2010 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor....05.21.2010
Service closes Ramp 23, south of Salvo
have just cancelled my fishing trip now that I have read about closing
Ramp 23. It's the only place that I fish in the early spring. The
economy will suffer due to all the beach closings.
the last 15 years, my husband and I have enjoyed the Outer Banks and
the opportunity to fish from the beach. We camp in Salvo for two months
in the spring and a month in the fall, and have driven on the beach for
the last five years. It goes without saying that we have spent many
thousands of dollars in the area over that time.
like so many fishermen, have been increasingly alarmed by the beach
closures. Yesterday’s closure of Ramp 23 was the most upsetting of all.
It showed the arrogance that the Park Service shows toward fishermen.
were several of us fishing just south of Ramp 23, and we were aware of
activity. Some fishermen had been escorted by law enforcement from
north of Ramp 23 before they closed that area.
Rangers waited until high tide and then closed the ramp, never having
the decency to tell any of the fishermen. They put the stakes up,
strung the string, and left! We were shocked. How hard would it have
been for one of them to ride down and tell the first fisherman that
they were going to leave it open for another half hour so we could pack
up and leave? When we realized we were trapped, we had to form a
caravan and drive to Ramp 27 at high tide through very perilous
conditions. During the exodus, several trucks we stuck in the narrows
and a law enforcement ranger had to help them out.
us, it was a great example of the disregard that the Park Service shows
the users of the beach. We realize we are powerless to fight the
anti-use organizations and the federal and state governments, but a
little common courtesy would have made the situation somewhat easier.
probably have spent our last time in North Carolina. They win, but
wish the Park Service would show some consideration to the fishermen
already on the beach when they decide to close an area. I was
about 100 yards south of Ramp 23 when it was closed. No one bothered to
let me know they were closing the ramp. Therefore I had to drive down
to Ramp 27 to exit the beach. I have been coming to this area for 40
years and have never been treated like this before. What happened to
understand the closing of areas for wildlife. What we do not understand
is why we were not told that the ramp was to be closed so we could have
left in a somewhat better mood. As you know from the area from ramps 23
to 27 is not very good at or near high tide. We went out about two
hours before high tide with water washing up to the tracks. The Park
Service should notify sections of beach before closing any area.
was among those who were blocked inside Ramp 23 without
I have no trouble navigating the sand on the upper part of this
location, but the sand is much deeper and softer as you get near Ramp
27. I never venture down that far if I can avoid it. Well,
to the total disregard of the Park Service, I was forced to take that
route. You would think that the rangers would have warned us before
closing the ramp. I guess they do not care as much for human beings
(i.e. taxpayers) as they do for the birds. I doubt if I will ever visit
the Outer Banks again in the Spring. Maybe this is what the
certainly hope not. A public apology is in order concerning this breech
of common courtesy.
23 closes just in time for Mother's Day and Memorial Day! We are slowly
becoming another Portsmouth Island as our National Park Service strips
us of our rights to enjoy these holidays with our families. There are
no words to express my disappointment in my country. Where in the world
summer I called the National Park Service to find out why Ramp 23 was
closed. I was told the rangers were closing the ramp to observe
possible nesting activity. It's Mother's Day Weekend. Many plans for
family activities on our National Seashore Recreational Area must be
cancelled. We can access the beach if we are physically able to climb
over the dunes -- dunes that we are supposed to stay off of as they
protect our island from the weather. Is this so the NPS can observe for
possible nesting activity? How do they know where birds might possibly
nest? The citizens here used to be the NPS's greatest resource. In the
past we have worked together to protect nests because we love our
wildlife as well! The disrespect that the NPS has shown for the people
am a new fisherman in the Outer Banks area. On May 8, 2010, I was
fishing in the area of Ramp 23. I saw some park officials near the
ramp. We finished fishing in the afternoon and prepared to leave the
beach. That was when we found that the ramp was closed to vehicular
traffic! No one on the beach was informed that the ramp was about to be
closed! I could not believe the arrogance of the park officials by
ignoring the fishermen on the beach.
understand that comments were overheard from park officials indicating
that they thought it was some kind of fun to close the area without
informing the fishermen already on the beach that the ramp was closing!
As a retired state trooper from my state, I felt it was incredibly
arrogant of the park officials to refuse to inform the fishing citizens
of their actions!
am expecting a response from the National Park Service of Hatteras
Island that this was an incredible mistake by the personnel who sealed
off the ramp without any notice. I am so upset by this breach of public
relations that I am joining every organization that supports free
access to the beaches of Hatteras. My family and I have come here for
two years on the encouragement of good friends and spent great of
money. Why must we be subjected to the apparent arrogance and
indifference of park officials just because we are fishermen who would
never bother a nesting bird, endangered or otherwise?
know the Park Service employees are only doing what they are told.
However when Ramp 23 was completely closed they could have handled it
differently. There were people on the beach at 23 when the
was closed. They could have been given a chance to leave the
beach before the closure instead of driving to Ramp 27 to get off.
anyone else noticed that the northern end of the Ramp 23 closure is
right at the end of the South Beach subdivision? When the first closure
violation occurs, the mandated buffer expansion will cut off access
from some very expensive rentals. I know I would be very upset if I
paid $8,000 for an oceanfront house only to find the beach in front of
the house is closed...
the NPS actually cut off access to beaches in the villages?
note: Please see the blog, “Shooting the Breeze,” at the top
the front page for the National Park Service response to the letters
about the closing of Ramp 23.)
vandalism of nesting season results in buffer expansion
I despise anyone who ignores these beach closures, I would suggest
installing Web-cams or other monitoring devices to catch these
morons. Why punish the bunch for a couple of bad apples?
on Beach Access Issues
hope the oil from the Gulf does not make it to Cape Hatteras, which
sounds possible if an early storm pushes it towards shore. I'm sure the
entire population of the island would be mobilized to save the wildlife
and beaches. I hope the volunteers would be able to access the beaches.
Where will Defenders of Wildlife and Audobon be? Still in the
courthouse or on the beach helping the plovers? I'm sure we all know
seems I've been asked for my input numerous times, but I guess I ask
myself, “Why spend the time as no one ever listens to the people who
pay for vacations on Hatteras.” I've written letters and they go into a
black hole. Maybe all resident and non-resident people should be kicked
off the island. Give it all back to the birds. Acorn-eaters would
surely like that!
so disappointing that such legislation is mandated. I feel like the
Gestapo has descended to Hatteras Island. Sure does not make it as
desirable to spend my vacation in North Carolina. Common sense might
suggest that there should be some respectful way that people who drive
vehicles and wish to fish can coexist in a responsible manner.
for one, am very disappointed in our government and the state of North
Carolina for allowing do-gooders to take the island in the name of the
birds and turtles.
receiving the newsletter from Hatteras Realty, I tried unsuccessfully
to send an e-mail to the Web site given in the newsletter and spent
most of an afternoon trying to access that Web sit –
www.parkplanning.nps.gov/caha. I was unable to access it. I think this
is a deliberate plan by the Park Service to limit e-mails from the
public. I am saddened by the information given by
Realty about Alternative F and feel that all of Hatteras Island will
suffer from it. Although I'm only a summer resident, I have a
special affection for all the island, and it angers me to see birds
given more protection than humans.
members of the Audubon Society, support them in most things, and
consider saving the world's wildlife to be a top global
However, on Hatteras Island, people, pets, and wildlife have co-existed
for generations. The challenge is to maintain a symbiotic,
balanced relationship so all species can benefit.
Island is one of the few places where strong people with energy and
spirit can hone their skills against the awesome forces of nature and
learn to respect and harmonize with water, wind, and weather.
can also be enjoyed by young families and older people who walk with
their dog companions on the beach away from the stresses and crowding
of the city. It's a place for spiritual renewal.
cost of reducing this rare opportunity for humans needs to be balanced
with what can be gained for the wildlife. Why not more
discourage disrespectful behavior and encourage everyone to watch out
for the wildlife? The young boy fishing at the Point with his
father might be inspired to live his life as an advocate for natural
places. And the bait they leave behind might feed a piping
family for a week. I'm not willing to forgo that opportunity.
reconsider your restrictions in this case.
is it necessary to close the beaches to save the birds that are
nesting? The birds nest in the dunes, not on the open beaches. Also,
why would you kill one animal to save another? God intended for all
animals to live together. Our ecological system is based on this
opinion. Why should a small number of bird lovers destroy the
livelihood of the families in this area. How are they to make
living if there are no tourists? Are the birds more important than
support the Coalition for Beach Access position statement. It would be
devastating to the island’s economy to close this paradise.
support the Coalition for Beach Access position statement. It would be
devastating to the island’s economy to close this paradise.
Service closes Ramp 44 to Cape Point
again, looks like the birds will keep me from being able to get to Cape
Point during my vacation. Hopefully there will still be some beach open
to us ORVers.
so much for fishing on the Banks all summer. I was surprised the Point
was open as long as it was. I guess all good things come to an end
sometime. Hopefully there are some hot spots open by mid -June. That
long term ORV plan really needs to hurry up .I want things back to
normal – back to when I could find an open spot wherever and just fish.
Now I have to get to the beach early and hope there is still room.
is just crazy. The National Park Service and the Audubon Society do not
care about the citizens or the people of Cape Hatteras. The main reason
people go the Cape Hatteras is to drive on the beach or fish. No
people, no money, foreclosures, businesses close. It will be a ghost
town with no beaches and additional occupancy taxes. Someone needs to
bring some logical alternatives to the table before it is too late for
the Cape Hatteras area and its people! What happens, when
become extinct to the area?
have been vacationing to Cape Hatteras for the last 15 years now and
have finally been able to purchase a property in Hatteras village, to
be able to further enjoy the beaches that we love so much. It's
regrettable, however, that if this beach issue continues, we have a
beautiful property that will become worthless, as will everyone else’s
homes and businesses in the area. Someone else said it best
the they said, “People get real. The people who are vandalizing the
nesting areas have to be the Park Service who should be supporting and
working with the people of Cape Hatteras, not against them.” There has
to be a way to have some kind of happy medium. People come to
Cape Hatteras National Seashore for the beach, and without the beach,
most of the people will not come. Why can't the economy be looked at
more closely and show the right figures?
to start things off, I am a wildlife respecter. However, this has
gotten completely out of control. Piping plovers are not a
species in this area and they flourish in other places. These
shorebirds. They nest in sand. When these enclosures are not removed,
what happens? They fill in with grass and brush, forcing
birds to go farther and farther out into the beach. Any one
remembers the Point 25 years ago can tell you that. The saltwater pond
was completely surrounded by sand and birds. These
"environmentalists" are actually making it harder, not only for the
birds to find a safe nesting ground, but it has taken so much away from
the people who have made this their home. After all, this
didn't start until people with a little bit of knowledge and no common
sense got involved. A little knowledge is dangerous.
in power is doing anything about this closure situation.
Joe's don't have the money to hire high-powered lawyers to fight the
high-powered, Hollywood-backed, special-nterest-group-backed SELC
lawyers. North Carolina politicians don't seem to
They must be on the special interest group contribution list.
Business is suffering. People won't come to
doesn't care. The consent decree judge doesn't
should be fighting BP in the Gulf if they really want to accomplish
pray that a northeaster comes through and wipes out all of the nesting
areas. If the birds by instinct build near the water, they
deserve to be extinct. The NPS can slaughter all of the
in the National Seashore and Recreation Area that they want, but they
can't stop the ghost crabs, which find the eggs and the chicks a tasty
treat. Maybe that's what nature had in mind, after all.
NPS wake up! No beach access, closed beaches equals no need for your
job to continue. I hear fast food restaurants in Nags Head
looking for summer help but you may not be qualified.
has been lost.
Relocated, renovated, redecorated, and ready for the rest of its life
think it would be a wonderful idea if they held an open house so we
could tour the house. It looks awesome.
it looks great. Glad it was saved and preserved. I hope I can stay in
it some time.
is just beautiful! I have been coming to OBX for 15-plus years.
Serendipity was always the "entrance" and I thought it was a lovely
house before. I was sad at the thought it may be gone, but it's a very
happy thing to see her all fixed up! We were there (OBX) last weekend
and had to see the renovation. Beautiful!
story! And the house looks great all gussied back up.
was wondering if you can tell me what real estate company is handling
the rental of the Inn at Rodanthe?
amazing. How would I go about getting information on renting
If the house were mine, I would not want to rent it out. Thanks for the
person dies when boat capsizes in Hatteras Inlet, but five are rescued
Mahler of Bumpass, Va., I am the wife of Capt. Aaron and feel compelled
to respond to your crass and unfeeling comments (published in the May
7, 2010, letters). My husband has lived his entire life in
the water. I think the "no-brainer" as you refer to has nothing to do
with what happened that day, but to know what to say and when to say
it. Your comments greatly offend me. Please think before you
Island Homecoming 2010
once again Don Bowers for a wonderful slide show!
takes top prize money in Hatteras Village Offshore Open
is great! I love following fishing news. Go Wayne
and the Gambler!
whale in Hatteras Inlet is euthanized
can't help but take notice of this statement by Michelle Bogardus. And
I am not picking on her, but just thinking out loud.
the alternative is letting the animal, which has used up all of its
energy to beach itself, just drown, which is inhumane."
they imprison Dr. Jack Kevorkian for thinking the same way about
terminally ill humans, who couldn't be saved or cured?
tale of two Banker ponies
a beautiful story, typical of the love and devotion that make the Outer
Banks the richest place, in spite of her ongoing battles. I can't wait
to cross over the bridge in July. Maybe someday I will find a way to
call it home.
for local seafood marketing campaign is chosen
the new seafood logo, it's adorable, says it all!
enjoy reading about Hatteras Island and once was a resident about 15
years ago. I am wondering what ever happened to Honest Bill's in
Rodanthe? It was a tackle and pizza place owned by a salty ol' guy
named Bill Sawyer. The establishment is still noted in one of the
state's guides but not in the newer ads in your paper. Just curious if
there is any new info on the place.
My wife and I have been coming to your beautiful village (Hatteras) for
some 35 years now. Thanks to The Island Free Press we can be informed
even when we can't be with you.
Letters to the Editor....05.07.2010
More on ORV issues
The purpose of coming to Hatteras is to drive out on the beach and have
all your necessities for eating and cold drinks at your fingertips.
Fishing accessories are easier to have in your truck instead of
carrying four rods and accessories to the ocean. If they close down the
beaches to vehicular traffic, I may as well stay in Virginia Beach,
instead of coming to Hatteras and spending on average of $100 to $200
over a weekend. I have a trailer in Buxton that if the beach is closed,
I will probably sell at a loss because I have no reason to come down.
My not coming down personally wont make much of a difference, but when
you put 2,000 other people to that list or more, you have an impact on
the local community and economy that will devastate them. The park
rangers better start looking for another place of employment. I find it
hard to believe after coming down there for 30 years, that anyone could
consider closing the beaches. Hatteras is a wonderful place to visit
and I would consider living there some day, but without the ability to
drive on the beach, there is no way that I would I consider coming
there for any other reason than to visit some friends in Buxton who are
like my extended family. But with that said, I would not spend a nickel
more than I had to while on the island.
I once had a lot of respect for the National Park Service. They are
just getting greedy and seem to think that they need all of the beach
on top of the hundreds of miles that are already protected. It would be
nice if they didn't doom themselves and sound conservation practices
with such zealous behavior. Even the most conservation minded people
will turn against them and discontinue working for the same goal.
Closing the beaches to vehicles and people will have numerous
devastating effects on the local Outer Banks economy. If we start
closing the beaches to our citizens and recreational fishermen, then we
will soon see a decline in people planning vacations and trips to the
area. And then we will see the local business owners starting to close
up. I'm not a scientist and do enjoy the birds, but some common sense
is needed here to save the birds, but, more importantly, save the
locals and their businesses.
Please exercise some good judgment and common sense and look hard at
the overall impact that a total closure would have on the Outer Banks.
To give one side total control or say-so would be foolish and have
lasting affects on the already stressed Outer Banks economy.
Imposing a 1,000-meter area around a nesting site is ludicrous! Where
do the poor people with handicaps fit? They can't walk over a
long stretch of beach with fishing gear! National parks are supposed to
be for people to enjoy wildlife, not so you can lock them out.
Not extending the comment period is wrong. North Carolina depends on
tourism and the beaches. The limit for use of the Outer Banks is wrong.
There has been little notification in the press or TV. People need to
know and respond to what the government is doing.
When our beaches close, there is no business. When there is no business
there is no money. My grandpa (Stanley Meekins) was telling me that we
are going to have to move away from all my friends and family. I grew
up here, my grandpa grew up here, and my great-grandpa grew up here
(Luther Meekins). All I ask is to find another way to protect the
beaches without closing them.
Preserve beach access. Need to keep beaches open for socio-economic
One person dies when boat
capsizes in Hatteras Inlet, but five are rescued
I was moved to tears this morning reading the article on the survivors
of the capsizing giving thanks. Lots and lots of us will want
send thanks and kudos to Capts. Stowe, Gray, and Richardson.
It's no cliche - treat every day as a gift. I'm so sorry for
the Aaron family's tragic loss.
I wanted to pass my thoughts and prayers to everyone involved. Having
been the previous Executive Petty Officer at USCG Station Hatteras
Inlet/Ocracoke, I know the inlet well, and it can be a dangerous place
to work and play. I am sorry for the loss of life, and my condolences
to the family. Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands are a unique place where
everyone looks after each other. I am thankful that there are still
people out there like Capt. D.M. Gray, Capt. Steve Richardson, and the
Coasties who have the heart to care for strangers and help those in
need. There are no words to describe people like them. God bless and be
safe out there.
I am the Father of the 6-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl rescued, as
well as one of the rescued. I terribly regret the loss of Capt. Aaron’s
father but had it not been for Capt. Aaron and his incredibly brave
son, Shane, there is no doubt that my children and I would not be here
today. God bless to all of those involved in the rescue efforts. Thank
You. I owe you my life and that of my children. God bless you all.
I have taken my 22-foot CC Mako out of Oregon, Topsail, Richs,
Masonboro, and Carolina Beach inlets many times. There are three things
that one must know --1. your limits, 2. the limits of your boat, 3. how
to read the water.
Five people on the 23-foot boat was a compromise to begin with, if you
could encounter rough conditions in the inlet. . If a person was on
that "bridge tower," then the center of gravity/buoyancy also entered
the picture. If it was your decision to fish near the inlet where there
were breaking waves, then wearing life preservers would be a no-brainer.
I have seen as many as four boats capsized in Oregon Inlet on one day.
The tragedy is that there will always be more because we can not
protect people from themselves. Seamanship education is one thing.
Getting people to practice it is another.
Bob Aaron was a wonderful person and will be missed. Our
and sympathies go out to his family and friends. We are so
for your loss.
If the point (False Point at Hatteras Inlet) was not closed because of
birds, then there would have been about 100 surf fisherman who would
have seen the incident. That being the case, maybe no life
have been lost.
We were so sorry to hear about the death of Capt. Aaron's father due to
the capsizing of the Tide Runner. We were on the Tide Runner with Capt.
Aaron on Thursday, April 29, and he is a great captain with lots of
personality. We also heard him talking to his father about the weekend
charters he had and his invitation for him to come along.
Our hearts go out to Capt. Aaron and his family. It was a blessing that
the other passengers could be saved. Our prayers and blessings go out
to all involved. Thank you to the other captains for looking out for
Aaron. We hope for the best for his future also.
My brother Randall worked alongside the victim, Bob Aaron, and
expresses what a shock it is to lose a good friend of 30-plus
years. I worked alongside Capt. Steve Richardson in the ‘70s
sportfishing boat in Virginia Beach. What we can all take
from this tragic incident is that the water is extremely dangerous, and
it can change on a dime. Of equal importance is the compassion and
teamwork demonstrated by an unspoken and informal brotherhood of
watermen who suddenly put aside any differences that may have existed
and came to rescue. Thanks to their efforts, lives were saved
this incident. We are all grateful for all the heroic
but also mourn the tragic loss of Bob Aaron.
My husband and I were in the harbor that day with are 23-foot sailfish
boat. We watched as the Coast guard left Oden’s Dock with their sirens
roaring. Because of the winds, we decided to stay at the dock, but
several times thought of going out. What happened to this family
saddened all of us, and we are keeping them in our prayers. We are so
sorry for their loss.
Portsmouth Island Homecoming 2010: The
island lives -- even if for only one day
This was my first homecoming, but not my last. I am related to the
Newtons on Portsmouth Island. A great-uncle Jesse was a lifesaver, and
my great-grandfather and his father lived there. My
great-grandfather later was a lighthouse keeper at Cape
I will be back as often as possible in the future. This island feels
like home to me. I think it's in my blood. I feel at peace there like
no where else I've ever been.
East Carolina Health considering
closing one of its Hatteras medical centers
If it does close, then you better make it a senior center. We really
need one. How about where the old Department of Social Services is? Or
how about in the new Social Services Building? There is a lot of unused
space in there.
Island shipwreck appears and disappears
The shipwreck looks amazing! I just want to reach out and touch it. I
imagine what it looked like when it wrecked and who was aboard and
where it came from.
I enjoy your newspaper so much. The Outer Banks are amazing !
I am pleased to know someone is giving a lot of TLC to
Serendipity. The home is magnificent and the movie, “Nights of
Rodanthe” is special to so many people. What a great idea
to rebuild and refurbish the home for
especially those who fell in love with the movie.
Thank you for allowing me to receive the Island Free Press. Many
New Letters to the Editor....05.03.2010
Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Please pray for the folks on the Gulf Coast. What a nightmare! Oh,
please pray for them!
Going in the
I have been vacationing in the Outer Banks for close to 40
My wife and I own a home in Kitty Hawk, and, as odd as it sounds, we
rent homes in Hatteras with friends periodically while on vacation. I
have always been drawn to the Outer Banks since I was a kid for the
fishing, unexplored beaches, nature, and the kindness of the people who
live there. The last several years it seems like we are going in the
wrong direction. There is more new construction in places that were
once protected areas, plans for offshore oil drilling and I have never
seen so many drug stores in my life. I may be totally off-key, but it
seems like to me that greed is taking over and slowly destroying the
habitat and the way of life that has drawn so many people to the Outer
Banks in the first
Park Service denies request for
extension of DEIS comments
We do need more time. I attended the Raleigh, N.C., meeting which was
held for public comments, and I thought there would have been more of a
turn out than there was. Unfortunately, maybe a lot of folks do not
know that we have less than two weeks now to register public comments.
How in the world can we get this word out to the public about how
crucial it is that the voice of the public be heard? Could the
politicians hold a press conference and get the media's attention?
Could ads be placed in the newspapers in this last week’s push? I even
have been trying to contact Jimmy Buffett to make a stand with us on
this issue, so that we will still have access to our national seashore.
I think the only thing that might help is if someone could uncover some
type of scandal that the attorneys and members of the special interest
groups are profiting in some way by all of this crap they are cramming
down the throats of the public on behalf of a few nesting pairs of
It is absolutely shameful what this is doing to the local economy and
the people there. Anyone can see the shame of it if they look past the
bleeding hearts crap, or if they actually ever made a trip to Hatteras
or Ocracoke to see for themselves how remote, unused, and unspoiled it
actually is. Someone at the Raleigh meeting made a fantastic point that
denying access to the shoreline at Cape Hatteras is like Americans
going to Yellowstone National Park but are denied access to see Old
Jimmy Buffett, where are you? Do a free concert and get the
Parrottheads riled up to comment. Now is the time or forever hold your
There are so many factual gaps in this document that the NPS knew
about, or should have known about, it makes me wonder how much of the
DEIS was actually written by SELC or its benefactors. Is it a
requirement for the NPS employees to write the EIS?
To change the culture of two islands, the National Park Service gets
three extra months. The people affected, no dice.
beach access issues
This has something to do with “big money.” I doubt very
that these legislators are representing nature. Probably more
interested in how much money can be made. It's a good thing the ocean
is so formidable, making it impossible to build huge hotels. Watch out
now that these folks have a clue there will be some fat cats looking
for some exploitive opportunities. I wonder if any of them
even been down to the beach?
Since the 1960s, my parents have brought our family to the beach for
vacations. Now that I'm an adult, my family has continued this
tradition. We were always taught to respect the small fenced in squares
along the beaches where birds or turtles were nesting. We nver saw
anyone tear down or run over those areas with vehicles. Why does it
have to be any different now? Why ruin the tourism of Currituck, Dare,
and Hyde counties by not allowing any access to the beaches? One other
question to answer: Hasn’t the Pea Island Wildlife Reserve already been
set aside for birds and turtles to nest without any access to those
beaches? They don't need to take more beaches away. Leave the beaches
alone and stop trying to regulate everything in our lives. Thank you
for allowing me to express my feelings and comment on this most
Please do not close down out beaches. It will be devastating for the
people and businesses of the Outer Banks. My family and I
Buxton every weekend to fish and walk on the beach. Do not take this
away from us.
Please fight to protect the ORV usage. I have been going to the Outer
Banks for the past six years. My wife’s family has been going for 20
years. I look forward every year to getting some surf fishing done with
my wife and her family. Each year we go, we usually encounter a bird
nesting closure. Closures of the entire beach are completely out of
I feel the ultimate restrictions on the beach ramp closures will
greatly affect the economic stability of the small towns on the Outer
Banks. These businesses depend on the fishermen, tourists, windsurfers,
and other vacationers that visit this wonderful place every year.
Please fight to keep the beaches open!
As a property owner in Hatteras for 20 years, it saddens me to see the
island changing in such a way that will eventually change the appeal of
the island. This ORV issue, as well as environmental issues, is nothing
more than big government forcing its will on this island. It’s a shame
that a beach taxpayers paid for may not be available for them to walk
on in the future.
Please keep our beach open. We love the birds, turtles, and fishing. We
will help protect all the wildlife on the beach, just keep it open so
we can return to the good old days -- crabbing, catching bait, a safe
place for our kids and grandkids to swim and play. The point and sound
access are important to all of us on the island of Ocracoke. Let us
return to the days of our "first light fishing" and watching the sun
rise in the a.m. Please!
vandalism of nesting season results in buffer expansion
Well, here we go again. It seems to me that the organization
is making all the rules, imposing all the restrictions and making all
the noise should also be responsible for those of the public who are
foolish enough to break some of the rules that organization
Why should all the innocent public be punished for the misdeeds of the
few? This kind of misguided justice was used in the schools
discontinued long ago. If you want to make the rules, you
be responsible to apprehend those who break those rules and not punish
"the public" for the errors of the few. Spend the money, do the job
correctly, or do not impose any "rules." It is time the
the Outer Banks to be shown some respect for their forbearance and not
punished for the failure of the Park Service to do their job
L. D. Cullen
Why not do anything unless they catch the person that did it?
do not trust the tree huggers. I think they are doing this.
the park service does not catch anyone is beyond me. Come to
think of it, maybe they don't want too!
All of us who enjoy the beach know who is doing this. It's
people who want to close down the beaches. The park service should
really look into this. They want the beaches closed. They are doing the
damage. It's a no brainer. Keep our beaches open!
Who has the most to gain from this type of vandalism? I'll say what no
one else will say out loud, or print out loud, if you will.
Sounds like an inside job from these environmental whackos!
people will not stop until they get what they want. They have
People wonder why the government and the state have laws. This is a
good example of someone who doesn't have any respect for others,
himself, or for the environment. It is a true (jerk) who would do
something like that. It makes it hard for other people who enjoy and
love to ride on the beach.
So once again are we positive it wasn’t the very group that says they
are there to protect that deliberately vandalizes just so they can
expand the boundaries? And how much space was closed off for one pair
of breeding birds?
Maybe someone can help me with this . My family and I rented a beach
house right on the beach in Salvo, and one evening while on the deck,
here comes a park service 4-by-4 ( white with green stripes ) driving
between our house and the top of the dune through all the vegetation,
sending wildlife scurrying off from their path and going quite fast . I
thought everyone was supposed to stay off the dune and vegetation?
Maybe they are the ones that ran over the signs on the beach, and what
about the wildlife?
One person dies when boat
capsizes in Hatteras Inlet
May God be with the family of all the people who were in the boat and
thank God that D. M. Gray was near.
Thanks for your efforts and all the fantastic work you do.
D.M. Gray is fearless and Richardson is brilliant. Thank God for both
A tragic event but a good story!
Portsmouth Island Homecoming 2010: The island lives even if for only
I really loved Anne's article and Donnie's photos of the
homecoming. Thank you for making me feel like I had attended.
As president of Friends of Portsmouth Island, I want to thank you for a
great article on our Homecoming. Your in-depth description of the
events made me feel like I was still there. Everyone who reads this
article will undoubtedly want to be at the 2012 Homecoming. Thanks
Owners explore opening part of
the Frisco Pier for business this summer
My husband and I have been vacationing on Hatteras Island for 17 years.
We normally stay in Frisco, for the beach and the pier. We often talked
about our one trip to Garden City, S.C., and how great the pier was.
The pier house sold drinks, sandwiches, ice cream, snacks, beach toys,
sunblock, ice, fishing bait and tackle -- everything you need for
fishing and the beach. Plus they had live entertainment in the evening.
I would love to see Frisco pier rebuilt and become the best on the
Island. It could be your big money maker. I pray someone will help you
find the funding you need. Frisco needs its pier back. We like to fish,
and we like to be near the pier. This year we are staying in Avon. I
wish you and you family the best. Someone please help this family bring
Frisco’s pier back!
July 4 fireworks are cancelled on
Hatteras and Ocracoke
To letter writer Alexy Abdo: A barge show would be terrific. I wonder
what it would cost to have an appropriately sized barge brought here
for a one-day event? Barge rental, tugboat, crew, dock rental, etc. For
a one-day event, it would have to be here at least a week to get the
inspections. Cost prohibitive, I expect.
Column: Schooner Windfall sails into the final sunset
Farewell, sweet Windfall! Godspeed on your new venture, Rob and Sundae!
As I read this article sitting at my desk in Pittsburgh, my computer
wallpaper is a picture of the Windfall sailing across a beautiful
Ocracoke sunset. This is what gets me through the other 51
of the year. Thanks for everything to Rob and his crew.
I have been a "seasick, carsick" person all my life, and a couple of
years ago my sister and another dear friend took the sunset sail out of
Ocracoke’s Silver Lake. I was terrified that I would puke everywhere,
when, in fact, it was the nicest of the very few water trips besides
the Ocracoke ferry that I have ever taken! Not only was the sunset
picture perfect, but we had the privilege of watching the ship from
Jamestown enter the area. (Her name slips my memory now.) I had a
fabulous time! I hope to sail again, not on a long voyage, but the
sunset one, which is perfect for seasick people like me upon the calm,
glass-like waters of the sound.
We are planning to move to Ocracoke within the next couple of years and
I had in the back of my mind how much fun it would be to volunteer as
crew member on the Windfall. You've dashed my dreams, but a
dream springs to mind - volunteer on the Windfall II!
Report on Judge Boyle’s status
conference on the consent decree
Judge Boyle, you stated that the people on Hatteras Island were
"complaining about something that's not impacting on them." With all
due respect, sir, our beaches are not as easily accessible as the
northern beaches in Dare County. The main tourist attraction here is
ORV access to the beaches. If folks can't drive out to the beach, they
will stop coming to Hatteras Island. The economy here is dependent upon
tourism to exist. The decision you make will impact the economy here in
a tremendous way. Please don't disregard the rights of the people to
enjoy our beautiful beaches. Humans and wildlife have coexisted
beautifully on Hatteras Island for years. We just want to continue to
Giving thanks: A photo essay by
Really enjoyed this. It made me anxious to get back to Hatteras.
Winter surf report: The
swell was swell but water temps were not
These pictures are wonderful. Daniel Pullen did a super job, and they
are once again are fantastic.
Daniel, just wanted to say that I always enjoy looking at your surf and
ocean pics. They are the best. It's amazing how you capture the waves
at just the right time and show the surfers doing their thing. Being
from Ohio, I make it down to Hatteras only once or twice a year, but
it's always nice to see your photos. It helps fill the void when I'm
not there and makes me realize why I always come back. Respect.
agencies propose to move North Carolinas loggerheads to endangered list
Does anyone know how many of these turtles there are? If no one knows
how many there are, how can anyone declare them to be endangered? Now
up here in Pennsylvania, I could see them being endangered. Of course
we don't have any piping plovers or oystercatchers either.
Guest Column: Anybody for a swim?
It is unfortunate that a gift of this magnitude has yet to be given to
Hatteras residents. I strongly encourage officials to move this project
forward as quickly as possible.
I have known of this project for some time. I cannot believe
hasn't happened. I also cannot believe the number of people on this
island who can't swim. I will write to contacts and watch for something
to be done.
Building oyster reefs promotes jobs and the
Thanks so much for this article. We have been watching them
working on the oyster beds from our house in Indian Town. We
very curious about what they were doing and now we can appreciate this
fantastic work. What an awesome project!
East Carolina Health considering
closing one of its Hatteras medical centers
No bridge, no beach, no health care facility. What’s next?
Outer Banks Angling: A memorable day of
fishing in kayaks on the Diamond Shoals
Your story was sent to my brother, Harry, and I from Mark Schperjahn in
Richmond. Please tell Ruddy that we are truly pleased to see and hear
that he is still kickin' around and doing crazy stuff. Having grown up
in the Ocean View area and "misspent my youth" around the Chesapeake
Bay, Sandbridge, and the Outer Banks, I thoroughly enjoyed reading of
your adventurous day together. What a great time to have. All of the
water around here is land-locked and not quite the same. Since moving
to Arizona 10 years ago, I have traded in my boat and fishing rods for
horses and cowboy hats.