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Follow OBX News as it happens Top Stories This Month Long-studied offshore wind farm plan presented at Jennette’s By Rob Morris Leasing tracts for offshore wind farms was the topic of a gathering at Jennette’s Pier Wednesday night as federal officials move forward to find companies interested in pursuing technology in it early stages in U.S. coastal waters. A small audience heard officials from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management outline the steps toward awarding leases in an area about 24 miles off of Kitty Hawk where massive turbines would be built to generate electricity. Summaries of studies examining how the farms could affect marine life, birds and shipping traffic were among the topics covered in poster boards set up around the room. A 60-day period for commenting on the leasing ends Oct. 17, with the next step determining if there is competition for the 21.5 blocks covering 122,405 acres along the Continental Shelf. If no more than one company is interested, the federal government can negotiate one-on-one rather than conduct an auction, according to BOEM. The federal government announced in August that it was offering the leases. BOEM released an Environmental Assessment on Sept. 17, 2015, concluding that issuing commercial wind leases would not significantly affect the environment. A timetable leading up to the lease auction formalizes plans that have been under study for several years by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The two agencies worked with a task force that included state entities to designate the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy area. Beginning about 24 miles offshore, the area extends generally about 25 miles to the southeast. The area was moved farther offshore at the urging of the Town of Kitty Hawk. BOEM has identified companies that qualify for bidding, and they will be required to tell the federal government if they are still interested. Other companies can submit their qualifications and ask to be included. After the leases are awarded, more study and planning will be required if a company wants to move ahead with construction. While offshore wind farms are common overseas, the U.S. is still in the early stages of developing them. So far, the BOE has awarded 11 commercial wind leases off the New England and Mid-Atlantic coasts, generating about $16 million on more than a million acres in federal waters. You can also Mail or deliver in an envelope labeled “Comments on North Carolina PSN & RFI” to: BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP Sterling, Virginia, 20166 Comments can be submitted electronically at In the entry entitled, “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0045, then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments. UNABLE TO WORK? • DENIED BENEFITS? • WE CAN HELP! SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY Fighting for Your Social Security Disability Benefits for Over 20 Years! “ Applications/Hearings/Appeals Immediate Access to Experienced Personnel We Strive For Quick Claim Approval Free Consultation I could not be happier about the job performance of BGA. They have proven that they are there to help unfortunate people who are in need of a helping hand. America should be proud to have them represent those in need. I would recommend them to anyone -Gil B. Call for an Immediate Evaluation (800) 749-5230 Bill Gordon & Associates, a nationwide practice, represents clients before the Social Security Administration. Member of the TX & NM Bar Associations. Mail: 1420 NW St Washington D.C. Office: Broward County, FL. Services may be provided by associated attorneys licensed in other states. ” Roanoke Island Festival Park October 1- 31 Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive family attraction that celebrates the firstEnglish settlement in America. Visitors board and explore the park’s centerpiece, a 16th Century representational ship, Elizabeth II. Climb aboard and help costumed 16th Century sailors. Try traditional woodworking, play Elizabethan games, and watch the blacksmith at the Settlement Site. Discover 400 years of Outer Banks history in the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. See The Legend of Two-Path, a mini-movie about Native Americans Manteo and Wanchese. Experience the American Indian Town exhibit that includes a wide variety of true-to-scale structures, role-play environments, and places to explore, plant, dance, build and play. The Museum Store offers historically themed gift merchandise and much more. Enjoy the Fossil Pit full of treasures, and the marsh-side Boardwalks that surround the site. November 22, 2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Christening and Launching of the Elizabeth II, the Parks 16th Century representative sailing ship. (252) 475-1500. 30 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016

Follow OBX News as it happens Top Stories This Month KDH board gives the go ahead for supermarket next to Lowe’s With the town’s approval in hand, the developer of a 46,000-square-foot grocery store next to Lowe’s says construction should start at the beginning of 2017 and take 10 to 12 months. The Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners had only a few questions Monday before voting unanimously to approve a site plan for the supermarket. Which chain plans to occupy the store is still being kept under wraps, but the look and some of the features suggest Publix, which is the largest grocer in Florida and is expanding into North Carolina. GHK Developers, which is leading the KDH project, is building a Publix the same size in Wilmington. Gordon Cobb of GHK said the chain he represents hopes to close on the 5 acres at the corner of U.S. 158 and West 1st Street by December or January and start construction right away. Unlike the turbulent runup to Lowe’s being built in 2012, plans for the supermarket so far have met no public opposition. No one spoke at the Planning Board meeting last month or at last night’s Board of Commissioners meeting when the plan was on the agenda. The site plan did not require any changes to the zoning ordinance. Cobb did not reveal who was behind the KDH project at the Planning Board meeting, and it didn’t come up before the commissioners Monday. “I wish I could go out and say who the tenant is right now,” he said last month. “Obviously, we’re in lease negotiations right now, and they told me not to reveal the name of who that grocery store tenant is.” When asked by a member of the Planning Board if parking spaces could be head-on instead of angled at 45 degrees, Cobb said the company that hired him would not want to make that concession. Angled parking spaces are a signature of Publix, according to an story tracing the history of the company. Improvements are planned for the intersection of U.S. 158 and First Street, including a deceleration By Rob Morris lane on the bypass for southbound traffic to turn right. An entrance to the store is shown on First Street, where a westbound dedicated left-hand turn lane would be built to allow through traffic to continue into the First Flight neighborhood. The left-hand turn lane on eastbound First Street leading onto U.S. 158 would be lengthened. Do you or a loved one STRUGGLE on the stairs? We have the AFFORDABLE solution! TOLL-FREE *Certain restrictions apply. MENTION THIS AD FOR $250 OFF * PURCHASE OF A NEW STAIRLIFT! 1-800-850-6153 CALL NOW Phytoplankton light up surf on the Outer Banks With a full moon overhead, the surf along portions of the Outer Banks the last few nights has been aglow not only with the lunar illumination but the electric blue of what are most commonly known as dinoflagellates. Finding Senior Housing can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be. (800) 782-9012 By Sam Walker Imagine The Difference You Can Make DONATE YOUR CAR 1-800-823-3910 FREE TOWING TAX DEDUCTIBLE Help Prevent Blindness Get A Vision Screening Annually Ask About A FREE 3 Day Vacation Voucher To Over 20 Destinations!!! “They are an algal population that occurs south of here,” said Nancy White, director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Skyco. White said they are more common along parts of Florida and Puerto Rico, and the recent southeasterly flow of wind and waves has pushed them up to our end of the North Carolina coast. They were most noticeable Saturday and Sunday nights, but it’s not known how long they will be around. “They may stay until they die out or a wind shift could take them home,” White said. Moonrise at Barnes Street Sunday. (Amanda Wood) Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 31