Letters to the
Editor....12.29.2011 12:10 pm
2011: The photos of the year
That's a terrific slide show, Don, and well worth watching.
You captured the year beautifully.
are doing great work, Don. There is thoughtful composition in nearly
all of your pictures. I look forward to every update on the website to
see your photos of Hatteras.
Keep it up! You make me miss the beach!
New Bern, N.C.
gorgeous pictures as well as great narration. Thanks for keeping us in
the loop. Even though we don't get to Hatteras as often as we would
like, your pictures keep us there in thought. Best to you and Anne.
Those photos are absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing
them. Here's hoping 2012 is gentler to Hatteras Island.
Oil City, Pa.
Commentary: NPS refusal to drain stormwater is a point of contention
for islanders and visitors
was happy to see my complaint about the National Park Service and the
stormwater problems published. And guess it did some good to actually
write what I did because, guess what? We drove over Ramp 45
the Cape Point Campground last weekend, and you could see where the
holes were filled in, and we did not have to back up and leave because
of the high water. A big “thank you” to the NPS. I guess they are
reading these Island Free Press comments.
Thank you, dear Lord, for The Island Free Press. Where would
we be without you?
I didn't know NPS was so uncaring and unable to do their job right. I
have heard this, but now I really have a better view. Thanks for the
narrows options for long-term Highway 12 repair
picture (with the article) says it all. Nature is trying to
people that this part of the beach is going away soon. Once
decided to bridge and fixate on points along the barrier islands, all
we have done is to fight a constant battle against the winds and tides
of the ocean. It looks now as if the longer bridge option for
Bonner Bridge is making more sense as each year passes.
Hatteras Village Christmas Parade
is bigger than ever
the 2011 Christmas Parade video, I see the candy being thrown to the
bystanders. It reminds me of being on the beach watching the
sanderlings on the beach dodging the waves.
High school students help save
Christmas for hurricane victims
think this was a wonderful and very caring thing that these girls
thought of and followed through with. They are the kind of
leaders our country needs -- caring and thoughtful.
was happy to read about the successful holiday event. You
be very proud of your high school students who were so eager to help
Hyde County puts restrictions on
travel trailers on Ocracoke
article states that "County Manager Mazie Smith explained FEMA requires
travel-trailers located in a flood zone to be ready at all times for
evacuation. By not complying with FEMA rules, the county would be
ineligible for funding in the event of another disaster."
county manager, that statement needs to be clarified or explained. It
seems too vague. Does that mean FEMA has or will deny funding for Avon,
Waves, Salvo, Hatteras, Nags Head, KDH, Kitty Hawk? They have hundreds
upon hundreds of permanent travel trailers, many that are in plain
sight from Highway 12.
What about Knott’s Island or even southern Virginia Beach that have
"travel trailer parks?"
Hyde County has an ordinance that allows for the permit of a "travel
trailer park." Is Ocracoke not part of Hyde County?
It seems odd
the rest of the OBX and nation are able to use travel trailers as an
alternative to a conventional home, but FEMA has a special rule for
Cooking: Crazy Johnny Conner’s beef brisket and other fall recipes
Conner’s brisket. Only change I make is smoke -- the first two hours
with wet hickory or some other type of hardwood. Then wrap in foil and
finish as low and slow as you can. Also, if you are stuck
try the original recipe from Mr. Brisket, a butcher shop in Cleveland.
Check it out at www.mrbrisket.com. It calls for Lipton onion soup mix,
Heinz chili sauce and coke. My wife says it’s a little sweet, so
sometimes we replace the coke with beer and the chili sauce with ripe
tomatoes. I get hungry talking about it. Have fun.
am a Certified KCBS barbecue Judge. Johnny's Carolina pulled pork is a
champion. The entire Conner family are champions. We have visited OBX
twice a year for the past 25 years. We stay in Buxton and shop at
Conner’s. These are the best people in the world, and I wish all a
merry Christmas! See you all soon. They made our stay when we got
stranded due to Hurricane Irene.
Service extends public comment on ORV rule
friends and I have been going to Hatteras to surf fish and enjoy
fellowship for about 25 years. We rent a house for a week and spend
considerable for supplies during our visit. One of the most enjoyable
aspects is the ability to drive on the beach to good fishing areas. We
stick to the assigned driving paths and have never run over any
creatures. We are pretty much catch-and-release and never leave trash
on the beach. In fact most people leave no trash on the
beaches, a far cry from the northern beaches where they perform daily
trash sweeping. I would hate to see severe limitations placed on beach
access. If we find our fish surfing experience to become
increasingly frustrating, we will have to find other venues. I am sure
the bulk of the other fishermen visiting Hatteras feel similarly. The
associated financial impact to the Hatteras community would most likely
is preparing to implement ORV rule
Will there be a discount for senior citizens and veterans?
note: There is no mention of discounts in the proposed final rule.)
NPS releases Final Environmental
Impact Statement on ORV plan
is a travesty. This is our national park, a recreational area for all
of us to recreate. Mike Murray is a familiar name in Cape Cod. I see
Cape Hatteras being run just like Cape Cod. ORV access is limited in
Cape Cod, with very little beach to access for fishing. I had a very
unpleasant experience with a very unhappy park ranger this fall. He
didn't like his job -- or people for that matter at all. What
happened to kindness and compassion? What if we all experienced life in
the other person's shoe? Might change some thoughts and attitudes.
UPDATE: Beach nourishment off the table for long-term Highway 12 fix
Could DOT buy a couple of surplus Army bridges and use them
new proposal suggested by the Fish and Wildlife officials could be a
winner and keep MOST people happy. Please take a long look at this idea
and try working with each other to make this a reality.
have been a math teacher for 35 years, and I have also disgraced a lot
of other honorable professions in the construction world, and have
learned to adhere to the premise, that even though a perfect solution
is desired, it rarely materializes. So, I have learned that plan B is
often the best initial option, which is: Any fix or job is better than
no fix at all.
A fine and very workable fix (even though possibly temporary) was
completed at Mirlo.
above consideration, by the DOT, is worthy of consideration, but, due
to the wrath of the storm makers, it is very probable that even that
fix would not be permanent, since that breach and entire area north of
Mirlo is as susceptible to breaching and re-breaching as the one that
occurred in August.
The point that I'm getting at is that the
powers-that-be should perhaps consider how many Mirlo-type breaches
could be repaired for the coast of the permanent one that is being
considered? Let us face the fact that the longer the bridge, the more
money, time, and regulations exist that will have to be negotiated,
and, the more likely that the beach area east of the construction is
going to be permanently closed to all access, because, there is
historically no guarantee that the state and federal agencies are going
to fund the money for maintaining multiple accesses. The last thing
that we want is for Hatteras Island to be lined with lookout areas
(see, but don't touch areas) as are prevalent in our mountains.
Steve C. Sink
Letters to the
Editor....12.15.2011 4:30 pm
Mess at Mirlo: Future is uncertain for Rodanthe beach houses
are homeowners in Mirlo Beach, a family-oriented community on the Outer
Banks of North Carolina located at the north end of the village of
Rodanthe -- the gateway to Hatteras Island. It is a beautiful
live and vacation. Right now, however, we are simply trying
survive! We were devastated by Hurricane Irene and are at the
of the debate on beach nourishment versus a bridge at the Rodanthe hot
spot on Hatteras Island. On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Bonner
Merger Team will decide which of four beach design options to retain
for further study. This is an important issue that is
sneaking by the
media and deserves more attention. Your readers and viewers
the Outer Banks and will be very interested in this issue.
check out our website to see why beach nourishment should be retained
for further study and eventually chosen as the preferred solution. Go
to https://sites.google.com/site/mirlobeachnc/home or
Shelley and Jeff Weisberg
note: The Island Free Press has covered the destruction at
Beach and the problems there, and we have written extensively
the problems for Highway 12 and the possible solutions. You can find
stories on the Local News Page and in the Archives. The
will not make a recommendation on the options for Highway 12, including
the north Rodanthe area, until after the public comment period closes
on Jan. 20.)
Think again about open beach
know this is a very touchy subject for everyone on Hatteras Island, but
something needs to be said about the stickers and billboards with the
prominent middle finger making an obscene gesture. For those
responsible for the billboards and the selling of car stickers, this is
just a flat-out obscene way to publically display island views in front
of young children, older generations, and newly arriving tourists.
Defend the right to open beaches with strong legal action and
meaningful protest, but, please, don’t show the finger to every
motorist and passerby. I would think the churches, schools, real-estate
companies, restaurants, and other local companies would have already
encouraged the taking down of these signs because of their obscene
nature. If so, thank you. Bottom line: It’s bad for kids, bad
business, and insulting to a large segment of visitors. Please think
Island Living: A Visitors Guide
to life in the Real World
Joy, Joy. You are apparently confused. The "Real World" is on
and the few places similar to it left. The "Fake World" is the one
where the folks think they are too busy or too important to strike up a
conversation or help a stranger. At least I wish that were the case.
loved reading this article. We vacation on Hatteras Island
for two to
four weeks out of the year and love the friendliness of the
Since I'm a "talker" also, I can talk with anyone from Subway (the
restaurant in Avon), to the waitress at Gidget’s (formerly Toppers), to
the cashier in Food Lion. In fact, by talking to this sweet
Polish girl a few years ago in Food Lion, we're now best friends, and
we love her little daughter Lia. Life is too short to not
strike up a
conversation with anyone you meet. Just think, you may be the
person that spoke with them all day and made them feel human.
everyone is a chatterbox, but those of use that like to meet and greet
people will make up for the others. Merry Christmas to all of
friends on the island, and we hope to see you next year.
love this story, especially the part about your friend trying to start
up a conversation with the Wall Street man. It had me in tears
laughing. I love to read your stories. What you are saying about the
real world -- that everywhere you go they are throwing up another chain
store, followed by a mega Walmart -- is so true. Believe me, I can live
without Walmart. I love Hatteras Island for its island time and its
wonderful laid-back folks. We all wish we could be islanders. God bless
you all and may you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Island Living: We
are all people who are naked in our glass beach houses
a side note: Before driving to the post office and singing loudly
(while pretending to know the lyrics) do not tuck the letters into the
visor because when you stop at the light and glance over to check out
the cute kiteboarders, the mail will fly out and hit you on the bridge
of your nose. This totally ruins the cool singing vibe, and the tears
only further the whole hysterical rumor. Mail also leaves an
unattractive dent in your face. Next time we can talk about the dangers
of wearing your PJs to drop the kids off at school...
Joy. Glad you liked the “Joy” socks. Can't wait to see you at
Christmas, when maybe there will be more socks. Love, Mom.
I didn't love Joy before, I sure do now!
just love the laugh-out-loud articles. Not long after I moved here 11
years ago, I dubbed Hatteras to be "the island of misfit toys." This
title fits well because it doesn't matter whether you're a drunk, lead
choir, fisherman, or transplant, Hatteras accepts you for who and what
you are. Regardless of your station in the community, you ARE a part of
it, and are loved and taken care of because, well, you live here. We
take care of our own. And we love our own. Seldom a day goes by that I
don't pass someone on the road and get a call shortly after that says,
"Hey! You doin' OK?"
back my family begged me to move
back home, and my answer to them was, “I am home.” Come what may,
Hatteras Island is not easily dismissed. And I wouldn't want my glass
house to be anywhere else.
Late summer and
fall surfing on Hatteras
Christmas Parade is bigger than ever
mentioned everyone but Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship. They were
in the parade, too. You did show the beginning of their
that was all.
Newport News, Va.
special Sunday, everyone was proud to be a part of celebrating the
season of “good night, Irene” and welcome high spirts, hope, and a
and his family are thankful for his miraculous recovery
we have not seen or heard from each other for many, many years,
Patricia and I hope you have a rapid recovery and can return to your
passion of fishing. We both know that it is what
you were meant to do
with your life.
Your cousin, Adrian Zuidervliet
written and good story. Tough spot. Glad he's on the mend.
school students help save Christmas for hurricane victims
really proud of these girls, and also a BIG thank you for all the
support that was given to help this project.
to all those who provided food and love to those who lost so much.
Hyde County puts
restrictions on travel trailers on Ocracoke
will enforce the moving of travel trailers that are not in compliance?
Where will all of the business employees live? And, lastly, what about
all of the new "food concession" trailers? Will they have to meet
finish hurricane debris clean-up on Ocracoke
Now they can hustle on up to the top of Bodie Island Lighthouse and
board the gallery windows up, since it's been open to the weather since
Irene -- 90 days ago. Blah, team NPS.
The story of one
Kinnakeet family and the struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Irene
family and I are coming down for a family wedding the week of May 20. I
would like to bring anything I can to help out the residents of
Hatteras Island. What kind of items are needed that I can donate? Do
you need items, cash donations, or both? I have many used kitchen items
in my attic -- cups, glasses, dishes, coffee maker, blender,
stainless steel flatware set, pots and pans set. Everything is in great
shape, and I was saving it for a rainy day. Well it rained on Hatteras
Island! My favorite place to be in the world and we love the Hatteras
folks. With the amount of people coming down for this wedding, we can
all bring down something new from each guest or family. What are your
thoughts? We want to help.
note: Many, many groups and individuals have come to the aid
hurricane victims. I’m not sure they will need more household
May, but for some time to come, those who were economically hurt will
need monetary support. Anyone who is interested can send cash
donations to the Cape Hatteras United Methodist men, P.O. Box 1591,
Buxton, NC 27920.)
Ocracoke ranger is known for his boundless energy and gregarious nature
is one of a kind -- perfect for Ocracoke. He will be a very hard act to
follow. Because he is always so positive and up-beat, many of us don't
realize the day-to-day difficulties he faces. Great job, Kenny!
refusal to drain stormwater is a point of contention for islanders and
my husband checked the water depth on the road to Ramp 43/44 on his way
home from work in Buxton as we've not gone fishing or even driving
through that area since before Hurricane Irene. We've had our
brakes redone and don't want to torment our vehicles with the saltwater
in this area. Anyway, we tried to drive over Ramp 45, and we
with no deep water issues and got to the top of the ramp, and lo and
behold, there was an NPS ranger putting carsonite signs right to the
edge of a GIANT pot hole. It was saltwater probably and looked deep, so
we could not even skirt that big waterhole. We back up and left. Mind
you, there is a giant sand and shell stockpile right at the base of
Ramp 45, so if someone could have used a front-end loader to put some
of that debris in the hole, maybe we could have gone over to
beach. Come on NPS ! Who can I write or call and get access
Ramp 45? Thanks for letting me sound off !
Ocean Center is a new project that would be a fishing pier -- and much
Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier (aka Frisco Pier) has an incredible
history. The pier will be 50 years old in 2012. It
has made thousands
of fishermen happy. Also, over the years, it has been an educational
opportunity for many school children and teachers. We have also, in
conjunction with the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, helped sponsor
a children’s fishing tournament for several years. Those
were supported by the community in a huge way. In the past,
has been a source for NOAA concerning weather
conditions. In the past
two years, the pier has been closed because of storm-related issues.
We, as the owners, have been working diligently to get the pier back in
operating condition. The reason for writing this is to make
aware concerning the future of the Frisco Pier. We are open to hearing
comments and concerns from the public. Please feel free to
via e-mail, [email protected] or [email protected]
very much in advance for responding to us.
Tod and Angie Gaskill