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Mathews supervisors to take ‘fresh approach’ to Islander project

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night agreed to hold a work session to try to resolve issues with the county’s floodplain ordinance.

The session will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the historic courthouse. Supervisor Amy Dubois urged the board to “take a fresh approach” to the Islander redevelopment issue by considering the owners as economic development prospects in the same way that an outside business might be dealt with when coming to the county to develop property.

A proposed restoration of the site from damage suffered during Hurricane Isabel in 2003 has been held up by disagreements over what is required to obtain a building permit and how to make the project compliant with the floodplain ordinance. The Islander Restaurant and Motel on Gwynn’s Island opened in 1969, years before the county adopted land use and floodplain ordinances.

“We need to figure out ways to help,” Dubois said. She suggested inviting represen...

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