North Topsail Beach mayor testifies before a House natural resources subcommittee

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

designation and the other is prior to the modifications to the CBRS maps in 1990. It was in that year

that the Coastal Barrier Resources Act was amended to give Congress, and not the Fish & Wildlife

Service, the authority to make changes made to CBRA maps. What was called the 1990 Coastal

Barrier Improvement Act allowed for a conservation area “within the boundaries of an area

established under Federal, State or local law” to be designated as an “Other Protected Area” (OPA).

As a result, the Service added new sections of conservation lands within System Unit L06 but

erroneously failed to designate these areas as OPA. Additional areas of North Topsail Beach that

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