Beach Access Issues
January 16, 2009

Concerned citizens will meet Jan. 21 on beach access

A group of concerned citizens will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hatteras Civic Center on Highway 12 in Hatteras village to discuss the issue of access to Hatteras and Ocracoke beaches.

An e-mail circulating on and off the island states:
“The Park Service lied to us when they took the land to start with by never paying the people for it.  They lied again in D.C. when they said the land was donated. They lied when they moved the lighthouse and said they would replace all the vegetation they tore up.  They lied about the 'science' behind the beach closures and they lied again saying it had no economic impact on the island.  They have done nothing but lie to us.  They cut down all the timber between Buxton and Avon to make a bird sanctuary and now it floods.  They have killed thousands of geese, raccoons, foxes, even ghost crabs for the sake of this non-endangered bird.  It is time to put an end to enviro-mental-illness.  Our secret weapon is the truth and it is up to the people to inform the representatives of what the truth is.”

Scott Dawson, an organizer of the meeting, said in an e-mail that the purpose of the meeting was to organize a “blitz” of members of the new Congress to bring their attention to the Park Service’s “broken promise” to keep the beaches open and to the economic impacts of beach closures. The blitz will include phone calls on Jan. 23 and a letter-writing campaign.

Dawson also said in the e-mail that another purpose of the meeting was to videotape testimonials from islanders about the negative impacts of beach closures. The testimonials will be edited and put together on a DVD for members of Congress.

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