Nags Head Commissioner Anna Sadler said it clearly and bluntly...".."I just gotta say it, folks"...we'll continue to spend ad valorem taxes on this beach nourishment plan, until at some point we decide we are finished..
Brendan Strum, a resident property owner and small businessman, had put the question to the board before. But whether he's ever gotten a definitive answer from the entire board is anyone's guess.
Strum told the board there was a division in the town (over the nourishment project) and that actions by the board were driving the wedge deeper. He said .."I would ask the board, if this (petition) doesn't work..are we going to stop, or are we going to continue to spend money to get around the wishes of the nonresident property owners and the residents who can vote; and continue to drive that wedge deeper?"
Sadler said, that beach nourishment has not divided the town any more than any other hot topic. She added that, "this is an engineered project that is supposed to last ten years and possibly longer, so let's stop referring to this as a two or three or five year plan to put sand on the beach."
Sadler ended her remarks by saying, ""Let me state again., I am not opposed to raising (ad valorem) taxes to some extent to be used for future beach nourishment. If you don't like the way people you put in office do, next election, you vote us out."
In the opinion of EOD, somewhere deep down in Commissioner Sadler's mind, she really thinks the reason she was re-elected was because the majority of voters in the Town of Nags Head, not only wants beach nourishment, they also want to pay for it. Go figure.
There, there was Mayor Bob Oakes' reply. "I don't have a Plan B."