CAMA permits are intended to protect the environment, public-trust rights and the economy of the North Carolina coast. To ensure that Coastal Resources Commission regulations are followed, Coastal Management employs a number of compliance tools. For example, DCM staff monitor projects that have received major or general permits to make sure they are being carried out correctly. Staff also conduct routine aerial surveillance to look for unauthorized activity and to monitor permitted development.
The division's most critical compliance tool is enforcement. Someone is determined to be in violation when they begin development in an Area of Environmental Concern (AEC) without a valid CAMA permit or if any of their CAMA-permitted work does not comply with the issued permit. Once a violation has occurred, Coastal Management staff can issue a violation notice, halt development in progress, require restoration of the site and assess a penalty for the violation.
In dealing with violations, Coastal Management's first priority is to seek resource recovery through prompt, voluntary restoration of the damaged area. The division's enforcement authority allows the division to require restoration for activity that could not be permitted, and to assess civil penalties of up to $10,000 for unauthorized work. In addition, the CRC may also assess up to one-half the amount of the civil penalty, not to exceed $2,500 for major development violations or $1,000 for minor development violations, to recover the costs of investigations and enforcement involved with violations.
If you suspect a CAMA violation has occurred, contact the Compliance and Enforcement Representative at the Coastal Management office nearest you.
CAMA violation notices: August 2013
The Division of Coastal Management issued the following violation notices during August. Penalties are not assessed at the time the violation notices are issued; they are assessed later.
Elizabeth City District:
Eric Tedder, Dare County, unauthorized minor violation by expanding a deck seaward of the small structure setback line within the OEA AEC adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
Roseann Verrecchio, Dare County, unauthorized minor development by installing a gravel driveway within the OEA AEC adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
Clinton Shettle, Dare County, unauthorized minor development by installing a gravel driveway within the OEA AEC adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
Lawrence Bittner, Dare County, unauthorized minor development by installing a gravel driveway within the OEA AEC adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
Morehead City District:
Roger Moffatt, Carteret County, unauthorized major development and violation of the State's dredge and fill law by the placement of earthen fill and debris within the CW AEC adjacent to Calico Creek.