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With summer almost over, Ocean Isle Beach is planning for next season.
Mayor Debbie Smith presented a new town logo at the Sept. 10 town meeting as well as proposed ideas for new souvenirs for visitors.
The new logo is being worked into circulation in the town — on letterhead and promotional materials.
“We’re in the process of changing as we reorder (materials),” Smith said Tuesday.
Smith passed around design ideas for new OIB T-shirts and postcards at the meeting.
She said the designs are under consideration, so no items have been purchased yet.
Before the end of the summer two new billboards promoting the town were put up: one at U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach Road and one on Interstate 40 at the Brunswick County Beaches exit.
The town also hired a new advertising agency, Lewis Advertising of Rocky Mount, in late June to build a webpage that connected to the WRAL website. The NBC-affiliate TV station in Raleigh brought attention to Ocean Isle Beach hotel and rental agencies summer vacation offers.
In other business, split-level houses almost tripped up Ocean Isle Beach’s adjustment to roof deck building rules.
At the town commissioners’ meeting the board considered planning board recommendations to change the town ordinance, Sec. 66-281(n), “Any gazebo or residential roof deck/widow’s watch built as part of a structure or as an accessory to any property shall not exceed 144 square feet. All residential roof decks/widow’s watches shall be accessed from exterior stairs.”
Town ordinances limit all buildings to two stories of living area or two floors limited to 31 feet from the lowest horizontal structural member to the highest point.
Planning director Justin Whiteside said the residential roof decks and widow’s watch limits were seen as a safety issue.
Interior stairs and ever-larger roof decks were creating “a type of third floor” that builders kept making bigger.
The board decided to add language to the exterior stairs requirement keeping the width of the stairs from exceeding four feet.
The changes also included specific definitions for “floor,” “living area,” “room,” and “story.”
But split-level rooms throw off the height of the room, making the two-story or 31-foot limit difficult to discern.
Commissioners decided to approve the changes to the ordinance unanimously, 4-0, but directed planning staff to make a decision on split-level rooms and bring it back to the board for a vote.
Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.