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Proposed bill creates concern for dune protection

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Oak Island town leaders are concerned about a proposed Senate bill that could take away the ability for towns to make their own laws. Oak Island town leaders are concerned about a proposed Senate bill that could take away the ability for towns to make their own laws.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Oak Island town leaders are concerned about a proposed Senate bill that could take away the ability for towns to make their own laws.

Senate bill 612 is currently making its way through legislation.

The bill would allow federal and state governments to have the power to override local municipalities' ordinances.

Right now, the Town of Oak Island wants to update their dune protection ordinance.

They want to clarify the language to make sure the dunes stay in tack during construction projects.

But town leaders are concerned that this new bill could trump their ordinance.

Town Manager Steve Foster says other towns should also be worried.

"It's a total infringement and it takes away the customization of local government to meet the needs of its citizens," said Foster.

The Oak Island Planning Board is meeting on Thursday night to discuss amendments to their current ordinance.

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