Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jazz Festival Schedule Announced!

The Town of Duck is holding its Second Annual Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 12, 2008. The Duck Jazz Festival will be held on the main stage in the Duck Town Park at 1200 Duck Road from 11 a.m. to dusk. The festival is free and open to the public.

The schedule for the 2008 Duck Jazz Festival is:
11:00 a.m. The First Flight Jazzhawks
12:00 p.m. Connected
1:00 p.m. Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers
2:15 p.m. The Fuzz Band
3:45 p.m. Gerald Veasley

Please be advised that this schedule is subject to change due to weather and performer requirements. For the latest schedule, please visit our web site at www.townofduck.com.

Gerald Veasley – Gerald Veasley, Philadelphia-based jazz bassist, will headline the Second Annual Duck Jazz Festival. Gerald comes to the Duck Town Park stage with an impressive resume’ having recorded with the late Grover Washington, Jr.; Teddy Pendergrass; Dianne Reeves; and Earth, Wind, and Fire vocalist Philip Bailey to name a few. He has also shared stages with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Gerald recently released his 11th album “Heads Up.”

The Fuzz Band – The Fuzz Band is an eight-piece band which fuses soul, jazz, classical music, hip hop, and rock from Hampton Roads, Virginia. Comprised of classically-trained instrumentalists, as well as accomplished jazz musicians, The Fuzz Band was named the Best New Contemporary Jazz Band in 2005 at The Capital Music Festival. The Fuzz Band has performed with Grammy award-winning artists such as Alicia Keys, Outkast, and Lauryn Hill.

Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers – Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers perform a unique fusion of blues, soul, rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Jackie Scott has opened for B.B. King and Taj Mahal, and performed at the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival. Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers hail from Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Connected -- Connected is a jazz quintet based in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and specializes in providing classy jazz entertainment. Connected performs music that ranges from the "New Orleans" jazz style to the more contemporary jazz music of today.

First Flight Jazzhawks -- The First Flight Jazzhawks are the Outer Banks’ own high school jazz ensemble. The Jazzhawks perform a variety of styles of jazz ranging from ragtime to big time contemporary.

The Second Annual Duck Jazz Festival will be held outside rain or shine. The event will not be rescheduled. Lawn seating is available on the Duck Town Green in front of the stage, so bring a blanket or chair. Chairs will also be available for rental from Ocean Atlantic Rentals. Refreshments will be available to purchase and are being provided by the Duck United Methodist Church. Also available will be artist CD’s and Duck Jazz Festival merchandise including t-shirts and a commemorative poster.

Nags Head - Commercial Residential Zoning

At their meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners considered zoning ordinance text amendments, requested by the NC Dept. of Natural Resources, Aquarium Division, for fishing piers in the Commercial Residential Zoning Districts. After over an hour long public hearing, the Board decided to approve the amendments as presented which included expanding the allowed principal and accessory uses including wind turbines, permitted in conjunction with fishing piers in the CR District. The ordinance additionally relaxed development standards by increasing permitted maximum building height, increasing maximum permitted lot coverage, decreasing minimum parking space requirements, allowing off-site parking, allowing off-site wastewater treatment systems and also exempting such off-site facilities from additional requirements of the zoning ordinance. The amendments will now allow the Jeanette’s Pier redevelopment project to move forward!
The Board also approved 4-1 (Commissioner Sadler opposed) a site plan/conditional use/vested right application for construction of a retail shopping center. The shopping center will be located adjacent to the Outer Banks Sports Club on Croatan Highway and will include a Food Lion grocery store with retail space on one end; an OBX Bank facility and a State Employees Credit Union facility. Residents from the neighboring community expressed concerns about flooding and increased traffic from the site. Those concerns were addressed when it was explained that the site has been designed to manage 5.0” of rain - over and above the 4.3” of rainfall required to be managed by the Town and well exceeding even the newly revised Coastal Stormwater Requirements. The amount of rainfall in a one-year, 24-hour storm is only about 3.8”. With regards to traffic, Commissioners restricted the northernmost access on Wrightsville Avenue to be entrance only - no exit onto Wrightsville and requested that “No Thru Trucks” signage be placed south of Admiral Street on Wrightsville Avenue. .

Dare County

The Dare Board of Commissioners approved amendments to the Dare County Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance regarding the construction of new streets. In newly platted, single-family residential-use subdivisions of six lots or less, streets will now need a minimum 30 ft. wide right-of-way with 18 ft. wide paved improvements internal to the right-of-way. Habitable structures that are built in a minor subdivision are now limited to four bedrooms (as defined by the Dare County Environmental Health Department.) The new standards do not apply to a previously recorded plat.
Dare County Manager Terry Wheeler has announced his plans for retirement effective June 30, 2009. He has served the county for over 32 years; the past 17 as County Manager. As noted on the County’s website, “Wheeler found ways to improve services for residents while the county grew to become a world class vacation spot with the summer population swelling to over 300,000 people for which services also needed to be provided. The influx of visitors sparked a robust economy that has produced a source of revenue that has kept taxes from rising too quickly. With the population soaring, Wheeler oversaw the creation of ways to better serve the residents and visitors, particularly in the areas of Emergency Medical Services, Public Works and Water production. Wheeler has also placed an emphasis on children by supporting the expansion of Parks and Recreation facilities throughout the county. “
The Outer Banks Association of Realtors and The Outer Banks Home Builders Association wish to thank Terry Wheeler for his support over the years and his dedicated service to Dare County!

Dare County - Cape Hatteras Negotiated Rule Making

Chairman Warren Judge updated Board members on the progress (or lack of) of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore negotiated rule-making meetings. He stated that at the last meeting there were conflicting positions presented from subcommittees which made things very difficult. The next meeting is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd and there will be action items the agenda. A motion to have the meetings videotaped and aired on Channel 20 was voted down. Chairman Judge reported that he will continue to work on getting this passed.

Also at the Board of Commissioners meeting, the owner of the Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton withdrew his request to hold a public hearing on making changes to the application of C-2 zoning regulations for multi-family structures. David Dawson wanted to build additional units that could be used as overnight accommodations or owned as condos. The amendment request was not supported by the Planning Board and County Attorney Bobby Outten explained that the individual units can be sold as hotel units but the use may not change to residential with the units being used as residences.