blunck
Carolina Dunes Association held two meetings for community members to receive status updates from the Board on the Town of Duck's intention to purchase the property on 145 Buffel Head Rd.
I received many email responses from you in response to my 2/11 email with a variety of concerns and opinions. I also received a number of phone calls and personal visits. While a few owners didn't think the Town's purchase and intended usage is a big deal, most of you had some level of concern over their purchase and potentially expanded use of this property.
After getting your feedback, the CDA Board had another meeting and decided on the following actions:
I strongly encourage you to watch this video. It's not too long.
In summary, this is what the Town Council did:
We had a CDA Board meeting following the Council meeting to discuss status and CDA options for going forward. There are limited options available to us:
The CDA Board wants your input and guidance on how to proceed. To that end, we have schedule two Zoom calls as follows:
It's VERY IMPORTANT that all owners who have concerns join one of the Zoom calls or email me with your guidance.
On Monday, the Town Mayor and Manager met with Andrew (CDA Secretary) and me to inform us that they are in the process of purchasing 145 Buffell Head and plan to use it for limited Town purposes, mostly associated with future beach nourishment projects. The current owner had agreed to the terms of the Town's purchase offer, and the only remaining step, as I understand it, is for the Town Council to approve the contract one more time before settlement can be scheduled. The Town Council will probably provide the second approval in their March Council meeting on March 1st.
Here's a summary of key points Andrew and I discussed with the Town on Monday.
The CDA Board had a conference call on Wednesday to discuss this matter. There was mixed reaction to it. Some were not happy with this, including not having advanced notice. Some don't trust the Town to actually limit their activities to what they are saying (In other words, there's fear the Town could change plans at any future Council meeting.) If the Town's usage is limited to what's described above, then maybe their purchase and use might be acceptable to you, as an owner. Or, maybe not. So, #14 above would be a critical item. I think ultimate Board and community support should probably be contingent upon having a binding legal agreement signed by the Town and CDA.
Please review this and reply to this email with your thoughts and questions.
If you think we should schedule a zoom meeting or conference call to discuss this more amongst ourselves, let me know.
If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Town so you can directly discuss this with them, let me know.
If you are an attorney and would be willing to help navigate this issue, let me know.
Please respond as soon as you can.
2023 Reentry Permits Now Available
Reentry permits for residents, non-resident property owners, and businesses are now available through Dare County's website. Don't delay, get your reentry permit well ahead of hurricane season which officially begins June 1, 2023.
For more information and to obtain a reentry permit, click here.
The 2023 Duck Town Council Retreat will be held on February 15 and February 16 at 9 AM in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall.
The Retreat will be open to the public and live-streamed. During the two-day meeting, presentations will be made by Town Staff as well as by community partners and contract organizations. Topics include:
· NCDOT Updates
· Speed Limit Discussion
· VHB Project Updates
· Dare County Updates
· Departmental Updates
· Capital Improvement Plan and Financial Update
· Beach Nourishment
· Project Vesta
· Beach Driving
· Tents on the beach
Attached is the draft agenda for the retreat.
Several topics will have impacts on Carolina Dunes. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will consolidate them and share them with the Town.
First of all, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving day!
Yesterday, I called Bobby Outten (he is both the Dare County Executive and the Dare County Attorney), and he willingly and openly spoke with me regarding the nourishment project. In summary, here's what he said:
I know this is not the best news, but it may be the best given current realities that we are facing. If beach nourishment ends up being completed by mid-May, maybe we can live with that.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.