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N.C. Coastal Management Conducts Training for 75 Local Permit Officers
RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Coastal Management recently conducted two training workshops for local permit officers in the 20 coastal counties.
Seventy-five LPOs attended the workshops in Wilmington and Nags Head. Local permit officers work directly for coastal local governments and process Coastal Area Management Act minor permits through an agreement with the state Division of Coastal Management.
“This is the best-attended training session DCM has ever conducted, which is a testament to how valuable these sessions are,” said Ted Tyndall, DCM’s assistant director for permits and enforcement. “They are an important way for us to work directly with local governments to provide both field training and guidance on coastal management issues.”
Cooperative state and local government programs were an important component of the original Coastal Area Management Act. Locally adopted Implementation and Enforcement Plans allow local governments to process CAMA minor permits in-house, giving them an active role in the management of the coastal resources within their jurisdictions, as well as providing an additional public service to their citizens.
The agenda for the two-day workshops included updates on recent changes to Coastal Resources Commission rules and training in the permit process, as well as monitoring and enforcement. DCM staff also conducted interactive field training in staking Normal High Water and Normal Water Levels and identifying coastal wetlands.