Currituck Station community meeting scheduled

Currituck County staff will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to discuss Currituck Station, a proposed long-term project that will bring commercial and residential development to the Moyock area. This meeting will be held in the Moyock Elementary School gymnasium from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A primary purpose of the meeting is for county staff to gather input from citizens regarding the community’s vision for Currituck Station. This input will be vital as the county updates the Unified Development Ordinance to include regulations for Currituck Station.

A presentation will be given on the project’s background and planning actions taken so far. Information stations will be set up in the gymnasium at which citizens can discuss the project with county staff and offer feedback on different aspects of Currituck Station.

Learn more about Currituck Station, or contact the Currituck Planning and Community Development Department at 252-232-3055.

Public meetings to discuss flooding research

Currituck is the subject of a research project being performed by a Duke University graduate student. A series of public meeting will be held to gather feedback from citizens about stormwater flooding concerns and history.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Jan. 25, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at Cooperative Extension
  • Feb. 1, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at Powell’s Point Senior Center
  • Feb. 8, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., at Corolla Library

*A community meeting scheduled for January 18, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Moyock Library to discuss flooding concerns was CANCELED due to weather and road conditions. A rescheduled date will be announced when it is available.

An important part of the study is a public survey which asks for citizens’ feedback about flooding history and perceived flood risks.  This study will continue until March 2018 and provide several benefits to Currituck County.  These include providing a record of areas impacted by flooding and understanding the community’s perception of local flooding. This information will be incorporated into future planning and managing of flood hazards in Currituck.

To participate in this study, please complete the brief online survey found at

For additional information, contact the Currituck Planning Department at 252-232-3055.

Candidate filing period opens soon for upcoming elections

The candidate filing period for the 2018 elections will begin on Feb. 12, at 12:00 p.m., and will continue until Feb. 28 at 12:00 p.m.  Candidates must file for election at the Currituck Board of Elections office, located at 2811 Caratoke Hwy., Currituck, NC 27929.

This is also an excellent time for all county residents to ensure that their voter registration information is correct and up-to-date.

Several local offices will be up for election in 2018. These include:

  • Board of Commissioners, At-Large seat
  • Board of Commissioners, District 3
  • Board of Commissioners, District 5
  • Clerk of Superior Court
  • Sheriff
  • Board of Education, At-Large seat
  • Board of Education, Crawford Township
  • Board of Education, Poplar Branch Township
  • Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

The Primary Election is scheduled for May 8 and the General Election is scheduled for Nov. 6. Anyone with questions regarding candidate filing, voter registration, or other election matters may call the Currituck Board of Elections office at 252-232-2525.

LIEAP application period is now open

Currituck County Department of Social Services is currently accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The LIEAP program helps eligible families with their primary heating expense by providing a one-time annual payment directly to their heating vendor, such as a power, gas or fuel oil company.

Social Services began taking LIEAP applications on December 1, 2017 for households containing a member age 60 and older OR containing a disabled person (receiving SSI, SSA Disability or VA Disability payments) who is also receiving a service through the Department of Aging and Adult Services.

Applications for all other households will be taken from January 2, 2018 through March 30, 2018 unless funds have been exhausted.

Applicants are not required to bring anything with them to apply, however the following items will expedite the application process:

  • The account number (or bill) for their heating vendor.
  • Proof of all income for everyone living in the home.
  • Social security numbers, if available.

For more information or questions, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Upcoming 2020 Census important to Currituck County

The next U.S. Census date is April 1, 2020. Participation by county residents will be important to Currituck County for several reasons, as the data collected influences the amount of federal aid received by the county.

Federal and state agencies allocate hundreds of billions of dollars to local communities each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This funding helps support initiatives such as education, health care, and road infrastructure. Much of this allocation is based upon the Census data.

Statistics and projections help local planners when considering the services necessary to serve a community. As Currituck grows, county staff can utilize Census data as another tool when analyzing the county’s future needs.

During 2018, the Census Bureau will establish field offices and infrastructure it will need to conduct the Census. During this time, field workers will verify addresses of local residents.

If your household is selected to participate in the Census, please respond with accurate information. Submissions will be available in either a paper or online format. Participants will be able to use smartphones to complete questionnaires. All personal information is confidential and by law cannot be shared with law enforcement, courts, immigration services, or anyone else for 72 years.

For more information, visit

Proposal for higher insurance rates heads to summer hearing

Update:  On Jan. 5, NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey set July 23, 2018 as the hearing date to resolve the issue of proposed homeowners insurance rate increases.

The NC Rate Bureau’s proposed a substantial homeowners insurance rate increase. In December, citizens had an opportunity to comment on this proposal and more than 9,000 comments were received by the NC Department of Insurance.

Causey did not accept the new insurance rates, saying that ““We are not in agreement with the Rate Bureau’s proposed increases.”

View the full statement from the Dept. of Insurance here.

A proposal submitted to the NC Department of Insurance (NCDOI) would increase homeowners’ insurance rates by as much as 25% in parts of eastern NC. The proposal also includes requests to increase tenants (renters) and condo insurance policies as much as 40%.

The proposed homeowners insurance rate increase also impacts policyholders with wind only policies such as those written through the NC Insurance Underwriters Association (NCIUA), commonly referred to as the Beach Plan. This filing does not affect policyholders with Dwelling Policies – those that typically cover second homes, vacation rental homes or year-round rental homes.

View the proposed Homeowners Insurance rate changes:  2017 HO Insurance Filing NC 20 CALL FOR ACTION (2)

Online permit feature a success

The Currituck County Planning and Community Development Department provides an easy-to-use online system for citizens to apply for and receive building permits without having to visit a county office.  The “Citizen Self Service” feature was added to the county website in January and has proven to be a success.  So far, more than 400 building and trade permits have been issued through the online system.

Citizen Self Service not only saves the applicant from traveling to and from a county office, but it can also reduce the time necessary to receive a permit.  County staff strives for a 24 to 48 hour review time for each online permit application.  Review time depends on the complexity of the application and county staff continues to work with customers to increase efficiency of the online system.

The focus on providing online access for permits has reduced the need for in-person Express permitting at county offices.  Beginning on September 5, 2017, Express permit applications will only be received at the mainland permit office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  This will allow additional time for staff to process online applications and issue permits more quickly.

Applicants should remember that permits in a VE flood zone cannot be processed as an express permit due to the longer review process. Outside of express permitting hours, citizens can still visit the mainland permit office to receive quality customer service and a standard 3 to 5 day permit review timeframe.

Citizens with any questions or concerns may contact Bill Newns, Chief Building Inspector, at 252-232-6023 or

Currituck officer graduates from FBI academy

Chief Deputy Matt Beickert at the FBI campus, in front of a memorial to the World Trade Center.

Matt Beickert, Chief Deputy of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, recently was among the June graduates of the prestigious FBI National Academy Program.  A total of 228 law enforcement officers were in Beickert’s class and represented law enforcement agencies from 47 states, the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, five military organizations, and seven federal civilian organizations.

The National Academy Program  is known for its academic excellence and is held at the FBI campus in Quantico, Va.  It offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for enrollees.  Coursework includes subjects such as intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.  The program also presents several fitness challenges for students, including a grueling 6-mile run that includes several obstacles.

The members of Beickert’s class possessed an average of 21 years of law enforcement experience. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony, held on June 7, 2017. Since the National Academy Program began in 1935, a total of 50,141 law enforcement officials have graduated.

Photo:  Chief Deputy Matt Beickert at the FBI campus, in front of a memorial to the World Trade Center.

Currituck Now Recruiting Foster Parents

Currituck County needs Foster Parents! The Department of Social Services is recruiting quality, loving foster families to care for children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. This is a great opportunity to help a child a need.

No experience is necessary and everyone will receive training. Currituck DSS will begin its next Foster Care Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) class soon, so contact DSS if you are interested..

Please contact DSS Social Worker Tiffany E. Sutton at 252-232-3083 or to learn more about the MAPP class and becoming a foster parent.