to the Editor
Letters to the
Editor....02.15.2011 9:10 am
July 4 fireworks on Ocracoke
We appreciate the concerns of those who would like to see fireworks,
the "illuminations" mentioned in July, 1776 by John Adams, return to
Ocracoke's Independence Day celebration.
A committee of our Civic and Business Association is currently studying
the issues of the more strict permitting process, available licensed
providers, costs, and the sense of the community. We hope soon to be
able to announce the resumption of this traditional symbol of our
Access and Bonner Bridge issues
The SELC and others with their particular vision of Hatteras have a
radical picture, I think, of the future of the OBX. That is, simply, no
more humans -- or very, very few. The Bonner Bridge poses an
opportunity for the Southern Environmental Law Center to delay its
replacement until it is unsafe for use, starting the process. Next
comes heavy-handed federal regulation that imposes a marine sanctuary
and curtails commercial and recreational fishing. Beaches
become wilderness areas under the gradual process of ORV rulemaking and
the sanctuary establishment. The resulting economic disaster will force
hard working folks off the island, so either government can buy up
private property or only elites can access the island.
Yes, this may be a stretch, but no more than having an activist federal
judge impose his will or outsiders imposing their own vision of what
the seashore should be. God help us.
issues its 2010 annual reports
The article says, "Twelve breeding pairs were identified, the most
since 1996 when 14 were observed." Am I missing something, like common
sense, or wasn't there unrestricted beach access in and prior to 1996?
How did these birds manage before the Park Service began to manage
National Preserve takes flak for its ORV plan
Thank you, Sens. Hagan and Burr, and Rep. Jones..This has been going on
for too long. I am a frequent visitor of the OBX and hope to
day become a resident. ORV and beach access are a way of life on the
OBX. I would think it is the single main attraction. These special
interest groups need to be stopped and run out off the area. Let’s not
stop until our demands are met!
Rare snow storm
brings 6 inches or more to Hatteras and Ocracoke
On Jan. 23, 2003, it snowed 15 inches in Salvo. My significant other,
Lynne, was very cold and knitted a scarf. The scarf has kept her warm
in the years since. Fast forward to Dec. 28, 2010. Elizabethan Gardens
hosted its first annual Christmas light show. We enjoyed it so very
much. Lynne got into the truck, not knowing she dropped the
We got back to Salvo to find, no scarf. So, we called Elizabethan
Gardens for three days to see if anyone had returned the scarf. No such
luck. Lynne was extremely heartbroken. In the days since losing the
scarf, she has talked about having to knit a new one and hoping that
whoever has it was enjoying it.
On Saturday, Jan. 22, we ventured off to Elizabethan Gardens for a yard
sale. We heard on the radio that 1 to 2 inches of snow was forecast on
Hatteras Island. I did not think anything of it. We continued on our
adventure, stopping in a number of shops, going to lunch and then, to
Dare Challenge Thrift Shop.
Hanging up in the scarf section was Lynne's lost scarf. The guys were
great after hearing the story, and they gave Lynne back her scarf, free
of charge. Lynne was smiling from the luck of it. As we were heading
back to Salvo at 5:15 p.m., there was a dusting of snow in southern
Nags Head, but as we get closer to Whalebone Junction, the road was
covered. After we crossed Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet, the
turned into blizzard conditions. We could travel only 20 mph, with
blowing wind and snow flying in all directions. After almost two hours,
we arrived safely in Salvo with 11 inches of snow on the ground and the
Thank you to whoever picked up the scarf and gave it to Dare Challenge.
Thank you to the gentlemen at Dare Challenge.
Va., and Salvo
Thank you for the great photos of OBX snow!
The pictures of the snow were incredible. We have a lot of the white
stuff here, but seeing our favorite place on earth covered in a blanket
of the white stuff and not messed up with salt and cinders was
Thank you for the pictures of OBX snow.
Isn't it ironic that the Bodie Island Lighthouse cannot finish
restoration, yet millions of dollars were spent to deny access to the
National Parks recreation area?
We enjoyed the photos of the snow on beautiful Hatteras and Ocracoke
islands! We know the islanders had a bit of fun making all
snowmen. Hopefully, it has all melted by now.
You're looking more and more like Almost Heaven West Virginia every day!
Does Don Bowers sell any of his pictures? I would like to purchase some
of the lighthouse.
note: Don Bowers photo are for sale at Indian Town Gallery in
Frisco or you can e-mail him at [email protected])
Beautiful pictures. I wish I could have seen it in
You islanders can come visit New Jersey. We have plenty to share and
are quite tired of it.
Beautiful pictures of two of my favorite things, Cape Hatteras and
snow! I would love to visit sometime when I could experience
both. Thanks for sharing. See you in May. (Try to keep the
quick work of clearing snow and ice
I was really impressed with the quick response to the snow removal.
Golly, Sunday really was beautiful though.
shares: How NOAA and the Environmental Defense Fund plan to
destroy North Carolinas working watermen
Join in with us as we join with you in fighting this monster brought on
with the EDF, PEW, TIDES, and Pink Code -- with NOAA at the reins. The
Online Fisherman dot.com, the RFA, and I have declared war. Catch
shares have now bled into the recreational angling side to include
charter captains, waterman, and the everyday John Doe in taking his
kids fishing. I am working on a plan to have us form an Anglers Union.
At over 50 million strong plus, that could be enough to quash most
opposition and sway a few congressmen or senators who may hold a vote.
With that many votes, we could put our own in the White
I am a part-time crabber in Maryland, and I have been for 30 years. Our
crab stocks have came back in 2010, and we do not need more laws. Too
much government and money control this country. That’s a shame. They
use to say “free” America. There is nothing free in this country. I
love my country but fear my government. No catch shares.
turn up 300 pot
plants in Waves and Southern Shores
Way to go, Sheriff.
Nice to see some bad apples going down. They should put them away and
throw away the key. These people give the OBX a bad name.
Bob, an Ocracoke pony
As a native North Carolinian, I had my first of hundreds of trips to
the Outer Banks in 1976. On one trip in particular, I was standing at
he parking area near the Pony Pens. As I was looking at some of the
ponies, a park ranger came up and entered the area to feed the ponies.
As we chatted, he asked if I would like to help him with the feeding
and see them up close, as I was the only person there at the time. Of
course, I said, “yes.”
Although I did not know his name at that time, one of the ponies I
helped feed was Mr. Bob. I found that out later on another trip and
recognized him from the picture with the story. I remember he was
friendly and allowed me to pet him that day and actually acted as if he
did not want me to stop! What a beautiful Ocracoke pony he was!
Needless to say, thanks to that ranger. That was the highlight of my
trip, and one that I have never forgotten. Mr. Bob was a wonderful
specimen of the special breed that we have on Ocracoke Island.
The old Hatteras
Thanks for the great pictures, Kurt. They bring back so many wonderful
memories from my first experiences on the island in 1962-63. We
traveled from Cincinnati to Hatteras (two days, five people) in a 1960
Willy's Jeep station wagon, and carried all of our camping gear with
us. Camping was the only way we could afford to travel at the time, but
I think that make the memories of the island in that time period very
special. Most of our black-and-white photos have been lost for one
reason or another, so please protect what you have! Thanks again!
arrives at its new home in Rodanthe
I am so happy the house was saved! My daughter and I coming that way
this summer and cannot wait to see the house!