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The following are the agenda items from the Commission's regular April meeting held Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at Commission headquarters. The Commission's action is in bold.

1. MINUTES of previous meeting. The Commission voted, 5-0, to approve the minutes as presented.

2. PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval). The Commission voted, 6-0, to approve the permits with staff recommendations. 

3. CLOSED SESSION. The Commission discussed with its attorney items related to the King William reservoir project.

4. RAPPAHANNOCK PRESERVATION SOCIETY, #03-1649, requests authorization to install a 2,800-foot long by 1,000-foot wide concrete debris oyster reef in the James River near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel in Newport News. The Commission voted, 6-0-1 (Cowart abstained), to deny the permit request.

5. JOSEPH GUBELI, III, #02-2155, requests authorization to construct a private, noncommercial pier extending 300 feet channelward of mean high water with an 18-foot by 32-foot open-sided boathouse adjacent to his property situated along the Piankatank River in Gloucester County. The adjoining property owners protest the project. The Commission voted, 7-0, to approve the permit.

6. VULCAN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, LP, #03-2110, requests authorization to construct and backfill a 30-foot by 40-foot pre-cast piling bulkhead to replace an existing truck body hopper; replace 12 mooring dolphins; and to add 634 linear feet of riprap revetment along the James River shoreline at their Richmond Quarry and Lower Dock facilities in the City of Richmond. Both subaqueous and wetlands permits are required. The project is protested by the City of Richmond. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the permit.

7. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, #04-0269, requests authorization to hydraulically place up to 100,000 cubic yards of dredged material, per dredge cycle, from the Swash Bay Federal Navigation Channel in Accomack County, on a previously used 23-acre site in Swash Bay involving State-owned non-vegetated wetlands and submerged lands. Both wetlands and subaqueous permits are required. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the permit.

8. DON WILLIAMS, #03-2368, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain a 48-foot long by 3-foot wide storage shed and an 8-foot by 8-foot rooftop cupola at his property situated along Willoughby Bay in Norfolk. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the after-the-fact permit eliminating the storage shed, but allowing the cupola and with no civil penalty.

9. JULES A. FREEMAN REVOCABLE TRUST, #04-0545, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain 76 linear feet of timber bulkhead and to install an additional 82 linear feet of bulkhead adjacent to their property situated along Willoughby Bay in Norfolk. The Commission voted, 7-0, to approve the permit with no civil charge.


11. Public Hearing: Pertaining to crab regulations 4VAC20-270, -370, -670, -750, and -1040 to establish 2004 crab harvest rules. 

The Commission approved some of the requests.

4 VAC 20-750, regarding crab dredging, the Commission voted, 8-0, to eliminate the four points as proposed. 

4 VAC 20-370, regarding dark sponge crabs, the Commission voted, 8-0, to refer the matter to the Blue Crab Advisory Committee.

4 VAC 20-1040, regarding the moratorium, the Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the measure extending the moratorium until May 26, 2007.

4 VAC 20-270, involving three specific aspects, the Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the commercial working of peeler pots on Sunday to remove hard crabs to be used later as bait with amendments; to deny the increase of the 8-hour work day to 9-hours and to clarify language stating what is a working day with amendments.

12. Spiny Dogfish: Request for emergency regulation to adjust 2004 trip limits. The Commission voted, 7-1, to approve the emergency regulation, which would conform Virginia to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requirements.

NEXT MEETING:  May 25,  2004

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