State Coastal Agency Plans Nov. 6 Public Hearing on Mad Inlet Designation
RALEIGH - The state Division of Coastal Management will hold a public hearing Nov. 6 in Sunset Beach on a proposed rule amendment to remove the Inlet Hazard Area designation from the site formerly occupied by Mad Inlet.
The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Fire Station, 102 Shoreline Drive.
Mad Inlet closed in 1997 and is not expected to reopen. The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC, deems the Inlet Hazard Area designation to be no longer necessary for permitting purposes.
Inlet Hazard Areas are Areas of Environmental Concern designated by the commission that cover the lands next to ocean inlets. Development in these areas is subject to specific CRC rules.
Comments on the proposed rule change will be accepted until Dec. 12 and may be sent via mail to Braxton C. Davis, Director, N.C. Division of Coastal Management, 400 Commerce Ave. Morehead City, N.C., 28557, or via e-mail to Braxton.Davis@ncdenr.gov. Copies of the proposed rule change and a map of the area are available from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s website at www.nccoastalmanagement.net.