February 2012 Letters To The Editor
Letters to the
Editor....02.23.2012 11:05 am
Access groups sue to stop Park
Services ORV plan and final rule
This ORV plan is ridiculous. I firmly believe in preservation
the beach and the wildlife, but this plan is only going to destroy the
economies that truly support the beaches. We have been coming
the Outer Banks for 30 years, two weeks at a time, twice a year, and we
love it. However, with the recent changes of fishing license
and now this plan, our days there may be numbered. I have
letters to the North Carolina representatives stating my concerns as
well as to Washington. Please know that you are not alone in
I hope only that all the folks who have commented here on their disgust
over the beach fees and restrictions have also written to their
representatives in Washington expressing the same sentiments.
certainly have, though, the responses I get back generally disgust me
Are you taking donations to help fight this battle? If so,
e-mail me as to where I can send it. These groups are taking
our ability to make a living and enjoy the greatness of the Outer
Banks. May God bless the Outer Banks!
Joan and others who have asked: If you want to help CHAPA
the lawsuit, you can make a donation to cover legal expenses.
easiest way to make a donation is to click on the OBPA ad at the top of
the Beach Access or Shooting the Breeze page. Then click on
membership/donations and make your donation through PayPal.
can also go directly to the website at www.obpa.org or straight
to the donation page:
you prefer, you can send a check to OBPA, P.O. Box 1355, Buxton, NC
27920. Make the check out to OBPA.)
There were no
smiles in sight, but first day of permit sales at Hatteras was
I don't think that a permit for beach access is bad, although I do feel
that the fees are a little steep. Given the recent history of
Outer Banks though, it appears that this is another step in shutting
ALL beach access to facilitate nesting plovers at the extreme southern
most tip of their range.
My wife and I have personally placed driftwood barricades around sea
turtle nesting sites. This is something we both felt would
been better done by the Park Service personnel on their routine patrols
of the beach.
Our family has enjoyed vacationing at OBX for many years and look
forward to our annual time spent there. We are always
about the natural hazards to those living there and making a living on
the island. I feel that year-round living there is
enough without additional constraints, regulations, and fees imposed by
groups or agencies that have no vested interest there.
After 15-plus years of visiting the Outer Banks for our summer
vacations, this tops it off. Fifty dollars a week for limited
beach access in addition to already exorbitant taxes on rental
properties? Keep it. It’s time for us to rethink where to
spend our vacation dollars.
My Dad first brought me to the Outer Banks in 1962 when I was 7 years
old. He took me on my first charter where I caught my first bluefish
that I thought pulled like a whale. That charter was with Capt. Jesse
Etheridge onboard the Caredwyn. The beaches were beautiful. I thought
this is where I would like to live. We came back to Hatteras for years
to enjoy the wide open freedom of the area.
Later I married and brought my wife there for our honeymoon. She had
never been there and was immediately in love with the area. We had
children and took them there. They loved it too. They're now grown and
have returned whenever possible. Now it seems their children will not
experience the same joy and excitement as with the past generations all
because the minority now governs the majority. We are losing our simple
freedoms one bit at a time, and if we don't stop it now, we will become
complacent with the status quo and except it. And when we accept it
future generations w ill suffer. My family will still come to the Outer
Banks because if we don't, the minority will have won. It won't be the
same, but it's still a bit of paradise.
If it wasn't for our daughter and grandson living on Hatteras Island,
we would go else where in a heartbeat! The people there don't seem to
like vacationer anyway!
Vienna, W. Va.
I moved back to Virginia from Ohio to be closer to the Outer
Banks because I love fishing there. I believe I can speak for a lot of
others too on this matter. We paid to move your lighthouse with outside
contributions. We pay for a fishing license to fish in saltwater – the
ocean. Really? You don’t have to restock the ocean a
We pay your 40 percent higher gas prices and overall cost of living on
the island, and not to mention the ungodly prices to spend any amount
of time renting there. Don't you think there is a little bit of price
gouging going on here with this ORV permit prices? We are aware that a
vast majority of residents don't like non residents there. But at the
same time there is not a whole lot of work on the island and our
non-resident money does pay the bills. The big picture is that You can
price your island into a ghetto-like community, such as Carolina Beach
did down in Wilmington years ago. I guess it would have been a good
idea to fix all of the broken-down fishing piers before playing the ORV
permit card. Don’t you
I will not be spending my vacation money at Hatteras Island this year.
I come down three to four weeks a year to stay at my neighbor’s cottage
in Frisco. I go offshore fish two times a year and fish on the beach
everyday when I am there. This is crap for the island natives. The
turtles are one thing, but the birds that are not in danger in the
dunes is a whole other thing. We have already planned three vacations
this summer, but they will not be at Hatteras. If I wanted to walk to
the beach, I would go to Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Yes, somehow I was the first person to get a beach permit on Hatteras
Island. Now it's the National Park Service's turn. Within the next few
months, we the people better have what was promised or the real
lawsuits will fly. That includes realistic buffers on nesting piping
plovers and other non-endangered shorebirds. We have nothing against
the seasonal enclosures and always have enjoyed our wildlife. However,
the non-science buffers here are found nowhere else in other parks with
a permit system. It's also unfair and downright stupid to be paying
bio-techs with taxpayers’ money to monitor sea turtle nests until early
or mid-January with air temperatures in the 30s and water temperatures
in the lower 50s that cut off beach access to all. Does someone really
think they are going to crawl out into the ocean and survive? Come on!
Simply move threatened or late season nests to insure success.
P.S. Please call me if you ever see Audubon, Defenders of Wildlife, or
the Southern Environmental Law Center having a beach cleanup, helping
the community and island, donating anything after a major devastating
hurricane, or see their greedy lawyers not laughing. I won't hold my
Kevin M Cabe
I am just amazed. I have not heard anything that the governor of this
state has done or not done to put a stop to all that has happened on
Hatteras. What is this country coming to? Guess the next thing
we pay for is the air we breathe.
What are they going to do on Saturday and Sunday during peak season
when several hundred may want to get permits? I hope we will be able to
get them online like the fishing license or allow the rental companies
to issue them. Sounds like a pain in theyou know what!
It’s a shame that the feds will make money and all the wonderful local
people will lose out. We will still come, but it will never be the
same. God bless.
I wonder what would happen if no one would buy a permit and all would
still drive on the beach? The rangers would issue you a
which the violator would not pay. They would then issue a
for the violator’s arrest. Now I live in Pennsylvania, and I
don't think North Carolina is going to come up and get me for a few
hundred dollars in fines. If everyone refused to buy their
stamp, they could not put everyone in jail because there is not enough
room for the real criminals. If they do happen to take you in
front of the judge, have them put you in jail. If everyone
to their jail, they would soon find something else as they could not
afford to keep you and feed you.
You have to buy them by March 15? I am confused. Can you not purchase
an annual permit later in the year? And is lighthouse in Buxton going
to remain the only place to get them, even for the Ocracoke beaches?
note: Visitors can buy the permit whenever they get here and
before they go on the beach with an ORV. Buxton is not the
place to get them, but it’s the only place to buy one on
Hatteras. Permits are also sold at Coquina Beach on Bodie
at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.)
So, after my 13-hour drive down during "busy" season, I guess I will
wait along with the thousands of other holiday visitors to get my
permit. There seems to be a better way of issuing these
than what has been described. I'm beyond being upset about
permitting. I'm now looking for a way to maximize my time at Hatteras
and not waste it trying to find a parking spot for the
permitting. I think that NPS needs to investigate using the
Internet to get the permitting done -- application, online video to
watch, print out your particulars, and then just hand over the
paperwork in a "short" line to get your sticker (or have the sticker
mailed to you if your target date is several weeks out).
The government spends our money like they want to, and we just give
them more with no accountability!
I think this is ridiculous. It is just a means to detour business and
there should be a boycott. There is a tournament in April,
will have to think long and hard about even attending now.
It is a sad day for the people of Hatteras and all those who love to
fish there. RIP, Cape Point and Hatteras Inlet.
If this had been done when it was supposed to be in 1972 to 2006, just
maybe access to some of these spots would still exist.
For us in Maryland, it’s between $90 to $140 to drive on the beach for
a year, so I'm still coming. But you wait. This summer when people get
coming down, it’s going to get nuts.
First day of ORV permit sales is
slow and quiet on Ocracoke
A general question for those of us who commute to Ocracoke: We have a
house on the island, but because of distance, we fly and rent a 4-by-4
to use on the beach. This is a legally registered vehicle for the
renter. Will this cause a problem to get a week-long permit?
Note: The short answer is “no.” If the company from
you rent allows off-road driving, then you can get a permit.)
I remember when my father and other (non-indigenous) natives of
northern Minnesota lost access to the U.S. Quetico Boundary Waters
between the United States and Canada with a motorized vessel. People
that fished it all their lives first saw the restriction that allowed
only non-motorized watercraft. Then, old folks like my dad weren't even
allowed to use a motorized portage to carry their canoe over the rough
terrain in the national wilderness to get it from lake to lake. No one
loved or cared for those waters more than natives and old-timers who
lived there and fished it all their lives. Measures like these
inconvenience vacationers for a week or two. They change the lives of
the real caretakers forever. Why can't we figure out a better
way? I am not native to the Outer Banks but go to Ocracoke
chance I get – five or six times a year. I would gladly pay a little
more to offset the loss of access to the locals, to the people whose
lives are being changed, because of what the (needed) tourist traffic
is doing to the wildlife.
Even the fish are protesting.
issues annual resource, law enforcement reports
I am curious to know why the NPS did not disclose predator management
numbers for the 2011 year? I feel this is a subject that needs to be
brought to the attention of the general public. Having read the mission
statement on the Audubon website, "to preserve and protect wildlife," I
am puzzled by their lack of concern for the mammals on Hatteras Island,
excluding feral cats, that are trapped and killed by NPS rangers each
year. Historic records show that these mammals have lived on Hatteras
Island for hundreds of years or more and are far more indigenous to our
island than the piping plover. My hope is that all individuals who read
the Island Free Press and have concern for wildlife, contact the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore Park Service and ask about their grisly
predator management program.
note: We have asked the Park Service about the predator
management report – if and when it will be made public. We
not received an answer.)
old Hatteras in photographs
Thank you so very, very much for posting these! It brings
wonderful memories of my own from the 1970s to now. Please
these stories coming!
Island: An Inlet on the Move. WITH SLIDE SHOW
Great article! Great slide show! Coming to Avon on Labor Day
weekend for a week. Had a house booked for the same time last year but
got canceled due to hurricane. Can't happen twice!
can I buy the book, “The Battle for North Carolina's Coast?”
note: To buy the book, click on the Buxton Village Books ad
the Island Free Press Front Page, right side at the top.
information about ordering the book online.)
2011: The photos of the year
I loved looking at the 2011 photos. I have been to a lot of places in
photos. I have friends who live in Salvo that we stay with. I enjoy
reading this paper. It's very informative about what is happening on
the island. Keep up the good work.
Angling: The downside of technology
My sons and wife have been to the Outer Banks many time over the years
and always enjoy the time spent there and made a lot of friend. We
spent our 49th wedding there this year and had a great time. There are
so many good things about the Banks that I can't begin to describe. We
understand that the problems with the restriction on the beach, but we
can not correct them if we don't voice our opinion. Maybe when the
legislators see the impact that this is doing to the area, they will
make changes. Let’s hope so.
July 4 fireworks may be returning to
Fireworks! Why would tourists complain that we don't have fireworks on
the Fourth of July? We have fireworks nightly in Salvo and Waves during
the season. In fact, just the other night we heard and
the displays fire away. Joe Thompson needs to move himself up to Salvo
so he can enjoy these spectacular displays on the beach and
neighborhoods. Save yourselves some money and let the
bring the fireworks. They do such a great job now and no permits
required. Park Service doesn't even seem to mind them launching off the
bombs next to a turtle nest. It's just fabulous in Waves and
Wonderful! Thanks to Joe and everyone else. We have sorely missed our
Realty owner Stewart Couch dies in Nicaragua
It is a sad loss for the island and for the Couch family. Our thoughts
and prayers are with you.
I was going back and forth with Hatteras Realty this offseason fighting
over rental money I felt I was due after the whole Irene/ferry
mess. To my surprise, Stewart got involved personally, even
giving me his personal e-mail address and cell phone number.
talked and e-mailed a few times and in the end, he saw to it that this
customer was happy. It was obvious he was quite a character
My condolences to his family and all natives of Hatteras
Island. I'm sure he will be sorely missed.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are
with you. Sincerely sad.
Joe and Patti
Love and condolences to Danny and family.
Stewart's passing will leave a big, big hole not just in Hatteras and
the Realtor association, but in the Outer Banks as well. He
be sorely missed.
So sorry to hear. I was shocked. He was larger than life. I will always
remember many Stewie stories and trips to Hatteras.
John and Danny, I am so sorry to hear about Stewart. Stewart was a
great guy. You guys have my deepest sympathy.
I'm so grateful to have been a part of his life! He has been
wonderful blessing to many of us and I will miss my friend tremendously!
What a tragedy. John was a great man and an island hero. His passion
for the growth and preservation of Hatteras knew no bounds. His absence
will be felt. My condolences go to John, Danny, and the rest of
To The Couch Family and Friends,
On bended knees our family is praying for the Lord to comfort you doing
these trying times.
We certainly realize that your sudden loss is not only shocking but
painful indeed. If it is anything at all that my family can do to help
any of you, than please let us know.
Stewart was very kind, friendly, and supportive towards my family. He
will always be remembered by us for always making us feel welcomed.
God bless each of you.
Rob and Judy
Beedie and family
Global Surf Network Crew
I am so sad to hear of this great loss to the community. My Mom and Dad
started taking us on family vacations almost 54 years ago and we stayed
in Buxton and they were friends with RayCouch. My Mom has always told
me when she thinks of Ray’s children, she remembers them as boys. I
didn't know him personally but always admired all the good things he
did for Hatteras Island and so many people.
My prayers go out to the family and all of the many friends he has made
in his lifetime. I can't imagine the shock his family must feel. Please
know he is with God and not alone.
So sorry for the family. Thanks for everything you did for
Hatteras Island and North Carolina.
Rest in peace, Stew.
My waves shall hit the shore a little harder showing all my grief.
My mist smells stronger and thick for all the tears I shed.
If you listen very closely, you'll hear me rumble "why?"
In your honor my dear friend, I'll find that surfer waiting
For "that" wave and give him that special ride to say
Goodbye my dear and special friend.
With sadness, Your Ocean Friend
Stewart Couch was a great man who treated his employees like family. I
was lucky to know him for 14 years. My condolences to his family and
Warmest and deepest regards to Mr. Couch’s family. In my time working
at the Monty Law Firm, I have known and spoke with Mr. Couch on several
occasions, and each time, he seemed to be very happy and full of life.
Most sincere condolences,
Stewart has always been a very good and caring friend. We met as
Realtors and became buddies almost instantly. He has welcomed me and
others into his home and his resort. We had dinner together recently
and he was, as always, his happy, full of knowledge self. We talked
about Nicky getting his car and her moving in with me when she came to
ECU. Stewart will be missed in our Realtor family and there will always
be a void at my and Ted's dinner table.
My friend, you will be missed by so many. I'm grateful for the time we
shared and the many laughs, most recently in Winston-Salem. Our prayers
are with your family. We love you.
Stewart, I will miss you very much. Even though I have not worked at
Hatteras Realty for a while, I will truly, truly miss you.
Thoughts and prayers are with the Couch family at this difficult time.
from the Comfort Inn North and South OBX
Our thoughts and prays go out to John, Danny, Nicki, and family.
Stewart was always good to us and we will miss him a lot.
break-ins prompt community meeting with sheriff
Since there is exactly one way in and out of Brigand’s Bay, I would
suggest a digital video camera at the entrance to get vehicle tags.
Fox on the beach
The problem with balance of nature is when man gets involved.
Body that washed ashore at Pea
Island believed to be North Carolina fisherman
To the Rose Family: Captain Kenny and Uncle Kenny were damn fine
fisherman -- gentlemen by nature and dynamite men all around. Having
the honor to have been a part of the Rose family and knowing them
taught me how to be a man. Uncle Kenny and Captain Kenny, along with
Mr. Forrester will be missed and loved, as well as respected in death
as they were in life. I will miss them dearly as I will no longer have
them to tell me grand fishing stories and have my Uncle Kenny to show
me how to be a true fisherman. If any a man could teach another to be a
man or how to work hard for an honest living or show you there was more
to life than just day to day, it was both Captain Kenneth Rose Sr. and
Kenneth Rose Jr. Rest in peace, my family. We'll meet again soon.
Kenneth Rose Jr.
Bodie Island Lighthouse is set to have restoration completed and will
be open for climbing
Only eight days left in February to get started on time, NPS. I
say, old boys, haven’t you washed her down enough?
I have been visiting the island since I was a little girl some 30 plus
years ago, and have always had the hope of climbing Bodie, like I had
always done at Hatteras. I can hardly wait to get to the top.
just hope visitors will respect the property and treat it properly.
Letters to the
Editor....02.15.2012 10:30 am
will cost $120 a year and go on sale Feb. 15
Tides and storms control the shoreline. If a fee is being pushed on us,
then we should be able to drive to Cape Point year round. If it were a
case of bird extinction, we would be willing to help, but the tactic
being used is very insulting to the American people. Where is our
governor standing on this issue?
I guess that the Outer Banks just lost us as a customer! We'll not
return. We are retired on Social Security and have a hard enough time
just to pay $400 in gas to tow our travel trailer the round trip and
pay for our stay and sure can't justify the extra to drive on the
beach, which is the biggest reason we come there. Sure will
it but thanks to all the government interventions, w are not surprised
by this move. Bye to our beloved Outer Banks!
Well, so much for fishing out there. Heck if I’m paying for a fishing
license and an ORV permit. I wish the small business owners luck. They
are going to need it.
This is another disgraceful government intrusion. $120 a year for
what? What do we get for it? And you have to buy it
person? Do they know that there is an Internet? I
thoroughly disgusted with the bullying that the Outer Banks has
experienced in the last few years.
I've been going to the Outer Banks fishing for several years now and I
will go no more. The Outer Banks has turned into a communist state by
the way of the Park Service. The national parks were designed with the
public in mind. This is not what’s happening. Just a select group of
people will benefit from all of the rules that are being adopted. There
are other states that have seashores that I can go to.
Access groups sue to stop Park
Services ORV plan and final rule
We no longer vacation on Hatteras Island after 34 years of doing so
based on the restrictions imposed on beach driving. We are not the only
family out of our large group that has changed plans. The beach driving
was the reason we came to Hatteras, and it is now sadly the reason we
do not visit and spend our hard earned dollars
Thank you very much for filing this lawsuit. Our family of 18 comes two
times a year to fish and we had decided to go to Carolina Beach to fish
and not mess with the Outer Banks. We will, however, wait and see what
happens before we finalize our plans.
Please tell me how I can help!I am not a local but live a couple hours
away and have been visiting year round for the last 15 years. I love
the locals and surf conditions! I would gladly give my last dollar to
help this from happening. The residents and habitat are suffering from
this law being passed. This would crush me and so many others. What can
Note to Christopher and others who have asked: If you want to
help CHAPA with the lawsuit, you can make a donation to cover legal
expenses. The easiest way to make a donation is to click on
OBPA ad at the top of the Beach Access or Shooting the Breeze
page. Then click on membership/donations and make your
through PayPal. You can also go directly to the website at
www.obpa.org or straight to the donation page:
you prefer, you can send a check to OBPA, P.O. Box 1355, Buxton, NC
27920. Make the check out to OBPA.)
Most of the lands donated for a national park were given by private
individuals who were led to believe that the lands would be used for a
park, and not a wildlife sanctuary. I would personally like to see
Judge Boyle's record investigated and find out why he is so against the
rights of the people as a whole, kowtowing to special interest groups.
The blocking of beaches to off-road vehicles and to pedestrian traffic
makes no sense. If no one can enjoy it, what is the benefit? Our group
has already the number of trips we make to the Outer
Banks because of the closing of areas we can fish during the spring and
summer. If the areas we fish are further reduced, we will reevaluate
whether or not it’s worth coming back at all. That is a lot of money
that the businesses on the Outer Banks will lose. That may or may not
play into the NPS's reasoning, but I know it plays with the local
economy. I hope the lawsuit is successful.
This plan is a joke. Not only can the NPS close the beach access we
want to access, but it's $50 for a permit. So I drive nine hours, pay
all the gas and tolls, rent a house, pay for a saltwater fishing
permit, and now buy an NPS permit for $50 and then the NPS can still
close the very beach (or limit the number of ORVs on it). Wow, thanks
NPS Now I get to pay $50 to not drive the area I drove down here to
fish and surf. Just think I can fly to Florida in two hours and the
airfare is cheaper than the gas and tolls to Hatteras. NPS,
congratulations you will completely ruin the economy and real estate
values on Hatteras Island!
Good luck. The last thing we need is another fee (tax).
I've lived here all my life and never thought you would have to pay go
to the beach. People who pay taxes should get free pass for beach
driving. The beach is what keeps us here. What’s happening to Dare
Just a quick thought -- who has been trying to close Outer
beaches for many years now? The Audubon
doesn't somebody investigate their donations to important
officials? It would be very interesting to follow the money
We think this ruling will hurt the Outer Banks. I and my family and
friends will not come back to the beaches and pay this ridiculous
price. We usually come to fish two or three times per year
will not do so now. We spend a lot of money to stay there for a week at
a time, so folks you are hurting yourself.
Thank goodness that someone is willing to do something. I'm
that there are thousands of people like myself who are willing to make
small monetary pledges to aid in your valiant fight and defense of all
of our rights and freedoms. It would truly be a travesty to let our own
government bully us take our very own beach away. What will be next?
Anyone in the know -- what can the average Joe do to help?
I agree wholeheartedly and support this action, but if it is presented
to the same series of judges, I'm afraid the outcome will be the same.
The $50 dollar a week is so steep that even without turning this
around, they have effectively kept hundreds, if not thousands, of
people off the beach.
I'll support anyway I can. My family and I have been visiting for well
over 40 years and will miss it.
About time. We must get others involved besides one idiot judge,
devious bird lawyers, and spineless bureaucrats in the NPS.
Thankfully, this is coming about, and I will be making another donation
to the fund soon. My husband and I enjoy our trips twice a year, and I
would hate to be unable to access the beach due to environmentalists
who are not interested in the conservation of the area or its animals
but are hell bent on protecting only one or two species at the cost of
the rest of the animals and human lives. I applaud the effort being
used to stop this unfair and biased ruling on ORV access to the beach.
I vacation in Avon every year and my in-laws live in Buxton.
also have many friends and clients who have homes in that area. They
are really very, very angry at their representatives and judges for
ignoring the will of the people and placing themselves in tyrannical
dictatorships. I appreciate the fight that you are waging
the government and its representatives. It’s yet another in millions of
examples of the government and officials who we placed in our trust
turning on those they serve, thus placing us into suppression. We won't
have it and stand ready to fight. It really comes down to our right to
be a free people when so few try to control us.
I support the lawsuit. It appears that again the government
overstepped its boundary. Like Congress, there seems to be no such
thing as compromise. Surely something can be worked out to each side’s
satisfaction. All they have to do is try!
I did not see any mention of the plaintiffs' seeking a preliminary
injunction to prevent the implementation of the "plan" until the case
gets to trial, if it does.
I certainly hope the groups that are in opposition to the National Park
Service prevail and that the people get to enjoy our beaches as they
have for generations. It is a shame that people do not come
first. People have rights and we must stand up for
personally am not a user of driving on the beach and enjoying the
recreation offered by it, but I fully support the actions of beach
users to drive licensed and insured vehicles as long as they drive
responsibly. It is time that the regulatory agencies make
accommodations to accommodate the human race.
Great news! Can we have a link and/or phone number/address
for donations to directly support this lawsuit? Thanks.
Why did you wait until the 11th hour to implement this action?
Can I help? Why haven't I been asked to help or asked for a donation
from all the realtors that have my name from all the times I have
rented vacation homes?
This is fantastic news! Thank you to everybody!
Let's hope common sense can prevail. Many thanks to the officers and
members of CHAPA, et al, for their efforts.
Way to go, CHAPA! This is the only language the DOI, NPS, USFWS and the
environmental left understands. We're with you all the way! And there
are innumerable allies out there who will support you in this.
I really hate to disappoint anyone who really thinks this is about
saving wildlife or instituting an ORV plan that will satisfy the
environmentalists with their “save the world agendas.” This
totally about money. The federal government and their lobbyists have
found a goldmine in Hatteras. They are lining their pockets
contributions from filthy rich environmentalists who could care less
about human habitation or survival. The government has now
themselves the green light to double dip, taking contributions from the
Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, and the like and now impose a
fee to anyone who would love to access the shores of Hatteras
Island. It’s a win-win for the feds. This means
the moronic tree huggers and money from your average hard working
blue-collar family that just wants to vacation on the shores and enjoy
time away. All of this is done at the expense of the local
villagers on the island. With today’s economy and the
spending triple of what it takes in, does anyone really think that the
government of this United States really cares about the livelihood of
some 4,000 residents of a small barrier island off the coast of North
Carolina? WAKE UP! To the fat-headed elite in
the locals are nothing but small town country hicks who live in the
past and their survival does not matter as long as the feds get their
money. This is just one more way to prove that the blood and
sweat from the middle class is being drained. It also shows
the federal budget distributes money to its own constituents and to
those who wait at the mailbox for a check instead of contributing to
society. Again, your small little villages of Hatteras do not
Sorry, I love Hatteras very much but the truth is the truth.
Island Free Press, thank you for posting this news so quickly! May
freedom and open access prevail.
So thankful for this! It's such a beautiful place, but with
new rules that are being put into place, I likely would never be
back. And I hate that for the islanders. It just
no one ever really sat down and wondered about the economic impact this
Cheers to CHAPA! While I am not fully optimistic tht CHAPA will
succeed, this group has done an excellent job of highlighting the
deficiencies surrounding the development of the ORV plan.
Where do I send my support contribution?
Thank you, CHAPA. Please understand that we are behind you, and the new
rule excludes those of us who work hard for a living, setting that
price so high that average people cannot afford to do what we have
always been able to do, preventing us from making plans to visit the
area at all. We are here for the local community, will do what we can
do to continue to support the area and residents, but we will not be
subject to this kind of extortion by the NPS. This is NOT what those
who contributed the land ever wanted. Please put this craziness to an
Yes, Yes and Amen. Thank you friends for being faithful to our cause!!!
It’s about time. We have been railroaded by the Park Service for years.
My business is down 30 percent in past few years. And the ORV plan will
put even more burden on my family and self. Thank you.
My family and I have been coming to the Outer Banks since I was a kid.
We are fishing fools and love the Outer Banks because the fishing is
great. In the past few years, we have rescheduled our vacations because
beach access to the Point was closed because someone thinks they saw a
bird that might want to nest somewhere nearby. This is the most
ridiculous thing I have ever heard. We average spending $3,000 top
$4,000 when we come for a week, and a hefty percentage of these dollars
goes to taxes. Now you want to charge me for driving on the beach? I
think we will continue to look for a different fishing hole -- one that
doesn’t reach around and steal your wallet while you’re fishing. Last
year I had to buy a fishing license for the whole family now I have to
buy a permit to drive on the beach in addition to all the taxes I pay
on my rental, dining out and shopping, which is hundreds of dollars.
What's next? I guess I will be charged for every fish I catch.
You are ruining the most beautiful place on earth because of
greed and politics. So we are looking for the second most beautiful
place on earth and it will not be in North Carolina. Such a
shame! My wife and I have always wanted to retire at the Outer Banks,
but not so much any more. That is a loss to be shared in your economic
impact study that has been completely ignored.
Where do I donate?
I’ve been fishing on the Outer Banks with my dad since I was 5 years
old. It kills me to see what these people are doing down there. It’s
like they never considered what would happen to the residents who live
there and who need the tourism money. It saddens me to see all the
closed down shops and restaurants. I hope we are successful in
preserving one of the best places to go or fish on the East Coast, not
to mention that it’s one of the only places with ORV access. If they
took that from me, I would truly be very upset. I look forward to
coming down this summer. They will never stop me. Cape Hatteras is my
second home, and I would like many more people to experience what I
have. Just being there is amazing, and being able to drive on the beach
is one of the best parts for me. So good luck, and again I hope we are
I hope you can win this in court. I have been vacationing in the
village of Hatteras for over 35 years. I am a hard working middle-class
person but, the taxes, fees, licenses, and permits have made our yearly
trip to the village of Hatteras a thing of the past. We can't afford it
any more. Shame on the NPS and the state for overcharging people for
daring to spend vacation on the island. We plan to go somewhere else
until they lower the costs of an island stay.
Thanks to all of you who are fighting for us to keep our beaches.
Simply put, this land was given with the understanding that we would
always have access to our beaches. I have been going to the beach as
long as I can remember, and not one time in my life have I seen any
harm to anything on the beach. All I have ever seen is enjoyment with
family, friends, and especially the kids. This whole thing is
unreal. Thanks again to all the agencies who are fighting this, and to
all the locals who dedicate so much time to helping us keep our
beaches. I anybodywants to give me something to do to help, contact me.
Unjust and Unjustified. Shame on them for misleading everyone into
thinking it was the birds and turtles they want to preserve when in
actuality it is only their vote and their budget they want to protect.
issues annual resource, law enforcement reports
So...."Pedestrian violations in closures topped ORV violations in
closures– 99 to 7." Why are we regulating ORV use
pedestrians? Looks like pedestrians are the bigger risk to
Where is the predator management report?
note: We have asked NPS about the predator management report
and have not had a response yet.)
Pea Island: An Inlet on
Jackson Browne's prophetic words from 40 years ago:
"Some of them were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
In the naked dawn only a few survived
And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge."
--“Before the Deluge" on Late For The Sky
Looks like this may be a permanent inlet. Thank you for the pics!
Take all those rocks and dump ‘em in the new inlet and problem solved.
For what they will spend trying to keep the bridge from washing awa,y
it could be filled in and paved over.
UPDATE: DOT pushes back a
decision on the permanent fixes to Highway 12
There was a 20-year plan adopted in 1995 to have a bridge/road from
Wanchese to Rodanthe. What happened to that plan?
Hatteras Island Real Estate: 2012
The people (developers) on Hatteras Island need to stop building rental
houses. You have over developed the island and took from it all the
natural charm it once had. You had an East Coast treasure that now
looks more like any East Coast beach. I miss the small town, small
house, easy way of life. The final straws that broke this hard-working,
middle-class back were all the new taxes, fees, licenses, and permits
that come with it.
Solving a wartime mystery: The
search for the SS Chester Sun
I have been reading about the SS Chester Sun by Hal Shelton. There is a
dispute as to whether it was sunk in 1942 as claimed or not.
typing the diary of my father, who was a merchant marine in the early
1940s, and he mentions the "SS Chester Sun," a tanker that was in the
Pacific islands in October of 1943, which is a pretty good trick for a
ship that had been sunk off the Outer Banks.
It’s not a case of American vs.
An article well written .I have friends who feel the same way as they
have problems with our young people not being dedicated to their jobs
.I am sure there are some that are, but the European workers
have to be responsible. Are we not teaching our young people
responsibility and dedication?
Letters to the
Editor....02.08.2012 12:40 am
permits will cost $120 a year and go on sale Feb. 15
Tides and storms control the shoreline. If a fee is being pushed on us,
then we should be able to drive to Cape Point year round. If it were a
case of bird extinction, we would be willing to help, but the tactic
that is being used is very insulting to the American people. Where is
our governor standing on this issue?
The fee sounds very high for the people like me who use the ORV routes
I am disabled. What are we going to really see done with the
Thank you. I have spent time cleaning the beaches as a
This is stupid. It will only hurt the local economy and hurt the
vacationers who go there.
You chase off the people who love your beaches! We are in bad economic
times, and you manage to bleed us more.
My family has been visiting the Outer Banks for several decades. I am
truly amazed at how the National Park Service and the organizations
that support no ORV within areas have worked to destroy one of our
treasures -- beach driving and fishing. I am from Virginia and will now
be looking at ways to spend my vacation money in Virginia. Sorry to all
of the good folks in Ocracoke, but the special interest groups have run
I just decided that the Outer Banks will no longer be the place I spend
my $3,000 vacation. The fun has been slipping away for several years
with all the fences and Park Service officials. I like to fish, but the
fishing has also gone downhill. I had to buy a fishing license to fish
in the ocean. This is the last nail in the coffin for the
that live there and people who loved the freedom if beaching in a
vehicle. There are nicer beaches to go to with easier access if you
need to walk to the beach and better sand and more shallow water to
wade. My last trip was October, 2011 -- and I mean my last trip. For 30
years, I have enjoyed the love of the people and the beach, but it is
time to move on. The people have lost.
Thanks for the memories. Another government debacle!
One location on Hatteras Island and in a trailer? Are you
me? When the tourists arrive, how long are the lines going to
in the hot sun to buy a permit and watch this seven-minute
They should rethink another location to allow room for these poor
people who want nothing more than to get out on the beach and enjoy
I have been coming to Hatteras Island for over 40 years now.
own a home on Hatteras Island and was planning on retiring
So, now I have to pay for a permit to drive off road and watch a video
to tell me how to drive and park on the beach after 40 years.
I am now rethinking my retirement plans. Who wants to
live in a place with all these rules? I feel sorry for all
locals who depend on the tourist season for their incomes. Who will
come now? Who will want to vacation here? Shame on all
for ruining such a beautiful place to visit, vacation, and live!
The annual permits are good only for the calendar year. Buy one in
June, and it feels like $240 per year. Nuts!
Taxation without representation once again.
They need to change the Constitution from “we the people” to “we the
Has this permit thing been though out by NPS? Access permits not
available online? They are in other parks for nearly everything else!
Imagine the parking issues where you go to get a permit.
Imagine the crowds of people beginning Memorial Day Friday trying to
Imagine the need for additional security to keep everyone calm.
Imagine buying a permit in
April for May at $120 and it’s only valid until Dec. 31 of this year.
Imagine the lack of staff to process the permits quickly.
Imagine the size of the theater where the movie will be shown inside
Imagine the travel trailers and camper trailers at Ramp 2 and at the
Imagine arguments and additional security at the locations.
Imagine the confusion for everyone.
Has NPS imagined anything that would make this more palatable for the
visitor or local resident?
After 48 years of enjoying the wonderful Hatteras beaches
five weeks a year by fishing, picking up other people’s trash, swimming
with our dog, and taking long drives, we will be looking for other
alternatives. It’s a sad situation when you have to pay $120 a year for
a permit to drive on the beach and not even be allowed to drive on the
beach when you get there. No wonder this country is in such a mess.
This will be the first spring in 25 years that we won't be coming back.
Will miss the beach but not the politics. It’s hard to enjoy a vacation
that makes you angry. Life is too short!
I was OK with the North Carolina saltwater fishing license fee. I am
happy to support the areas that I visit. But the limited
and now to pay for that limited access, is a bit much. I have
loved every minute I've spent on Hatteras and Ocracoke. Each
that week would fortify me to better withstand the remaining 51
weeks. We were 20 fishermen who came down in late April. We
didn't come down last year, and there are no plans for us to come this
year. I'm sad about that, but it’s clear they don't want
fishermen driving on the beach. How else can they explain the
weekly versus $2.30 weekly for an annual pass? If it was
to keep us away, it’s working.
Question: Do you know if the Park Service will accept the
Eagle Pass for entry onto the beaches? The GEP allows free
for handicapped into all national parks.
note: No the Park Service will not accept the Golden Eagle
for driving on the beach. All must buy a permit.)
It would be nice to buy the permit in advance of the weeks you want to
visit, so you don't loose any vacation time waiting in line. This could
be done online, even watching the video. Then maybe there will be no
line. Sad time for all.
50 bucks for a week? Man, that’s steep
Will NPS pay my mortgage on my property when everyone stops coming?
They have gone totally crazy.
Are the park rangers going to measure the distance between each vehicle
and make sure that they are 20 feet apart? The reason for me asking
this queston is -- What if the vehicles are parked 25 to 30 feet apart?
Do you make the Park Service aware this or are they going to have
people patrolling the beaches?
This is a disgrace and absolutely wrong. I cannot afford $50
$120. The cost is outrageous! You might have some twisted sort of legal
right to do this but I can tell you that you have no moral right to
keep me from enjoying the seashore from my four-wheeler. This used to
be a Free America but obviously not anymore. All you know is to lead by
force instead of gently guiding individuals into doing the right thing.
This is yet another in the millions of examples of a few anti-freedom
individuals controlling the desires of many. You have been and continue
to destroy the economy of Hatteras Island. Many individuals have told
me over the past few years that they vacation elsewhere now and no
longer support the economy of the island. I can almost guarantee that
99 percent plus of residents of Hatteras Island are very angry and
disagree with this ruling being put upon them and keeping them from
driving on the beach in the past. When our leaders no longer listen to
us, then it's time to boot them out of positions of trust and
For the beach economy that is already struggling, this is not a good
People need to realize that Hatteras Island residents have been
fighting this whole mess for quite a while. They did not want this to
happen! Yes, the $50 fee is totally outrageous, but did any of you
support the island in its ongoing battle against the NPS,
environmentalists and Audubon Society? My guess is that you did not! My
love for Hatteras Island and its folks extends much deeper then just
having vehicle beach access. I will continue vacationing on Hatteras
Island a couple times a year until the day I die! Hatteras Island
offers so much more than just beach driving on the beach! The NPS,
environmentalists and Audubon Society are now working on taking over
Chincoteague and Assateague Island beaches in Virginia. Expect them to
be at your beach community next!
Most beaches we go to have plenty of easy beach access, unlike Hatteras
where the majority of the beach requires you to drive, park and
walk. Some of your parking areas are close to the beach,
others are not. Even the ones that are close are not
convenient. You have to drive there, walk and carry
the beach, which isn't always an easy task. Especially if you
the least bit handicapped or have a family with young
could go on about this, but I've said this much to make a point as to
why most of us would rather drive on the beach.
Now that people will be charged to drive onto your beach areas, I think
many visitors will rethink their vacation plans. My husband
and our children and grandchildren have been visiting Hatteras Island
only for the past few years. My brother and his family have
coming there for over 15 years. The ORV permit fees and ferry
fees are causing us to all think about making different plans for our
vacations for this year. My brother contacted me yesterday
suggested we go elsewhere. We had already been considering
After this past fall with all the issues people had trying to get to
Hatteras Island after Hurricane Irene, many of them loosing their
rental money and etc., and now this, it makes me wonder how welcome
visitors and tourist are there.
Considering our current economy and the aggravation and losses visitors
endured after Hurricane Irene, I don't feel you picked a very wise time
to be adding additional ferry fees and ORV permit fees.
I do feel bad for the Hatteras Island business owners, property rental
owners, realtors, etc. I wish you the best.
Also, maybe I over-looked this information when I read the
rules/guidelines. But I didn't see if people are required to
different permits for each vehicle they use. For example: In 2011 my
husband and I visited there in the summer, then again in the fall. We
drove a different vehicle each trip. So should someone do
now, are they going to be required to buy different permits for each
Why couldn't they plan ahead and allow Internet sales of the permits
like North Carolina does with fishing licenses or sell them through
bait shops or through realtors? I cannot wait to see the lines at the
lighthouse office on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in July!
What is this money going to be used for?
note: The fees will be used to administer the permit program.)
The Park Service and NOAA (no organization at all) might as well get
married. They look like they are meant for each other. They are trying
to make Hatteras like Portsmouth Island.
Finally, The straw that broke the camel's back! My family loved to come
to Hatteras every year to vacation and fish on what used to be public
beaches. Now we can't even walk on them. We're done -- have fun with
Will it never end -- endless fees, permits, taxes, and government
regulations? How much can a man endure? One of the few things that I
could afford to do is being priced out of my budget. The price of gas
is through the roof and the government adds another tax. The economy is
still in recovery, the national debt is not only through the roof, it
has gone into orbit, the jobless rate is at an all-time high, and what
does the Park Service do? They add another permit, law, or
regulation to discourage the public from trying to enjoy the parks,
seashores, and attractions at which they should be trying to encourage
attendance. If my comment is welcome, then my comment is to
repeal this permit now and enact legislation to eliminate further
permits to reduce or financially restrict the public from visitation to
the seashore. I am very sure that I am not alone in my opposition to
this matter as more and more burden is placed on the public in another
attempt to restrict access to the sea shore.
Whoever decided as to what the permit fees should be has probably cut
their nose off to spite their face.
If the weekly fee was, say, $25 per vehicle, I don't think people would
complain as much and they may be willing to purchase one.
We vacationers do help the local economy at the grocery stores,
rentals, gas stations, restaurants, and also bait and tackle
I think you will be discouraging renters from coming there.
they were to allow the homeowners to purchase a transferable permit to
be used, I think that would be acceptable.
Where and how is all of this money you're collecting going to be used?
Thanks Park Service. You just took away a 30-plus-year visitor from his
favorite place. I will never be back.
I am extremely sad. I have gotten past mad I think, although that may
come back come April and October when it would normally be time to head
south for fishing. The sadness includes feelings for all the friends
and acquaintances I've made at all the great places from Avon to
Ocracoke. What a shame.
2011: The photos of the year
Don, I loved the slide show. If you decide to sell a copy, I
would like one. Thanks again for the pictures of me and
with the governor. Hope 2012 gives you all the work you need
time for healing on the island. See you in May when I go down
help Connie some.
Commentary: The good old days of
skinny dipping on the seashore are over
I have read several of Mr. Dewey Parr's stories. I find him
likeable and I usually always agree with him. He seems to care about
the residents, visitors, and business owners as well as the wildlife,
endangered species, and the beaches.
As a Hatteras Island visitor/tourist, I feel like he realizes that we
(visitors and tourists) help with the local economy.
I totally disagree with the new regulations and permits for beach
driving. I guess it will provide some new jobs. I
if they can make enough revenue to cover the cost of buildings to sell
the permits from, the necessary equipment for the permits, training,
video equipment, vehicles for more employees to use to monitor the
beaches, employees to monitor the beaches and man the beach access
entrances. And in order for them to enforce the rules, I think they
will have to offer bathroom facilities. I would not be happy
loose my beach access because I had to leave to go use the restroom and
upon my return to the beach find out the "limited amount of vehicles"
were now on the beach and I couldn't regain entrance.
Plus when you are on vacation, you don't want to have to be concerned
about whether you are going to be permitted on the beach or
No one wants to spend their vacation time getting up in the middle of
the night or early morning hours to go get in line to be sure they will
be allowed on the beach. Of course, this may not be a concern
they continue to try to turn visitors off from coming to Hatteras.
Residents, property rental owners, business owners, etc., I wish you
Mr. Parr, thank you for this story and the stories you post on your
website. I always enjoy them and also coming to visit The
House. And, by the way, I'm originally a West Virginia girl
and I've never skinny dipped either.
For you Hatteras Island locals, if you want to visit the mountains,
West Virginia is a beautiful mountain state. I'm
would be made to "feel welcome" there!
Outer Banks Angling: The downside
Once again the government has reserved fishing and beach recreation for
the rich and disregarded property owners by imposing an unaffordable
beach access fee. Is this a way to keep everyone from enjoying the
beaches in a national park? I wonder if the fees will used to print
signs to stay off all of Cape Hatteras and close it to all
people. As a property owner, I am appalled.
Park Service is working with Avon groups on finishing Little Kinnakeet
I am so excited about the project to restore Little Kinnakeet
Lifesaving Station. Ever since the first time I saw it, I hoped to see
it restored. I've gone out to the three known Gray cemeteries with Dawn
Taylor, of the Hatteras Island Genealogy and Preservation Society. The
lifesaving station is not just a part of our nation's past, but it is
very personal to those of us whose families lived and served on
pushes back a decision on the permanent fixes to Highway 12
If the Jan. 25 photo is any indication, looks like you have a sick
inlet on your hands. Has anyone done any stability analysis
see if there is a potential for the inlet to close naturally anytime
soon? Regardless, DOT still needs to look at the long-term.
This inlet was south-bound from the start, moving at exceptional speed.
It almost took out the new power poles before the bridge was finished,
Perhaps our temporary bridge should have been a half mile longer.
Letters to the
Editor....02.03.2012 11:45 am
will cost $120 a year and go on sale Feb. 15
The ORV "user" fee is nothing more than and added tax burden. The
present administration in Washington, Congress, the federal court
system, and others have turned their backs on the people. They refuse
to take a stand and fight for the rights of folks they are sworn to
They do not have the backbone to stand up to special interests groups.
Instead of raising taxes (which I am against), they have chosen to
raise fees(nothing more than tax). Until people are elected who will
change the current way of doing things, we cannot expect anything
more.A s the old saying goes "Those given an inch but move by yards
should be given the foot” -- in so many words, removed from office.
I think that the business owners on Ocracoke should charge the Park
Service personnel a fee to come in and buy their food, gas, clothes,
fishing supplies, etc. If I had a business, I would be the first one to
charge the fee.
We usually make two trips in the fall. Rentals are less expensive and
there are fewer people. We will continue to come down. Split the cost
of the permit, and it's not too bad. I say good riddance to you people
who make the choice not to visit Hatteras and Ocracoke. More of the
beach to ourselves.
This is another way the federal government attempts to squeeze
hard-working families for every penny they earn. OBX beaches
a refuge for us where we can spend time with families and enjoy one
another. Don't we pay enough federal taxes? I feel
bad for the people of OBX. This will affect their livelihoods, jobs,
etc. I definitely will now travel farther south or go to
Beach. It's really a shame. I was just wondering if there is
plan to totally close OBX beaches?
Let's see how ya'll make it with out our coming over and
money. You people need to get a grip on what is going on around you!
It's a shame you let the Park Service win this.
We will be vacationing at another place besides OBX. Let see how the
folk on the OBX make it.
Well, this is the straw that broke my back. With the fishing
license fee and now this fee, I will come to the Outer Banks one more
time. I will have to look for a new vacation spot.
coming this year to say goodbye. I will miss it, but I can't
the Fed's interfering with everything I do.
Wow! You guys really don't want tourists down
locked in to this year, but next year will definitely be a different
Grand theft is what this is, especially the temporary one-week
permit. The NPS is out to end human habitation of the Outer
I feel this is going to hurt. Good luck.
Just more big government and another tax. One day only the rich will be
able to enjoy the Outer Banks. I guess I will start going to Assateague
At last we know how much a bird's nest is worth. We've already paid
half of our cottage rental for this year, but it is doubtful that we
will return in 2013. We can get a Delaware driving permit for the same
fee and drive nine fewer hours to enjoy it. So sad.
I'm really sorry for those folks out there whom have not experienced
the great feeling of freedom that comes when you finally get that
chance to take that first truck ride out onto the beach with fishing
gear on board in search of that special fishing hole along the beach.
Oh, boy, my wife and I have enjoyed a great run of good times on the
beaches of Hatteras Island. We are lucky to have been coming here
during better times before this nonsense of late. I'm finding it really
hard to find a way to get past this albatross of a final rule thing.
We've lately been renting in Avon and now when we visit two weeks a
year (spring and fall), Ramp 34 will be closed which means the nearest
ramp is 38 and the beach is very narrow there. It seems to me that we
would have to spend more time and money burning gas to get to the
accessible beaches. I think I'll skip our spring trip this year -- not
sure I could make myself buy a permit on top of two fishing licenses
for $70 two times a year. I hope that the locals understand that this
is just a decision based on economics. They are hardest hit by this
mess. I am saddened our country has fallen to this level of
stupidity. We will always love Hatteras Island.
So how much will it cost a pedestrian to access the CHNSRA? ORV users
are being targeted.
Jim and Paula
Seems a bit steep. Makes a 25-year return vacationer question
if he will be back.
I was wondering if you have thought about doing a survey or
a place for comments, like you did for the hurricane, about having to
pay to drive on the beach. I am sure you will have quite a few
note: I have written several blog on paying to drive on the
(See”Shooting the Breeze” at the top of the Front Page.
can comment directly on the blog. They can also send us
on articles that we print regularly in Letters to the Editor.)
So who is going to lead the charge and be the first one on their block
to get a permit? This really, really is terrible.
Say goodbye to the economy in the towns, but that’s probably the plan.
Hit them in the pocket until they leave on their own.
The permits are no surprise, just pathetic. The maps are no surprise,
just pathetic. The National Park Service is no surprise, just pathetic.
This is horrible. We have been coming to the Frisco area for 12
years. First, it was fishing fee of
they restock the ocean? No. Now we are being ripped off
again. Will they clean the beaches for us each
I will find another place to vacation and OBX is out of our
Maybe the owners of the rental properties should be able to buy a
yearly permit and include it as a service with the rental
It would be lots cheaper and not allow the NPS to gouge the
tourists. We (three-generation family) have been visiting
Hatteras for over 10 years together. It's amazing how things
changed. Next thing you know, they'll be charging for the
also. Very sad.
We have been coming to the village of Hatteras for over 35 years. We
are working class people. It was all we could do to save enough money
to stay one week each year. Then they raised the tax rate, came up with
more renter’s fees, rental houses cost more, charging for fishing
licenses, and now permits to drive on maybe a small part of the beach.
I'm sorry to say I can't afford it anymore. That was the straw that
broke this hard-working back. I still love you Hatteras but...
We should have the Occupy Movement come here. It's obvious that if
you’re protesting, you can use a national park for free.
Thank you so much For Being THE source for information and keeping on
top of all the news on Hatteras! I have so many mixed feeling
about permit access to the beach. I love my Hatteras beach
miss my house in Salvo and hope to have one again soon. The
here in Maryland has been permit-only for years, and if the money is
used for beach renewal and for road in maintenance, I
I am an environment lover. But – I say this with caution -- everything
has a middle ground. Environmentalists should not take over
nor should beach driving. There is a middle ground.
I am very unhappy with the way this seashore beach permitting has been
handled. I am disgusted with NPS and the way they have shown
themselves. This should have been about what is best. This
battle reminds me of a child custody battle in a very bad
divorce. What was best for the beach seemed to be completely
lost. It came down to each side wanting all or nothing. And there was a
lot lost. It’s a sad year for Hatteras and a way of life
Again, thank you Island Free Press.
I am all about preserving the wildlife and sharing the beach. But if I
have to pay to use the beach, that is no longer sharing and the
closures should minimal if at all.
Shoaling in Hatteras ferry
channel continuing to cause problems
That inlet needs to be dredged and the sand put on the nearby
drastically reduced island that used to be used by the birds for
resting and nesting. Those birds now are forced to use north
Ocracoke beach. We are being prohibited from using this prime
recreational area for shelling, swimming, and fishing.
This needs to be done now, or yesterday. The sand needs to be
removed from the inlet, not just moved around to shoal back.
Shipwreck salvaging is a
time-honored tradition on Hatteras and Ocracoke
I'll bet the NPS would not allow it nowadays. They say
on federal lands belongs to them, and as far as I know, all the beaches
are considered federal lands now.
Thank you for publishing Danny Couch's story of the history of wrecking
on the Outer Banks. I had heard of wrecking from some of my late
relatives. I love researching my Outer Banks genealogy, and learning of
the heritage of our home. I have yet to meet Danny Couch but I have
read many of his stories over the years, even as far back as his
writing in the "Sea Chest."
Problems continue to plague Hyde
County’s two ABC stores, including Ocracoke
Maybe before printing this article, you should have talked to the past
two general managers. We did not do a "sorry-ass job" as
Parker-Lowe suggested. We were unable to do our job
because of Keith Parker-Lowe. Maybe you should have asked him
made the $50,000-plus order in late summer that could not be paid by
Hyde ABC. As far as I am concerned, Keith Parker-Lowe is the
problem with Hyde County ABC. Mr. Parker-Lowe overstepped his
boundaries as chair of the ABC Board by making this huge order way
before we even knew of a hurricane. He is trying to blame
everything on anyone but himself. Mr. Parker-Lowe, when you
fingers, just remember you have three pointing back at you.
Former General Manager
Outer Banks Angling: The downside
Well said, Rob. It's a long fight, one that will most likely be settled
in the courts. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail.
Mr. Alderman, like so many who now live here, is suggesting that we
islanders, the group he has only recently joined, should continue to
try to make the best out of what we have left. Well, we don't have much
left when it comes to the beach and to make his dollars he is “selling”
all of our secret spots as soon as he learns of them.
I've been watching closely for the last half century and many of the
things that we (island folks) have said would never happen, have
happened, such as filling in the marsh, houses all jumbled together,
more charter boats than slips, restricted beach access, fishing to eat
or make a living regulated to the point of near closure. You need to be
rich or a piping plover to live here. And practically every visitor who
decides to live here tries to save the place from people just like
I don't know what will fix this latest attempt to take Hatteras Island
away from the islanders. But I'm sure that not getting angry is not the
way to a solution. Not getting angry has gotten us to here. Don't be
nice to people who are not concerned if you live or die in order to
save a bird!
Over the years, as you well know and have expressed in this article,
Hatteras Island has taken more than its share of negative press.
For 2012 and beyond to survive more losses, Hatteras Island needs now
more than ever to share all of the very positive things that help make
Hatteras so very special.
A business/citizen type committee needs to be formed that will help
share and market a new future plan that will enhance the entire
Keep the welcome mat out because visito's will support any positive
coastal town and your greatest asset are the people that call Hatteras
I strongly feel that eventually everyone will be surprised at just how
many of your friends, customers, and tourists will return in support of
your community from one end to the other.
I hear talk all around of people making plans to visit in 2012.
Be ready for them -- SMILE OFTEN!
Seriously, Rob, great well written article.
Commentary: The good
old days of skinny dipping on the seashore are over
My wife started coming down in 1980. She would walk on the beach
wearing nothing but a beer. Haha. She said the beaches were empty back
then. Good ole days are gone for good.
We are all getting "feeced" by the NPS. Imagine paying
$90-150 to drive to the beach to skinny dip.
Bodie Island Lighthouse is set to have
restoration completed and will be open for climbing
Put the massive scaffold up, take it down. Now, put it up again. How
many more of my tax dollars can the NPS waste out here?
Cooking: Crazy Johnny Conner’s beef brisket and other fall recipes
I have been trying to find a recipe on how to fry these cornmeal things
that a family in North Carolina used to fry whenever we were in
town. I still can't figure out how they did it. It
white cornmeal mixed with milk? And whatever else? It was
by spoonfuls into a hot black skillet with some kind of grease in
it. You ate them with dinner. I believe you put some butter
them. I can't find a recipe for them, and I can't get them
when I have tried to make them. Any idea what I am talking
about? It wasn't in the Outer Banks, but I was reading your
article and thought I would ask you. I started going to the
when I was 3 in 1961.
Note: Island Free Press Food Columnist Lynne Foster replies:
Those “cornmeal things” are one of the South’s favorite traditional
foods - hush puppies. They are best fried in a hot oil in a
iron skillet - the black skillet you mentioned - or in a deep fryer
(especially for large amounts) and always, always served with barbecue
and with fried fish.
There are numerous stories about the name, and they all focus on one or
another reason to keep the dogs quiet with a toss of hush puppies --
everything from Union soldiers near a Confederate campfire to hunters’
shushing their baying hounds.
One of the captains of The Albatross Fleet, Bryan Mattingly, and his
wife, Antoinette, are very fine cooks and they gave me their
recipe. They often cook for crowds of family and friends so
may have to adjust the quantity.
4 cups corn
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Mix the dry ingredients. Then add milk, onion and eggs. Drop by
teaspoonful into 350 degree cooking oil and cook until brown.)