memo-11-10-2015-13

MEMO TO:           Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Appointment – Carteret County Beach Commission

(1 Vacancy, Recommendation Only)

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to make a recommendation for a new appointment to the Beach Commission to represent Emerald Isle.  Commissioner Tom Hoover’s term on the Beach Commission expires in January, and he will no longer serve.

As per the State legislation establishing the Carteret County room occupancy tax, the County Commissioners must appoint 2 individuals that reside in Emerald Isle to serve on the 11-member Beach Commission.  Although not legally mandated, the Town has historically recommended individual(s) to the Beach Commission’s Nominating Committee, which has, in turn, historically recommended the individual(s) recommended by the Town to the County Commissioners.  The County Commissioners have then historically appointed the individual(s) recommended by the Town.

Although not legally required, the Town has typically recommended one or two elected officials to represent the Town on the Beach Commission.  As you know, the Town’s participation on the Beach Commission is essential to our ability to maintain a healthy beach strand, and the Beach Commission controls millions of dollars of room occupancy taxes (with more than 60% of the amount generated within Emerald Isle) earmarked for future beach nourishment activities.  In light of the high importance of the Beach Commission, I believe that at least one of the Town’s representatives should be either the Mayor or a Town Commissioner.

Although Commissioner John Wootten will be leaving the Board of Commissioners in December, his term on the Beach Commission does not expire until January 2017, and he has expressed interest in continuing to serve.  Thus, it is prudent for the Board to recommend one of its own to serve on the Beach Commission for a new 2-year term that would expire in January 2018.

In order to have the new member seated on the Beach Commission by the time Commissioner Hoover’s term expires, it is necessary for the Board to make a recommendation at the November 10 meeting.