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The time has come for liquor by the drink on Hatteras

Friday 03 December 2010 at 09:58 am

Registered voters in the southern Hatteras Island villages of Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras will go to their polling places on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to cast a ballot in a referendum on the sale of liquor by the drink in restaurants and some other venues.

If the measure passes, mixed drinks would be allowed only in those three villages.

Just as I was about to write an article on Wednesday that all had been pretty quiet on the upcoming vote, an oversized postcard arrived in my mailbox in Buxton. It was addressed to “postal patron.”

On the front of the card was a collage of color photos of families on the beach, a person sipping a drink, and a wrecked car.

“VOTE NO” was the message.

On the back of the card were a half dozen or so reasons to vote “no.”

However, nowhere on the postcard was there any information about what group or individuals, obviously opposed to mixed drinks, was sponsoring the message.

This is a violation of state election law, according to Melva Garrison, director of the Dare County Board of Elections.

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The Last Beach Fire? Part II

Tuesday 30 November 2010 at 10:54 am

Last Tuesday, I posted a blog, entitled “The Last Beach Fire?”

Quite a few comments about this were posted at the end of the blog, but the next day I had an e-mail from an Island Free Press reader who was confused by the new regulations proposed in the National Park Service’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.

I answered his question the same day, and immediately got a response with even more questions.

That’s when I decided that maybe this issue needed to be explained better. And I thought the best way to do it was to share the reader’s questions and my responses.

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The Last Beach Fire?

Tuesday 23 November 2010 at 5:13 pm

There were many weighty and complicated issues in the recently released National Park Service Environmental Impact Statement on Off-Road Vehicle Rulemaking at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

But the one I keep coming back to and going over in my mind is the change in beach campfire regulations under the Park Service’s preferred alternative.

I surely did not want to have to tell my grandchildren – or their parents – that there will be no more bonfires when they come here to visit.

Well, maybe, if they start coming for Christmas we can have a beach fire, but not during their two- or three-week summer vacation.

The beach fires are a treasured tradition in our family – and in the families of many other islanders and visitors.

My family started having bonfires on the beach more than 30 years ago when my two children were youngsters.

Now they have nine children between them. And after a hiatus when the kids were really young, those grandchildren have adopted the bonfire tradition as their own.

The beach fire tradition has actually grown into a day-long affair.

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