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Mathews supervisors consider floodplain amendments, but take no action

Only a handful of people showed up last Wednesday for a Mathews County Board of Supervisors’ work session on the county’s Floodplain Ordinance. Supervisors Amy Dubois and Pepper Love, who comprise a committee examining the issue, requested the special session to discuss proposed amendments to the ordinance and to hear thoughts from the public on what should be included in it. No action was taken.

Certain provisions of the ordinance, which was adopted on Oct. 14, 2014, have been called into question by supervisor G.C. Morrow and by Debbie Gibson, co-owner of the Islander Waterfront Restaurant on Gwynn’s Island.

Gibson submitted a paper listing items that cause her concern, chief among them the provision regarding historic exemptions. She said it could be changed by either definition, which would be a minimum standard, or variance, which would be a higher standard.

A proposal she included would add a definition exempting a historic building from the improvement and r...

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