The following are the agenda items from the Commission's regular meeting held December 19, 2006 at Commission headquarters. The Commission's actions are in bold.
1. MINUTES of previous meeting. The Commission
voted, 8-0, to approve the minutes.
2. PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval). The Commission voted, 9-0, to approve the “Page Two” items as presented.
3. CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH OR BRIEFING BY COUNSEL. No meeting was necessary.
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4. BARBARA KERR, ET AL, #05-2542, requests authorization to retain a 20-foot by 24-foot open-sided boathouse near the channelward end of a 130-foot long private pier adjacent to their property along the Piankatank River in Mathews County. The project is protested by the owners of an adjoining parcel that, due to an error by the agent in the joint permit application, were not notified during the application review process. The Commission voted, 9-0, to approve the permit in accordance with staff recommendations with the assessment of triple permit fees as provided by Code.
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5. ERNEST ADCOX, #06-1449, requests authorization to construct a 42-foot by 19-foot private, non-commercial, open-sided boathouse and associated finger piers at an existing pier adjacent to his property along the Poquoson River in York County. The project is protested by an adjacent property owner and a nearby resident. The Commission voted, 9-0, to approve the permit in accordance with staff recommendations.
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6. CHARLES N. COOPER, #05-0481, requests authorization to install four (4) private aids-to-navigation adjacent to his property situated along the Lafayette River in Norfolk. The project is protested by several residents in the vicinity. The Commission voted, 9-0, to deny the permit based upon the factors in §28.2-1205(A) of the Code of Virginia.
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7. ALBERT WILLIAMS, #05-0753. Consideration of Mr. Williams' failure to comply with the Commission's June 27, 2006, directive to remove four (4) unauthorized pilings placed within Willoughby Bay in the City of Norfolk. The Commission voted, 9-0, to refer the case to the Office of the Attorney General for enforcement action.
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8. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Several watermen from the Eastern Shore appeared and asked the Commission to extend the oyster harvest season on the seaside for an extra month. The season was scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2006. The Commission voted, 7-0, to adopt an emergency regulation, effective Jan. 1, 2007 to extend the oyster season until Jan. 30, 2007. There was also a waterman’s request to extend the oyster harvest season in the Rappahannock River for two months until Feb. 28, 2007. The Commission decided to take no action on the request.
9. PUBLIC HEARING: Final consideration of emergency amendments to Regulation 4VAC20-490, pertaining to Sharks, to establish a 4,000 pound trip limit for spiny dogfish. The Commission voted, 7-0, to approve the amendments.
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10. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of proposed amendments to Regulations 4VAC20-1090, "Pertaining to Licensing Requirements and License Fees", Regulation 4VAC20-610,"Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting", and Regulation 4VAC20-200, "Pertaining to the Requirements for Reporting Oyster Transactions and Payment of Taxes", affecting the methods for payment of oyster taxes, reporting of harvests from leased grounds, and establishment of oyster and clam aquaculture licenses. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve each of the regulation amendments presented.
11. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Regulation 4VAC20-510, pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia and to provide for the lawful aquaculture of Cobia. The Commission voted, 8-0, to advertise the amendments for a public hearing at the Commission’s January 23rd meeting.
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12. FAILURE TO REPORT HARVEST, as required by Regulation 4 VAC 20-610-10, et seq., "Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting." The Commission placed the following watermen on two years probation: Joseph L. Blanchard (6-2 vote); Shawn L. Boggess (5-3 vote); and Ty D. Farrington (6-2 vote).
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