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Kitty Hawk Wants Wind Farms Further From Coast

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The Kitty Hawk town council has adopted a resolution to keep any proposed offshore wind energy turbines out of sight.  Council members forwarded the resolution to federal regulators as a plea to protect the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. 

The U.S. Department of Interior has been asking for proposals for offshore wind farms as close as six miles off Kitty Hawk.  Council members want to push that to at least 20 miles away.  Gary Perry is Mayor Pro Tem of Kitty Hawk.
 
"Sometimes we hear of noise effects and things of that nature will affect perhaps our tourist economy..and that's basically the whole of Dare County," Perry said.  "So those are the considerations for saying alright..try to keep these offshore enough that they don't impact what we use as a business."

Perry says additional costs would be in the length of transmission lines to the shore.  Other coastal communities are supporting the effort to put wind farms further out to sea, but Kitty Hawk's is the only written resolution so far.
 

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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