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Board reverses order on Islander permits

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 during a special meeting on Thursday night to reverse an Aug. 28 decision by the board to direct Building Official Jamie Wilks to issue permits for renovations to the Islander Motel and Restaurant.

The action was taken after the board received a letter from Clyde Cristman, director of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, saying that the board’s previous decision may have put county residents’ flood insurance in jeopardy, and could result in the county’s being put on probation or even being suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program.

If a locality is placed on probation, said Cristman, each property owner must pay an additional $50 a year in flood insurance premiums for as long as probation lasts. Moreover, if a locality is suspended from the NFIP, he said, residents will no longer be able to purchase new NFIP flood insurance policies at all or even renew their old NFIP flood insur...

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