Agenda Items for the May 27, 2003 Commission meeting are listed below with the Commission's actions in bold.
1. MINUTES of previous meeting. The minutes are not yet available.
2. PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval). The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the permits.
3. EXECUTIVE SESSION. The Commission went into executive session to discuss legal matters pertaining to the King William Reservoir permit.
4. REGATTA POINT YACHT CLUB, #02-2375, requests authorization to dredge 15,760 cubic yards of subaqueous bottom material to a depth of minus seven (-7) feet at mean low water and to maintenance dredge 4,000 cubic yards subaqueous material, construct approximately 175 linear feet of riprap marsh toe sill, 723 linear feet of open-pile pier and 435 linear feet of floating pier and wave screen with finger piers and mooring piles to create 51 new open wetslips, a 176-foot long boathouse to create 9 new covered slips, a 90-foot by 70-foot addition to an existing boathouse to cover four (4) existing slips, install two mooring piles adjacent to an existing pier and boathouse, and construct a 2,074 square foot fuel service pier at their marina situated along Broad Creek in Middlesex County. Several nearby property owners protest the project. The Commission voted, 7-0, with Associate Member Garrison abstaining, to approve the permit with staff recommendations.
5. GREENVALE CREEK MARINA, #02-2377, requests authorization to construct 327 linear feet of vinyl replacement bulkhead, extend an existing pier, replace a second existing pier, and replace six (6) wet slips to improve docking and provide fueling and sewage pump out services at their facility along Greenvale Creek in Lancaster County. Several area residents protest the project. The Commission voted, 7-0, with Associate Member Cowart abstaining, to approve the permit with staff recommendations.
6. JACK T. STILLMAN, #02-1978, requests authorization to construct a 20' x 40' enclosed boathouse on floats adjacent to an existing private, non-commercial, open-pile pier at his property situated along Woodas Creek in Mathews County. A nearby property owner protests the project. The Commission voted, 5-4, to approve the permit with staff recommendations.
7. ESTON COSBY, #02-1773, requests authorization to construct an 18-foot by 26-foot open-sided boathouse at the channelward end of a 130-foot long private pier and to construct a 30-foot long riprap groin and extend a second riprap groin 10 feet to a total length of 40 feet adjacent to his property situated along Mill Creek and the Rappahannock River in Middlesex County. An adjoining property owner protests the project. The item was pulled from the agenda and will be heard at the Commission's June 24th meeting.
8. THOMAS KELLAM, #02-2349, requests authorization to install a freestanding piling for an osprey roost 200 feet channelward of mean high water, adjacent to his property situated along the Rappahannock River in Richmond County. An adjacent property owner protests the project. The Commission voted, 7-0, to deny the permit.
9. UPSHUR J. TAYLOR, #03-0157, requests authorization to relocate an existing drainage ditch and install an 80-foot long drainage pipe on his property along Pocomoke Sound in the Town of Saxis, Accomack County. A Coastal Primary Sand Dunes / Beach permit is required. The Commission, acting as the Accomack County primary sand dune board, voted, 7-0, to approve the permit with staff recommendations.
10. BARNEY McLAUGHLIN, #03-0194, requests authorization to place up to 100 linear feet of riprap revetment within the intertidal area of his property situated along Wathall Channel of the Appomattox River in Chesterfield County. A tidal wetlands permit is required. The Commission, acting as the Chesterfield County wetlands board, voted, 7-0, to approve the permit with staff recommendations.
11. PUBLIC COMMENT: Newport News Mayor Joe Frank, with several attorneys representing the city, appeared before the Commission and asked the Commission to reconsider its May 14th vote to deny the permit for the intake mechanisms and related pipeline for the King William Reservoir. The reconsideration would have allowed the city an opportunity, Mayor Frank said, to present some clarification information that he believed might be helpful to some Commission members who had expressed some interest in such information following the meeting and denial decision. However, no Commission member voiced any motion for reconsideration at any time when asked three times if there was any action to be taken.
12. Request for public hearing to establish new regulations for the haul seine fishery in response to HB2239, which modified the definition of a haul seine. The Commission voted, 8-0 to set a public hearing for June 24th.
13. Request for public hearing to amend Regulation 4VAC20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass", to modify the directed fishery and bycatch fishery harvest quotas. The Commission voted, 8-0 to set a public hearing for June 24th.
14. Request for public hearing to amend Regulation 4VAC20-910-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Scup", to modify the summer period harvest quota. The Commission voted, 8-0 to set a public hearing for June 24th.
15. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of proposed amendments to Regulation 4VAC20-490-10 et seq. Pertaining to Sharks" to establish new rules for spiny dogfish. The Commission voted, 8-0 to set a public hearing for June 24th.
16. Recommendations of the Recreational Fishing Advisory Board and Commercial Fishing Advisory Board. The Commission voted, 7-0 with Dr. Jones abstaining because some projects involved laboratories at Old Dominion University, to approve about 20 projects recommended by the boards.
17. Discussion: Federal Blue Crab Fishery Disaster Relief Funds, potential uses: The Federal Government has determined funds are available for Virginia. The Commissioner and Secretary of Natural Resources will determine which routes to take to utilize the funding. The Commissioner asked suggestions from Commission members and members of the public who attended the meeting.
NEXT MEETING: June 24, 2003