It is rather confusing, Brad. The IFP article is much more detailed...and agrees that it's confusing, yet helps to clarify it. I could try to summarize it, but it's probably better if you read the article there: http://hatterasdesigns.net/PivotBlog/?e=429 The short version is that it has to do with safety and building codes. The second part of the article gets into the details. According to the Dare County Commissioner no one wants to tear it down but....it needs to be made safe no matter what happens next.
Yeah, I read the article. I just don't know why the owner is suddenly claiming the structure is in jeopardy. The county made it clear what he needs to do if he intends to make it an occupied structure. Regardless, it sounds like he needs some assistance, one way or another.