2010 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor....01.29.2010
Serendipity has moved
Truly wonderful that someone stepped up and saved this house. I hope it
stays rented for them.
W.Va., and Manteo
Who will be handling the rental of Serendipity and when will it be
available for rent?
Note: Vacation Traditions in Rodanthe will be handling the
rentals, which are scheduled to begin this spring. Information is
available in Vacation Traditions ad on Real Estate and Business Page.)
I enjoyed the book and movie and went down to Rodanthe to find the
house. I'm thinking it wasn't the right house because the one
were told was the house was right on the road. Anyway, I'm so
glad it was bought and has been moved to a safe spot. We
beach house in Nags Head and love the area!
My husband and I visited our home in Frisco the weekend Serendipity
moved. We had been following everything about her through the
Island Free Press for months and on Friday through the Web cam until it
got too dark to see. When we arrived on the island Saturday afternoon,
we were surprised to see Serendipity was still there and hoped the move
would happen on Monday as that was our travel home day. We
not disappointed. We were not there for the actual move, but
fortunate to arrive in Rodanthe around the time Serendipity was being
positioned into her final resting spot. We were there when
call was made to shut her down after watching the driver carefully
maneuver her into place. It was very exciting and very ironic that we
had watched the movie “Nights in Rodanthe” on Saturday
night. We look forward to continuing stories of the
renovations. We love keeping up with all island news through
Island Free Press.
Great video, excellent job all around.
Wow! Fantastic shots. Thank you.
Thank you so much for sharing this great event with me. It is just
amazing how this house has managed to stay upright throughout its
lifetime. I am so thankful someone loved it enough to save it. I
believe there are much more laughter that will come to this wonderful
The move of the Serendipity was a compelling and excellent video.
Thanks to you from all of for all of us who didn't make it north to
As a local growing up in Hatteras Island, Serendipity was and is a part
of me. I still miss the island, and to get my Hatteras fix, I'll go to
the Web cam and Serendipity was always there for me. I am sad that I
will not see her, but I look forward to seeing her on my next visit to
the island. I would like to say thanks to all who has taken a part in
Awesome. I loved the music on the video. It was great for the move. I
am so happy that it made it safe and sound. God Bless to all of you and
How remarkable is this saving "Serendipity" and keeping the hope alive
within our hearts of knowing this house is a part of us who love the
Outer Banks? Thank you to the new owners and to the ones who built it.
The name Serendipity means an aptitude for making a desirable discovery
by accident, good fortune, luck -- all that needs to be said. Plus the
coverage was fantastic!
Although our property is in Nags Head, your Island Free Press provides
great information about the Outer Banks! The slide shows and videos are
an extra plus! Thanks for a great "paper."
Wonderful story and pictures. Love this house and have seen
the movie several times. Thanks!
Wow, what a job! You folks did it right and I applaud you for that feat
and a job well done. I can not get over it all coming together and
getting done. I can not say enough in praise to all the workers who
made this happen! All the best.
Excellent work, Rob! Thanks to The Island Free Press for posting the
great footage. We are far away but appreciate the connection to the
island we love. It's going to be like driving down the highway and
seeing the Lighthouse in the wrong place.
and Paula Brown
My wife and I own the home shown to the north of the new location for
Serendipity. Our home is “Rodanthe Respite,” and we are
happy to have our new famous neighbor. Thanks for doing a great job
and Mary Bartley
I went to the Outer Banks a couple of years ago and fell in love with
the place. I’m going back sometime this year. I saw the movie
“Nights in Rodanthe” and fell in love with it all over
again. What a beautiful place. I absolutely love this house.
Can't think of finer or more deserving folks to buy such a beautiful
home. I have known this couple (Ben and Debbie Huss) for
many years and love them both dearly. Way to go, guys. So
you were able to get this done.
Like 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 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.
Cape Hatteras is being considered
as marine protected area
“Targeted outreach to key user groups." Considering this
quote out of the description of what the project will do, what are the
chances that the people who live on Hatteras, drive the beaches, and
fish the waters will not be one of the "key user groups" mentioned? I
will bet that the MPAs will give huge consideration to the people
haters that we have been fighting the last several years and think of
them as the only key user groups. Watch and see.
Marine Fisheries moves toward
gill net ban in large areas of coastal waters
Is the scientific data as unreliable as the data used by the global
warming crowd? You also have the scientific data that has closed most
of the beaches causing economic turmoil. This adds insult to injury and
is just another way to close out the fishing industry and take food
from the table of honest hard working commercial fishermen and their
Member of a Commercial Fishing family
Sounds like the beach issue to me. The DMF tries to find a solution, no
matter how it sits with the commercial fisherman. Yet, it is not good
enough for a few environmentalists, so, let’s sue. Sounds like
the interim plan and beach driving.
Unfortunately, we live in a country where lawsuits and special
interests dictate all policy. I personally enjoyed how Ms. Beasley
wrote and called on all the groups involved in the NPS lawsuit. She
must need a favor or two from the judge they have in their back pocket.
Like it has been seen so many times on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands,
when it comes to the environmentalists and do-gooders, it’s their
way or the courtroom.
Outer Banks Angling: Awinter blitz
Great video. Now I got the fever.
Thanks for the video, "Puppy Blitz". What a treat to see this in the
middle of winter. Wish I were there.
Great video, Rob! You always show what makes Hatteras and the Outer
Banks such a special place to us fishermen. I feel as long as we
respect the fish and practice catch and release, that there will be
many more years of great fishing on the Banks. Respect.
Hatteras seafood dealer aims to
scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa
You go, brother (in law). We are excited about your adventure and can't
wait to hear your story when you return. We are so proud of you!! Just
remember that train -- I think I can, I think I can.
and Ken Driskell
Good Luck and be safe, Jeff.
note: Hatteras Island seafood dealer Jeff Aiken is climbing Mt.
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise awareness for Commercial Fishermen of
America. Jeff starts his climb on Jan. 24 and should reach the summit
on Jan. 29. Check his progress at http://www.cfafish.org/kilimanjaro)
Inspector General’s report is critical of NOAA’s fisheries law
It is about time they get to the root of this problem. NOAA has
internal problems for sure. It seems to me NOAA also has some
anti-fishing folks within. Perhaps a survey of NOAA’s staff to
see how many send funds to The Defenders of Wildlife?
The last of the banker ponies on
Hatteras star in the annual Christmas Parade
Thank you, Natalie, for this terrific article about the Banker ponies,
Virginia Dare and Honey Bee. My thanks also to Sue Garrett for loving
and caring for them so generously.
New Letters to the Editor....01.22.2010
What our readers are saying
It was so
exciting watching the preparation and partial move of the Serendipity House on
Friday, Jan.15. The Web cam allowed me to be there when I could not
physically be there on Monday, Jan. 18. I also am so glad
that Serendipity has been saved to provide more enjoyment in years to come for all who
We own a
house on Bolddune Dr. and during the winter months, we enjoy news about Rodanthe and
all of the Outer Banks. This was so well done and makes us wish winter was
over and we were on our way to our home away from home.
& Judy Phair
I sure did
hate to see the house moved, but I am glad that it is still in
Rodanthe. There have been a lot of nasty remarks made about this house, but it was always
a beautiful place to see when I arrived in the
weekends to visit my homeplace. It will always have a special meaning to me and not just the
fact that the movie was filmed there.
awesome video! And the choice of music couldn't have been any better --
one of my favorite songs! Thank you for sharing!
the video. It was awesome to watch since we couldn't be there to see
the move. Thanks again.
Serendipity has a new home.
That is so
cool -- one of the many reasons we come to Hatteras and Ocracoke
several times a year to chill. Nobody does it like the Outer Banks
awestruck at this
adventure. What a wonderful video and slide show.
This is a
triumph for all. It is sad, but what a great thing to happen to
Serendipity. Good luck to the new owners.
we grew to love lives again. Thank you for sharing
so much for
the fabulous coverage, pictures, and videos. My husband and I
an oceanfront home in Avon and absolutely love Hatteras
Our entire extended family have, of course, visited our house, have
seen Serendipity and have been following the entire move with avid
interest. Thank you so much for making it possible to view
move even though we are far, far away! We are avid
of your newspaper. Kudos for taking it up after leaving the
Island Breeze! You are so appreciated.
Seashella in Avon
absolutely awesome! Keep us informed.
I am so
Serendipity house has been sold and will be moved instead of being torn
down. I come to the Outer Banks on vacation. There is
about that house that makes me feel so peaceful when I am there just
looking at the outside and the way the waters run underneath
it still standing. I hope to get to see it after it is moved to its new
location. I will keep watching the internet and hope to watch as it is
moved. I wish the new buyer’s good luck in the move
Excellent! I've been watching this house for many years -- since before
it became famous. It would have saddened me to see it fall into the
ocean. Thank you so much for your excellent coverage! I got the chills
and it moved me to tears. We are so happy Serendipity will thrive. It
is amazing to watch what the house movers can do. Your coverage could
not have been any better. Thank you for such a great job. It was like I
they are trying to save her. It used to be our little spot in the
Island for several years.
thanks to whoever
is in charge of the S-Curve Web camera for turning it back on . I want
to see the moving of Serendipidy. I think that we all should limit the
time we view so as not to overload and prevent other people from seeing
I am so
glad to hear someone has bought that beautiful home. It, of course, means it doesn't
have to be destroyed. I have only seen the home in person one time in my life,
and I thought it stood there majestically on the water just beautifully. I
wish I could be there to see it travel down that narrow road to its new
home. I hope it has many people stay in it. I never got to see it inside,
but if it looks as pretty on the inside as the outside, I don't see any
problem renting it. Good luck to the new owners and thanks for saving it.
I have been
the Web cam at Teach's Lair today. This is just so awesome!
so happy it's being moved and not destroyed.
coverage of this event for those of us who love Hatteras and cannot be
there to see this. I had the Web cam up all day at my job
watching the progress of the move. It's very exciting. Island
Free Press is a blessing to us who love the Outer Banks, but are not
lucky enough to live there. Thank you.
for keeping us
updated! I love that house. It has been so sad seeing it just sit in
the ocean. Thank you for doing a great job of keeping those of us who
can't be in OBX updated!
I think it
is great what
they are doing. I wish I were there. Does anyone know what something
like that costs? The Outer Banks is really a neat place.
Press for constantly bringing us up to the minute news on our "home
away from home." We count down the days until our next trip
to six a year) to the Outer Banks! You do an excellent job of
keeping us informed. Cheers to the Husses for saving
Serendipity. I loved her long before she became famous as the
at Rodanthe. I was watching previews before a movie in a
one evening when all of a
sudden there she stood on the big screen. I screamed
“That’s Serendipity.” I wish her safe travels down
Highway 12 to her resting place. I hope her name stays the
same. Her meaning is: good fortune and luck and I would hate
it to change either.
The Web cam
was awesome to watch the move. Glad they saved it. They'll have no
problem with bookings.
I have been
in love with
the Serendipity since the first time that I saw her in the late
‘80s while driving down Highway 12 on our way to the Hatteras
Lighthouse. She was beautiful. I sincerely hope that they redo her back
to the way she was (not the movie version). As much as I loved seeing
her standing at her old location, I'm glad that she'll be saved from
the sea. I'm waiting for the move on Monday and possibly a fall rental.
How can I
go about renting the home?
note: Vacation Traditions in Rodanthe will be managing
for Serendipity. You can find information on the ad on the Real Estate
and Business Page.)
This is a
and the pictures are terrific. We own a house in Salvo and
always interested in events taking place on the Outer Banks.
are grateful for your efforts!
spectacular coverage of this monumental and historic event. We have
been loyal visitors annually since 1972 and love the island like a
second home, just as many annual visitors do. We are thrilled that the
prospective outcome will be the proverbial "happy ending" to a long and
stressful drama for many parties involved. Kudos to the creativity and
perseverance of all the players! Thank you, IFP, for giving us a
long-distance view via Web site and for your very complete and
professional coverage of this epic tale!
Meadows, W. Va.
House! We know
you can. It’s just another day in the dream and life you
have work for. We continue to follow and support
her done, brother! You and Deb need the dream and enjoyment
both deserve. Only wish Kathleen was here to witness!
so much, Island Free Press, for keeping up with this story and for
sharing pics and videos! Excellent reporting!
This is for
Mr. and Mrs.
Huss (the new owners): Thank you for saving Serendipity. We sure didn't
want to see such a beautiful house be torn down and forgotten.
and I have
known Ben and Debbie Huss for years. And, yes, you can not tell Ben
that something cannot be done because he is going to do it. Way to go,
Ben and Debbie! We love you.
& Mark Propst
coverage and hope
and pray all moves well. Serendipity is an icon to the island
we will miss seeing it standing there as the FIRST house on Mirlo.
your site and the Web cam, this is almost as good as being there to see it
happen. I'm sorry to see it moved but understand the necessity for both the
community and the lovely house itself.
all of you for a very good report, pictures and videos on the move.
video, Rob! Thanks to Dare County and the Island Free Press for the
coverage of the move.
and Paula Brown
Very cool video. Can't wait to see Serendipity in its new
Devil Hills, N.C.
wanted to thank
you so much for the awesome coverage on the moving of
Serendipity. You deserve an award for this one! You have
more coverage of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke news to us than we have
ever had before. You have truly earned the title as "EDITOR."
for making my dream come true. I will see her in May.
Hope, W. Va.
coverage of the
move. Enjoyed the pictures, as well as the story on the Local Page. We
also own property on the Outer Banks, and we look to see the
status of Serendipity when we come down. Glad it was saved. Thanks
again for the coverage.
going to put this on DVD where we can buy it? I would love to
have a copy of it, if you do.
choice! It's kind of sad really. But a happy ending like this is better
decrepitly into the surf. Better she should live in splendor then
decay. I shall miss her greeting me when I come to Hatteras to escape
the madness of the mainland.
slideshow. Thank you so much for the great
wasn't able to be there for the move, but your pictures made me feel as
if I were right there watching. Awesome!
is simply amazing!
house in Rodanthe! So many memories walking past this house! Loved the
movie! So happy it is safe!
For one who
comes to HI
every year for a week of relaxing fun in the sun, this was an amazing
video to watch! We will be looking for Serendipity in its new
location when we come down in August this year.
I and my
wife love the
OBX. We stopped by and took numerous photos of the house back at
Thanksgiving. We were not sure what would happen to it. We were hoping
someone would purchase it and move it before they had to tear it down.
We have been coming to the OBX for about 20 years and it has always
been there to see. I watched the video and looked at the slide show.
Will there be anywhere a person can get a copy of the moving
video? I would love to have one. Thanks again for the updates. Thanks
for keeping all us mainlanders informed on the latest news.
latest news and updates. You are one of the best Web sites around. Hope
to here more about all the exciting news on OBX forever!
happy that the Serendipity was saved from the ocean. We spent 10 wonderful summer
vacations in Hatteras and this brought back so many wonderful memories! We
were able to witness first-hand the lighthouse move, so this was great that
the Internet allowed me to see this move!
story and pictures. Love this house and have seen the movie several
Marine Fisheries moves toward
gill net ban
everyone with an
agenda to end fishing in this state is coming together to bully through
regulations that they couldn't get individually. They are
to do what they did for the beach closures.They also use the same
so-called "best available science." The recent cold weather killed a
lot of turtles, and they will blame that on commercials also. As usual, the government
agencies will roll over when threatened with a lawsuit. They will spread
their rhetoric and lies and if that doesn't work they threaten to sue. Whom do
should drop a
short letter to the president of Duke University and ask why they would
have their students working with any organization that would be trying
to sue the state. His name is Mr. Brodhead. His email is [email protected].
The environmentalists are not going to be satisfied until everyone is
living in a cave and eating rocks. I'm sure that Derb or Jason will
have some impassioned plea about this from SLC and DOW. Just another
way they want to kill the island economy and force people away.
issue to me. The DMF tries to find a solution, no matter how it sits
with the commercial fishermen. Yet, it is not good enough for a few
environmentalists, so let’s sue. Sounds like the interim plan and
in a country where lawsuits and special interest dictate all policy. I
personally enjoyed how Ms. Beasly wrote and called on all the groups
involved in the NPS lawsuit--she must need a favor or two from the
judge they have in their back pocket.
Like it has
been seen so
many time on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, when it comes to the
environmentalists and do-gooders, it’s their way or the
Hatteras is being considered as marine protected area
control agency that the fishermen will have fighting for access on the
beaches. The feds have too much power over the states now.
Why does it
sound like we will be on the losing end of this?
them. I can see them banning fishing in the future.
established, the people who donated land and agreed were told that
nothing will change. Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice
shame on you.
dollars are in short supply. The Outer Banks doesn't need more
restrictions being put on them!
no! Look at
any MPA that has been implemented in the United States and the first
thing done is to zone limited access for fishing, both commercial and
boating, both commercial and recreational, and limit human travel in
the area to promote biodiversity. This is exactly the
Cape Hatteras National Recreational Seashore is going through right
now. All the government is doing is using this designation to cement
what the consent decree has done into a law. FIGHT IT!
New Letters to the Editor....01.12.2010
Serendipity to be moved out of
I am disappointed that the Web camera located at the S-curves is going
to be down for two weeks. I would love to watch the move from my home
in East Tennessee. This is one of the best things to happen on the
Outer Banks in a long time. Thank you Ben and Debbie Huss for taking
What a dream come true. This could not be better. Bless the people who
had the money to save the house. I hope to save enough money to stay
Our family vacation was spent at Rodanthe in September just to get a
glimpse of this breath-taking house. My daughter had me watch "Nights
in Rodanthe.” I went the next day and purchased the movie and
watched it over and over. I got chills when all my family and friends
called me and said read the headlines in the Hickory Daily Record that
someone from my area was buying the "Inn at Rodanthe." I am so excited
because I rent a year in advance from Midgett Realty and my vacation
house is near the Rodanthe Pier. The Husses are moving the "Inn" just
north of the pier. I look forward to being this close to the house I
fell in love with.
All my prayers and many blessings to Mr. and Mrs. Huss. See you on
This is wonderful news! What's not wonderful news is Dare County is
shutting down the Mirlo Beach Web Cam for two weeks!
Couldn’t they leave it on through the move of Serendipity for
those of us who like to keep an eye on the house, then shut it down for
Counting on Island Free Press now to document the move, just as it did
with the excellent coverage of the northeaster!
I love that old house. So glad someone is going to take care of it. Let
me know when and if it's going to be for rent.
Our prayers are answered. God Bless everyone involved and Island Free
Press too. Here in Pennsylvania, we cannot even shop the stores without
giving a weekly update to the employees who have had this precious
house in their daily thoughts and hearts. We truly thank you for
keeping us updated. Even our friends "across the pond" value any
information we can send them.
This will be the best news in 2010 and bring joy beyond compare. I
think the new owners should make and sell a Christmas card. That would
be fantastic! Count me in.
West Lawn, Pa.
Way to Go Ben and Deb! Life is too short not to seek the joys and
pleasures life offers. A challenge, a reward, and a life of pleasure
you both deserve. Congratulations and good luck!
My wife and I met this couple (Ben and Debbie Huss) while vacationing
in Rodanthe in September. After talking with them, we came to realize
that they truly love Serendipity and would take care if the house in
the way it deserves. I was so very elated to find out they were
successful in purchasing it. By the way, we love reading Island Free
Press online each week. Even though we live in central Virginia, we
feel like we belong at the Outer Banks!
My congratulations to Ben and Debbie Huss. I've seen Serendipity many
times, and I'm so thankful to you that you have saved it and moved it
to another life for others to enjoy. Congrats!
I am so excited that the beautiful Serendipity is going to be saved. It
is great that it is going to have a makeover to make it look like the
movie. I hope that I live long enough to see it all happen and maybe
come and stay there. If nothing else, I can come and take pictures like
I did last summer. Thank you Ben and Debra Huss for saving Serendipity!
I have been coming to Hatteras island since the ‘70s and after
Serendipity was built, my family would always look forward to seeing
it, as we knew that we were almost there. However, in the past couple
years with the severe erosion in that area, we always worried that it
would be gone. We wish the best of luck to the new and old owners.
Raab and Family
aground in Oregon Inlet
We saw the trawler in the inlet this afternoon and we were wondering
what was going on. I am so thankful for the Coast Guard who risk their
lives to keep others safe! I am thankful no one was injured.
Saving Sea Turtles
Maria Logan rocks! We want her back in Port Townsend!
A tale of a very unusual cormorant
This is an interesting story. If the scientists would spend a little
more time on the water with fishermen instead of the lab, they would
figure out that the one million cormorants on the North Carolina coast
have a tremendous impact on the gray trout, speckled trout, croaker,
and any other small panfish. The gray trout population has gone down
the tubes and commercial fishermen cannot be blamed anymore. They have
not had a commercial catch in the last 10 years. What the cormorants
don't eat, the spiny dogfish take care of.
I really enjoyed this article! Thanks to Pat Garber and Island Free
Press for sharing!
Coastal Harvesters aim for farmers’ market
My wife and I have been coming to Hatteras for approximately 35 years,.
and it will be great to have a farmers’ market to go to!
Christmas on Hatteras and
Thanks to all the folks who took the time to decorate, as well as those
who took these great pictures. We sure do miss the beach this time of
year, and it was nice to "visit" in pictures. May you all have a
blessed New Year!
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