Hatteras commissioner talks about
bridge issue on radio show...WITH AUDIO
By IRENE NOLAN
Burrus, vice-chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and
Hatteras Island representative on the board, was the guest Sunday,
Sept.21, on the new Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point."
The show, hosted by Island Free Press Editor, Irene Nolan, will air on
the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM 99.9, at 5 p.m.
on the first and third Sunday of each month. It will be
repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.
Burrus, who also is the owner of the Burrus Red & White
supermarket in Hatteras village, talked about a variety of issues that
affect island residents, off-island property owners, and visitors.
The first question was about the issue of replacing the Bonner Bridge.
The question was: "DOT announced earlier this week that the abrupt work
stoppage at the Pea Island bridge is because the department is "in
conversations" with the Southern Environmental Law Center and its
clients about the recent court decision on the Bonner Bridge
replacement. How do you feel about the fact that the public and,
especially, Dare County, do not have a seat at that negotiating table?"
Burrus answered in an extensive reply that he is "really concerned and
that he thinks anyone who lives on Hatteras Island and, for that
matter, all of Dare County should be concerned.
He mentioned specifically distrust of the SELC.
"DOT feels they can deal with Southern Environmental Law (Center) and
come out as equal partners, and it's hard to do that," he said,
harkening back to previous battles with the group about the 1990
expansion of the island water company's wellfields and the more recent
National Park Service off-road vehicle management plan.
"They are what they are," he said. "They'll be a snake until their
head's cut off."
"If they are coming to the table," he added, "it's because they feel
like they're at a disadvantage to continue doing what they are
doing....I think we'll be better off to continue doing what we're
He said he is also concerned about whether DOT can really get all the
permits it needs from federal and state agencies.
Burrus also talked about:
The continued shoaling of our shoaling inlets and eroding
beaches. He thinks we need to "think outside the box and not
keep going around with a hat in our hands, expecting help from the
federal and state government." He believes it is workable financially
for Dare County to buy its own dredge to keep the inlets open, nourish
our beaches, and grow our economy. And he spells out that
How Dare County should deal with the issue of property rights vs.
public nuisances. "It's a slippery slope," he said. "It's a slow process,
and it shouldn't be but only so fast."
Keeping Hatteras Inlet open to the Atlantic Ocean for the island's
commercial and recreational watermen.
The severe erosion of the southern tip of Hatteras Island.
How changes made by the General Assembly to the state's unemployment
compensation had negatively affected the county's seasonal workers and
How the county handles increasing taxes for special tax districts, such
as it did this year for the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to hear Allen Burrus discuss these issues in greater detail.
The interview lasts about 35 minutes.
'TO THE POINT'
On the show, IFP editor Irene Nolan will be interviewing newsmakers
about the events and issues that affect all of us who live on Hatteras
Island and those of us who love to visit here.
"You can expect to hear from folks who are making the news, those who
are decision-makers, and some who are just plain interesting to talk to
about the island and its past, present, and future," she says.
Because the station's all-volunteer staff and small budget are
stretched tight, the show is pre-recorded. At this point,
listeners cannot call in questions.
Also, the station can be received only on Hatteras Island, though the
board of directors of the community, non-profit hopes that funds can be
raised soon for online streaming of the programming.
For now, the audio will be posted the week after the interview so
Island Free Press readers who missed the show or who do not live on
Hatteras can listen in.
You can let Nolan know about folks you would like her to interview and
suggest questions to ask. Send your ideas to [email protected].
Radio Hatteras is our community, non-profit radio station and depends
on grants, memberships, and underwriting.
It broadcasts around the clock with news -- including such things as
surfing and fishing reports -- community announcements, music, and
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