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Cahoon Named to Lead Coastal Commission

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration announced Wednesday that Coastal Resources Commission Vice Chair Renee Cahoon has been appointed as the commission’s chairwoman.

Renee Cahoon

The commission establishes policies for the state’s coastal management program and adopts rules and policies regarding coastal development in North Carolina.

Cahoon has served on the commission since 2002 and was made vice chair in 2013. She also served as the mayor of Nags Head from 1991 to 2000, as well as 2005 to 2009. She is now a town commissioner and serves on the CRC as a local government expert.

“North Carolina is blessed with amazing coastal resources and we need to safeguard our coast because it helps drive our economy,” Gov. Cooper said. “Renee Cahoon is a proven leader and I’m pleased to appoint her as chair of the Coastal Resources Commission.”

Preceding Cahoon as leader of the commission was Frank Gorham, a New Hanover County-based businessmen who lives on Figure Eight Island. He resigned from the commission last week, prompting speculation that Cahoon would be appointed to replace him.

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