Friday, August 21, 2015

CDC Gone "Kerplunk" ?

Word on the street is that the Outer Banks Community Development Corporation (CDC) has gone "kerplunk"?  Sources say its offices, located at 4301 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, have been closed for several month and all tenants have been relocated elsewhere.   One former tenant told EyeonDare that the CDC has been dissolved. Another source says it has filed bankruptcy. If EyeonDare readers have further information, please share it here.

The CDC was the highlight of a June 2013 blog post (read it here) in which EyeonDare questioned the validity of Dare County investing excessive public funds in these kinds of nonprofits, when local taxpayers have been complaining for years about unwise use of government funds.

Originally, doling out $30,000/$40,000 per year to the CDC, the county's pledged contribution for the year 2014 was reduced to $15,000 and zero for the fiscal year 2015.

The most recent nonprofit tax return available (click here) to EyeonDare indicates the CDC's annual contribution and grant income had fallen to a low of $206,000 for the 2012 year, with about 85% of that amount going to pay staff salaries.

The nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization was formed in 2002 for the stated purpose of "strengthening Dare County, by facilitating and developing housing for low and moderate income citizens and providing related economic, social and educational services.  Housed in a new office complex, the CDC also provided office space for other local nonprofits such as the Outer Banks Hotline, Interfaith Community Outreach, Mano al Hermano, and Monarch Beach Club.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This Says It All

The look on Nags Head mayor Bob Edward's face tells it all. The town
just had its annual sand measurement survey and is very mum on the results,
which are expected to be presented by their beach nourishment engineer,
Tim Kana at the end of September. Meanwhile, the town is talking about
doing a maintenance project and needs tax revenues to do the job.
Edwards is seen here listening, intently, to Bob "Rooster" Woodard, county
chairman, as he addresses this week's Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dare Commissioners to Expand ABC Board

Dare commissioner Wally Overman has requested that the Dare County ABC Board be expanded from its current three member board by adding two additional members. His proposal will be discussed, with a voted expected to take place, during Monday's board of commissioners meeting. If the board approves Overman's proposal, applications will be taken immediately thereafter, and appointments will be made during the September meeting. The current three member board consists of :

(1) W. Ray White, Chairman
(2) Robert "Bobby" V. Owens III
(3) Fields Scarborough

Dare County operates five stores throughout the county and state records show 2014 retail and mixed beverage (wholesale) sales totaled $14.8 million, resulting in approximately $1.4 million being distributed to local governments within the county. Sales for the month of July 2015 came to $2.5 million which was an increase of 8.1% over the same month last year.
Distribution of Profits
42.5% goes to Dare County to be administered by the Dare County Department of Social Services to
supplement the operating cost of an in-county out-of-home group care facility for abused, neglected, and dependent children; 20% (up to 20%) may be retained by the ABC Board for capital improvement. 15% of the remainder allocated among the incorporated towns within the county, the sums going to the General Fund of each incorporated town for any governmental purpose; and
The balance to the General Fund of Dare County to be expended for any lawful purpose.

Kiitty Hawk Highway Project Takes Hit

High winds and sea from this past weekend took a toll on the recently repaired dune on the beach road in Kitty Hawk. NCDOT's repair of the washed out roadway is about two weeks old.
These photos were taken at the site, east of the Black Pelican Restaurant, yesterday. (click photos for larger view)