January 2012 Letters To The Editor
Letters to the
Editor....01.26.2012 12:30 pm
Park Service is preparing to
implement ORV rule
I fully understand the need for permits but the amount of money
proposed per permit is over the top. I grew up coming Down
to fish on the Point, and it was a right of passage for me as a young
child to be included on this trip.
Everything must change in a lifetime, and, yes, we are heart broken
about what is about to happen to the beautiful beaches of the Outer
Banks, where I spent my summers, but I will not turn my back on
them. My husband and I decided that we would spent some of
money buying Christmas presents from the island to help out in some
places. We so enjoyed driving the beach and, yes, as much as I hate it,
we'll be in line to get our permits and just go with whatever as long
as we can make more memories with our grandkids, whether it's eating,
shopping, or just looking at others and knowing they are feeling what
we feel for island. Time is moving forward fast for all of us in this
world of ours, it's what you are going to do with the time you have
now. Good luck with your decisions. We will be back!
Goodbye, Outer Banks. My apologies to the business owners and real
estate companies of Buxton and Ocracoke. Our group consists of least 22
individuals. We have been coming to surf fish every spring and fall for
15 years. Sadly, we will come no more since we have had enough of
regulations shoved at us.
I wish the best to the Outer Banks Motel, the Red Drum tackle shop of
Buxton, and to Edwards of Ocracoke and the Tradewinds tackle shop of
I have been visiting the Outer Banks since 1973. Most years I have made
at least two trips to Hatteras for a week each time. I have always
loved the beaches and the surf fishing, even though in the last 10
years the Park Services has severely limited our beach access. Some
years I have made as many as five trips down and always rent a house.
Sad to say -- no more. I can take the hint form the Park Services.
Obviously, they don’t want my business any longer. I will not pay to
drive on limited beach access. It takes me 10 hours to make
trip from here and I have found that South Carolina has plenty of
fishing just as good only two hours from me. Good luck with future
photos of the year
Please post more sunset pictures or any sunny pictures. It eases the
winter blues up here. Love reading your website. Thanks!
Awesome, Donny! You will be remembered as the historian of our
generation. Happy New Year and see you soon.
Living: A Visitors Guide to life in the Real World
This fine article perfectly describes why we visit Hatteras Island
every summer for our vacation. People ask me "Why do you go there every
year?" My answer is "because there is nothing else to do but enjoy what
real life should be." You know we, too, have to escape the
Regards and ... A bientôt!
This one, by far, is my favorite! Especially the part with your friend
visiting you while in Boston! I laughed so hard I cried! Thank you! I
love this article!
Living: Stupid New Years resolutions to forget and a couple good ones
Joy, I enjoyed this write up -- as always! Thanks for such good advice!
Now if we could just get moved to the Outer Banks!
reserve three species, including red drum, for recreational anglers is
North Carolina is one of the few states on the southeastern seaboard
allowing netting of these fish for sale. Virginia, South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas all classify reds and specks as
gamefish and don’t allow them to be netted.
I've lived on the Outer Banks and have fished it since 1977. For the
last 12 years, I have spent a week in the late fall on the island, not
necessarily the best time to fish (or catch). I have seen the available
fish decimated to the Point that I am looking elsewhere, where the
stocks are better controlled from the professional netters. So you have
a choice -- reduce the livlehoods and/or incomes of a handful of
netters or turn Hatteras back into the ghost house it was in the
fall/winter when I lived there in '77. Me? I'd like to bring home a few
fish with my $800 investment for the week. Go CCA!
Coast Guard rescues sailor off
Kudos to the great men and women of our Coast Guard. They do such
awesome work and get very little recognition or thanks for jobs well
done. I am very proud of these individuals who not only
their lives for all in many ways but who also give back so much to our
local communities. Thanks to each of you!
The good old days of skinny dipping on the seashore are over
I hope you folks on the island stand up to the National Park Service.
My family has been coming down for 40-plus years and have seen many
things changes. But this latest may well be the last straw. Driving
permit for the beach and watch a video -- come on. If the park ranger
finds someone acting up ask them to leave or write a ticket. We had a
great time on the island fishing and spending our hard earned money but
the time has come to go elsewhere. Good luck to the local folks. Save
your pennies. It may be a long ride.
Hatteras Island Ocean Center is a
new project that would be a fishing pier and much more
Hopefully, much thought will go into this endeavor before action is
taken. If one really wants a pier, why not head toward Nags
Head? If one wants a “food court”, why not go to Baltimore or
York City where Mr. Kaplan originates from? Is there really a need for
party rooms over what the Civic Center provides? Would it be
worth it for the extra people on the beach? The 24/7 lights drowning
out the sunsets and sunrises? Can most businesses on Hatteras
afford to open/lease an additional business there? Mostly, do
Hatterasmen and annual visitors really want to end the unbelievable
tranquility which presently is Hatteras? Hopefully, much
will go into this before a decision is made.
Cooking: Beans are warm and satisfying, healthful, and economical
I don't soak great northern or navy beans overnight. I sort
wash them, put them in a pot with water, bring to a boil, and boil for
two minutes. Then remove from heat, put a lid on, and let it sit for
one hour. Add the ingredients, such as a ham bone and for 1
hours or until tender. In my family (German/English), we eat
spareribs and sauerkraut (baked with a little brown sugar) and mashed
potatoes for luck on Jan. 1.
Some of these bean recipes look inviting and I think I'll try a few.
I'm in the heart of pork and sauerkraut country. It's on the menus of
most diners at least once a month here with a big pile of fresh mashed
with the other stuff piled right on it. Yum!
is working with Avon groups on finishing Little Kinnakeet restoration
The National Park Service couldn’t get it painted for $1,340,260
million?.Go, islanders. This has always been my most favorite Coast
Guard Station. This is how the Currituck Light got done and should be
how Bodie Island gets done.
nourishment off the table for long-term Highway 12 fix
The new proposal suggested by the Fish and Wildlife officials could be
a winner and keep most people happy. Please take a long look at this
idea and try working with each other to make this a reality.
manager gets DOT ferry toll meeting moved to Ocracoke
Welcome to the world of the Tea Party, where tax revenues will be cut
and user fees take their place. We have it here.
proposals with tolls high enough to discourage travel at all, save for
the rich, and businesses who will simply charge you more for
goods. The increases here are a gift from the Republican
legislature and their Tea Party friends. I have always been
impressed with the professionalism of the North Carolina ferry system
-- its people, boats and operation. But now it is simply
case of we don't want to pay from the Tea Party and its stooges.
Visiting Portsmouth Island is a
trip back in time
Will there be a Portsmouth Island reunion of families and people who
lived on the island many years ago or have visited over a period of
time in 2012? We were there in April of last year and a group
suggested that there is such a reunion every two years. Will
a reunion occur in 2012? Thanks very much for your insight.
note: Yes, there will be reunion this year on April
28. For more information, go to www.friendsofportsmouthisland.org.)
For the naysayers that may be critical of my campaign for Dare County
Commissioner, I have a message for you. As an American, I
Constitutional right to place my name on a ballot for any elected
office! Untold millions of men and women have defended that
from the earliest days of this Republic. I’m an imperfect man
that has failed in many of the endeavors I have pursued in life, but as
a result of those failures, I have learned and been humbled beyond
belief. My purpose in this effort is to simply offer ideas
may actually help solve some of the issues facing Dare
a candidate, I will conduct myself in a manner befitting a
gentleman. I have neither axes to grind nor vendettas to
I merely want to offer you, the people of Dare County solutions.
Letters to the
Editor....01.11.2012 2:00 pm
Bodie Island Lighthouse is set to have
restoration completed and will be open for climbing
So pleased to finally get an update on Bodie
Lighthouse. I am looking forward to getting to climb to the
and see the beautiful views. My family has been watching and wondering
when we will do this. Thanks again for the information/update.
I've waited and hoped for this for 40 years, always wondering if this
light station would ever be open to the public. Now I just
can make the climb up and at least make it back down if I get up
there. Nice story! Thanks to all the people who
the years to make this a reality.
Grove City, Pa
The good old days of skinny dipping on the seashore are over
Great article. New Jersey (Island Beach State Park) has all
the same restrictions you talk about. It’s sad, but people
to it and accept it. They require permits and there is only
way to get on the island -- through a guard shack. And they do check
for the required fishing poles -- permits are not issued for
simply riding the beach. While I don't agree with it, if the
people want to spend time on the beach, they will reluctantly pay the
fees I hope this doesn't go through. I, too, have spent many
enjoying the open access beaches on Hatteras Island.
One of the best articles that I have read. Yes the powers to be are
ruining our freedom. The Outer Banks has been our second home for more
than 30 years. We will sure miss the good old days.
The jail penalty and fine for skinny dipping appears to be much more
serious than for bankers in North Carolina who intentionally wrote bad
loans to people who did not qualify by usual financial requirements.
It just feel so free, loose, good, whatever.
NPS has assimilated all North Carolina law into seashore regulations,
so state law on nudity would apply in the seashore.
Now, Dewey, I'm sure you are aware of how Southerners look at this.
Naked means you are runnin' around with no clothes on.
“Neeked” means you are runnin' around with no clothes on and are up to
Hamilton (aka Salvo Jimmy)
Have I skinny dipped? Yep....and loved every minute of it! I still
discreetly topless sunbathe when I go to Ocracoke. I mean if guys
can.......With all the horrible changes that are coming (and are
already in place) I'm sure Ranger Rick will be watching me like a hawk
no matter what.
Island Living: Stupid New Year’s
resolutions to forget and a few to keep
This really made me pause. So many of us spend time cleaning, etc. and
forget to remember that it's the people in life who bring us the most
joy. Forget about the dirty floor which must be cleaned right now. That
floor will be dirty when we return from enjoying family and/or friends
and the blessings of nature with which The Maker provided us. We live
on borrowed time; use it wisely.
Island Living: A Visitors Guide to life in the Real World
I LOVE this article! It's wonderful. Definitely a keeper!!
Jones requests action on
fisheries reform bills
There are no buffalo hunters because there are no buffalo. There will
be no fisherman because there are going to be no fish to catch!
Long-vacant Coast Guard housing
has a new owner
I am neighboring resident of this housing facility and am glad to hear
there will be less grass, as trees and native fauna would help absorb
the extraordinary flooding that persists after any significant rain.
Because of the original poor planning, there is no reasonable
stormwater management plan and the area continues to flood to
neighboring homes and creates a mosquito breeding area.
Unfortunately, Dare county no longer has an effective larvacide program
which would keep mosquitoes from ever reaching the adult stage, much
more effective than the pesticide trucks and airplanes with toxic
chemicals we are subjected to. So our hope here is that a stormwater
management plan is put into place that will be sufficient for the huge
houses that are on this property.
Taxpayers paid for these duplexes for military housing. These units are
very much out of proportion to the neighboring houses. There are too
many of them it seems and for the purchase price and proper planning,
it seems fair that many should be eliminated and that they conform to
the present building code. The surrounding property owners have been
dealing with the fallout from this facility for some time, and we are
hoping for positive solutions.
They're off to a good start. From the photos, there's not much grass
left as it is. Glad that something is going to happen with the
property. Can we still walk down the beach to the Point, or does this
transaction close the beach off?
note: Yes, you can still walk on the beach. The National Park
Service controls the all beaches on the island.)
Service is preparing to implement ORV rule
So those of us who, from time to time, want to drive down south to
Hatteras or Ocracoke as a "day tripper" won't have any financial
consideration to drive out on the beach? How about if I'm disabled and
can't walk on the possible chance that a parking place can be
found? Does the Park Service not care about Americans with
disabilities having access to the public beaches? No ramps,
etc.? How does that comply with ADA? These beaches
I don't understand why all the changes. First they start charging for
fishing permits, even though they close over half the beach during the
summer months. So your fishing is limited. Now they want to charge
everyone a fee that wants to go fishing -- just to be able to drive on
the beach. So why don't you ( The Park Service ) just close the beach
to everyone. And kill the livelihood of all the residents on the Outer
Banks, a beautiful place to visit.
of Nights in Rodanthe: Hollywood came to Hatteras Island
I have a cedar chest exactly like the one featured in the
house. My grandparents received the chest as a wedding gift about 75
years ago. Is there anything more you know about the chest?