2010 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor....02.28.2010
Letters to the Editor....02.10.2010 2:20
It was a girl, and then another girl!
Molly Rose is my third cousin, twice removed. What a great
story for our family tree!
Hi, Irene, and all other readers. A nurse-midwife is moving
the island in April/May. I have had a homebirth practice in the western
part of North Carolina since 1991. I am looking forward to
of help to families in the area.
Only on Hatteras! Congratulations to parents and
babies! What a great story!
We are so excited that our new baby cousin, Molly Rose, made it safely
into the world, thanks to the quick thinking of everyone
involved. And, of course, we are so happy that Jane, John,
and Molly are all doing well. What a story to tell!
Congratulations to the other family as well. Love from New Jersey!
What an amazing experience for the parents, and what a story Molly Rose
will be able to tell about the beginnings of her island life!
La Fogata Is Coming To Hatteras
I am so excited for this. This is like a dream come true! See you super
This is the BEST. My husband and I have frequented La Fogata
often and now will be able to enjoy it on the island. We'll
the Margaritas, but they are only an hour away. Thanks.
Park Service releases annual
reports for protected species on the seashore
Any follow up info on the depth and success of the investigations of
the violations or does the Park Service not differentiate on that data
either? Do they just go out, take pictures, and enlarge the enclosures
to punish one group,.regardless of who perpetrated the "violation"?
After reading this, it is clear that management of the park under the
consent decree by the Audubon Society and their NPS lackeys has not
resulted in any benefit to the wildlife.
Banks fishermen are heading to Washington, D.C.
As a dedicated fisherman in the surf of Hatteras, I support the drive
to keep the fishing access open on the beaches of the Outer Banks.
Record of decision on Bonner
Bridge replacement is delayed again
As a property owner on the Outer Banks, I find it hard to understand
how public officials can take so long to make a decision that affects
the safety of the citizens of North Carolina and visitors
As a citizen, I am equally discouraged with the politics-as-usual that
seems to afflict those who are supposed to have the interests of their
constituencies above their own re-elections.
State Sen. Marc Basnight urges
support of bill to overturn consent decree
Is there anything I can do to help this cause? This shouldn't be a
political problem even though the governor is more polarized than ever.
Sherrod Brown is my senator, and I would be glad to send him a letter
if you think it would help. Thanks. Free the beaches.
My family has enjoyed the beauty and recreation of Hatteras for 35-plus
years. We respect the wildlife there but also want to continue to have
access to the beaches and support the residents of The Outer Banks.
Without beach access, there will be no income for the folks there and
that would be as horrific as losing the wildlife, if not worse. Please
let the vacationers of Hatteras know what we can do to support the
island and its residents.
Suzann A. Hash
More beach access issues
To me the answer is clear. Provide open access with minimal closures.
We all know tons of those birds nest outside of park boundaries. But
fishermen trade access for release only, baited circle hooks only, and
tighter bag and size restrictions on fish inside the park. The birds
are still protected. They win. Conservation wins. Hatteras wins.
Fishermen win. Just do that, and crack down on speeders and reckless
drivers on the beach, and we can coexist for generations like that.
No beach access -- then I’m going to a state that will
allow it. Sorry North Carolina but you leave no
My family has lived and worked on Hatteras Island since the 1500s. If
our beaches are closed, we along with 90 percent of the people here
will lose their income, as without our beaches there will be no
tourists. What is more important -- birds or
Once in a while some off-the-wall group of self-absorbed environmental
protectionists focuses on the North Carolina Outer Banks to exercise
their indignation towards how our beaches are managed. Twenty-five
years ago, I attended a meeting where it was proposed that the beaches
should be closed to protect the piping plover.
I commented at the time that closing the beaches would not
provide protection and that to prevent public access and return the
beaches exclusively to the birds would defeat the whole concept of the
national seashore as being a place where people could observe wildlife
and enjoy the natural surroundings.
Once again, we are visited with so-called experts pretending concern
over one of America's finest beaches and wildlife preserves. One has to
wonder about the motive behind such concern. We did not see these
people rush to protect our beaches when a recent storm blasted a
300-yard gap in Highway 12 on Hatteras Island -- or when storms
overwash our beaches destroying natural and human habitation. So one is
not surprised when it becomes evident that private development is
behind this recent interest in our beach wildlife,
Back in the 1930s when the WPA created our dune system that widened and
stabilized our beaches to prevent shoreline erosion, they also created
a unique nesting area for countless species. In celebration of our
rights as citizens, Woody Guthrie wrote "This land is your land. This
land is my land" and now we have to consider that what he really meant
was "This land is only to be available for the exclusively rich and
powerful who are protected from 'We the People' by self- righteous
protectionists and their in-pocket judges."
I wonder what would happen if "We the people" would form a human
barrier to prevent the intrusion on our beaches by self-serving,
profit-motivated groups intent privatizing the beaches and dunes
provided and maintained by our taxes. It is time to set up the moral
barriers to prevent the theft of our rights and our children's
Generations of Bankers, from the original settlers, through shipwreck,
discovery and migration from all over America and the world, have
chosen to make this area their home and to share equally with the local
wildlife the joys of living at the beach. I know of no one who would
seek to deliberately remove or destroy any wildlife habitat in this
community, except those who would use the courts to preserve the Outer
Banks exclusively for wealthy developers.
I, for one, am willing to place my overweight 73-year-old body in the
way of such self-serving protectionist’s intent in converting the
Outer Banks into some rich guy's private preserve. They have Montana,
the Northwest, and Arizona. How much more do they want?
Bodie Island and Ocracoke lights
will be turned off for renovation work
Thank you for your hard work. We visit every year, sometimes three
times a year. I look forward to seeing the beautiful sights again. Will
the Bodie Light be available to climb once the renovations are
complete? Thank you for making these places available to us.
Note: Yes, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open to the
to climb in the future when the renovations are complete.)
sailboat is stranded in the Avon surf
I spent many wonderful hours sailing on this beautiful boat with the
original owner who was an accomplished captain. It is such a
sight to see her in this vulnerable condition. It spent many
years in the British Virgin Islands Sag Harbor. I just saw
story. What happened? Was she sold?
New York, N.Y.
to get an update on the Gypsy Dane.)
Giving thanks: A photo essay by Don Bowers
How special to be here in New York and view some of the many things
that we have seen on our yearly visits to Waves. We so love the island
and all the beauty we enjoy there. Thanks so much for its
availability to us as we look forward to next fall.
heart-felt thank you and appreciation
On Jan. 13, my husband, Jack M. Hebenstreit, passed away at Sentara
Nursing Home in Barco, N.C. He had been there for 14
Prior to that, his health had been deteriorating at home for three
months. During those three months, Dare County Home Health
Hospice and also Dare County Social Services were of a big help to
me. They would come by twice a week to bathe him and keep him
company for two hours. In between a nurse would come by to
on him. These people were so kind, compassionate, and
caring. I couldn’t have taken care of him without their
help and at this time I wish to thank all of you for your dedicated
service. You were all so wonderful and I will never forget
that you did for him and me.
I also wish to thank Hatteras Home Care in Avon. They would
by to give me a break when I needed to be away for more than two
hours. Here again were compassionate, caring, and dedicated
Also I wish to thank all of my church family and friends as well for
all of your phone calls, flowers, cards, and support during this very
difficult time for me. I am blessed to live on Hatteras
Dare County and to have so many wonderful friends giving me so much
Again, my heartfelt thanks to everyone. I will never forget
any of you. I love you all.
to a family
My sincere condolences to Irma Lange's son, Skipper. I lived in one of
Irma and Harry's cottages from September, 1974 until June, 1975 while I
taught math at Cape Hatteras School. Prior to that I used to
art supplies at the gift shop Irma ran in front of the cottages. Irma
was a nice lady. It is a few years since my last trip down
most of the people I taught with have moved away. On my last
trip, I ran into a few former students and that was a pleasure to be
recognized and hear of their successes.
you so much for all the information you supply in your
I own two homes in Salvo - Rainbow's End and Americana. My
deceased husband (Judge Rowland Barnes, murdered in the courthouse in
Atlanta, Ga.) and I built the homes together. I'm sure he is looking
down now with a better view of his favorite island. Thanks
all you do for the citizens of the Outer Banks!
she found a new home! I would like to know the person’s name
handling the bookings for vacations, and the phone number. We are there
two weeks a year would like to rent her for a week!
is being managed by Vacation Traditions in Rodanthe. You can
contact information from the company’s ad on The
Real Estate and Business Page.)
to see that icon go. We always felt as if we were approaching the
"Emerald City" on seeing Serendipity heading south from Nags Head.
Guess it is better this way than by a storm! Well, after all, maybe it
will be beachfront once again. Hey to all our friends on the OBX.
& Jim Jereb
Long live Serendipity!
millions of people, I was fascinated by this whimsical property when I
saw the movie. I didn't know it was in such danger. How wonderful that
some people stepped forward to purchase it and move it to safety, so
that people can continue to enjoy vacationing in the house for many
years to come. I hope they will receive a good return on their
investment! Thanks for the interesting video.
Awesome! I am so
thankful it was saved. Love it.
and singing on winter evenings keep Ocracoke’s music heritage alive
article. Keep up the good work of making history come
welcome surprise for islanders: Bay scallop season is now open
DMF should be applauded doing another assessment of the scallop stock.
This is a very fine example of how common sense should be used in
managing all fisheries.
seafood dealer makes it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
great job! Well done. What an interesting place to
your banner, at the top of the world. Welcome back.
to go. We are so happy for you and the cause for which you
Just one more thing the government needs to keep its nose out of and
let the fisherman police themselves. Congratulations!
and Virgil Winslow
on your success! Wow ! What a "bucket list"
Gresham (Tinky's friend)
boy captures the attention of the surfing world in Hawaii event
Brett! You have made the entire Right Coast proud.
of decision on Bonner Bridge replacement is delayed again
Viewed from the
outside, this is becoming nothing more than a joke.
would like for the residents of Manteo, Nags Head, and Kitty Hawk to
imagine what it would be like to have a grandchild in their car, and
need an exit strategy because they had to cross a bridge in the
condition of Bonner? Why are the state and federal government spending
tens of millions of dollars each year dredging Oregon Inlet? If the "do
nothing policy" applies to Hatteras and Bonner Bridge, why doesn't it
apply to dredging the inlet? What about the free ferries in North
Carolina? Tens of millions every year! We are the only place along the
Eastern Seaboard without beach nourishment in place. Do all the other
states not have environmental concerns or are we just the lucky ones
who house Derb Carter and Orin Pilkey?
have been coming to the outer banks for over 20 years and have been
increasingly concerned with bridge and do not understand the constant
delays on the replacement. We no longer feel that we are
since we are there every year for over a month at a time. Safety of the
local people and the visitors should be of the utmost concern. We were
there when this last storm happened and were lucky because we left on
Tuesday before the road was impassable. We love the area and would like
to see the safety of people being considered. Thank you.
& Dolores Clay
interest in the Bonner Bridge replacement is obviously only as tourists
-- those horrible beings who get in the way of locals in just about
every activity from fishing in the surf to driving on Highway 12.We
just don't know how to do it properly. However, like it or not, that's
how your local economy has evolved and to try and change it, in my
opinion, would be catastrophic to the local economy. I don't think $25
each way tolls would be conducive to increasing tourism. But, you know,
reading about the stalling and procrastinating and the offering of this
route or that route are snapshots of what seems to be happening in
every part of the United States and Canada.
think, just as children produce wish lists at Christmas, so varying
interest groups have their wish lists. In many cases it is hard to
argue with these diverging factions because who doesn't want to save a
turtle or a plover or a species of fish? Extinction seems a terrible
word but it’s been going on since the beginning of time. However,
if we are all inflexible in our wishes, as you are seeing with the
Bonner Bridge, nothing gets done to everyone's detriment.
"Grand Schemes" need to be tempered with rationality and fiscal
responsibility, and I think our elected representatives need to be
reminded of that from time to time. Is it better to demonstrate a
little flexibility and accomplish part of what you want, than to dig in
you heels and accomplish none of what you want?
County is not alone in this nor is North Carolina or the United States
of America. This mindset is just as established in Canada, Europe, and
much of the rest of the world. Dare County, this is your opportunity to
serve as an example on how to get things done in an affordable,
sensitive, sensible manner. Getting things done is all about building
bridges not putting up road blocks. Please, all join hands and build a
Banks Angling: No winter blues on the islands; instead it’s a winter
Wish I were there
instead of enjoying a huge snow storm.
U.S. Geological Survey coastal erosion study
is coming to Cape Point
have this sick feeling in my stomach that this study is not a good
thing....I fear what ever data they capture will be spinned/used to
shut the beaches down. Hope I am wrong.
Is the beach erosion
study at Cape Point going to result in the beach being closed to ORV
Note: No, the beach will not be closed to ORVs.)
rod-and-reel combinations will cover most beach fishing situations
information I needed to plan for our trip in May .Thanks!
Web site will focus on Outer Banks news
I don't reside on the Outer Banks, I love vacationing there a few times
a year. I look forward to any local information I receive from e-mails
from Island Free Press. This new site is going to be wonderful! Keep up
the great work.
new site is The Outer Banks Voice, www.outerbanksvoice.com)
Thanks: A photo essay
special to be here in New York and view some of the many things which
we have seen on our yearly visits to Waves. We so love the
and all the beauty we enjoy there. Thanks so much for its availability
to us as we look forward to next fall.
Sen. Marc Basnight urges support of bill to overturn consent decree
the beaches at Cape Point and Hatteras Inlet are shut down year round,
it will cause an economic collapse of Hatteras Island. We
already suffered greatly in the loss of our most popular beaches in the
spring and summer. The very reason most of us live here is out of our
love of these locations. Cape Point in the summer is one of
most beautiful places on Earth. The Gulf Stream and Labrador
currents meet sending beautiful waves headlong into each other,
creating a series of islands and rivers ever changing in shape but
Point and Inlet are the reason many visitors come to the island and
have now stopped due to the beach closures. Cape Point being
closed in the fall months will destroy our poor economy even
more. The bird people do not care how much they have hurt us
sacrifice nothing themselves. People have lived on
Island year round for over 1,500 years, going back to the earliest
Croatoan Indians. Therefore, the presence of people on these
beaches has been constant for that long, making people a part of the
ecosystem. People, raccoons, foxes, minks, otters, and geese
all been frequenting Cape Point for over a thousand years. It
not just our home but our homeland. Today, all of the
animals I just listed are being systematically murdered by the Park
Service with devices such as leg traps, poison gas, and shotguns, so
that this non-indigenous bird has a better chance. How can a
that is neither endangered nor indigenous to the island be granted sole
domain over such vast stretches of our most popular beaches by people
who do not live here and are not affected by the decision?
can they coldly sit back and ignore what they have done to the people
of Hatteras and Ocracoke?
Audubon Society has done a good job of NEVER mentioning the killing of
all the other animals on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands that has gone on
as a result of their bird obsession. They never mention how
people were banned from even walking down the beach or how much it
killed the island's economy. Instead, they have spun it into
beach driving issue and will not even hold meetings on Hatteras or
Ocracoke Islands anymore. They don't want to look the people
the eyes whose lives they have crushed and certainly don't want to hear
basis for the closures is unscientific, not subject to peer review and
highly inaccurate. An executive order going back to President
Nixon asked that the Park Service provide a plan for ORV traffic on the
beaches, and in over 40 years the Park Service never did.
of this negligence on the behalf of the Park Service (which stole most
of the land from private property owners with eminent domain in the
first place) our beaches were shut down, our animals murdered, and our
economy devastated until they came up with a plan, which they still
cannot create a law. They can only interpret the law. It was
recently that this new and obscure interpretation of an executive order
(which is not a law) by a judge, who has had many decisions overturned
for being unconstitutional, brought on all the
consent decree was drawn up to close the beaches and our county
commissioners were intimidated into signing it under threat of having
all the beaches closed year round, which Audubon is now still
pushing for. Strong arming a government to do something
their will by tactics of fear is an act of terrorism and Audubon should
be sent to Gitmo. They could not have closed the beaches
a legislative body to sign onto it, and our commissioners dropped the
ball and they know it. The best thing they can do now is
they were wrong to sign the decree and make it a 24/7 objective to rid
our beaches of such organizations that seek to destroy our lives, kill
our animals, and rob us of our liberties with their pseudoscience,
lobbyist money, and complete disregard and disrespect of the people of
the Outer Banks as well as those who frequent here.
is time for the county to step up and fight, to right what is wrong and
what they unwittingly had a hand in. Get the facts together,
good lawyers, and fight back. As a historian, I do not want to be
remembered as the apathetic generation that lost the beach and let
these cowardly puppies swoop in and steal our liberty.
the county needs to know exactly how many foxes and otters were
murdered as a result of the beach closure, I am sure the local
newspapers can help dig that information up. If you want to
good figures on how bad it hurt the economy, go talk to the local
businesses. Whatever it is that is needed to build a case to
the beaches, I am sure the public will help but we need
As representatives of the county, you are our community
leaders. I beg of you to work with the people, be
and do your jobs, for if we lose these beaches year round we have lost
is time to get focused, come together, and fight back. Signs
bumper stickers are fine but like a leaking canoe, they only go so
far. We need lawyers, we need the truth to come out, but most
all we need leaders and I am here today like so many others to tell you
that if you lead we will follow.
call to all watermen: Give us unity or give us death
all the Watermen of Hatteras Island do not come together, there is one
thing that is for sure, we will die together. There
lot of folks in the fishing community who hold a grudge for past
misdeeds on both sides. If these grudges cannot be put aside,
friends, we are going to lose it all.
has been a tactic of divide and conquer, which the environmentalists
have been using for the past several years, and it’s working to
perfection. Commercial fishermen and recreational fishermen
been at each other throats for decades. The Enviros picked up
this when they launched their attack on beach access, and they have
been gaining ground ever since.
you have N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries observers on commercial
fishing boats that are funded by, of all people, The Turtle
Conservatory Center. These folks, by the way, are in bed with
Audubon Society, Southern Environmental Law Center, and several other
groups. These are the same folks that have been stopping the
building of the Bonner Bridge for the past 20 years.
years ago I started telling folks to get involved, get together, we can
stop this thing. I told folks that their beloved Cape Point
about to be closed. I was told I was crazy and I quote, “They
will never close Cape Point.”
Well, folks they
years ago I started telling folks about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs),
vast areas of the ocean closed to access – no fishing, no diving,
no boating, no nothing. Again I was looked at like I was crazy and told
that that would never happen.
folks, here we are, and it’s happening at light
speed. People have just not put all the pieces of
puzzle together. They see all these issues as separate
when they are all interwoven, and have all the same players, from all
the same organizations.
people are not sportsmen or outdoorsmen. They are lawyers, out to make
a quick buck at any cost. They never go outside. They sit in
air-conditioned offices, counting their money and laughing at
Why? Because we play right into their hands with all the
infighting amongst ourselves. We have made it easy for them.
all of us could come together and put our differences aside, we could
fend off all their attacks. The bridge would be built, the
would be open, there would be no talk of net bans, or MPAs. Life as we
have known it would be good again.
everyone forgets is that the people who work for DMF and NOAA are paid
by us, the taxpayers. We are paying to cut our own throats, and the
lawyers are laughing all the way to the bank.
beach was the easiest cherry on the tree to pick. The groups that sued
knew the commercial fishermen would not come to our aid because of past
misdeeds, by some of the players on the recreational side. Once we are
gone from the beach, they well go after the oceanfront homeowners, and
all of a sudden special birds will be found right behind oceanfront
homes, and those beaches s will be closed as well.
environmental groups have the beach about wrapped up and now they are
focusing their attention on the ocean and the sounds.
There is no reason to
rebuild any bridge, if the intent is to close Hatteras Island to human
the world of government, in which I worked for 11 years, it is quite
simple. The answer “no” requires no work. Don’t
worry. They will still get their paychecks. They will just have to do
no work for it.
Give us unity or give
A. Mortensen, aka “JAM”
Roost Bait and Tackle
ends with no consensus
may not be the correct forum to comment on the situation going on at a
place I call heaven, but after reading everything I am forced to. Do
all these people live down there? If not, they should not be in the
have been bringing my family down to the Outer Banks for over 25 years
now. My family and I believe that it is the most beautiful place within
the United States. I am an animal lover as well as a
drive on the beach as well as watch out for all the wildlife. I clean
up after us and make certain that I clean up after others if they are
stupid enough to leave something behind (on my beach).
take my family to this place to see the wonders of nature and the
beauty it beholds. I love North Carolina and the Outer Banks. I respect
the wonder of it all, and the people who live there. However, without
people like me who bring our families down there like others have done
years before, all what you have now would be gone. If everyone that
lives down there year round said "no more," then I would agree. If the
citizens decided that they did not want tourists like me and my family
and so many others to stop coming and stay away this would be fine.
Because it was their choice!
I do not believe this is the case. People are trying to survive, raise
kids, make a home, all the normal things -- just like me. They would
have to move away from the place I am sure they love as much as I do if
tourism were to stop. The schools and businesses that all the people
own down there would close.
believe that we all should take this seriously and stiffly control
growth so you do not have another Ocean City Md., Virginia Beach or
some other place that is not even close to the beauty of the OBX.
However, squeezing every one so tight is not the correct thing either.
There has to be a happy medium. I think Dare County is doing a fine job
balancing everything out to their best interest -- because it is theirs
after all. When it come down to it, they are the ones who have to
decide what is best for them.
love turtles and birds. However they do not pay the mortgage or put
food on the table for my kids. If everyone who lives down there has
made enough money that they do not want my family to come back, which
will hurt me deeply, just let me know.
these special interest groups from the OBX? If not, they should butt
out -- period. It might be a federal park that belongs to all of us,
but we do not live there. It is not our home -- period.
Put it to a vote for
all who live down there either part-time (property owners) or full-time
and let them decide what is best.
I am off my soap box
now. Thanks for reading.
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