to the Editor
Letters to the
Editor....08.15.2011 2:00 pm
Environmental groups sue to stop
Bonner Bridge Replacement Project
The bridge is just
to limit tourists, beach access, and stifle the island. I guess the
beaches from Avon to Nags Head an Ocracoke to Cape Fear are not enough
for the birds and turtles. People don't count or have a say.
DOT awards $215.8
million contract to replace Bonner Bridge
Good news! I like
the idea of using a part of the old structure as a fishing pier, from
the north side, I suppose.
Park Service is preparing to implement
Is this whole
permit idea meant
to create new jobs on the Island (additional staffing for this and
that, educational outreach, infrastructure, etc.) or is it meant to be
a deterrent from having people fish our national seashore?
Perhaps now is not the economic climate to even think about an endeavor
requiring such expense. People can hardly afford their
as it is, and you want to tax them for fishing the shores that were
meant to be fished? What really is the purpose? The
has been just fine before the unwanted interference of these
environmental groups. What's in it for them? Is it
to line their coffers? Most of these groups are just
organizations where conservation is not even their underlying
motive. Save Hatteras from this.
The Outer Banks
has been our
vacation spot for over 25 years. When we were younger and couldn't
afford an ORV, we would stay at the Durant Station. We would climb over
the dune behind it and do our fishing. Then we finally could afford an
ORV and were thrilled we could fish almost anywhere. Now "they" want to
penalize us for it.
Sorry. It just
another one of the current administration's plans to expand government
and "create jobs" at the taxpayers’ expense. "They" will
eventually "tax", "fee", and "license" the average working person from
being able to afford a week-long break from the daily grind.
For over 20 years
we have been
coming to Hatteras to enjoy the pristine beaches. When you drive out on
the sand you are transported to a wonderland. It is my strong belief
that to add further restrictions to beach access will definitely cause
extinction. Not of birds or turtles, but of the Hatteras natives and
their businesses. This year in particular, I have noticed virtually
empty shops and less crowded restaurants. I know that if we will not be
able to drive out on the sand, we will not return. The very wealthy who
own or can afford to rent beachfront houses might not realize that
those of more modest means are content with a modest beach box rental
from which they can head out to the vast stretches of beach. It is
disingenuous to say birds and turtles are at more risk from drivers
than predatory natural enemies such as foxes. After thinking about the
politics of the situation I can not help but conclude that the powers
who are willing to kow-tow to the environmentalist lobby. They know
they can't troll for votes from a more conservative, humble area.
Government restrictions might eliminate this little piece of heaven
unless some with a brain can figure out what is going on and act
sensibly. Those of us who love Hatteras protect the wildlife much more
than heartless bureaucrats.
Cape Point reopens
I am from eastern
Carolina, but have resided outside Greensboro for many years. I have
close ties to Hatteras Island and been fishing on the Point and
Hatteras Inlet with my dad and friends since I was around 7 years old.
I am now 58. In 1977, my dad moved to Buxton, and my two brothers and I
fished more often than ever. We sport-fished spring through fall, along
with friends, year after year. In 2002 my dad passed away on Cape Point
doing what he loved best --.fishing -- so that alone gives special
meaning to the area.
After Dad passed,
and I fixed dad’s place up very nice and family and friends visited
often, especially through the summer. In 1988, while I has to work, my
wife and her family went to Buxton to fish, etc. They were unable to do
so because of closures. Since that time, none of her family has
returned. Since then, my family and I or my wife and couples no longer
go to Buxton/Hatteras because of the beach closures.
This is all
because of a bird
having more rights than human life. We now only go late August and
again in October and that is it. It’s hardly enough to justify having a
place there with upkeep, taxes, and so on. That said, I've about had
it. As my dad use to say before he died on that very island, "This
country will self destruct because of the stupidity of its own
governing body.” I see that happening more and more. Our visits to the
island are less and less. It takes no mathematician to see the
dwindling number of people will soon kill a once popular recreational
area. Respectfully, Judge Boyle, you have proven well that you haven't
the brains to preside over nothing more than traffic court. When it
comes to common sense rulings, you set the example of exactly what will
destroy this country once known as America. Government for the people
by the people is something you missed out on in law school.
Security screeners are at work at the
workers at the
Hatteras Island ferry docks are perfectly polite and appropriately low
key. But one can't help but wonder, isn't the concept of probable cause
being chipped away? With all of the attention paid to the Constitution
in the past couple of years, no one seems to mind when constitutional
protections are eroded.
Too bad the same
that requires these screenings does not enforce our southern border
with Mexico. Are they really concerned about our safety?
offers an alternative to waiting in line for the ferries to and from
read this and
will recommend. Soundside Shuttle needs a very simple website and rack
cards. Good luck on your venture.
Angling: Spanish, Spanish, and more Spanish mackerel
A buddy and I want
to try some surf fishing in the fall. What will be biting at that time
note: Outer Banks Angling columnist Rob Alderman replies. He
says, “Depending on weather and water temps, one could find red drum
ranging from small pups up to citation size. Sea mullet, bluefish,
spot, croaker, speckled trout and some false albacore may also be
caught in a variety of sizes.”)
a rewarding experience with foreign students who travel to Ocracoke
Thank you so much
B.J. Oelschlegel's positive experience with foreign student workers. A
great program, great kids, and a super great employer! She is making a
positive difference in the lives of so many. Cheers!
You do not mention
how much you
pay these students and how much they typically pay for rent. Also, are
there any employment statistics for the area? How many locals look for
summer jobs and do not get them because of these students? I am always
suspicious of the claim that an employer cannot find help. If they
offered a higher wage and perhaps some sort of job security or
benefits, that help could possibly be found. Feel free to convince me
otherwise. I am open minded.
The old Hatteras
I was grateful to
see photos of
our island during a wonderful era. Need much more of this before the
island becomes "time forgotten." Call someplace paradise and kiss it
has a question about listening to history
My family plans to
starting this weekend. It would be great if there were audio
or podcasts that we can listen to as we tour each area at OBX --
telling us the history of each and overall history of the Outer
Banks. Does something like that exist? If not, I
happy to create one during my visit, so that future tourists can take
advantage of being able to listen and have a greater context and
appreciation of the sites and places they visit.
note: I don’t know of anything like you describe.
does, send us information. Meanwhile, if you make your own CD, let us
Commentary: A young
Hatteras waterman weighs in on the absurdity of catch shares
While I sympathize
Caton and the dozens who make their living on the water in Hatteras, I
cant help but think they are sealing their own fate.
When the pictures
past winter of thousands of dead striped bass floating in the Atlantic
just off of Hatteras, and the reasoning was by-catch from trawlers, the
recreational masses went berzerk!
outweigh commercial fisherman, and the commercial community would do
themselves a favor to keep their enemies close as opposed to
continuously pushing them away. The Maryland Waterman’s Association
hasn't learned that yet, and they continue to make things difficult for
themselves as they alienate the recreational fishing community.
I don’t believe in
shares, but I also don't believe in one user group being able to single
handedly destroy a fishery that so many states economy depend on.
shipwreck appears and disappears with the shifting sands
Thanks for the
slide show and
story update of this wreckage. I enjoyed the article a lot. I hope to
be able to see it for myself one day. Maybe it will be more
visible again. I would love to see more stories of this kind published.
Thank you again!
Island Living: Learning to love thy
I enjoyed this
much because my wife and I have had this happen so many times on our
vacations down there. It does make one think that we all are there to
enjoy and wind down. Now come on people and keep your distance ....lol.
writing! Best I've read in a long time-and Funny! Loved it! Keep
Ocracoke teaching center loses jobs
It's called "learn
to deal with
it" like all the rest of us have had to do .They are not the only ones
who have had a 50 percent reduction in working capital.
It's sad that
teachers across North Carolina simply don't understand how much money
donor Dare County used to generate into the state's budget each year.
It’s money that helped paid their salaries. When our beaches close each
spring because of huge non-science buffers, seasoned visitors and their
money do not come here anymore. Everyone loses!
Letters to the
Editor....08.03.2011 3:30 pm
Park Service is preparing to implement ORV
I feel sorry for the true Outer Banks locals who have been completely
screwed over by their federal government and the NPS. They should have
never allowed the National Seashore to have been created. Watching the
federal government enact another policy that does nothing but create
more overhead and more jobs for the bureaucracy so that the public can
be "controlled," all in the name of the environment, is discouraging to
say the least. RIP, Outer Banks. The good times have passed.
This new proposed program will end over 50 years of beach fishing on
Ocracoke for me, and probably for most others I have talked
You added licenses and now access permits. That leaves the next obvious
charge—money per fish (which you may or may not catch). I feel sorry
for my grandchildren, who will never have the experience of
unencumbered fishing on the Outer Banks. It is just getting
pricey for this senior citizen.
publishes proposed ORV rule; public comment period is open
These regulations are monstrous. When one (or an agency) intends to
regulate too much, not only is it difficult for the average citizen to
read but also to understand. While I agree generally with
desire to implement some guidelines for ORVs, there needs to be a sense
of reality imposed at the same time. Limiting the use of ORV
access (time constraints, the protection of bird habitats, egg laying
turtles, etc.) makes sense. I am open to those sensible
regulations. The implementation of fees also makes sense.
However, the proposed fees are too high and will severely limit beach
access to those who wish to enjoy the beauty of the seashore—those
interested in fishing, etc. Please reconsider them and lower
fee to a more reasonable level.
I have been a vacation homeowner in Frisco for almost 30 years, and I
am aware of the need for some regulations. But please, don't
over-regulate and take away the opportunities I and others have enjoyed
in the past—and hopefully will continue to enjoy for many years to come.
UPDATE: Injured child in critical condition after a shark attack on
My congratulations, and a speedy recovery to a courageous little girl
and her family.
“From this point forward, we will not be releasing any additional
information about her condition. Also, we will not be granting any
media interviews. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”
Three days later...
Allow me to interpret: “We don't want no stinking interviews
the local media. We are planning to make it big with the
Privacy? What privacy?
Wasn't the last shark attack also late in the afternoon? What was the
tide at the time?
note: Yes, the 2001 shark attack off Avon occurred around 6
p.m. Swimmers are advised to avoid early morning and evening
hours when sharks are known to feed.)
I am going to be in that area in October, and I am bringing my Golden
Retriever for a swim in the ocean. Does any one know if sharks are more
prone to attack a large dog than they are to attack a human, or is it
all the same to them?
So good to see the smile on this girl's face and know that she doing so
UPDATE: NCDOT awards $215.8
million contract to replace Bonner Bridge
Thank God the NCDOT is moving forward with the new bridge.
pretty sad when people (National Wildlife Refuge Association, etc.)
place more importance on wildlife than human life. I love turtles and
birds, but I love my family more.
temporarily banned on seashore beaches
Embers from beach fires can be carried by the wind towards the grasses
on the dunes and around the homes beyond (which do indeed burn). The
burn ban is in effect for all of Hatteras Island—by the state, not NPS.
groups sue to stop Bonner Bridge Replacement Project
Once again the environazis show their true colors. The folks who visit
and reside on Hatteras Island do so because of the beauty and plentiful
recreation that it provides. Granted, there are a few bad apples that
spoil the bunch, but the majority of the visitors, including myself,
would never do anything to deface this beautiful island. You watch your
birds (and execute the predators you feel harm them) and let me and my
family fish, swim, and simply enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the
island. LEAVE THE ISLAND ALONE!
In His Own
Words: An Ocracoke teacher’s story of his big win on Jeopardy!
Congratulations, Charles, on your exciting win! Thanks for
sharing the experience with us all. Teachers rule.
History: The shipwrecks of Ocracoke Island
I am always interested in stories of shipwrecks. For the complete story
of the 1750 event mentioned within this article, go to
http://www.treasureislandtheuntoldstory.com. This soon-to-be-released
book is going to put Ocracoke on the international map.
School graduates nine
Best Wishes for continued excellence in scholarly pursuits to all nine
graduates—especially Mitchell Ibarra.
Ocracoke Island remains my favorite vacation getaway!
I am looking for info on a shipwreck that occurred on December 24 or
25, 1909, in the Cape Hatteras area.
The ship was the Maggie Hart, and it went down with a load of lumber
during a hurricane. The captains were James Fountain and his father,
Joseph Fountain. These are my great-grandfather and great-great
grandfather, respectively. Do your archives go back that
far? If not, can you tell me who would have that information?
appreciate any help!
Note: My main reference for shipwrecks is historian David
“Graveyard of the Atlantic,” which has lists of shipwrecks in the area
by year and by name. There is no listing for the Maggie Hart.)
thankful for help from Hatteras islanders
After living on Hatteras Island for 20 years, I moved back to
Richmond. Twelve years have passed, so I wanted to take an "R
& R" to my "real home." After making it more than
three-quarters of the trip, my car decided to take an "R&R"
too—right on the Hatteras side of Whalebone Junction. Now,
on the side of Highway 12 in the worst heat of the day was not my idea
of beginning my retreat. Fortunately, I was able to get off the road so
as not to be a problem to the hundreds of flying cars on their way the
beach. Right before the tow truck got to me, two young men
stop to help. Thanks to them—they showed some still have manners!
After towing my broken vehicle back to Buxton where it would be
repaired, they took me to my motel in Hatteras village. The kindness
continued as my suitcases were unloaded for me. These are the
kind of people that made Hatteras Island what it was when I lived there
for 20. People cared for one another, and they would go that extra
Many thanks go to John Couch for the outstanding job he did getting me
safely to my destination and making sure my car was fixed as soon as
possible. You are very much appreciated! You are one of a kind! Nice to
know there are still people like you in the world.
disappointed with law enforcement
Our family visits Hatteras Island every year (all 20 of us). This year
we stayed in Castaway 2 in Salvo. On the way to our 50th wedding
anniversary dinner at The Inn on Pamlico Sound, my son-in-law received
a ticket for passing on the right of a vehicle that made a sudden stop
without a signal. He received a ticket (a little fuzzy in my mind, but
that's life). However, when the deputy crossed out the amount
$150 and inserted $250, I was outraged. I am so disappointed!
Note: This is the response from Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard of the Dare
County Sheriff’s Office: “There have been recent changes in court costs
and fines for certain offenses. Generally, when this occurs, deputies
typically have to mark out the old amount that is printed on the back
of the ticket and write in the new amount.”)