When his mother tells him they’re having pea soup for dinner, Jack wonders how he’ll survive. Then he comes up with a plan: he’ll catch his own seafood feast instead! Pea Soup and the Seafood Feast is the story of a resourceful child who learns that the only thing better than a basket full of crabs or a bucket full of clams is a heart full of appreciation for the natural wonders of the bay.
Northampton County Board of Supervisors:
District 4 – H. Spencer Murray.
District 5 – Robert Grayson Duer
Commonwealths Attorney: Bruce D. Jones Jr.
Commissioner of Revenue: Charlene P. Gray
School Board At Large: Nancy N. Proto
School Board in District 4: Jo Ann P. Molara
School Board in District 5: William Skip Oakley
Directors of the Soil and Water Conservation District:W. Rawlings Scott Jr.- a slim 50.09% margin
Dear Board of Supervisors of Northampton County, Virginia
RE: I almost moved there, but thank God I didn’t!
After following this re-zoning fiasco you people have going on down there, which, incidentally, thanks to the modern miracle of the internet, is not only national, but international news, as well, as people all over the world tune into the latest citizen broadcast as to the progress of the fiasco, all I can say is thank God that I didn’t.
The Mirror sat down for a brief chat during his office hours on Tuesday. With November elections just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to get Mayor Proto’s perspective on a couple of things percolating around town.
MIRROR: Okay, the harbormaster position. It has been advertised for the last couple of weeks, but at the same time, there has been a lot of talk about selling the harbor, or leasing it to a management company. Given that the town has advertised for the position, is it safe to say that leasing to a management company is off the table now?
Northampton County staff has prepared a new assessment regarding how many 66’ x 600’ intensive poultry houses can be placed on parcels that will meet the County’s new setbacks. Under the proposed zoning ordinance, County staff has estimated that 91 of the industrial chicken houses can be placed on various parcels in Northampton County. The previous number cited by the Board, including numbers by Larry LeMond, was 50, nearly half what the County staff now indicates. Recent proclamations by the County regarding the limitations on intensive farming have been discounted, and this latest change in assessments is concerning. Below is the latest assessment from staff:
In September, the Northampton Board of Supervisors invited Bill Satterfield of the Delmarva Poultry Industry to give a presentation. At that time, Mr. Satterfield critiqued a study by the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, part of the Department of Environmental Health Science. Below is a letter in response to Mr. Satterfield’s comments:
On a cool night, with the ghouls and goblins poised to prowl on All Hallows Eve, citizens of Northampton instead filed into the auditorium at Northampton High School to listen and see firsthand, just what the candidates for this year’s election have to say. Milling about prior to the CBES candidate forum this Thursday night, was, as always, members of the County political spectrum. Members of the old guard, defenders of the land and water, and especially the Eastern Shore’s agricultural and rural heritage, were there, proper flannel and khakis, eager to find those favorable to AFDs and those, maybe not so much. The instantiated Left was there too, cloistered together in the front row, the standard-bearers of the not so New Radical Chic, which is the Northampton Democratic Dems (Committee). There would be no plenary sessions or caucus roundabouts, or enchanting wealth (not theirs) distribution schemes, which more than likely left them with some level of hemorrhoidal discomfort. The real hardcore, The True, was on hand to keep an eye on things that really matter – the proposed zoning, the schools, the dismantling of the Chesapeake Bay Act, and most importantly, the barbarians at the gate (intensive farming operations).
On my way to cover the Historic District Review Board meeting last month, Councilman Bannon, who was loading a cooler into his car, remarked, “You need to be careful about what you write. There is such a thing as Karma. I am Budhist, so I believe in Karma.”
“Yeah, I wonder what the ex-harbormaster thinks about Karma?” I responded. “You should probably worry about your own karma.”
Later, I began to think, “Here’s a person who was in favor of putting a prison out on seaside, who fought to take the school and basketball courts away from minority kids, giving it away to developers for $10. And he’s busting my chops about karma?”
As of October 23, 2015, the commercial menhaden pound net fishery has been closed. According to the Virginia Marine Resource Commission, based on landing reports from mandatory harvest reporting and Virginia seafood buyers, it is projected that Virginia has caught 100% of the 3,753,222 pounds of the menhaden pound net quota.
This quota is established by VA code Chapter 4 VAC20-1270-10 et seq. “Pertaining to Atlantic Menhaden”. Oddly, this only pertains to the “non-purse seine menhaden bait sector gear quota”. While pound netters are being restricted, the Omega Protein purse seine fleet is still free to ravage the juvenile bunkers—while continuing to use spotter planes.
If you are a pound netter, after 6:00 P.M., EDST, October 23, 2015 it will be a violation to harvest or land more than 6,000 pounds of menhaden per day, for commercial purposes for the remainder of 2015.
With the November 2nd public hearing on the comprehensive changes to the County zoning ordinance looming, Administrator Nunez has notified the Town of Cape Charles that the County would like to receive comments from the Town regarding the proposed changes. What role Assistant Town Manager Panek, who has worked the back rooms with Nunez in the past, will have in forming the Town’s comments is an open question. Below is the County’s letter to the Town: