to the Editor
Letters to the
Editor....03.18.2011 8:15 pm
a toll for
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry under discussion in Raleigh
and park issues
Letters to the
Editor....03.18.2011 9:30 am
I am continually
I read Letters to the Editor here that blame the residents of Hatteras
and Ocracoke for the beach closures! Of course, most people
fighting the closures! No one on these islands have "allowed"
them to be taken over by the bird and turtle people! In case
haven't noticed, the population is small and the opposition has far
more money behind their cause than the local folks. If you
not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Instead
blaming the locals for what SELC and its ilk have done to these
islands, why not join the fight alongside the residents?
you legislators. Raise a stink! That's what I've
trying to do from here. I'll admit that it is extremely
to get my legislators in Texas interested, but they continue to hear
from me, and I continue to support the island groups fighting those who
want to deny everyone's right to beach access.
Has anyone else
noticed what a
cesspool the dredge pond out at the Point has
sure the hundreds, maybe thousands, of cormorants that are hanging out
in it this spring haven't helped. I guess it's going to take
big storm to wash over the entire area to clean it up.
Why do people who
live in other
areas threaten to boycott by vacationing somewhere else?
Why do people who
machine” investments start each letter proclaiming their ownership of a
fraction of Hatteras Island?
Not all the
utensils” for the wealthy worship the “golden coins.” We need it, use
it, but don't bow down to it.
Point closes to off-road vehicles
Are you kidding
because they (the birds) are just playing around? Not even nesting
And we are to
Hatteras Island on the 1st, wouldn't you know? We moved our
earlier so we would not have to deal with this crap and, guess what,
there you go again. I wonder if they would close the beach
if we were being observed in breeding behavior? Just asking!
Oh, well, I still
will be there
and I still love the Outer Banks as my ancestors did before me, I just
have to shake my head at the insanity of the NPS.
Damn! They must
have seen me
out there a couple of days before and rushed to shut 'er down!
behavior" needs to be documented with substantial proof and the NPS
staff who observed this "behavior" needs to be identified and a public
record completed for all to see. This is just more NPS BS! Further, I
believe NPS staffers and all birdwatchers also need to be restricted
from driving on the beaches while restrictions are in effect.
It's just one more
nail in the
coffin that is our local economy.
My family and I go
every year. We look so forward to going, but it seems like the Point is
always closed and that is the best place to swimming, shelling and
fishing .There are a lot more places the birds could nest. Why not keep
the Point open? I am starting to think that it is not the
but you are trying to keep the vacationers away.
As a family, we
were at the
Point when the final closure occurred. The sense of loss and injustice
weighed heavily as we shelled during the last low tide. Something is
terribly wrong when we close off to people one of the most beautiful
places on this earth for a few scratches in the sand behind a dune,
away from the traffic to the Point.
I'm all for
environment. Two of our children have graduated or are currently in
post-graduate environmental science studies. I'm also an avid surf
fisherman and, for lack of a better term, a "Point Rat," having fished
that spot every year since 1974.
I believe there
needs to be a
balance between protecting the environment and allowing access to the
best surf fishing spots on Hatteras Island. I support designating Bodie
Island Spit at Oregon Inlet, Cape Point and Hatteras Inlet as
"Protected Surf Fishing Area.s"
I suspect the
still be there for years to come with no fewer birds despite this tiny
We'll be down in
two weeks for two weeks. We go out to the Point often. Guess we
can't now because
it's a long
walk. Are we sure they saw “the bird?” They got proof?
Charging a toll for Hatteras-Ocracoke
under discussion in Raleigh
My husband and I
regular visitors to Hatteras Island for the past 27 years, usually for
two trips a year. This year we have chosen to look for a beach vacation
elsewhere due to the driving closures on the beaches.
Now we read that
there may be a
fee for the ferry also. We have probably spent our last vacation on the
We are thankful
memories, but like so many things, this too has changed.
Are you kidding?
people, already own the ferry system. Don’t we pay for it with tax
dollars? It’s funny our state representatives spend our money
recklessly and then expect us to pick up the slack. How disgraceful is
Outer Banks are uniting to oppose tolls on Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry
It seems that
possible is being done to keep all of us from enjoying Ocracoke
Island. I have been vacationing there for years and already
prohibited from enjoying my favorite spot, which is the South
Point. If we are prohibited from ever driving on the beach
I will find a new vacation spot. Now a doubling in fees for
ferry to get there from my direction and a new fee to take the ferry
from Hatteras over? The State of North Carolina needs to get a grip!
If the state
million in increased tolls, that money cannot be spent on the Outer
Banks. And it will result in a loss of estimated $775,000 in sales tax
revenue. I believe there will be a loss of jobs in hotels and
restaurants, fishing, and all through the economy. Ten
dollars buys a lot of gifts, fishing trips, gasoline, and meals.
Commuter passes on
the OBX are
NOT the same thing as a commuter pass on the mainland.
of Ocracoke live here and work here. We do not commute to
town daily to go to work. I know of only one person who
She goes to Hatteras to provide a vital public service two or three
days a week. My family uses the commuter pass to Swan Quarter
maybe 15 times a year. This is for doctor visits or business trips for
supplies and groceries.
I do not believe
that it is
legal for North Carolina to require citizens to be forced to pay a toll
simply to use the state's highway system, which we have already paid
for with our income tax and highway gasoline tax money.
We visit OBX two
to three times
a year (and have for 20 years) and would love to live there. Every time
we're there, however, we take the ferry to Ocracoke, and we wonder why
there is not a charge. Why not have a charge for those from
out-of-state, likeourselves -- maybe at $5 per ride? If the
plates are North Carolina plates, taxes are being paid which assist the
ferries, and those vehicles should be "no fee." When plates
as ours) are out-of-state, it doesn't seem practical that we enjoy what
the North Carolinians are paying in taxes. Charge all
out-of-state perhaps $5. If people can afford to visit OBX, they can
afford this! Let this be fair to the taxpayers of North Carolina!
Every vacation to
always spend a day on Ocracoke at the beach, and we eat at a
restaurant, have ice cream, and shop a bit. The idea that the
ferry is free does play into our decision to spend one of our vacation
How can a $105,000
impact study not address the impact on Ocracoke businesses?
how can an important question like, "Is it legal within existing law?"
not have been a part of the DOT's planning to date? These
like two very important questions that they are not
There is no reason
discussion has to be a simple yes or no to tolls. I do agree
$10 one way is a little much for a tourist destination that is a
positive contributor to the state budget already, and lacks serious
business sense. But some level of toll that generates some
off-setting revenue for operational costs may end up being a necessity
if the present schedule is to be maintained. The amount I
suggest as appropriate from the perspective of not discouraging tourism
is more modest -- $3 or $5 with decals issued to Hyde and Dare county
residents exempting them from the tolls. In addition,
companies could pay a reasonable monthly toll that would offset the
cost of their vehicle transportation, say 25 percent of the standard
trip cost. Local opposition would be reduced, state coffers
get something rather than nothing from tourists. But given that the
toll one-way was less than a gallon of gas or milk for that matter, it
would not be viewed as excessive.
There is, of
camel's nose under the tent argument, but that has to be balanced
against the desirability of maintaining the convenience of the current
off-season schedule, which is the next likely target for
the ferries had to operate on an every two-hour basis, the modest tolls
I suggest would look a whole lot better.
get their heads shaved to raise money for cancer research
I think this was
lost my mother only days prior to this event to pancreatic cancer, and
there was no better way to honor her memory and all those who have
fought cancer, young and old.
The nurses and
whom my mom worked side-by-side with for 15 years at Patient First
stepped up and donated over $3,500 to the Frank and Fran's team in her
I know my mom
would be very
proud of all the Hatteras islanders who participated in this event, as
she loved Hatteras with all her heart. As a 27-year RN and director of
nursing services, she would have commended each of you for your efforts
to help others.
I miss you mom.
Roundup: Noise ordinance, fireworks, ABC store
I can't believe
that the ABC
store in Ocracoke cannot be profitable! Also, why not ask for
"fireworks" donations at all the ferry docks? Bet everyone will
on Ocracoke: A visual feast
Can I purchase the photograph of the Ocracoke Lighthouse? That is one
of the most amazing photographs I have ever seen of the lighthouse! (My
in-laws own the house across the street from the lighthouse.
Note: Photographer George Brown replies, “I'm not set up here
make prints. So I'd have to ask that this person be
touch with me directly ([email protected]) ... and sometime in May,
when we are back in Taos, I'll see if I can make a print for
her. One question I would have would be about size.)
engagement is announced
North Carolina is simply going to put Ocracoke in the hurt locker with
this. I would venture to say that the day tripper tourists who would
normally go easily spend more than $10 a trip in Hyde County for meals,
fishing, etc. The toll would probably drop the people who go over there
by a good 5 percent. That money spent on the island stays on the island
and enriches everyone who lives there. The toll money would simply
vanish into the North Carolina general fund and never be put back into
the local economy at all.
Just say no, folks.
Between your beach closures and proposed ferry fees, why don't you just
hang a sign or advertise tourists or visitors not welcome here? You
have allowed your treasured seashore to be turned into a wildlife
refuge where only birds are welcome, other animals trapped or shot and
killed, and humans not allowed. Shame on you! It is a crime against
humanity what has been allowed to take place on Ocracoke and Hatteras
islands. Shame on you again for not fighting for your treasured
seashore that people have enjoyed for decades! The once thriving
islands have turned into ghost towns due to the lack of visitors. You
have additionally alienated the physically challenged from areas of
your beaches, as well as older folks. Shame on you again! I wonder what
tax base the birds will create because shortly that is all that will
remain! The ferry fee issue is just the tip of the iceberg for you
folks, and you deserve every problem you have allowed to happen. Shame
on you. Thinking of what you have allowed to transpire makes me sick to
my stomach! We will be taking our treasured, hard-earned vacation
budget and spending it in a more tourist friendly atmosphere!
Are you kidding me? This is absolutely absurd to charge locals for the
ferry. They are already taxed to death, pay outrageous amounts on
groceries, as well as gasoline. Taxes are already being talked about
being raised next year. How much more torture will Hyde County and the
state of North Carolina impend on these locals?
We are all having a bad year. People who were not laid off in the last
years have been laid off this winter.
You can blame some of that on beach closures. Ocracoke is unique and we
islanders pay enough with property taxes. And what about the older
O'cockers who already are stretched to their financial limits, with
medical bills, taxes, medications, and now this? It is not right to
toll locals. We live here and have for generations. It just
like we are being punished for living here. My husband and I plan to
die here and should have that right. Ya'll are forcing us out and it is
not right or constitutional. O'cockers should be grandfathered in just
like they do in other places.But all people are looking at is dollar
signs. This should definitly be thought about before a
Too much, too fast. Who came up with this brainstorm? Do they not see
what has happened here due to beach closures? Our economies are fragile
as it is.
Where will the money from the tolls go?
Our islands need to stick together or the feds and state will regulate,
fee, and license us out of business and homes.
This is robbery. Let the state of North Carolina cut some
government waste instead of continuing to rob hard working folks of
their money. How can they justify jumping from free to $10? You've
already hurt the folks of Ocracoke with the insane beach closings. Look
inward to cut the budget, not outward to the population.
Wow. I am shocked (but really not surprised) to read of the proposed
ferry tolls. In order for my family to come vacation in Hatteras, it
requires three years of saving and planning, and even then, we are on a
pretty tight budget once we get there. The trip to Ocracoke is always a
highlight, and the kids love the ferry ride. The $20 I would have to
spend in order to continue that tradition is money that I could have
spent at my favorite island businesses. I wish you all luck. If there
is any way that those of us tourists can help, please post it.
Oil City, Pa.
I have always thought, for the 22 years I've lived here, that the free
ferry was stupid on the state’s part. I have always contended that it
should be $5 a trip and full-time Ocracoke residents ride free. To me,
it's a no brainer.
I'm not an Ocracoke resident, just a long-time admirer and occasional
visitor. The mentality that presumes a statewide budget
should be solved by imposing an excessively disproportionate burden on
a small part of the population by virtue of their being locked into
their existing commitment to their place of residence doesn't belong in
a management position. I hope the residents of North Carolina
have more competent representatives than that.
W we have been vacationing on Hatteras Island for a number of years and
have always taken one day to ride the ferry to Ocracoke to fish down
there, shop, and to have lunch. Your legislators are killing your
island because you are correct that I will not pay to ride the ferry,
and if there was a highway road, I would go that way.
Maybe they should decrease the pay for your legislators to help with
all the costs and if your President wouldn't be giving away all of the
money, there would be money to run and replace things that are falling
apart like the Bonner Bridge.
Sounds like we need to find another place to vacation. I am sure there
will be a lot of vacationers that feel like we do. So keep it up North
Carolina legislators and you will have ghost towns on Hatteras Island
Am I mad? Yes, I am. If you all keep this up it will probably be the
last year we vacation down there. I know we are only one family, but
word spreads. Think about it.
This is unbelievable. Is North Carolina looking to completely destroy
Ocracoke? I wouldn't mind paying for the ferry, but where will the fees
go? To fight the morons who are closing beach access? Rather than
charge for the ferry, make the state build a road to access the island.
It seems illegal to cut people off like that. Isn't there anyone in
North Carolina looking out for your interests?
Well, at least when the Democrats are in office they come right at you
with a tax increase, but when the Republicans are in office they spit
out of the sides of their mouths and just raise fee after fee after
fee. I'll still go over to see Tradewinds Tackle
the Ocracoke beache,s but soon enough those new “fees” just to drive to
the holes will chase me out of North Carolina all together.
If this law is passed, they should give residents a pass to use instead
of paying to use the ferry.
Instead of charging a ferry fee, let the state legislators accept less
pay and perks if they are really interested in helping their state.
Customers Choice provides HVAC and refrigeration service to several
restaurants on Ocracoke. We have offered our services at a
inexpensive rate, trying to help the local businesses in
Ocracoke. Now with these toll expenses and the delay with no
priority passes, we will have to pass on these incurred expenses to our
customers. That would be iIn addition to the decline in business that
they may suffer with a decreased amount of daily visitors to the
island. I can see where this would be devastating to the
economy. Many companies who come out of Virginia
Northern Dare County already charge very high rates to come to
Ocracoke. No doubt they will also increase their rates in
Ocracoke even more. This economy is tough enough already.
I recently moved to Avon from the Washington metropolitan
area. I work for a company that does work in Ocracoke, and I
see charging a toll to go to Ocracoke would greatly decrease revenue in
Ocracoke, especially since Hatteras island now has restaurants that are
able to sell liquor by the drink in bars. If this was a
economy this toll would not be an issue. But with people counting every
penny as they plan their vacation, this toll along with the closing of
the beaches on Hatteras Island, you might as well just buy out all the
houses and restaurants under eminent domain and close this island for
the birds. You're killing us slowly anyway.
Charging the Ocracoke residents a fee to ride any ferry is like
penalizing them for living out there. Really? Sure,
all about charging tourists for the ride, but state residents pay
enough tax to keep transportation alive in North Carolina!
This short-sighted attempt to raise revenue for the state will do just
the opposite. The Outer Banks have been a favorite family vacation site
because it has been an affordable vacation. In the short run,
$20 round trip to Ocracoke will stop a lot of day visitors from coming
to the island. That will decrease revenue for Hyde County severely.
Hyde County is already one of the poorest counties in the state.
In the long run, visitors who use the Outer Banks as a scenic route to
travel north and south will think twice the next time if they have to
pay $10 and then again $15 just to get on and off the southern end of
the islands. In the long run, this will severely affect Hatteras Island
But aside from the tourists who visit, the locals who live here are not
wealthy. They are restaurant workers, hotel workers, shop keepers,
fishermen, teachers, and ferry personnel. Can you imagine asking all of
those people in Raleigh to pay $1,200 a year just to go to the dentist
or go shopping?
No new taxes? Isn't that an outrageous increase in taxes on just a few,
not very wealthy citizens?
Are the federal and state governments trying to completely close down
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands? As an out-of-state homeowner
summer resident, this is what is seems like to me. Enough is
enough! First the beach closures and driving bans on the National
RECREATIONAL Seashore -- look at the economic impact of this on the
islands. Now wanting to charge to go across the Hatteras
go to Ocracoke will definitely cause Ocracoke to lose tourist
dollars. It will be totally unfair to the residents of
The ferry is their lifeline. What are these state legislators thinking?
We have been coming to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands since 1991. On
those trips we stay on Hatteras, but day trip to Ocracoke at least six
times over the two weeks (if not more). On those day trips, we eat at
Howard’s Pub, shop at the Village Craftsmen, take a kayak out on Silver
Lake, and always have a smoothie at the Ocracoke Coffee Company. We buy
endless T-shirts and local artwork and often eat one, two, or even
three meals on the island each day we go. We buy ice, magazines, and
more at the Ocracoke Community Store. I think you get my point here.
Ocracoke is beautiful, and we would never stop coming. However, with
the increasing cost to just about everything these days, we would
likely cut our day trips at least in half. Now multiply this by the
thousands of day trippers and you can easily see the economic impact a
toll could have. Certainly worth weighing the pros and cons of a
potential toll. Is it not?
I have no issue with paying to use the ferry. It must cost
state a tremendous amount of money to run those fuel hogs all day and
night in the summer. My only request is that they issue a sticker for
the residents and allow them to ride for free. I am a visitor
the island and don't mind paying my share. In addition, the business
trucks that use the ferry are larger and heavier, and, therefore,
should pay their share too.
We purchased a house Avon about 15 years ago and been going to the
Outer Banks for over 20 years. We make it a point to go to Ocracoke
each trip down for a dinner and walk the town. At $10 a trip, we would
probably end the tradition. I believe it would destroy the economy.
Good Luck, Ocracoke residents. You need it!
I have been going to Ocracoke via all three ferries for the past three
years living in North Carolina and before that for 12 years from
Texas. It is costly to vacation in Ocracoke to start and now
want to destroy what little they have? You will make people
twice and decide it is too costly. All big purchases need to
done off the island, as well as medical. I believe that
who votes for this should go and live there a few weeks and see what
damage you are about to do. Find a better solution.
it a $1. Pick on the islands that have everything at their
tips. You are turning this pure little island into a "wealthy
people's" vacation spot only. Please reconsider, and I only vacation
there one week out of the year.
As a propane supplier for Ocracoke Island, adding a toll to the primary
route would be an added expense that would have to be added to the fuel
rate. In return, the property owners and business owners will suffer
At first, I didn't think it was a bad idea, if the locals could get
some free access. Then I read the rates! Talk about "highway
robbery"! That's exactly what it is! I know our
money hungry, but this is ridiculous enough to almost be
laughable! It would ruin Ocracoke! What are these
thinking? No. Not a good idea at all.
Where and to whom do we write? I will post the information on my
bulletin board at work. Many of my co-workers vacation on the Outer
If they impose a fee on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry, it will devastate
the businesses on Ocracoke. What are they thinking?
on Hatteras Island once or twice each year, and we always take a trip
to Ocracoke for a day of shopping. When I told my husband
were thinking of implementing a fee for the ferry, he replied that we
have seen it before -- meaning no more trips to Ocracoke.
A modest increase in the toll to/from Ocracoke to either Swan Quarter
or Cedar Island is certainly understandable, as well as a modest
increase in the annual commuter pass. However, to charge a toll for the
only remaining method of travel off the island is, in essence, holding
hostage all residents with financial limitations, of which there are
In addition, the primary financial life line for Ocracoke is tourism.
Imposing a toll for the Hatteras ferry at a period of time when the
entire country is financially insecure and unstable would certainly
result in a catastrophe for island businesses.
gain in 2010 census with the greatest increase in Hispanics
I know for a fact that there were at least seven people in
building that were not counted in the census. How many others on the
island were not counted?
four people off Hatteras
God bless the United States Coast Guard!
their heads shaved to raise money for cancer research
Do you have a photo of Frank Folb after his head was shaved? I know a
lot of people that would like to see the photo?
Pictures 16 and 20 in the slide show -- that was worth the $10 dollars
you got from me! The money went for a good cause. Good job!
schedules a status conference on consent decree
Since Judge Boyle and the environmentalist do not object to the NPS not
meeting court deadlines, maybe the Park Service could delay the closing
of our beaches, according to the deadlines set by the consent decree.
There's a great surf-break off of ramp 23 and several good fishing
then, the human beings who love and live for this beautiful
"recreational park" and whose taxes pay the salaries of the NPS
employees have been given no consideration at all in the past. The
consent decree exemplifies a total miscarriage of justice, and Mr.
Murray's Plan F is even more despicable!
Letters to the
Editor....03.12.2011 9:00 am
young Hatteras waterman weighs in on the absurdity of catch shares
Well written, factual rebuttal to the all too frequent smoke and mirror
campaign of federal regulators, whose sole purpose is to define a
problem that does not exist, and then "fix" it, without any scientific
input whatsoever, nor input from those affected. The winds of
change are blowing in the District of Columbia, and one must hope that
the wind blows all this and other like nonsense away.
Thanks, Patrick. Very well researched and written and you did
great job explaining this to folks like me that may not have understood
everything behind this very important issue. Good luck and
that those on the other side take the time to fully understand the
"hopefully unintended" consequences of their actions.
Here come catch
shares: How NOAA and the Environmental Defense Fund plan to destroy
North Carolina’s working watermen
Please stop this nonsense!
Please look to our recreational future and oppose catch shares!
Gary E. Dawson
I do not want NOAA involved in fisheries decision making processes. It
countermands a local approach using local knowledge and consideration
for the local economies and people that it will affect. Please allow
the local fisheries do their jobs and keep NOAA out of something they
have no business in.
A lot is being done within our country to fulfill personal agendas
without the voice of the people. I hope someone is listening.
This is totally uncalled for and another example of how government is
trying to control every facet of out lives.
The government can't effectively run anything without screwing it
up. Get off the backs of people and leave them
we need is less big government telling us how to run our
You people can't run anything successfully. Admit it! Look at
what you have done.
a status conference on consent decree
I live in Virginia, and I know how much I would miss it if I could not
drive my family and friends down on the beach to fish and enjoy the
beach and the fine people who live and work there. In all the years
that I have been going down to the Outer Banks, I have yet to see a
bird or turtle that has been run over. As for the people who live
there, it well be a shame for them to lose all they have over a selfish
decision or a decision from somebody that does not live there.
Henry C. Sapp
recovering after Coast Guard airlift to Norfolk hospital
What a wonderful and "uplifting" story! Thank God the little boy is
doing well and this story has a happy ending. Hats off to all the
medical staff and Coast Guard personnel who did an outstanding job in
what sounds like a challenging weather situation.
Nineteen years ago ,the Coast Guard airlifted my son to The Children’s
Hospital of the King’s Daughters. He was 29 months old at the time.
Dare helicopter was down for maintenance and Nightingale was on its way
to Ocracoke to pick up a heart attack patient. The wind wasn't a
problem that day. They landed at Frisco airport and we met them there.
At the last minute, they had to put another patient on the helicopter
and neither my husband or me was allowed to go. The Coast Guard took
good care of our baby. It was a long ride to Norfolk!
We are so lucky to have alternative EMS available, but hats off to the
military when it comes to getting the job done.
Uriah is a very lucky little boy to live in a place that had such a
great team of people and the resources to help him out of a bad
spot. Great Job!
Thank you for the article and video of the Coast Guard rescue of the
17-month-old child on Feb. 28 from Ocracoke Island. The paramedic on
duty at the time was my son, Eric Godbey, and I am very proud that he
was able to assist on getting this child the help he would need.
drink at Hatteras restaurant served at Capt. Rolo’s
As a simple tourist since 1982, could I tell you that never
a choice on renting location based on your mixed drink policy (law). I
come from a country where businesses don’t renew their liquor licenses
because of the poor return on investment (lack of sales, licences,
inventories, space, age limits) and switch to brown bagging.
Northern village businesses, if you are looking for an advantage, start
advertising your "brown-bag” policy
P.S Could you included in your referendum revoking your policy on no
wine purchase on Sundays before noon?
people are saying goodbye to Teen Night
OK, Sundae, you got me to cry. As a parent of one of these teenagers, I
can't thank Susie, Karen, and the OYC enough. Thank you for your time,
your ideas, and your care of our kids.
pre-nesting closure information and maps
This is all crime. This bird lives north of us in higher numbers. They
causes scare at Cape Hatteras Elementary School
Great job for the school to find this thing. It could have been so much
different. Shame on the parents if they knew the student had it at
school, unless it was to be for show and tell and everyone knew it was
old Hatteras in
Thank you so much for sharing such special photos! It was a great treat
to look at them. My family and I have been coming to Hatteras for only
a few years now, but I feel such a connection to the island. I love
being there and hope to have many more wonderful memories.
Letters to the
Editor....03.03.2011 9:20 am
four people off Hatteras
On behalf of my family let me publicly praise the work of the Coast
Guard. It was the summer of 1994 that the Coast Guard at Cape Hatteras
rescued us. At the time we did everything right that our boat courses
had taught us. But, as most boaters know, bad things can happen real
fast on the water. An answer for help was on the way as I was still
asking for help! The sad thing for us was no Coast Guardsman passed out
cards with their names to which we could thank them personally some
way. So, thank you all who put your lives in harm’s way for us.
Hatteras waterman weighs in on the absurdity of catch shares
It's a terribly sad subject, but we are awfully proud of you for the
quality of research you have done and the commentary.
What a sad world we live in sometimes!
You missed your calling, young man. Don’t give jellyfish Jane an inch!
I’m an owner of a gillnetter in Gloucester, Mass., and we are in big
trouble with catch shares. In order to go fishing, we must have
skymate, observers, dockside monitors, and cameras on board. Good luck.
All of NOAA should be run through that special paper shredder and
started over with new, honest people
As a former fisherman, eliminated by IFQs/catch shares in Alaska in
1995, your comments are right on the money and very well put.
Thank you for your time and effort, and please keep it up. Pounding
away at the pushers and followers of this plan is what is
Thank you, Patrick, for so expressively describing the catch share
scheme as what it really is: a scam to rob the people of this nation of
a wealthy public resource for the sole purpose of giving it to a few
Such a good read, even though I am now in a state of rage.
truth is trying to make its way out into the open but the
powers-that-be keep dumping truckloads of cash on top of it.
Very well stated, Mr. Caton. NOAA is but one of the federal
agencies I refer to as the "anti-human league," groups that
regulate the entire population out of existence. Very nice
letter. Keep up the fight, as will I.
drink at Hatteras restaurant served at Capt. Rolo’s
We will be in Hatteras on vacation in October this year. I guess we
will have our little drink at the house before we go out to
In our area, one pays $2.75 for a mixed drink, $2 for a bottle of beer,
and 50 cents for a can of Coke.
is a local who aims to make a difference
Congratulations, Mazie! I am tickled Hyde County has a new manager.
Yes, indeed, there are many experienced and dedicated employees working
for and with Hyde County. I wish you the best of luck with everything.
Hyde County is a wonderful place to live and work!
Thanks for the kind article, Connie. Please allow me this
of sharing my email with your readers so that they can contact
me: [email protected]
Thanks to The Island Free Press for publicizing the activities and
issues on Ocracoke.
commissioner visits Dare, schedules hearing on rate increase for rentals
Thank you for your coverage of this important issue that affects so
many vacation properties on the North Carolina coast. I would hope that
the year-round residents would be interested in this rate increase, as
reduced rental properties greatly affects the local economy that relies
so much on the visitors. I sent a letter prior to the Jan. 31 cut-off
for comments and hope that our input will help adjust the proposed rate
increase. Thank you again.
The shipwrecks of Ocracoke Island
Thanks to Pat Garber for this wonderful piece. I love Ocracoke and
appreciate any opportunity to be there if only from afar.
Fascinating. Thank you for this!
pre-nesting closure information and maps
‘Tis the season to be.....woody? I only wish that I had the
contract with the Park-disservice for the wood stakes they are going to
purchase again to make our national park look pretty for the coming
season! Can't you just see it now, mile after glorious mile
sign after sign. It's a wonder that the birds are not spooked
the plethora of wooden stakes and ill-advised signage
Raid turns up
300 pot plants in Waves and Southern Shores
Good job. These two look like a real pair of winners. Even their
pictures are creepy.
Bob, an Ocracoke pony
I have always had a great interest in wild ponies. Your Mr. Bob sounds
wonderfull. I have been to your island three times and always
stop at your pony pen. I have even requested my family to some day
spread my ashes on your beautiful dunes. (I’m not very big.)
at its new home in Rodanthe
Well done. Last October I rented a house on Banzi Landing
across the road from the house. The rental house had this huge indoor
theater with a hundred or more movies, but no “Nights in Rodanthe.” I
was really bummed and still have not seen the movie but did read the
checks registered sex offenders, arrests one in Buxton
Good job. These creeps need watching 24/7 to keep the sweet innocent
children sweet and innocent.
Island is a trip back in time
Hatteras claimed a large piece of my heart when I was a child in the
early ‘60s.The love beats on in the hearts of the fourth generation to
be smitten, my grandchildren. My yearly visit will take place in
August.this year. Thanks to this wonderful information, I hope to ferry
over to Portsmouth! How exciting!