Commentary

March 2010 Letters to the Editor

New Letters to the Editor....03.24.2010 9:45 am
Park Service DEIS for off-road vehicle management is now public

My first impression is not good!  Permanent closing of areas that have had historical access just does not seem right.  Interdunal roads with parking areas just do not work for many users.  The no beach access at night will be a real negative with summer tourists who enjoy the family campfire on the beach and serious surf fisherman.  My feeling is that there should be "direct beach access offsets" (additional access, additions) for every restriction as to what has been a customary and historical access.  In addition, any restrictions that restrict historical use should be limited to "proven areas of environmental concern."  The soundside access should be greatly improved to offset any additional restrictions on the oceanside beyond "historical use."  It may be time for businesses and rental cottage owners to investigate a class action lawsuit against the NPS as the proposed restrictions relate to "loss of business."  It is evident that the Feds react when the environmentalist threaten. It appears it is time for free access advocates to do likewise.

Wayne Clark
Ocracoke


If the morons in the government worried more about unborn babies [abortion] than some stupid birds or turtle eggs the world would be a better place! I remember when the U.S. was a good, free country. Unlike most of you, I actually defended this country at one time.

Dave Wolfe
Grandy, N.C.


As a long time vacationer to Hatteras Island, I have come there for the relative quiet and solitude of being on the beach. Last year I purchased a home to retire to when the time comes. I do not rent out my home because I have seen the damage that occurs when people are turned loose with an attitude of "I'm paying for it, I'll do what I want." I think this attitude runs over into the ORV issue also. The locals rarely do anything but drive to check fishing or to clean up the beach after a storm. Most of the fishermen, whether locals or vacationers, have always used proper actions when driving and parking to fish for a while.

I have on several occasions observed idiots driving wildly all over the beach and dunes throwing beer bottles out of their ORV for the sake of "fun." On all these occasions, I have placed a call to the Park Service and the Dare County Sheriff's Department. I have yet to see any response from either, but I can understand why. By the time they arrive, the idiots are long gone.

I don't think that issuing a permit to drive on the beach will deter any behavior like this. I hope the revenue generated from sales of permits will be used to hire more Park Service employees so that when a call is placed, someone can respond and try to stop the driver. As we know, it only takes one idiot to ruin a good thing for everyone. I also think that would be a good job for the Audobon Society to look into also -- having people to watch nesting areas to make sure violations are not occurring and to be able to get help to enforce the closure. They could help educate the public as to why the areas are closed and what the public can do to help.

I hate to see the beach access closed for everyone because of the actions of a few. I understand that Mother Nature should be allowed her chance too and agree with closing access around nesting areas. I think that with proper planning and working together with all parties involved, a reasonable compromise can be reached.  It sounds like the Park Service plan has a lot of merit for the well being of everyone. I sincerely hope a happy median can be reached.

Brenda Smith
Powhatan, Va.


I enjoyed reading the Island Free Press archives dated Sept. 3, 2008, titled “The Creation and Establishment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS)/The Great Depression through Mission 66.” Throughout the 200-plus pages, this report talks about the public law that created the CHNS and it makes reference on multiple occasions to the public law and how it was intended "to allow commercial fishermen beach access .... prescribed by the (same) law creating the seashore." It makes one wonder if all of the events going on today prohibiting beach access are actually legal. To my knowledge, this public law has not been repealed. 

Jan Price
Chesterfield, Va.

 
To all of you folks that live on Hatteras and try and make a living there, I'm not to sure if I'll be making a trip back to your island. I have been visiting there for years on end, spending lots of money on rooms, food, bait, etc. It just makes me sad to see what has happened to all of you and to others who enjoy your island. It is yet another form of freedom being taking away from us here in North Carolina and from those who visit -- all because of a bird. Maybe I'll make one last visit before all of you have to leave your homes. Keep up the good fight. I know I have.

James Taylor
Wake Forest, N.C.


The Park Service’s Alternative F kills the economy on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. It is the most despicable miscarriage of justice I have ever seen in my life. Plan F shows absolutely no compromise with Dare County officials, and nowhere have I read that it is based on substantial scientific evidence. It is simply a plan for government control at the expense of the people who pay their salaries. Unbelievable! I hope they are proud of themselves for totally disregarding the rights of their fellow men and women.

Lynn Jordan
Salvo

Closing off Hatteras Inlet year round, and requiring driving permits will lower the tourist volume and hurt the local economy.

Dan Porter
Williamsburg, Ohio

 
Whatever happened to democracy? We need our seashore back and also our country. Our leaders and decision makers need to remember they work for us. When 90 percent of people want something, the other 10 percent should not have their way. I'm sure there are a lot of payoffs behind this because if it wasn't, good old common sense would prevail.

James Seay
Richmond, Va.



Report on Judge Boyle’s conference on consent decree

Derb Carter and the eco-lawyers have understood from the time that Judge Boyle suggested a total closure that a ruling like that would be too extreme and hurtful, that such an extreme and injudicious act would create a major public outcry and it would be quickly overturned in a higher federal court or by congressional or executive action.
This is why Carter and the eco-lawyers came up with the CD in the first place -- to prevent a total, albeit brief, closure by Boyle. And now this is why Derb did not want any part of Boyle's suggestion that "hostile" parties could be removed from the CD. Carter ran away from that suggestion as quickly as he could.

The eco-lawyers understand that if this mess ever gets out of Boyle's courtroom and in front of an impartial federal judge before the final plan is in place, their whole consent decree and "house of cards" will fall apart in a hurry. And the ecos know that if the consent decree survives, its success will become the basis for a very restrictive ORV plan in the future.

Erik Eskildsen
Berlin, Md.




Three popular areas closed to ORVs under consent decree

I look forward every year to driving my jeep on the beach and fishing on vacation. I am careful not to harm the habitats. If the government takes this away from me, it will be proof to me that the government is not for the people.

Mike Rogers
Williamsburg, Ohio



Park Service has released its proposals for 2010 pre-nesting closures

Thank you, Pat B., for putting the Toyota bit in your comment.  I don't think enough people who vacation here realize just how much money Toyota has given the The National Audubon Society. I saw one local business put a sign on their door – “All Toyotas park in back.”

Mary
Deltaville, Va.



Audubon solicits scientists to support closure

Once again, it seems a vocal minority with an agenda is trying to overpower the will of the majority. If this campaign is successful, we all may as well just subscribe to National Geographic Magazine, because that will be as close as the average person will ever get to the national seashore experience in the future.

Michael Straub, rational beach bum
Jersey Shore, Pa.



Ocracoke needs help with cat population explosion

 
I really love that Ocracokers are so attentive and aware of the needs of the feral cats. Whenever we visit, I'm reminded of this via the bowls of food and water I see at public places like the post office and the variety store. We'll be visiting soon  Where can I make a secure donation?

Suzanne Boswell
Raleigh, N.C.



Pamlico Sound wind-turbine project

With North Carolina unemployment at more than 11 percent, I'd like to see a firm commitment made on North Carolina jobs.  ABC News recently reported (link below) that the so-called stimulus bill (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act) funded $2 billion for this industry and 80 percent of that went to overseas manufacturers. 

abcnews.go.com/WN/wind-power-equal-job-power/story?id=9759949

Judy Latham
Raleigh, N.C.

 
Let’s put the turbines in the Duke Energy CEO’s neighborhood. No wonder western North Carolina and Nantucket, Mass., wouldn’t allow these monstrous eyesores. We take one of the most beautiful places on Earth where people go to get away from industrialization and enjoy beautiful beaches and waters and nature, and ndustrialize it. If Raleigh needs energy, put something there. This has nothing to do with Frisco or Hatteras or Dare County. This has everything to do with Duke planning for its future corporate profitability. Not here. Not ever. That’s my stance.

Gary Gracie
Baltimore, Md.

 
My father has a place in near Waves. I think this issue is different than the ORV question. ORVs would present a constant wear and tear on the local foliage and fauna. We need the estuary scientists to weigh in on this and tell us the truth. The wind turbines could be placed far enough out in the sound where people couldn't hear them. Once in place, they would not be much different than a bridge column. If it was financially divided amongst local cooperatives, then the proceeds would help pay for many of the expenses and eventually create a surplus of power making the Outer Banks very wealthy -- if managed correctly.

We have to do something, and, regardless of your view, fossil fuel in the atmosphere will eventually raise the ocean and the Banks will be submerged anyway, so I'm for it now instead of later when it's too late.

Ed Eichinger
Arlington, Tex.



Hatteras Island Real Estate:  What is happening in the market for unimproved lots?



A point you didn't mention was the decrease in existing home sales and prices. Why would anyone buy a lot and build a home when one could be purchased for less and save the expense of time and effort. Hatteras is in the 1/2 off sale bin! You make money by buying when people aren't, and you lose money by buying when everyone is. Great analytical data ,Mr. Hranicka.

Jack Tinneny
Buxton andYorktown, Va.



Contract awarded to resurface Highway 12 between Salvo and Avon


It would be nice to pave bicycle paths within this project

Gary Grigorian
Yorktown, Va.




Island People  A Mexican immigrants long journey to a new life on Ocracoke


Thank you, Pat Garber, for the wonderful article on Margarita and her family. As always, I am humbled by the hardships many Mexican immigrants endure as they travel to America in search of a better life for themselves and their families. As an American, I am honored to have these people as part of our communities.

Cynthia
Harleysville, Pa., and Ocracoke



Is Bodie Island spit owned by the Park Service  or not

Very curious indeed! Great job on digging into the matter! Thank you for an interesting article.

Ali  Kerekes
Kill Devil Hills



Bodie Island Lighthouse is getting a facelift


Thanks for the update.  Refurb is long overdue, of course, but glad to see it finally happening.  Cannot wait to climb!

Kevin
Montrose, Pa.



New Letters to the Editor....03.05.2010
4
:09 pm


Tuna Mama is on the mend

(Editor’s note:  Last month on the Community Page, we published a plea for contributions to help Tuna Mama, the friendly feral cat who hung out last summer at Austin Seafood Market in Rodanthe and was relocated to Laughing Gull Road after the market closed.  The cat hung out in a vacant house, which caught fire and burned.  Tuna Mama was badly injured and was being treated at Roanoke Animal Clinic.  But her care was costly.  Last week, we received a follow-up letter.)

There was a tremendous outpouring of compassion and cash thanks to your help!  Tuna Mama’s stay at the clinic is not complete, but at this rate it looks like we will have the bill covered!  They think she should be able to come home by Saturday to complete her recovery.  She has a safe home to go to now in the same neighborhood as the fire. 

I can't thank you enough for getting the word out and great thanks to all who donated.  Any excess funds collected will go to Hatteras Island Friends of Felines to help in their efforts to reduce our feral population. 

C.A. Jones
Rodanthe


Commercial and recreation fishermen unite at D.C. rally

The division between the commercial and the recreational fishermen must end.  Both groups have common goals -- to catch fish and keep fish stocks sustainable and available for all people.  The commercial fishing profession is on the brink of extinction.  Regulations are so prohibitive that earning a living becomes a daily battle.  The average age of fishing professional is 50 years old.  Young people are not entering the profession. Watching parents struggle to survive is not much motivation or incentive to enter a profession.   

If the fisheries management bureaucracy successfully eradicates the commercial fishing industry, what is next?  Will the bureaucrats regulate themselves out of jobs?  I think not.  Who will be the next target? The North Carolina of Marine Fisheries patrol, which regularly haunts fish houses to inspect catches, will instead be posted at beach ramps to check coolers and measure fish.  They will greet the charter fleet at the dock to check kill boxes.  The only manageable fisheries left will be the “recreational” sector. The regulatory energy will have nowhere else to go.  The North Carolina saltwater recreational fishing license is only the first step.  

The exploitation of the coastal environment is killing the nursery grounds of so many fish species.  Bulked-headed estuaries, filled to accommodate construction of condominiums, vacation homes, and sport-boat marinas, destroy fish breeding grounds.  Many coastal areas rely on septic fields to process waste.  It is terrifying to imagine what is happening to the water quality in maximum density usage areas from waste.  Yet, as fish stocks decline, fingers continually point at commercial fisheries.  It is unfathomable that the degradation of the coastal environment is continually overlooked, or more likely ignored, as a crucial factor of stock decline.

Why would a fisherman, dependent on species proliferation senselessly deplete stocks necessary for survival?  These professionals have harvested the sea for years.  For most, it is a life’s work, for many it is a heritage.  They are not a band of marauding pirates ravaging the sea but merely hard working men and women trying to earn a living in a profession no longer in vogue.  It is in the best interest of commercial fishermen to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by Marine Fisheries. 

Certain interest groups successfully created fission between the two factions to achieve their desired goal, ‘’zero fishing.”  Commercial interests even battle among each other.  It must end now.  All fishermen must unite and stop the petty finger pointing.  Working together to fight exploitation of coastal environment, the true culprit of stock depletion, is the only way to insure fish aplenty for everyone.   The only solution is to join forces, and stand united before the Marine Fisheries and specific interest groups to keep fishing available to everyone. 

Mary Schumann
Frisco 



Audubon solicits scientists to support closure

Excuse me, but who are these so called "scientists?"

Are they graduates of the Al Gore Institute or the Munchkin Academy? I have had a home on Hatteras Island for over 20 years and never met a so called "scientist" on all my beach walks -- winter and summer. Please, give us the biographies of the people who think of themselves as " scientists."  Maybe then, I can evaluate their opinions.

Ivor Knight
Hagerstown, Md.



How many Nit-wits can sit on the head of a pin? I know of 90.

I am responding to the recent publication of a letter, sent to the National Park Service, and signed by 90 scientists requesting restrictions of all beach recreational activity year-round in areas like Cape Point, Oregon Inlet, South Beach, Hatteras Inlet and all the favorite places on Ocracoke Island.  If I interpret this request right, it would mean no one would ever have the enjoyment of going to these areas or any other area that might be declared a focal site in the future.   

For the National Park to honor the request of the 90 scientists would turn back the historical heritage of these islands in regard to beach access.  It has always been an accepted fact, even promised at the beginning of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, that the historical heritage of free and open beaches would be honored.   If our government were to agree to this outrageous request of 90 persons, it would result in the total destruction of the economy of Cape Hatteras Island, which would in turn result in higher unemployment and the curtailing of governmental services to the public.

Remember these 90 people are presenting themselves to the National Park and the public as being the final voices and top authority as to why the beaches are to be closed.   Looking over the names of the 90 people in the document who claim to be scientists who know what is best for we the people and Hatteras Island has led me to questions concerning them.

I question their credentials and their right to use the names of private organizations or state or federal government agencies after their names.

It is one thing to express your belief that the beaches should be closed.  It is another to use symbols after your name to leave the false impression you are speaking as representative of an organization or agency.

When you look closely the names of the organizations behind the names of these 90 people you will see that many of them are feeding at the public trough.  They are being paid by our tax dollars.  It is unethical for them to use a government agency as a platform from which to promote their views that our beaches should be closed.  We, the public, have every right to question who they are and to contact each governmental agency represented and demand a retraction by the employee and to request the agency state its official stance on beach closure.

Those who signed the document desiring to destroy the recreational activities and economy of Hatteras Island need to be reminded of the terms of their contract as workers for the federal government.

Read it for yourself.  Ask yourself why they should not be fired? 

STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT PROVISIONS

The government wide Standards of Ethical Conduct, 5 CFR Part 2635, apply to both regular and special government employees. Notably, an SGE is covered by the standards even though he/she doesn't perform official duties on a given day.

MISUSE OF POSITION - You may not take any action in your official capacity which may result in or create the appearance of: using public office for private gain (the term private gain means anyone's private gain including an outside organization's); losing independence or impartiality; or causing the public to lose confidence in the integrity of the Government.

USE OF OFFICIAL TITLE - You may use your official title when you are acting in your official capacity as a representative of the Department. This may be on written documents, in verbal introduction, or other forms of address.

You may not use your official title in your private capacity, such as in a letter to the editor, a personal letter to a member of Congress, an article or book, a Directory, or on the letterhead or signature block of a private organization's stationery.

ENDORSEMENTS - You are prohibited from endorsing, in an official capacity: the proprietary products or processes of manufacturers; or the services of commercial firms for advertising, publicity, or sales purposes. You may endorse any outside program in your private capacity, provided that you do not use your official government title or position with the Department.

As for as their credentials, I could not help but notice some of the 90 have fewer credentials than those of us who reside on these islands or those who come here annually to enjoy the recreational pleasures of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  My Hatteras Island  Grandmother Gray,  who had no degrees to list after her name, had more scientific knowledge about how to manage this island than any of the 90, self-proclaimed scientists who signed a document to destroy the joy of visiting or living on Hatteras Island.

Dewey Parr
Buxton


In reading this letter, there is not one footnote or specific study to support or document claims contained in body of this letter. I assume most of these supporters are well educated in research studies. It's not evident! In addition, the names on this document are not signatories -- only names. This letter hardly rises to the level of validity!

Clark Fortney
Stephenson, Va.



Bodie Island Lighthouse is getting a facelift

It's about time the Bodie Island Light is finally getting some attention. It's long overdue. Hope to see the progress on this site. Great pictures!

Tom Anderson
Crystal  Hill, Va.


Great job.  We need our lighthouses to be kept up.

Angela Lilly
McGaheysville, Va.


I liked the photos.  I would have liked some photos of before the restoration was started to compare.

Patty Lisy
Valley View, Ohio



Basnight urges Obama to end bureaucratic standstill on Bonner Bridge replacement

Thank you, Mr. Basnight, for your views.  They are greatly appreciated. The Outer Banks is truly a national treasure that should be protected. The safety of the public should be the first priority. Unfortunately, politics gets involved all too much in this country. Each state supports its own cause. Example is in Camden, N.J., where bike path was approved to go through one of the worst neighborhoods in the country -- 3.1 miles at a cost of $1.3 million. Our priorities are messed up in this country. Hopefully, President Obama can make a difference!

Allen Bonstead
Cinnaminson, N.J.


How can my family and I help with getting the bridge going? We love going to the Outer Banks (Rodanthe ) every year and do not want to lose it.

Vicky Roberts
Lancaster, Ohio

(Editor’s note:  For more information on the Bonner Bridge and making your views known, go to the Dare County Web site, Replace the Bridge Now -- http://www.replacethebridgenow.com/)



Lady Hurricanes beat Manteo at home in second round of state playoffs


GO HURRICANES, GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roberta Wilson
Alexandria, Va.



Scientists and their equipment fan out on Cape Point beach to survey coastal processes

Did I miss something? An erosion study at Cape Point and surrounding beaches, the place that changes everyday and where nobody lives? Oh, yeah, aren't those same beaches about to get shut down to everyone?  I wonder how much this study cost us taxpayers.

Kevin McCabe
Buxton


Serendipity has moved

Way to go. What a challenge. Don't let bureaucracy discourage you. My wife would love to rent your house. Our hat is off to you both.

Byron Cooke
Sherrills Ford, N.C.


Enjoyed the article, slide show, and video.  We will miss seeing that house when we visit in May.

Steve
Charlotte, N.C.


I think it is great that they moved Serendipity to try to save it, but if you have seen where it has been placed, then you would be perplexed. Serendipity is no safer now than it was before. It is going right on top of a dune! It may have two or three more years, but the house could have pulled through where it was. Who has allowed this? Since this year has been tough on the beaches, take a look as you drive south past the bridge. Where is the most overwash? The most overwash is at Mirlo Beach and by the other structures on the beach on Pea Island -- structures seem to cause more erosion. It’s great they moved it, but to me it’s a slap in the face. Give them a year, and they will want county help with renourishment and dune replacement.
good luck.

Speedy
Avon


Island People: A Mexican immigrant’s long journey to a new life on Ocracoke

I so enjoyed the article about Margarita. We have a house in Hatteras, and& I have met a lot of Hispanic workers there. We also attend Our Lady of the Seas parish in Buxton,  I have volunteered to help with English. I have a basic knowledge of Spanish and continue to take classes in Virginia to improve my communication. Margarita, tu estas estupenda! 

Joan Keenan
Midlothian, Va.


Awesome.  How can anyone in their right mind deny folks like Margarita an opportunity to better themselves, raise their families, and contribute to the communities that they live and work in.  Congratulations, Margarita and family.  You have accomplished much.

Jose and Sharon Simon
Charlotte, N.C.


Legal gun owners can now carry firearms into national parks

This is a good and just law that allows people, while on vacation or traveling, to possess and carry concealed firearms for the purpose of self protection. It is not a major issue in your part of North Carolina, but is a major issue on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountains and Nantahala. Please note that except in extreme circumstances, the Park Service objects strenuously to anyone shooting the wildlife, including bears. It is interesting to note that CWP or CCP owners from Virginia have the reciprocal right to carry concealed in North Carolina as long as they obey North Carolina regulations. These regulations are in some ways different from Virginia laws, so careful reading should precede a trip to North Carolina. Also note that the bookstore at the Hatteras Lighthouse already has a sign prohibiting firearms posted and this applies to CCP as well as visible.

Bert Smith
Richmond, Va.


So, putting it very clearly, one can "carry" a firearm (s), but one cannot "use" it (them) on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Is that correct? Just want to know if I have to wear body armor on the beach at Salvo.

Ivor Knight
Hagerstown, Md.


How refreshing to see fair reporting on a topic like this instead of the usual tiring anti-second amendment rhetoric that we see in most publications. I am a retired law enforcement officer, and I can tell you that this law will cause the parks no problems. Indeed they will be even safer!

Dr. Dave Cash
Amherst, Va.


Park Service has released its proposals for 2010 pre-nesting closures

As you can see, these tree huggers have made it nearly impossible for the animals (humans) who help to fund this silliness to continue creating the funds to pay these silly animals (tree huggers) to sit in cars and watch other animals (birds and turtles) who put nothing in the bank to fund you silly people. Just a thought.

Raymond H.
Greenville, N.C.


If the do-gooders keep this up, they are going to make a lot of people irate, and they are going to see more birds killed and eggs smashed.  I have never seen a ORV operator or passenger cause any problems in the 13 years that I have been going to the Point.  If the ORV operator is kept from driving on the beach to fish or shell, that will just about do it for the people coming to Buxton and the rest of the island.

John Dumbleton
Franklin, Pa.


What does this mean for the vacationers who travel to Hatteras Island solely for the ORV access?

Daniel Pasire
Lancaster, Pa.

(Editor’s note:  Even during the nesting season, there are beaches open to ORVs, though they may not be the more popular areas such as Cape Point or South Point on Ocracoke.)


As a long time visitor to Ocracoke Island, it still somewhat amazes me that such large portions of the beach are closed down for two chicks on the South Point. Here in Wilmington where I live, if a turtle nest is discovered, a 4-by-4 cage is built around the nest. An entire beach is not shut off. The Audubon Society (with Toyota's help) is going a bit too far!!!

Pat Breeden
Wilmington, N.C.


Oyster reef stimulus project comes to Hatteras

I am very glad to see this project and appreciate your coverage of story. Will the reef off Hatteras be marked with buoys? Thank you!

Skip Lange
Nags Head, N.C.

(Editor’s note:  We don’t know but will try to find out.)



Hatteras helping Haiti


I wanted to thank The Island Free Press for sharing the stories and, even more importantly, the videos from Haiti. They were moving beyond words. While most of us could only helplessly watch the pain and suffering of Haiti's people from here, it is so encouraging to know there are such caring and wonderful people that were able to travel down and begin to make a difference. I have known Dwight Burrus for many years, both as a frequent flyer in his plane to having him preside over the renewing of our wedding vows at the lighthouse. Dwight and his group represent what is so great about the people of Hatteras and Ocracoke slands. I wish him and his group Godspeed as they work to help in whatever ways they can to help the people of Haiti heal and recover. I will continue to follow their mission through your site.

John Holloway
Berlin, Md.



Giving thanks: A photo essay by Don Bowers

I acquired your beautiful slideshow through the good auspices of Arthur Hammond-Tooke.  Congratulations on encapsulating an essence of joy and peace in your slice of paradise.

Being born and bred in the interior of South Africa, my first love is for the untamed mountains, bush, and veld of my native land.  I think you guys are mad to live 10 feet (or less) above sea-level!

Mark Fysh
Pretoria, South Africa


More Beach Access Issues

I am so saddened and angry about the beach closures. My parents, Adrian and Mary Hughes, began taking us to Hatteras Island in 1956 when I was 14. My Dad was delighted about the park land because he believed it would keep the beaches open to surf fishing people with four- wheel drive vehicles. Our first one was a 1948 Jeep station wagon with absolutely no frills.

When my Paul and I were married in 1965, I dragged him to Hatteras Island. It was the last year for the wooden "fall down behind you" bridge over Currituck Sound. Our children, Chuck and Susan, grew up making several trips a year and developing not only a love for the overall nature and recreation of the island but also many long lasting friendships. Paul and I have not missed a year without at least two trips "down to Hatteras" but only one in October, 2008 because of all the beach closures beginning in the spring of that year. In 2009, we were not able to make one trip which would have been in the fall again when restrictions were lifted.

Needless to say, in 2010 we will not make a trip until the fall, as long as the increasingly limiting restrictions are lifted again by October. I know we are not alone in what the unfathomable government decisions are doing to us and to all of you. Hatteras Islanders, we love and miss you all! Hopefully we will at least be able to return next fall.

Mary Hughes Becker
Winslow, Ind.


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