Marsy’s Law was not passed in North Topsail Beach after the mayor broke a tie on the board.

A presentation was given on the law, which would guarantee equal rights for victims of crimes through various ways, including keeping victims and their families updated on the proceedings and major developments in their cases.

However, Alderman Richard Peters said the presenter, Justin Rice who is the field director for Marsy’s Law for North Carolina, was looking to make an amendment to the constitution instead of making this a legislative issue.

Mayor Pro Tem Dick Macartney said no, stating that this is an issue for senators, not their board, Peters said, and while Peters and Alderman Joan McDermon voted yes, Walt Yurek voted no alongside Macartney.

Alderman Don Harte was absent at the meeting and Mayor Fred Burns closed the tie with a no.

A new sandbag ordinance was approved unanimously at the meeting after a little tweaking, Peters said. The new ordinance originally said it would be unlawful for anyone to be within 10 feet of the sandbags or geotextile tubes, but Peters argued that was a large distance and people could potentially get that close without realizing it.

The rest of the board agreed and unanimously approved the ordinance after it’s changed to say no one can be on top of the bags. Anyone who disobeys is looking at a $100 fine.

The board went into closed session at the end of the meeting and Peters said they voted on whether to accept the sale of 520 New River Inlet Road.

The sale was approved unanimously for $175,000, Peters said.


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