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Looking forward to another summer under consent decree

Tuesday 07 December 2010 at 08:39 am

Who would have thought that we would look forward to another summer under the consent decree?

When the consent decree was signed off on by all the parties to a lawsuit against the National Park Service, beach access advocates were not happy.

The National Audubon Society and Defenders of Wildlife, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, had sued the Park Service in October, 2007.  The suit claimed that the park’s Interim Species Management Plan did not go far enough to protect nesting birds and turtles at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Eventually Dare and Hyde counties and the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance were allowed to join the lawsuit as defendant-intervenors on the side of the Park Service.

The groups reached an agreement in the spring of 2008 to manage the seashore until the Park Service had a final rule on off-road vehicle use, which it had been required to do since the 1970s but never finished.

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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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