Letters to the Editor
Letters to the
years ago a runaway
dredge tore a hole in the Bonner Bridge, and islanders and visitors
relied on temporary ferries for months
I will always remember that storm because we had a house rented for
Thanksgiving. It would have been my first trip to the island. I checked
with the rental agent before we left, and they assured us that
generators were running and everything was fine, so come on down. My
sister arrived at the ferry at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Lines were
long, but we queued up. During the wait, we chatted with some islanders
who begged us not to come down because the infrastructure was taxed and
the extra population from tourists was taxing their transit and other
resources. After about three hours, our line started to move to board
the ferry. As we moved forward, my sister and I decided we shouldn't go
and we pulled out of line and turned around. We spent the night in Nags
Head and our agent found us a place we could stay there. The next time
I tried to visit the island was with my wife in 2003 -- three weeks
after Isabel. We got displaced then too, but not off the island. We
have been back every year since and hope to continue to do so for a
Hatteras clinic on Dec. 30
It astounded me that the health care group has never paid rent. Does
this mean that taxpayers have paid their rent in addition to the high
cost of health care? That aside, it also astounds me that anyone would
choose a rented facility versus a "free" one. This is very sad news for
a lot of people who depend on this facility for necessary health care.
Besides being disappointed because this was our regular doctor's
office, we will miss the local business the staff brought to other
businesses in the community.
What are opportunities for other health care companies to run your
Please include whether purchase of the clinic would be required, and if
so, the price.
important, though humble, fish in the sea
I too have watched the spotter planes take off from Reedville, Va. What
a beautiful sight! Omega Protein is one of the largest employers and
most important industries on the Northern Neck. Why do I
family has lived on the Neck for over 350 years. Menhaden
has always been a part of life there. In fact, Reedville was the
richest town per capita in the U.S. at one time because of it. You
should go see the beautiful Victorian houses on "Captains Row." Believe
me, those who fish the waters of the Bay are very familiar with the
importance of that fishery. How could a company that makes its money
from the Bay be at the same time, its greatest enemy? Do you
think said company would want the Bay to prosper? The fact is
that the proof is in the pudding. The menhaden fishery is doing great.
Federal and state fisheries scientists have determined that the
Atlantic menhaden resource is healthy and sustainably fished. The
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which manages the coastal
menhaden fishery, is required by law to base management measures on the
best scientific information available. As a major stakeholder in the
health of the Chesapeake Bay, Omega Protein has a demonstrated
commitment to clean water and ensuring a large and sustainably fished
Murray says Record of Decision on FEIS will be on signed Dec. 20
My guess is the next challenge by the environs will be regarding the
environmental impact of new ramps and parking.
I easily see the final rule species protections and ORV routes being
put in place without the infrastructure to support them while the
challenge runs its course over the next few years.
Another “status meeting!” Hope it's as in-depth and balanced as the
last one. “Infrastructure” means fences and "No trespassing" signs on
your land, my fellow American taxpayers. God help us all.
signed on Bonner Bridge replacement project
How wonderful! Finally, something will be done!
should go to Beth Midgett and the Bridge Moms. They just kept
it until something was done. Way to go!
Great News! But how long until Audubon or whoever sues the
county, state, federal government?
Are any other celebrants besides me worried about this in the ROD? It’s
conditional upon compliance with “terms and conditions” of the permit
that USFWS issues.
Hamilton (aka Salvo
I challenge you to put a siesmeter on the bridge. I stopped at the top
of it last night at 2:30 a.m. on Dec.22, 2010 and could feel it move!
There were no other cars and a very light wind. It could have been a
hard tide or the long-term east swell, but it was spooky. When we were
stopped on the top in waiting for the famous repair of the bridge two
summers ago, I felt it move but that was due to the oncoming traffic
passing with all that weight. I would also challenge why there is no
weight limitation currently on the span. Better not waste another day,
month, or even year of the endless waiting for the drawn out bidding,
permits, or studies we've been bombarded with. Please investigate the
true safety lapses as I know some Hatteras Island residents even take
their seatbelts off and open their windows just in case. The bridge
would be a horrific if it indeed did fail. I saw the Tampa Bay Skyway
Bridge months after it had been struck by "its ship that hit the span"
and pray we don t have that happen to our ever weakening avenue off Pea
Island. Make the decision a reality soon!
UPDATE: The fate of Ocracoke’s Island Inn is still unknown
That's a shame that it might not be the inn anymore. I remember the one
time Matthew and I stayed there that we had a lot of fun. And it most
certainly is haunted!
I would hate to see this great historical site tore down for some
investor to build expensive townhomes and something like
I could, I would love to live in it and restore it for others to
see. Anyone want to let us have this lovely place?
Ocracoke and pray someday to live there. It has to be one of
God's favorite places he created!
New Letters to the
his 50-mile run and raises money for island non-profits
I am Bob's nephew from West
He is my dad's brother. All I can say is that I am very proud
him and this achievement. Bob, or "Uncle Chuck" as I call
one of the most interesting and unique people you will ever
If you should ever have the great fortune to meet him, you can't walk
away unimpressed! Great job, Uncle Chuck! I am very
to be your nephew!
Congratulations, Mr. Spangler. You are indeed one tough man. My check
is going in the mail today. And thank you!
Where is the truth on sea turtle nesting success?
Compromise? I've seen nature shows that show
digging up and transplanting turtle eggs to another safer location. If
so, instead of closing beach assess would it be possible to transplant
the eggs from an ORV access location to Pea Island? The people whose
business depends on fishermen I'm sure would be happy to contribute to
a project such as this.
search to find help for a women’s health issue no one wants to talk
Thank you, Lynne, for being such a wonderful, courageous voice for
women everywhere. Your candid account of this trying journey is going
to be inspiring to so many!
Township voters approve liquor by the drink by a decisive margin
It's about time they jumped into the 21st century! I mean, come on,
what reasoning is there for prohibition?
Finally! It is about time.
While I do not have a problem either way with drinking liquor or not in
a restaurant, I think the combination of the drinks and the new golf
cart regulations might lead to some interesting "issues" this summer.
We will see.
If this vote does not go through, it once again shows just how
backwards Hatteras Island truly has become.
Locals are driving around with bars in the trunks of their cars but yet
you are against a legal process whereby residents can have cocktails
monitored and legal processes implemented by established bars and
You have got to be kidding me! It is equal to protecting some
birds from all the needs for tourism on our beaches.
Hatteras clinic on Dec. 30
It's a no brainer -- have Hatteras Island Family Medicine operate the
Hatteras Clinic -- either full time or do Monday, Wednesday, and
Friday, and Tuesday and Thursday in Frisco. Dr. Hodges should be able
to rotate between Avon and Hatteras.
It would make a great senior center. You know, like the Baum
Center in Nags Head.
Have the beach access groups contacted the national news (FOX?) to try
and gain national and political support for this cause? Seems like
people should know where their tax dollars are being wasted (defending
lawsuits). If the bird people can shut down the Outer Banks, where will
they go next? Cape Lookout? Assateague? Padre Island? Seems like all
national seashores will be targets.
important, though humble, fish in the sea
Read “The Most Important Fish In the Sea” by H. Bruce Franklin. Best
Information and history of the importance of menhaden. Greatest harm to
eastern fisheries is Omega Protein of Reidville, Va. I have watched as
the spotter planes led the mother ship to the Chesapeake Bay schools.
Note to the Save the Bay organization -- - most harmful enemy of the
bay is Omega Protein.
NPS pushes back
its timeline for final rule at Boyle’s status conference
I thought justice used the symbol of scales to show fairness and
equality to all in a court of law. As has been well demonstrated by
Boyle, it surely doesn't apply in his court.
relationships on the islands: A survivors guide
You hit the nail pretty hard on this one. You might want to explore the
art of calling the local restaurants to see if they will be open.
The "big trip" off the island to means coordinating with neighbors who
need "something picked up while you are there." You end up stuffing
your Suburban full of everything from hot tub pumps,150 pounds of
processed pork, fishing tackle, crab pots, replacement parts from
Manteo Furniture for a stove, screens for an Andersen window, and a
replacement rod rack for a friend’s boat only to then realize you have
no room for the stuff you actually were going for in the first place.
The fate of
Ocracoke’s Island Inn is still unknown
That's a shame that it might not be the Inn anymore. I remember the one
time Matthew and I stayed there we had a lot of fun. And it most
certainly is haunted!
Letters to the
Environmental Impact Statement on ORV plan
Everyone needs to take the time and read the beach management
plan presented by the National Park and decided
want to waste the time responding. My
suggestion is if
you respond, send it to the President and your congressperson for Our
National Park System appears to be well-trained in the use of a
circular file with shredder attached when it comes to responding to
The FEIS could have been summed up in a one-page document.
Park Service went through the usual governmental gobbledy-gook and
stretched it to 1,000 pages. It is interesting to note, as
read the document, that it is nothing more than a back and forth waste
of time and effort to compare the alternative plans labeled A-B-C-D-E
to the Park Services preferred Plan F. Supposedly, all these
ideas were submitted or derived from the babblings of a defunct
committee that was supposed to be representative of the
As you recall, from the beginning this committee was stacked with
environmental groups, some being local residents, that had one agenda
in mind – to close the beaches. These were people who could
less about the effects on the economy or how many families, including
children, would suffer as a result of beach closures.
We need to erect a plaque on the island with the names of each and
every one of those who participated in the bringing about the final
changes that have removed open and free beaches as was promised by the
government. The plaque would be great for showing
children and grandchildren the names of those who were responsible for
the hardships they and their parents had to endure as a result of beach
One huge section of the document is devoted to trying to justify plan F
rules and regulations by presenting pictures, graphs, and
As I read it, I thought why waste time with such gibberish?
knew what they were going to do from the beginning. Why try to smooth
it over by making it appear our beaches are overrun with ruthless ORV
cowboys who are out to destroy wildlife?
As for graphic pictures, who knows whether they could have been staged
-- like the one of the loggerhead turtle killed by an ORV. I
you, how many times have you seen a crushed turtle on
beaches? It could be some Park Service vehicle ran over
They seem to be the only ones I have seen speeding on the beach.
I see few, if any, major changes in what we have been living under for
the last three years. It is basically the same in that beach
closing will begin March 15, and all the favorite areas will be closed,
along with any new ones that might be suspect for bird nesting.
Restrictions will remain on night driving beginning May 1.
forget to mention that you will be paying to drive the beach?
There is no doubt in my mind that the next will be a limited number of
vehicles allowed on the beach at a time.
Additional closings will occur at any time, as deemed necessary by the
Park Service. That would also include the winter months. A
closing would depend on the discovery of scrapes in the sand that might
have been made by piping plover considering nesting on
Wonder if they ever considered that even a piping plover might change
I found the portion interesting concerning closings when it comes to
restricted areas around businesses or housing. Definitely
clarification. Does this mean we who live in the villages are
under the jurisdiction of the Park Service?
“In addition, when scrape(s), nest(s), or chick(s) occur in the
immediate vicinity of paved roads, parking lots, campground, buildings,
and other facilities, such as within villages or at NPS developed
sites, the NPS would retain the discretion to provide resource
protection to the extent possible, while still allowing those
facilities to remain operational.”
God forbid that a piping plover decides to nest or leave scrapes in
your yard or in the front of your business.
The following is an open letter to the residents of Hatteras and
Regretfully, the Final Environmental Impact Statement has been
released. My initial response was anger, then resignation. But, within
a short time, I began to feel emotions of sadness and concern for you,
the residents of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. You are the people who
will suffer the most from this government takeover. Your freedoms are
much more at jeopardy than folks like me who spend quality vacation
time on the Outer Banks but do not live there. Your livelihoods are at
stake. The future of your children and grandchildren are threatened by
this intimidating intervention of government, caused by the aggressive,
shortsighted, and uncaring attitudes of special interest groups.
Over the past three years, your freedoms have been eroded and your
economy dislocated. I find myself comparing this “takeover” by our
government to the losses suffered by Native Americans. Your ancestors
gave land (now known as Cape Hatteras National Seashore) to the U.S.
government in exchange for explicit promises. At the time, the exchange
was considered honorable and a “win-win” for all concerned. Now, the
promises made to you have been taken away. In fact, the promises made
to you have been ignored as if they never existed.
How is this any different from the plight suffered by Native Americans?
You are now left to fend for yourselves. It has been suggested by
special interest groups that a reasonable compromise has been reached
where all parties gave some and received some. Such representations
couldn’t be further from the truth.
Over the past 35 years, I have come to love the Outer Banks. Some
years, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend as much as 30-plus days surf
fishing and simply enjoying the beautiful seashore. I’ve spent many of
these days leisurely roaming the beach between Ramps 23 and 34. I could
spend my time regretting what appears to be the personal loss of my
favorite fishing area. But my losses are so much less than yours that I
feel such pondering is selfish and uncaring.
I was struck by one head line that stated “Initial response to FEIS
muted.” I thought, “Muted? How can that be?” On reflection, I think I
understand. When people are grieving it is time to be muted. Your way
of life is facing serious threats. Indeed, one wonders if the culture
of the Outer Banks can survive. I’m sure you feel hopeless at times
like this. Perhaps it is time for you to grieve.
You are a proud people. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing some of you
personally. I treasure these relationships, distantly intimate as they
are, as very special life experiences. I know, in time, you will not be
muted. In time, you will speak again and you will act again. I do not
know what the future will bring. What I do know, what I must believe,
is that in time you, the people of the Outer Banks and the culture you
so proudly live, will overcome these travesties.
May those who enjoy success at the expense and pain of others
eventually find remorse in their shame.
Finally, know this. When it is time, let me know. Let us all know. We
will be there for you.
Until then, Godspeed.
This is to Mike "The Moderate" Farrall (Letters for Nov. 18,
2010). I'm not so sure about the "moderate" part there. You
casually mention the environmentalists but obviously don't think too
highly of us greedy, money-hungry, local redneck idiots.
Personally, I kind of wish the world was like it was 50-60 years ago,
but what the hey?
Geez, Irene, can't believe you let this one slip through the cracks,
and you can delete mine if you like. I just needed to rant a bit.
Economic uncertainty? Let me be clear. Two friends and I have been
coming since 1982 and about 15 years ago met up with three fishermen
from Richmond and have rented a home each year, sometimes for multiple
weeks, and we are done. We spend a tidy sum each time and this is money
Avon and the Outer Banks will never see again. Thanks for ruining my
dream of taking my grandkids fishing. My son was already in the fold
and the next generation was set. It is done. We are moving somewhere
that appreciates fisherman.
My family, which is very large, became familiar with the Outer Banks of
North Carolina only in the last few years. As many visitors do, we fell
in love with the Outer Banks and, especially, the sense of unbridled
freedom and the wild nature.
Of course, we understand that one should not throw plastic bags on the
beach or into the ocean. We agree that turtles should be protected, as
should plovers, and that this requires some management and enforcement
of rules and regulations.
Contact your representatives, and don't let them forget that they are
your representatives. Make it sound like the Outer Banks is "Custer's
Last Stand" as far as turtles and plovers are concerned.
There are many more breeding grounds along the East Coast of both North
and South America, and, as a matter of fact, the Carolina coast
represents rather a paltry portion when one compares it to the plover
breeding grounds in Canada or turtle rookeries in India, the China Sea
I am not advocating destruction and the ignoring of turtle and plover
breeding grounds. However, a modicum of common sense should be applied.
For instance, one should examine the number of breeding pairs of
plovers before and after the Park Service intervention and find that
really the program has been a disaster as there is very little evidence
of any increases in the number of breeding pairs of plovers. But there
can be no argument regards the negative economic impact on the
citizenry of the Outer Banks and the negative impact on tourism.
When I read The Island Free Press, I get the sense that this is a game
that certain factions play. Should we build a bridge or should we not?
Should we close a few beaches or should we not?
Strangely, I hear very little concern for the folks who want to earn a
living on the coast of North Carolina or those tourists who want to
enable them to earn a living.
So, who is going to survive? The turtles and the plovers or the
residents of the Outer Banks?
My vote says "let’s worry about the people first" and, as a byproduct,
let's not forget the turtles and the plovers. Let's not do it the other
I'm from Canada, but I can tell you this. You let your elected
representatives know that if they can't get this squared away, you will
not be voting for them and make it stick. Throw them out.
If it's too late for this time, throw them out the next time and put in
the folks who do represent you. There is nothing that cannot be
I think I'm pretty typical of most tourists. If you can't get your
house in order, we won't be back. There are other places.
With the federal government running a $1.3 trillion dollar deficit does
anyone think the park will get the needed funds to implement this
plan? If not, what then?
I'll be glad to comment, though I don't think most will like it.
With the release of the FEIS, it is more then obvious that the
negotiated rulemaking and public comment process for the past few years
was a total waist of time.
I see nothing in this document that caters to the ORVs and enjoyment of
the public as a whole.
There are going to be some new ramps and interdunal roads that, by most
accounts, will be useless. Not to mention that the villages of Hatteras
and Frisco will now be open to ORVs only from Nov. 1- March 31.Why
Allen Burrus said it best when he commented that Derb Carter personally
wrote this years ago.
The National Park Service from D.C. to Manteo has totally ignored the
public. And I am talking about the public that uses this park on a
regular basis--not some guy writing a letter from North Dakota because
the Audubon asked him too.
We can threaten lawsuits until we are blue in the face, but with the
environmental groups controlling the NPS with an inside man like John
Jarvis and its controlling most politicians with their funding and
public opinion, all attempts to sue will be fruitless.
Our state and local politicians cry foul and express concern, but it
seems all of that falls on deaf ears.
After looking at and reading the summary, I really don't know what to
think about all of this--other than everything we are asked to comment
on and participate in is nothing more then a dog-and-pony show.
So this is the new and improved one? When does this one take
effect? Or does it start right now?
And what is the deal with closing ramps and building new ramps a mile
or so down the beach. Cutting through good solid dunes to build them.
Are you kidding me? Let's weaken the dunes a little more
here! What was the deal with the other ramps?
I have to get a education permit to have a beach fire. Isn't that
peachy? Now where do I get that?
You know, I have been dropping by the OBX every once in a while since I
was 19 years old, and being over 50 now, I have seen a lot of changes
there. But this not finding a common ground on Hatteras
just makes me sad. I don't fish or surf, and I have only
on the beach once ever. I come there for the beauty and
I planned to drive the pickup down in December so that I could drive
out past the Point, or south of Salvo and other areas, but with all of
this I'm not going to suffer 14 hours in a rough ridding pickup if I
can't travel out on the beach to the must beautiful areas of the OBX. I
will just plan on bringing my hiking boots instead.
Things have changed, and we visitors will adjust. I just hope
that the changes do not cause any more heartache for the wonderful
people who live in the OBX.
I have been visiting Cape Hatteras ever since 1954 when we were forced
to evacuate due to Hurricane Hazel. In May of 1969, I caught my first
bluefish at Cape Point. Not having a car, I had to walk out carrying
all of my gear .There were no vehicles on the Point! The first blue was
the biggest fish I had ever caught, and today remains my largest blue
-- 21 pounds, weighed by Mr. Dillon at the Outer Banks Motel. The tale
of my trek back from the Point to my car with pole, cooler, tackle box,
and fish is epic! Let’s just say it was a struggle. Being senior
citizen now, I could not go through that experience again. Allowing
SUVs on the beach let’s me keep on fishing in my old age. My wish is to
have some common sense regulations that will keep the beach open to
both fishermen and SUVs.
The statement has been made that Dare County occupancy and sales taxes
were up this summer, including a record-setting July. How convenient to
include all of Dare County in the “facts and figures.” I'd like to see
a breakdown of north of the bridge and south of the bridge. Better yet,
a breakdown of each of the villages on Hatteras Island, especially
those most affected by the beach closures.
timeline for final rule at Boyle’s status conference
Fairly obvious that the intention of this hearing was to showcase the
"facts" that Boyle wishes to use to make his decisions. Convenient that
the only thing he heard, or was interested in hearing, was the dribble
of meaningless and unscientific info from his fraternity brothers.
While advocates of beach closure are being paid to further their case
by the government that they are suing, there is obviously no interest
in hearing any adverse opinions. Watching this painful and corrupt
process provides a snapshot of what has happened to a legal system run
I'm sure it is a point of amusement at the country club --- with
citizens picking up the entire tab!
It is with some timidity that I jump into this discussion, amateur that
I am. However, perhaps this will encourage other like-minded
enthusiasts. And thanks to Dr. Lea for the report.
Mr. Carter's assertion that 15 plover chicks fledged on CHNS in 2010
failed to mention that all of these occurred at Cape Point, and that
there were none, repeat none, at other locations (see Tables 16-22, pp.
The biologic significance of this is exceeded only by the potential
administrative impact and by Mr. Carter's biased and selective
Little one sided on the "status," isn't it? Old Boyle and Derb must be
cousins. They seem mighty tight.
Is there a "means" as to "appealing" the decision of Judge Boyle?
Given the political changes that will occur at the federal and state
level next year, are there opportunities to overturn Judge Boyle's
decision by legislation?
Judge Boyle and Derb Carter seem to think they own all the beaches on
Hatteras Island and that their opinion is all that matters.
Why was no one else allowed to speak, such as Dr. Berry, whose
scientific knowledge differs so greatly from Mr. Carter?
The judge noted that the consent decree will likely remain in force for
the entire 2011 breeding season. It could remain in force
that if for any reason the Park Service’s final management plan proves
to be “unenforceable.” I find the second sentence of this quote to be
curious. Is the judge anticipating a lawsuit as soon as the management
plan is finalized, thus keeping the forced decree in place for what I
assume will be years as this slowly gets litigated?
Well, that about does it for Hatteras. Next, they will lower the
vehicles capacities, then they will raise the permit fees, lower the
duration of the permits, raise the education requirements. Where do you
want me to stop? They have shown that their goal is to remove us from
the beach. As for me? They won! I don't go to Hatteras
food, and good shopping at annual craft bazaar
Would love to purchase some locally made jams and jellies as sold at
the bazaar. Could someone please help?
Being an ex-patriot of Hatteras, I recognize some of
faces, but my memory isn't working to
that's okay. I enjoy seeing the pictures, which bring back a
of good memories and good folk.
Hatteras clinic on Dec. 30
I must be dense. I don't understand the economics of this. They (UHS)
aren't going to lay off any workers and instead of keeping a free
facility, they are choosing to pay $125,000 per year rent? How do they
plan on saving money? Fewer paper clips? Either UHS doesn't understand
business or they are just looking for an excuse to bail out.
What is the total size of the Dare County budget? I find it
to believe that the county commissioners could not find $200,000 in an
overall budget of nearly $100,000,000 to keep this facility from
closing. Also, I'm sure some of the folks who utilized this
health care center were Hyde County residents. Was any joint
funding mechanism between Dare and Hyde counties looked at or
considered? That would possibly make Dare County's
significantly less than $200,000. How the elected officials
let 50 percent of their major health care facilities close needs to be
explained to me. I personally work in local government in
Pennsylvania and know that out of our relatively "meager" $15,000,000
budget, our elected officials would have found a way to provide that
$200,000, a small percentage of their operating budget, to fund a
service of such major need and importance to the local residents and
On another front, since tourism is the major industry there, I do not
understand why the commissioners would want to make the area less
appealing to visitors and those thinking about relocating there, by not
having some sort of significant health care facility
In closing, I find this lack of support for the Hatteras Health Care
facility both sad and short sighted. I think it is very anti
business and growth for an Island's economy that could sure use it.
Ed O'Brien Jr.
shares: How NOAA and the Environmental Defense Fund plan to destroy
North Carolina’s working watermen
It's all about the money. Why am I not surprised? Wall Street buying
and selling catch shares. That is so sad. We will have global investors
owning our local fishing. It's certainly not about conservation. I will
contact my representatives about this. Thank you for an excellent
I support Ernie and all the commercial fishermen.
Catch shares is one more example of government getting in something
they should not. Health care has been completely torn
apart. Where does it stop?
It is with alarming passion that I post my comment to reach out to as
many commercial fishing folks as possible.
Our community is small in comparison to the amount of people we should
Historically and, in some sense, biblically connected, our fishing
community is being compromised by the shortcomings of NMFS and EDF.
I am experiencing first hand the economic genocide of the consolidating
plan of sector allocation at the hands of NMFS in New England.
I am the president of Rhode Island's largest fisheries organization,
the Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance.
Say no to sectors and encourage your lawmakers to support you.
Our future depends on it.
Vote no to catch shares.
will be Nights in Rodanthe holiday open house at Serendipity
a chance to spend a week there
I am a cancer survivor (ovarian cancer, stage 3c , 2005) and also a
licensed clinical social worker very much wanting to use my mental
health background to work with cancer patients, survivors,
families. I know there is a great need for someone to work
people going through cancer and even after they've battled cancer. I'm
licensed in both Virginia and North Carolina, and would love to move
from my current setting to working exclusively with cancer patients
. If you could pass my name and contact information to your
organization head or anyone else in the community seeking someone like
me, please contact me through Island Free Press – [email protected].
Young, LCSW, CAC
I wish we could be there for the open house. Thanks to the new owners
for saving the house, and thanks to the people of the Outer Banks for
sharing it with us.
likely to see a property tax increase in 2012
Given the current circumstances at the state, federal and county levels
as to budget constraints, voter education as to revenue and expenses at
the county level is a "must." This needs to be done to
the voting populace relative to "how additional revenue can be
generated" and "what services/expenses can be reduced." An
example on Ocracoke is providing waste collection, EMS, and law
enforcement in a direct proportion to the "seasonal needs" of the
community. If the voting populace wants services beyond what
basic, they need to understand they must be paid for; either by raising
taxes/fees or curtailing expenses in other areas. This is a
"basic premise" of government but one that in my view needs additional
means of conveyance and emphasis, especially in these tough economic
H. Wayne Clark
County’s liquor business is about to break even
I'm not one of those anti-governemt tea party types, but it sure seems
stupid for the state of North Carolina to continue to be in the liquor
business. Any business that can't make money selling booze is
mismanaged or being ripped off. Dumb , really dumb.
Privatize this one.
to Pop’s Raw
Bar for beach access fundraiser
Hatteras Island neighbors and
Pop’s Raw Bar, Sunday, Nov. 21 to support beach access. It was a
beautiful fall day for a fundraiser with warm temperatures and a light
The beach access fundraiser was arranged and organized by Buxton
business owners, Ollie Jarvis of Dillon’s Corner, Kevin Morris of
Quality Pools, and Jack Quidley of Pop’s Raw Bar.
The business community donated items for the auction and door prizes.
David Owens of Assateague Mobile Sportsmen Association did a
professional job of auctioning the fundraiser items. Local musicians,
Jack Quidley Jr., Leo Jennette, and Michael Hooper of the band “Jones
Potion” entertained the crowd all afternoon.
Special recognition goes to Pop’s Raw Bar manager Heather Brushwood and
her staff and legion of volunteers. They did a masterful job of
orchestrating this event. It should be noted that many of her staff
donated their tips back to the fundraiser.
The fundraiser reflects public concerns for protection of island
traditions, culture, and a historical way of life. More than $6,300 was
raised for the Outer Banks Preservation Association’s legal efforts for
beach access. Be sure to stop by Pop’s, Quality Pools, and Dillon’s
Corner to express your appreciation for their support.
John B. Couch