RALEIGH —The governor’s office has announced Gov. Pat McCrory’s choices for the reduced N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, and the Carteret County Board of Commissioners chairman is among them.
Greg Lewis has been chosen to fill the second seat for a coastal property owner or person experienced in land development on the CRC. In addition to being county commission chairman, he also serves on several county boards, such as Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow, the County Economic Development Council, the Military Growth Task Force and the Public Water Access Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Carteret County Republican Party.
Mr. Lewis said he was quite surprised to be nominated and is honored to be appointed.
“I’m glad to serve and represent coastal Carolina’s issues,” he said. “We want to work on issues paramount to the coastal area, such as flood insurance, wind and hail insurance, sea level rise and making sure rules put in place for it are sustainable. But first, I want to familiarize myself with what the CRC is working on now.”
Mr. Lewis has been appointed to a one-year term. The CRC members’ terms are being staggered, with five members serving one-year terms, while four members will serve two-year terms. The appointments are effective as of Tuesday. The Sept. 24-26 CRC meeting was postponed, and the next scheduled meeting will be Dec. 11-13 in a location to be announced.
The appointments have been made in response to the General Assembly’s Appropriations Act of 2013. Passed in July, the act sets the budget for fiscal 2013-14 and fiscal 2014-15, as well as reduces the CRC from 15 members to 13 and removed all but four standing members: current chairman Bob Emory, Lee Wynns, Ben Simmons Jr. and Renee Cahoon.
Braxton Davis, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management – the body that enforces the rules and regulations made by the CRC –said the only vacant seats remaining are two seats for state House appointees.
Frank Gorham of New Hanover County will fill the other seat for a coastal property owner or experience in land development for a two-year term, as well as serve as CRC chairman. Mr. Gorham is currently the owner of Sandstone Properties LLC. He earned a law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Mr. Gorham is active in numerous charities and public service.
In addition to Mr. Lewis and Mr. Gorham, three other new members have been appointed. Suzanne Dorsey of Brunswick County will fill the seat requiring experience in coastal-related business for a two-year term. She is the executive director of Bald Head Island Conservancy & Smith Island Land Trust and serves as a marine sciences adjunct professor at UNC-Wilmington.
Ms. Dorsey has published numerous reports and written in several journals regarding marine science; she received her bachelor’s from Drew University, her M.S. from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in coastal oceanography.
Neil Andrew of New Hanover County will fill a seat requiring experience in engineering or a marine-related science for a one-year term. He is the president of Andrew Consulting Engineers. Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Andrews worked for his father’s engineering firm, Andrew & Kuske. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from N.C. State University and a M.S. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech University.
Bill Naumann of Craven County will fill the second seat requiring experience in engineering or a marine-related science for a two-year term. He is the president of Transformation Venture Capital in New Bern and served as the chairman of Hatteras Yachts Inc. Mr. Naumann was the president/CEO of Hatteras Yacht prior to serving as chairman and received his B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University, as well as an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.
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