|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
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.