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Coastal Resources Commission Chairman Gene Tomlinson Resigns
RALEIGH — Gene Tomlinson, chairman of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, has resigned from the commission effective March 11.
A member of the CRC since 1977, Tomlinson has been active in coastal issues throughout his life. He has served as CRC chairman since 1993. A Navy veteran, Tomlinson is a retired engineer and former mayor of Southport.
“Gene’s expertise in coastal issues and his commitment to preserving North Carolina’s rich coastal heritage will be sorely missed,” said Charles Jones, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. “He is the longest-serving member of the CRC, and I am proud to have had the chance to work with him for so many years.”
The 15-member commission sets policies and guidelines for development, natural resource protection and land-use planning in the 20 coastal counties and enforces the Coastal Area Management Act. The governor appoints all 15 members, 12 of whom must have experience in specific coastal or local government issues, and three who serve in at-large seats. Members serve staggered four-year terms.