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Blocker retires after serving nine years
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North Redington Beach Mayor Bill Queen, left, congratulates Vice Mayor Curtis Blocker on his nine years of service to the town.
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Mayor Bill Queen saved the best for last at the Feb. 13 town hall meeting when he presented Vice Mayor Curtis Blocker with a plaque commending Blocker for his nine years of service on the Town Commission.

It was Blocker’s last town hall meeting before he retires at the end of the month.

The plaque was bestowed on Blocker from the town “in grateful appreciation” for his service as commissioner seat 4 from 2005-2014 and for his concurrent service as vice mayor from 2012 to 2014. Queen extolled Blocker’s particular assistance as an “insurance expert” to the town.

Upon Blocker’s retirement, he plans to spend half the year in North Redington Beach and half the year in Hickory, N.C. Blocker has one daughter and one grandchild here and two daughters and two grandchildren in North Carolina. So his anticipated dual residency will keep him connected to all his family.

Blocker served five terms in office.

“This town has gotten better each year that I’ve lived here,” said Blocker.

Blocker was invited to the March meeting when the new board of commissioners will be sworn in. “Come back for the cake,” said Queen.

Four new ordinances passed during new business. The first ordinance that passed clarifies the penalties for violations of the town’s code of ordinances. This will allow deputies to write municipal tickets with fees starting at $93.

The second ordinance passed to provide for penalties for violations relating to sandwich signs. This ordinance targets repeat offenders who leave the folding two-sided sandwich signs up after hours or place the signs where it encroaches on the sidewalk. After two violations within a 12-month period, the offender will be suspended from using the sign.

The third ordinance that passed modifies the permitted use of temporary directional or instructional portable signs not to exceed seven days. It also restricts the signs to residential areas for such occurrences as open houses and garage sales.

The fourth ordinance restricts the height of detached structures constructed within the buildable area in the single family residential district. Detached structures, such as tiki huts, gazebos and pergolas, cannot be higher than 12 feet or the height of the home, whichever is less.

This last ordinance was complaint-driven as one residence’s tiki hut towered over the main residence’s roofline. The related structure was grandfathered in but the new ordinance is designed to preclude further eyesores of this type.
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