AN ACT AUTHORIZING CARTERET COUNTY AND THE MUNICIPALITIES IN THE COUNTY TO REGULATE NAVIGABLE WATERS IN THEIR JURISDICTION AND TO REGULATE THE PLANTING AND REMOVAL OF TREES AND PLANTS.
Authorizes Carteret County and its municipalities to regulate: (1) the size and placement of piers, docks, boatlifts, piling, and floating platforms in the navigable waters within their respective jurisdictions in addition to their existing authority to regulate and permit these structures and devices under the Coastal Management Act of 1974; (2) the mooring of vessels in the navigable waters within their jurisdictions to ensure unobstructed navigation through these waters; (3) the speed of vessels in the navigable waters within their jurisdictions, excluding navigable sounds and other bodies of water where speed restrictions are already imposed, with speed restrictions imposed by a State agency for a particular body of water prevailing; (4) habitation on vessels in the navigable waters in their jurisdictions; (5) the planting, maintenance, removal, replacement, and preservation of trees and other plants on public or private property; and (6) the enforcement of ordinances adopted under this act pursuant to powers vested in counties, cities, and towns by GS 153A-123 and GS 160A-175.
Specifies that the act does not authorize Carteret County or its municipalities to regulate vessels or activities in the Intercoastal Waterway or the harbor, turning basin, or shipping channels serving the NC State Port at Morehead City. Clarifies that the authorities granted in this act are in addition to any other authority granted to Carteret County and its municipalities by general or local law.
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