- Nags Head Commissioner Anna Sadler received some special VIP treatment several weeks ago when the residents of her town paid her airfare back to the Outer Banks, from a vacation in Florida, in order to attend a council meeting and cast a vote on the beach nourishment issue.
Sadler told EOD that, after making reservations for her month long vacation, she had delayed her departure in February by several days in order to attend an earlier town meeting, an action that cost her several hundred dollars in rental fees. In addition, she said having to come back to Nags Head and return to Florida detracted from her vacation. Sadler's roundtrip ticket for the town meeting was booked on February 23rd.
Both Oakes and Sadler said that her attendance at the meeting was necessary because the council was voting on matters relating to the issuance of special obligation bonds for financing the town's beach nourishment project. EOD has received conflicting reports as to whether the North Carolina Local Government Commission would have actually required Sadler's vote at the meeting. The vote passed, 4-1, with Commissioner Wayne Gray voting "No".
EyeonDare welcomes any written confirmation the Town of Nags Head can provide that confirms Sadler's attendance, in person, was required for this meeting.
Meanwhile, EyeonDare asked Oakes, "Would the town have also paid $400 to fly Commissioner Gray to the same meeting, had he been out of town?" Oakes smiled.