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After-the-fact permit approved for pier in Hudgins

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission granted after-the-fact authorization for applicant Shawn Burrows to retain a pier on Winders Creek in Hudgins.

The commission, meeting Oct. 24 at its headquarters in Newport News, approved Burrows’s request to retain a second private riparian pier adjacent to 1050 Hills Bay Drive, said Laurie Naismith, a VMRC spokesperson.

Naismith said the approval was for a pier measuring four feet wide by 36 feet long with a 16-foot by 16-foot T-head.

Commission staff recommended and the VMRC approved triple permit fees and a civil charge of $1,000, Naismith said.  In other matters, the commission unanimously approved recommendations to establish emergency amendments as a permanent part of regulations that clarify inspection procedures for oysters kept in individual baskets in a vessel and that establishes the basket as the only measure of oyster culling tolerance, and maintain an Oct. 1, 2017 closure of the commercial cobia industry.

The commi...

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