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The following are the agenda items from the Commission's regular May meeting held Tuesday, May 25, 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.

2. PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval). The Commission voted, 5-0, to approve the permits as presented with staff recommendations.

3. CLOSED SESSION: This session was held at the conclusion on the agenda and concerned requests for status at the upcoming continuation of the King William Reservoir public hearings. The Commission returned from the closed session and voted, 7-0, in an open, public meeting that it would not give status to any outside parties at its public hearings scheduled for August 11-12, 2004. 

4. WILLIAM McDONOUGH, #02-1839. Restoration hearing to consider the unauthorized construction of 83 linear feet of replacement vinyl bulkhead aligned up to five and one-half (5.5) feet channelward of an existing bulkhead and three and one-half (3.5) feet farther than that permitted at his property situated along Chincoteague Channel. The VMRC permit authorized the construction of a 64-foot long vinyl replacement bulkhead, aligned a maximum of two (2) feet channelward of the deteriorating bulkhead. After the permit presentation and discussion, at the request of Mr. McDonough, the Commission voted, 5-1, to defer action until its regular June meeting.

5. NORFOLK YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB, #03-2469, requests authorization to construct a 51-foot long by 15-foot wide open-pile commercial pier with a 78-foot by 78-foot pier head to support a 58-foot by 58-foot 8,668 square foot two-story building over State-owned subaqueous bottom for use as a sailing center at their property situated along the Lafayette River in Norfolk. The Commission voted, 5-1, to approve the permit with modifications to the staff recommendation, including reducing the footprint of the structure by 25 percent and moving it 10 feet closer to the bulkhead. 

6. STAFFORD COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, #99-2064, requests authorization to install a 40 mgd water intake structure that will impact up to 3,750 square feet of State-owned subaqueous bottomland within the Rappahannock River in Stafford County. The Commission voted, 6-0, to approve the permit according to staff recommendations that included the reduction of the velocity at the intake structure from 0.50 to 0.25 and the requirement of a series of studies involving fish species that could come into the area of the intake structure in the next several years.

7. TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH, ET AL, #02-1950, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain an open-pile pier with a 27-foot by 10-foot L-head, extending 35 feet channelward of mean high water adjacent to Monroe Bay for the exclusive private, noncommercial use of the property owners of 912 Monroe Bay Avenue in the Town of Colonial Beach. The Commission voted, 6-0, to approve the after-the-fact permit with a civil charge of $600.00 in lieu of further enforcement action.

8. PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were none.

9. PUBLIC HEARING: Request to incorporate emergency amendments that adjusted 2004 trip limits for spiny dogfish into Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq. The Commission voted, 7-0, to approve the amendments that were originally authorized in emergency action.

10. ADDITIONAL DISCUSSION: There were additional discussion and recommendations from the CMAC on replacing the current ban on possessing dark-colored (late-stage) sponge crabs with a short-term ban on the possession of any sponge crabs. A public hearing was held last month. The Commission asked CMAC to return and continue its discussions.

11. DISCUSSION: Review of FMAC and CMAC recommendations on allowing exceptions to limited fisheries. The Commission asked the two committees to continue their reviews but to focus initially on medical exceptions.

12. Recommendations of the Recreational Fishing Advisory Board. The Commission voted, 7-0, to approve the recommendations of RFAB, but with the inclusion of two youth fishing programs on the Eastern Shore.

NEXT MEETING:  June 22,  2004

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