Dare to join opioid suit, ask N.C. to help fund beach repairs

By on May 9, 2018

Chairman Bob Woodard, Katherine Schuster and her father Dave. (Dare County)

At its May 7 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved joining other governments nationwide in filing a lawsuit against the major drug companies that manufacture opioid painkillers, seeking compensation for the epidemic’s impact on local communities.

Also, a three-year lease was agreed on with PORT Health for the former Hatteras Medical Center, with plans to open this summer. PORT offers mental health services across northeastern North Carolina.

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A resolution was passed asking the N.C. General Assembly to budget money for a beach renourishment fund established last year that could be tapped into following coastal storms.

The commissioners called on the state to increase dredging in Dare County and adjacent waterways, actively pursue the acquiring of additional dredging equipment through a public/private partnership, and reiterated the county’s commitment to fund dredging projects.

And the board honored local teen golf sensation Katherine Schuster for winning the Drive, Chip and Putt national championship at Augusta National last month.

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Comments

  • Peregrine B White

    Hell of a lot bigger news than the Pet of the Week.

    Friday, May 11 @ 8:56 am
  • Really?

    Oh I see, we nourish our beaches, then the first time replenishment sand is needed we can’t afford it. Therefore if we can somehow try to prove a named storm washed the precious sand away then just maybe we can get FEMA to pay for it. Oh, that’s not working, let’s see if we can get the state to pay for it??? Let’s find anybody but us to pay for it. Probably the plan all along, get some sand laid down and then try to get some government agencies to pay to replenish it. The first time NH needs to replenish sand they can’t afford it so how can this possibly be sustainable?? It’s not. My idea is to have the idiots who voted for beach nourishment to pull out their checkbook and pay for it themselves.

    Friday, May 11 @ 3:06 pm
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