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Coastal Management Offers Emergency CAMA Permit for Storm Recovery
RALEIGH —Coastal property owners or communities that need to perform dune reconstruction activities to repair damages done by Tropical Storm Hanna and the Sept. 25 storm may be able to do so quickly and for less money by using an emergency general permit that is now being offered by the state Division of Coastal Management.
The emergency general permit regulations speed up the authorization process and waive permit fees for those projects.
Bill Ross, secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, activated the general permit Monday. It may be used in the following counties: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Carteret, Hyde, Dare and Currituck. The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local or federal authorization.
Property owners have until March 29, 2009 to obtain the emergency general permit and complete work authorized under the permit.
People should contact staff with the Division of Coastal Management before beginning repairs or replacement work, said Jim Gregson, the division’s director.
If you want to apply for the emergency general permit, please make your request at the Coastal Management office that covers your county: 1367 U.S. 17 South, Elizabeth City (Currituck and Dare counties); 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City (Carteret and Onslow counties); 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington (Hyde County); 127 Cardinal Drive Ext., Wilmington (Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, Onslow County south of the New River, and Topsail Island).
Property owners with questions should call their local Division of Coastal Management office: Elizabeth City, (252) 264-3901; Morehead City, (252) 808-2808 or 1-888-4RCOAST (1-888-472-6278); Washington, (252) 946-6481; Wilmington, (910) 796-7215.