2010 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor....06.29.2010
The weather was challenging, but
Stand in the Sand III was a success for OBPA
Although I could not make it down for the Stand in the Sand III, I was
wondering if I could purchase a T-shirt. Also you are doing a great job
keeping us informed on things that are happening on the Island.
I would love to join the event next year. Do you have a date in mind?
note: Anyone who wants to make a donation, purchase a T-shirt, or find
out if a date has been set for next year should contact the Outer Banks
Preservation Association, www.obpa.org.)
Park Service seeks driver of SUV
that crushed loggerhead
The "spin" on this appears to be that the turtle was killed by an SUV
on the beach illegally (during closed hours). Could this not have
happened at night prior to 10 p.m.? If so, I imagine that the driver
was afraid to report it, given the tremendous amount of negative
publicity it would cause. It is terrible that it happened but why do
SUV drivers on the beach always get alluded to or portrayed as law
H. Wayne Clark
This heartless (and almost certainly willful) incident is the kind
of “wildlife vandalism” that isn't helping the cause of those
us who would like to keep our beaches open and free for fishing,
But what really bothers me almost as much are the local conspiracy
theorists who are blaming these episodes on
don't know of any environmentalist who would do something like this.
Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al, may intimate that the Gulf oil spill
was caused by environmentalists, but it doesn't wash, and that kind
of low-information blame game doesn't wash here.
I want our beaches to remain free and open as much as the next OBXer,
but piping plover decals with bulls-eye’s over them aren't helping the
cause, and I find them inflammatory. I think the person who did this
was angry and was trying to make a point. Not very helpful.
I hope the person gets caught, and they throw away the key.
If NPS had really wanted to catch this person on Ocracoke Island, they
should have been able to do so. With the pictures that accompanied this
photo, had NPS immediately called for help from local law enforcement,
NCBBA, OBPA, and Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, they could have had enough
manpower to check the undercarriage of every ORV on Ocracoke -- where
the only way off is by ferry, boat, or plane -- and found blood stains
on the undercarriage of said vehicle. But, then again, maybe it was a
government vehicle that did the deed. They were the only allowed
vehicles on the beach when the turtle was killed.
I am shocked by the pictures of carnage on the beach. Two
1. Where the hell were the law officers of the NPS (again!)?
2. Since there were no vehicles allowed on the beach at the time of the
killing of the turtle could it not be alleged that an official vehicle
was involved in the incident? Until the law-enforcement
section of the
park service (or dis-service) addresses the needs of their jobs, they
are more suspicious than any other.
Please all, let's find this person! We're having enough
beach closures... This person needs to be accountable. Maybe
it was an
accident, maybe something else. In any case, it happened and
terrible. I'm not a tree hugger or an Audubon fan, but come
on. We as
sportsman need to get to the bottom of this.
Air Force jet combat practice
provides a show for Hatteras islanders
Hasn't Audubon figured a way to prevent the United States Armed Forces
from worrying the holy piping plover?
Pardon the noise. It's the sound of freedom....period!
Besides the natural beauty the Outer Banks provides, this is another
reason why I like coming to the Outer Banks.
Impact of Gulf oil spill on
marine life is still uncertain
With all due respect to the scientists and officials, these were the
same views held earlier in the Gulf. We should be planning for any
eventuality NOW while we have the advantage of time. Since are beaches
are too precious for us to use, the Park Service not being prepared in
advance for this is unacceptable.
More ORV and beach access issues
I just got home from my week vacation on Hatteras Island. I would like
to thank the people of Hatteras Island, from the grocery store checkout
girls, the shop clerks, and business owners, the people at the docks,
the realty staff and the neighbors in Brigands’ Bay and everyone at the
softball games. Everyone was nice, friendly, and courteous, and it was
a pleasure to spend the week on your island.
I have to admit I did miss going to the Point (Cape Point) at night to
watch the sunset and just hang out and watch everybody fish.
was always so much fun to see the happenings at the Point. What a shame
that this has been taken away. It’s like a way of life that doesn’t
exist anymore. It’s just not fair. I miss seeing all the big trucks
with rod racks and coolers and fishing rods sticking up from the rod
racks. I miss seeing all the activity at the Red Drum Tackle shop. It’s
not the same, and I miss that part. It’s sad and it’s not
I must say that I am embarrassed by the trash that has developed on
Highway 12. I drive to Avon everyday to work and between
and Avon villages, the amount of trash that has collected in the roped
off space that the Park Service has put there by order of the Audubon
Society to protect the birds and turtles is growing day by
It seems to me that it is the responsibility of the Park Service to
collect this trash seeing how an environmentally conscientious person
can't go in the area to collect it themselves. I remember
couple years back that local citizens would take it upon themselves to
clean the roadside on Highway 12. Also, the state prison
would send down prisoners to help keep our road sides clean, but not
anymore. Now we have to endure the ugly road side trash that
on the beautiful dunes of Highway 12 because we are NOT allowed to keep
our beaches clean. Go figure that!
Living: In defense of a world without Walmart
As a visitor to this wonderful island since 1960, I was glad to read
your explanation of life on the island. In my time, I watched as Myrtle
Beach turned into fast food, fast everything alley. I hold my breath
every year hoping that never happens on Hatteras or Ocracoke. I know
for the residents of the island, it is an inconvenience having to drive
up Highway 12 to Nags Head or Kitty Hawk. However, if you have never
lived in a beach community that has been unfortunate enough to have a
Walmart engulf and change a peaceful way of life, changing it to “every
day low standards,” you have not seen blight. I live in such a
community now, and I miss the times when you could walk the beach
trails to the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay without fear of stepping on
a syringe or crack pipe!
I was glad for the permanent residents of the island when a large
supermarket came, but that’s it. After all, Burrus Red and White was
the one of the largest markets on the island back in the day, and Red
and Lois Rollinson ran the market /post office in Frisco, now know as
the Frisco Native American Museum. You don’t need no stinking Whoppers,
Pig Macs, or Wendy triples in a national seashore community where
camping tourists are still in style and hello and a hand wave is second
nature. I envy you, my friends! Walmart has every day low standards!
July 4 fireworks shows are
cancelled on Hatteras and Ocracoke
I am so sad to learn of the July 4 fireworks cancellation. My family
and I have come to Cape Hatteras for more than 20 years and rarely
missed your display. I hope the local businesses and visitors will find
a way to finance a July 4 celebration in 2011.
I am very sad to hear this. We are always there for the
and I've never had a July 4 without fireworks. It just doesn't seem
right. It’s very disappointing for my daughter as
sure hope they will be on for next year!
More vandalism closes more beach
-- this time on Bodie Island
Dear National Park Service,
I have recently spent two full days at Ramp 34 with my family. Each
visit was one week apart. Strange as it seemed, we never saw the first
park ranger -- eight hours each day at the beach north of Ramp 34 and
not one Park Service vehicle. My point is how can we ever catch these
people who are destroying government property with such a poor ranger
It seems that the Park Service is hoping that the public will do their
job for them. In the electronic world that we live in today, I wonder
why the Park Service is not arming the closure areas to set off alarms?
Cameras would do us all justice, would they not? Showing up after the
fact is not doing us any good. I have all the respect in the world for
the Park Service rangers and the job they are doing for my family and
visitors on our beaches. However, I am left asking questions why there
are never any violators caught and why I feel as if I am the one being
punished with the increased size of the buffers.
My family and I cherish the beaches and wildlife on Hatteras Island. We
also cherish the time we are allowed to spend enjoying them. I would
hope that a continuous effort to update technology to stop the
seemingly endless effort of the criminals destroying government
New environmental study on Bonner Bridge released; public meetings
planned for July
Please do not wait as others have done until the bridge falls in with
cars on it. It seems as if the marsh is more important that lives. I
believe in saving the land, but there must be some give and take in
this situation Thank you for taking care of the matter before it is too
As a property owner in Salvo, I am very concerned about the delay in
construction of the new bridge over Oregon Inlet. To state
obvious, this project is long overdue. I was grateful to discover that
the “long bridge” alternative was not included in the current
proposal. Building a 17-mile long bridge, which the
groups have favored, would have been one of the biggest engineering
fiascos of modern times. Unfortunately, Audubon and its
organizations will continue their attempt to prohibit access to
Hatteras Island villages through the Pea Island
There must be a way to silence these groups and find a workable
solution for construction of a new bridge over Oregon Inlet.
Public comment period is open on
proposed public boating access at Hatteras
A public boating ramp/access would be a great addition. I strongly
All For it. It would be a relief on private ramps.
Gary R Cooper
My family and friends would love a public boat ramp in Hatteras,
especially now that driving on the beach is all but non-existent. If
vacationers are not allowed to enjoy the vast beaches of Hatteras
Island, then they need other encouragement to visit the area, such as
easy boating access!
arrives at its new home in Rodanthe
I saw this house in the movie and fell in love with it. I am
taking my first trip to the Outer Banks June 27 - July 2 because of
this house. I'm sure there's a lot more to see, but I really
to get to see this dream house.
It looks absolutely beautiful. I must get down to see it in
person -- or better yet, rent it. Wonderful job.
As a two-time vacationer to Cape Hatteras, I am so happy to learn about
Serendipity's rescue. It's interesting to think that on my
Buxton, I passed by the house without noticing much about it (the movie
hadn't been filmed yet). Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Huss, for
this icon from the encroaching ocean. It is absolutely
When can you rent and do you have info? It is really a work
of art. The owners should be very proud.
Note: Serendipity can be rented through Vacation Traditions.
See the ad on the Real Estate and Business Page.)
UPDATE: Hatteras-based Citation
disqualified in Big Rock; local captains criticize decision
I have to agree with Capt Jay and Rom on this. While one can argue the
mate did play the system, the fact remains that the fish was legally
taken on board the boat and docked.
There are a few disturbing things that occurred during this
I was so excited that a local boat was bringing home the Big Rock title
and purse. It is a shame that they lost it.
I have hunted and fished in many states. At no place and at
time was I ever under an impression that licensing requirements
permitted me to shoot an animal or catch a fish, then purchase the
license. Success or lack of success has never been a
option in my experiences. I am unaware of any commercial
that work that way either.
If the Citation held an annual charter boat fishing license that
covered all members of the party, I feel compliance should not have
been an issue.
I deeply regret the oversight.
Where has all the liquor gone? The shelves
are empty in Ocracokes ABC store
WOW! I would be the first to say to give the benefit of the doubt on
certain things, but it certainly looks like there was some massive
incompetence or a lot of simple theft going on at the Hyde county ABC
Thanks to IFP and Cate Kozak for the informative series. It's amazing
that such a ripe, low-hanging piece of malfeasance can avoid public
scrutiny and out-loud protest.
Now if we can just come to learn how a one year, $250 monthly, lease
can curtail a $75,000 note. Something missing?
Let's hope that this is not the last we hear of this fiasco and its
New Letters to the Editor....06.14.2010
Beach access and ORV issues
I just saw another story about the thousands of teachers that
will be laid off soon. Too bad they don't understand that when historic
places like Cape Point are closed because of non-science buffers,
thousands of visitors do not come to Hatteras Island. Guess what does
not come with them? The millions of tax dollars that go back to Raleigh
from donor Dare County! Those are the dollars that pay teacher's
salaries and are used for education. Thanks a lot Audubon. What have
you ever done for the good state of North Carolina? A large majority of
people are beginning to see your true colors.
With the terrible oil spill threatening underwater life for miles to
our south, maybe it's time the "bird" people and "turtle" people who so
worry about the Hatteras coast go south and assist with cleaning the
pelicans, birds, fish -- and helping the sea life that truly need it!
The plovers and turtles have been reproducing for more years than any
of us can know without mankind's help. The sea creatures
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama truly need our
Audubon people, Defenders of Wildlife, etc., it's way past time you
head south and actually do some good! Leave Hatteras alone.
Developing a protected Audubon area in Corolla? Guess the
"northern OBX" birds aren't as important as the Hatteras
Where's the outrage from the bird people on this one? Does
see the irony? If they can bulldoze the beach there and
can't we have access in Hatteras to just enjoy the beach.
just too weird or too political or something.
Hypocrisy! The Audubon Society is supporting closing the beaches to
everyone to protect the birds - yet they want to sell their Pine Island
property for high density development? I can't think of any greater
example of hypocrisy than this! Where are all those Defenders of
It's extremely unfortunate, but residents of the Gulf Coast are
beginning to feel exactly the same anger and frustration that we here
on Hatteras Island have been feeling for years. Their beaches
being shut down, their tourist and fishing economies are being ruined,
and their way of life is being destroyed, exactly the same as ours
are. The cause of their catastrophe is the intrusion onto
beaches by oil from a blown-out well. The cause of our
catastrophe is the intrusion onto our beaches by a non-native species
of bird called the piping plover. The big difference is that
the Gulf Coast, the federal government is trying to help them
recover. In our case, the federal government is actually
to make it worse.
Rumors, rumors, rumors. One of the latest rumors circulated is that the
Audubon has misused its members trust and donations during the replies
to the DEIS. Here's the skinny. When soliciting responses to the DEIS,
Audubon has provided for the easy acceptance of donations from its
membership, knowing that their signature on an allegedly personal
letter would be deemed bogus (the letter) by the NPS. Therefore, they (
Audubon) would increase their coffers while the submitted letters never
would be counted for a valid comment by the Park Service. If true,
would this not shock the donors for the underhanded way the
organization tricks its membership in order to procure funds for its
Say it isn't so, Audubon! Assure us all that such tactics are not used
by a trusted conservation organization.
While discussing the Audubon, what about the sale of the property in
Corolla? Do the town fathers of that community seem to be involved in a
trick of the hand concerning the beach property and its zoning errors?
Is Audubon involved in that sleight of hand also? The error discussed
allegedly cannot be changed. I wonder why?
Vandalism of resource areas
expands beach closures
It appears the NPS is unable to adequately protect the closures.
Increasing the closure size because the NPS cannot or will not do their
job is incredibly unfair to the public. Yet the NPS does see fit to
play traffic cop on the highway. Shame on them.
Doesn't one wonder if these deliberate vandalism incidents are not done
by people associated with special interests for birds or even worse the
Park Service itself? I don't recall any of these actions resulting in a
prosecution. It seems strange to me nobody has been caught yet.
Who has the most to gain by more beach closures? Enough said.
Relocated, renovated, redecorated, and ready for the rest of its life
Are we as the public allowed to go through the house? I would love to
see it. I've watched the movie so many times. I'm down here now on
vacation. Can we take pictures of the outside? I spotted it coming down
the road when I arrived.
Living: In defense of a world without Walmart
Good article. Many years ago had this happen to me. Believe then we had
Ormond’s in Buxton. Now we have thrift shops. Someone needs to contact
local stores about stocking some underwear. Then you get into gender.
How far do you go with this? Think you need to do a survey?
What a strangely simple way to put it. I love it. I have been coming to
the "island without Walmart" for 53 years, first as a child then a
young adult with family and now just the wife and I. I was there
through two hurricanes, a couple northeasters, and when the bridge went
out -- when the ferry didn’t run and there was no milk or bread in the
stores. You know it's still my little piece of paradise. AMEN!
Why would anyone need underwear on vacation, at the beach, in the
summer? Great article!
What a great perspective! Wonderfully written. I was laughing out loud.
I am one who does “get it.” I'd take location over conveniences at a
drop of a hat!
What a great article! I found myself laughing as I read because I've
been right there in the hunt for underwear before. When my now
21-year-old was about 4, we were on the island for a two-week stay, and
due to a bad case of boogie board/sand rash, we decided a pair of
"tighty whities" might just be the answer to the problem, instead of
his boxers. After an exhaustive island search, we finally found a
couple of pair at the thrift store in Buxton. I can't remember if they
did the trick or not as far as the rash, but I will forever remember
thinking how awesome it must be to live somewhere where one has to go
off-island to buy boys’ underwear. I have always maintained that I
could happily give up the trappings of living inland in order to live
on the island and someday I will -- just wait and see.
runs aground in Hatteras Inlet
This is quite interesting! The same thing happened to us in
January, 2009, our 40th wedding anniversary. We left Swan Qtr. that
afternoon in January, encountered a huge storm midway to Ocracoke, and
became stuck within sight of the Ocracoke ferry docks! We
safe at all times, but quite stunned to be "rocking and rolling" and
stuck late at night! We were forced to turn around and head
to Swan Quarter because the water level in Silver Lake was too
low. We then drove back to Washington, N.C., to spend the
night. We got up the next morning, boarded another ferry and
no problems. What an adventure we had and what a way to spend
Frisco Pier unlikely to open this
What a shame. It seems that all the piers on North Carolina
are going away along with the memories of that first time going out on
a pier or the first fish pulled up on the planks. Save our piers. We
may need them in the future, because it may be the only way to fish
since the birds are taking over.
Any sign of progress on getting the pier open for this season? We
missed it last year and are hoping to see it open for our trip down
this year. Any news good or bad would be appreciated.
note: The Frisco Pier will probably not be open this season.)
chooses Cape Hatteras as No. 4 for 2010
Thank you, Dr. Beach, for choosing Cape Hatteras. We know it is
beautiful and now you let everyone else know.
Column: Should the plastic bag ban be extended?
Yes, I agree with Mr. Basnight. A small change will have a lasting
effect and this small effort will make a change for the better. Kudos
to Mr. Basnight for his concern about maintaining the quality of the
Letters to the Editor....06.02.2010
Vandalism closes Ramp 45 to all
Where were the park patrols? If the violators had a fire going, the
park patrol should have been able to see it. It sounds like teenagers
to me. There goes the neighborhood.
Service closes Ramp 44 to Cape Point
Our friends and family have been vacationing on Hatteras Island for
over 25 years, and have always respected and appreciated the island,
beach, wildlife, and birds. It is vastly disappointing to see
Cape Point closed and other areas of the beach. It has always
been our favorite place to fish and just relax. If year-round
closures were to happen and be enforced, we would unfortunately not
visit Hatteras again. Those things have always been the governing
reason for our visits, and we spend four weeks there every summer. Our
friends and extended family all share these same feelings because it’s
always been our main reason for vacationing there as well.
While we agree the wildlife needs to be protected, there also needs to
be a happy medium for everyone to share this beautiful island with the
birds and wildlife. A national park is really meant for the
enjoyment of the American public. It would also be an awful
of income through loss of tourism dollars for island
Consider their survival. By all means protect the wildlife, institute a
fee for ORV drivers on the beach, then use the revenue to hire a few
extra park rangers or even use part-time volunteers to protect those
birds, etc. But do not close our beaches. Yes! Our beaches.
belong to all of us.
Limited access to Cape Point and Ramp 45 are closed
I forgot a few things when I last commented. I apologize, so
please bear with me. As far as the Point goes, there is only one other
spot on this earth like it -- that is the tip of South Africa. I feel
it is criminal to keep it from the public. First, as I
before, these piping plovers are not native to this area and they
thrive elsewhere. That being said, my second point is about the
slaughter of the native animals to protect these birds -- the native
foxes, minks, raccoons, possums, cat,s and some house pets. Where do
these "animal rights and environmental rights activists" draw the line
and how do they decide what is important enough to live in the park?
Beach Access Issues
Just wondering that after living here for 46 years, when did I become a
"visitor" to my native home?
Folks, let's not give up the fight. When we cancel our
and other trips to our beloved Outer Banks beaches, we lose and they
win. We hurt the local economy. The local folks
on us are the ones we hurt the most. Let's keep the fight
going. Let's show up. Let's go to the
beach. Let's go
fishing. Let's show those that want to shut the world out to
who love it how we will not be pushed around. How we will not
just let them bulldoze us into oblivion. Let's support our
Banks no matter how inconvenient it might become to get to the beach,
to get to the surf, and to enjoy our beloved Outer Banks
The Outer Banks and its wonderful people need us and need us
Let's not let them down. Thank you.
I have been following the Us-vs-Them, or Beach Usage-vs-Wildlife, and
this is getting so out of control. I have always been one for
compromise and understanding, and I see both sides. But we have two
groups that have very strong valid points, and then you have the
extremes of those groups who are excessive and uncooperative.
I believe that most people here want to do little harm to what is
wonderful about the Outer Banks. They want to be out here and
fish, walk the beach, hunt for shells, sit on the shore, fly a kite,
and watch the waves. They want to enjoy the beauty of all the
natural and wonderful offerings of the OBX. Just tell them
and what to watch out for, and I bet they would take care of all that
is fragile to the OBX. But instead, the extremists have made
that is wonderful and unique to the OBX something to hate, something to
fight against instead of protecting.
So what is happening? Well, it is more Us-vs-Them -- fewer
tourists for those who don't like tourist and more hate for the wonders
of the OBX.
And me? I am staying a week south but worried about staying longer, I
want to be able to walk the beach, and with the extremists out there,
chances are open beaches might be rarer than the birds!
At last I can finally feel some solace from the realization that our
"friends" from the Audubon, Defenders of Wildlife, and the SELC have a
real cause that they can sink their collective teeth into and
accomplish some good for Mother Earth. We are all aware of
horrendous tragedy taking place in the Gulf with the oil spill going on
there. This seems a true opportunity for these groups of
wildlife defenders to get down and dirty with helping clean up the mess
and truly save wildlife fouled by this unprecedented oil fiasco. Get
down there and help the fowl we see on TV! Let your hands help the
truly helpless and perhaps save the life of a few birds that are really
in need of your support. Get off your plump behinds and wade
the marshes of Louisiana and really contribute to the plight of a
thousand distressed birds, turtles, fish, and the like who are
perishing because of your inaction to save them. Do some real
work to save some really threatened species and stop your whining about
a few birds that no one is trying to destroy, on a beach where no oil
I have just returned from Hatteras Island where I was on vacation. I
saw around 12 miles of beach and dunes closed between Salvo and Avon.
My question is how many bird nests are in these miles of closed beach
and dune area? Does someone actually walk this 12 miles or is this just
an estimate of nests. If it is actually walked this must be very
disruptive to nesting birds.
Why are you having so many problems down there? Life is too
short. Whack the people creating problems and enjoy
It’s been many years since we’ve been to Hatteras, and I sure miss
it. Oust the politicians before they ruin your fabulous
This is the United States of American.
on Judge Boyle’s status conference on the consent decree
They call it hostile behavior. When the rights of any American citizen
are so blatantly violated, then one has the right to be upset.
As stated in this article, pronouncements and interpretations
seem to speak for themselves. Outside the confines of the Constitution
of the United States and reality and based on skewered data, like
global warming for example, to spread an agenda.
Some will look at this as say, “Midland, Tex.? What right does the
writer have to say this?” Well, the writer in a Hatteras Island native
from a family who earned its living on the beaches of Cape Hatteras. It
is a shame, and, yes, folks have a right to be upset. Their lives and
the lives and livelihoods of their children and grandchildren are being
stomped on. That goes for the visitors who visit and lend a hand in
providing a living for the residents as well.
Common sense has been thrown away by those who make pronouncements and
interpretations and live under the shield of life-time appointments.
Dr. Beach says Cape Hatteras is
No. 4 for 2010
And to think that you can't go there and enjoy it. It belongs to the
birds. Isn't that neat? Thanks NPS.
State MFC narrowly votes to
comply with weakfish limits
It is time we stand up to the bullies. With the limits in
they might as well close the fishery. The government will
continue to inflict a slow death on commercial and recreational fishing
if we don't take a stand.
P.S. While 2007 and 2008 were pretty slow seasons for gray
2009 was the best season my neighbors and I can remember in a long
time--not only large numbers but good size as well. A friend
South Carolina told me the same thing. Did ASMFC look at 2009
data? How do they gather the data? And as Styron
every time the government and conservationists get involved, they screw
up the balance of nature.
Outer Banks Angling: A memorable day of
fishing in kayaks on the Diamond Shoals
Great story! I love to fish the Banks and it is fine to read
about it while I'm up in the mountains.
One of the most enjoyable fish stories I have read. E-mailing to
Owners explore opening part of
the Frisco Pier for business this summer
How's it coming? I was so excited when I saw this article,
because everything we had heard elsewhere was not
have rented a house very close to the pier from June 5-12.
all the beach closures around, good fishing is at a minimum. We hear
the cobias are running strong around the pier.
Note: Unfortunately Frisco Pier is probably not going to
re-open this year. There is an updated article on the Local News
boy captures the attention of the surfing world in Hawaii event
I too, am elated to read this story and will re-post a link to it on my
Facebook story-telling page called, Snag a Neff. Well done, Brett. May
God richly bless your endeavors!
Relocated, renovated, redecorated, and ready for the rest of its life
Serendipity looks beautiful in the slide show. I do hope that the
owners/renters will NOT keep those outside lights on at
There's nothing worse than having “night lights” on to ruin one's
enjoyment of the beach, the ocean, and the sky. Light
already is a big problem nearly everywhere. Don't contribute
WOW! I will be in Kitty Hawk in June and will make it a point to go see
the new location. This house deserves the TLC it has been given. Bravo
Ben and Debbie!
I have just finished looking at the slide show. What a beautiful job
they did with the home. I can't wait to see it again in all it's
grandeur. So happy it was saved and moved and redone. I loved the
movie. I am so happy the house is back and looking so beautiful for all
of us to see again.
column: Where is the truth on sea turtle nesting success?
Great work, Larry, I think the problem is your dealing with
closed-minded people who do not care about the facts.
In Florida, the raccoons are responsible for the major loss of turtle
nesting success. The raccoons raid the nest during and after the
turtles lay the eggs. Then when the turtles hatch, - the raccoons hunt
the hatchlings down, too, as they head for the water. Is the Park
Service doing anything about the raccoon population?
Guest Column: Anyone for a swim?
We are writing in reference to the
column by Jeff Oden posted on The Island Free Press site regarding the
deadlock for an indoor swimming pool on Hatteras Island.
no access to year-round aquatic exercise on the island. A
$400,000 has been presented to the Dare County Board of Commissioners
to fund an indoor pool and we don't want to see this gift just float
around and drown in bureaucratic deadlock.
Jeff Oden says Parks and Recreation have matching funds and if we show
1 percent of his brother Kenny's persistence, they will be starting the
project the day after tomorrow. Warren Judge suggested that
free up excess land a well-organized lobbying effort of the Dare County
Board of Education by a good cross-section of Hatteras Island residents
would be a start.
If deadlock is due to lack of funds, then we would like some
transparency on the proportion of taxes collected from each village in
Dare County and how those taxes are distributed to improve the quality
of life through parks, recreational facilities and programs, trail and
bike paths, beautification projects and other services provided by
county taxes. What percentage of the tax dollar pie does
Island generate and what percentage of the tax dollar pie does Hatteras
Island receive? We understand there will be a property tax
increase this year to stabilize finances and replenish the school
budget. What specifically will Hatteras Island receive in
for this increase?
Kenny Oden's generous gift to the community would benefit the school
children, the physically challenged, the elderly, anyone wishing to
learn to swim, and anyone who wants to keep physically fit.
aquatic exercise is considered to be one of the most beneficial forms
of exercise and therapy we don't want plans for this money to become
waterlogged, sink, and be squandered. Let's show some splash
persistence! We want to make Kenny Oden's dream of
indoor pool a reality.
Living: In defense of a world without Walmart
Great article. Really puts things in perspective, not just for me, but
for the thousands of people who visit the island with everything but
the kitchen sink packed in the mini-van. Grant it, you want to be
prepared, but at what cost? Live it up!
Great story! My husband and I will be moving to Avon permanently in
September, and in March when we were on the island, I pointed out the
jockey shorts at Ace but said, "No bras."
Charming and laugh-out-loud funny! I'll be retiring in 3 years and have
often thought about moving there but I doubt I'm island material.
Living near Duke and UNC-CH as I do, I may be spoiled for anything more
rural. What do y'all do when somebody has a heart attack? Or needs
chemo for 21 days straight?
about homeowner’s insurance on the coast
State Sen. Marc Basnight’s recent attempt to fix homeowner’s insurance
rates was, as everyone knows, rejected by the Senate. Here are some
facts that the insurance industry and the Commissioner do not want
published. The State Court of Appeals rejection of a coastal
lawsuit was one of procedure directing us to another venue, not a
ratification of existing rates. We must litigate because there is no
appeal process and no public input. In effect, the Commissioner is a
czar who can and does sacrifice 10 percent of the population in order
to please the other 90 percent of the voters. The word “Florida,” which
is often used, is a dead give away for anyone distorting the facts
about insurance. It attempts to transfer the Florida experience to
North Carolina. Florida is a peninsula between the Gulf and the
Atlantic Ocean where exposure is doubled and the temperature far more
conducive to dramatic hurricanes. North Carolina has NEVER had a
Category 5 and only one Category 4 (Hazel). Most of the million dollar
homes on the beach are considered “dwellings” for insurance purposes.
No one is subsidizing them. It’s the other way around. They pay
drastically higher premiums for far less coverage. Perhaps another Hugo
would refresh the memory of the Insurance Commissioner about the real
The Island Free Press
I would like to thank you for the articles and all the great services
that this newspaper is doing. My people are -- or were -- from
Wanchese, and I also married a young lady from Avon. I was working out
of Oregon Inlet and met her some 30 or so years ago. Her folks still
live in Avon, and her brother is there also. Some of my family members
still live in Wanchese. I have passed along your address to
of my friends from up here in Chesapeake. They really want to know what
is going on down that way and they say that this is a terrific
site. They say, “thanks,” and keep them coming.