Lack of Transparency

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 14 October 2015 04:00

Dear Editor,
On Aug. 12, 2015, I learned from the Coastal Resources Commission that the CRC had been informed by the town attorney, Noel Fox,  that the Town of Carolina Beach  was planning to ask for a variance to extend the boardwalk north at the Nov. 17, & 18, 2015 meeting of the Coastal Resources Commission.  
Also, at the CRC meeting, the town would be represented, not by the town attorney, but Attorney Clark Wright, who is from New Bern, NC.
When I repeatedly wrote the town Manager Michael Cramer asking for information concerning this, I received an email from the town attorney, Noel Fox and she wrote, “The town manager forwarded me your recent emails.  Please be advised that NC law does not require that the Town create a record in order to comply with a public record request.  As such, there is no record responsive to your request.”
The variance application to extend the boardwalk north is a very complex document of over 200 pages including many architectural drawings and photographs and was submitted to the Coastal Resources Commission this past Sept. 23rd. This document must have taken months to be created and there was never any written record of it before it was submitted?  And there is no record of any consultation or payment for the services of a high priced out-of-town lawyer?  Town government business is the people’s business.  The lack of transparency of present Carolina Beach town officials is appalling. 
Donald Motsinger,
Carolina Beach, NC


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