Friday, June 15, 2012


I lately sat down to watch the HBO series “Band of Brothers” again as it reminds me of the struggles we face. They were a small segment of the force that fought for victory against seemingly insurmountable odds, beginning on D-Day, and continuing until the end of the European conflict in 1945. The story told by those that were there, and part of this struggle, is beyond words.  At the beginning of each episode, we are treated by a short thought by the veterans who lived through so much and dealt with the world literally crashing in around them. I can’t help but feel connected somehow with these incredible people. But then I imagine that was the point of the reach out, grab your heart to the point where you actually worry about these soldiers and their fate.

Though it’s wonderful that their story was finally told in a fashion that not only pulls from deep inside, but brings an all too realistic image into the living room, it reminds me somewhat of what we are up against.

Of course the two cannot be compared in real terms. In their fight, people died, many people died. We don’t deal with combat, deprivation, trench foot, bitter cold, lack of food, shelter, etc. And we don’t have bullets, mortar rounds, and artillery raining down upon us.  Though there can, in reality, be no real comparison, there are similar circumstances, albeit, without the bullets and cetera.

Oppression by the force of arms seems to be the common ground. During WWII it was a matter of ideology. It was about one people being superior to another, the “master race” was to dominate the world and anybody that stood in their way was to be exterminated.

What occurs here now, becomes government sponsored destruction of the very economy upon which the residents of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands depend. And it has become obvious over the years that this is an intentional effort by NPS and the Department of the Interior though clearly ideology is the driving force behind the NPS actions and agenda.

I was asked a question by a friend that lives on the island a couple weeks ago and it was, “do they think we are ghosts?”  I had to think about that for a bit, but considering all the things I've heard and seen over the years I've been involved in this mess, and the actions of NPS and their cohorts, I have begun to ask the same question. And as the days go by, the questions continue to mount, the NPS agenda becomes more blatant, but continues to lack any sort of reasoning other than the agenda itself.
Of course, much has happened since I sat down to write last. Mike Murray will retire next month as he stated he would do some three years ago. This of course after having turned the economy and lifestyle of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands upside down and opening the door to our collective ruin. He gets to leave with a nice government pension, health care, etc.. while families and businesses on the islands are left to suffer in part, because of the choices he made. Recently interviewed, he shifted the responsibility for his choices to NPS as a whole and even had the audacity to say that he wished that access advocates had tried to come to terms with the environmentalists. Murray seems to forget that it was his obligation to kick those groups out of negotiated rule-making once they filed a lawsuit  in violation of their agreement with the Secretary of the Interior. He also seems to forget that every concession made by access groups was met with an even harder line by DOW, Audubon and SELC.
If you want to read the interview, (try not to throw up) it's here:

In the mean time, H.R. 4094 goes to the House floor as part of a larger bill this coming week. Make a serious effort to contact your congressmen and ask for their support on this bill.
In addition, our bill will be considered in the Senate on the 27th. A hearing has been scheduled before the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. in room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
S. 2372, a bill to authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. We really need to push this folks. Lots of phone calls and e-mails. It's to late, because of short notice to rely on snail mail. Direct contact is your best option.
To find your rep, for the House, go here:
For the Senate subcommittee on Natural Resources:
"It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease" folks, so please take the time to make the calls and email your representatives. If you want access in the future, this is what needs done. there is plenty of information here as well as , and
Two other things of interest are the extra signs that have shown up along Route 12 between Buxton and Avon and what happened to Ramp 43.
The new signs between the villages, are concentrated around Canadian Hole and "Kite Point", installed by NCDOT are intended to prevent people from parking on the side of Rt. 12 in order to kite board or wind surf, or for that matter, just surf. Apparently, this has also occurred down at Sandy Bay, between Frisco and Hatteras Village. The intent is obviously to prevent folks from parking on the side of a 55mph speed limit roadway; a hazard at best. But at the same time, it forces users of this area to purchase permits to drive on the sand like the rest of us have to. Of course, some continue to park along the road in spite of the signage. Here's a picture..I unfortunately don't have a credit. At least the blanket flowers still showed up.

So, yesterday I got a phone call about Ramp 43. And this is where I get back to the "agenda". In the first instance, NPS decided this week to open the area between Ramps 43 and 44 to access; pedestrian only access and only if you keep your feet wet. The chief propaganda minister, madame Holda also sought fit to inform the masses that the area had been re-established as a pre-nesting closure. It was originally closed as a prenesting area and then for Oystercatchers who have since nested and moved on. So they establish a nesting closure again? for invisible birds? in mid June? Oh that's right, the idea is to keep people off the beach as long as possible.
On top of that there are four turtle nests north of 43 that have been under water at least four times in the last week.
And if that isn't fun enough, NPS has moved Ramp 43 to the north. No longer do you drive up and over the long established, hardened dune, now you drive to the end of the former parking lot. I say former because there is really nowhere for anyone to park. So in their infinite wisdom, NPS has eliminated a perfectly good ramp in favor of eliminating any real pedestrian access in terms of parking and in the mean time created a funnel for ocean water to flood the entire area which will prevent virtually all access. Good job!

And of course, the fun part was going out to see all the folks on the sand.

As in nobody was on the beach by me.

If that's not fun enough, the NPS created wetlands are near flood stage since they wont drain them anymore. One decent rain event and everything floods, and quickly. Aren't we all glad that NPS is here to manage this area?

Empty beaches, ramps set to flood, mosquito populations that are astounding, six pair of plover for 2012 lwoest number since the massive closures began, gee whiz. Explain to me again why sensible resource management isn't used at the Seashore? I just don't get it.

Day in and day out I hear the complaints. "Permits for this, permits for that"; "I'm never coming back"; "this is ridiculous"; "I was going to invest in a house down here, but not now"..etc..

That is our NPS at work. Thanks, Mr Murray. Enjoy your publicly funded pension as we lose all we care for.

Tight Lines,


1 comment:

  1. Growing up, we camped every summer at the Cape Point Campground. It was honestly the highlight of every summer. I could go on and on about everything that makes that spot special, but I'll not bore you with it. I was last there in 2003 and the campground spent a good bit of the week at least partially under this day we jokingly call that trip "lake Hatteras".

    Years back, low-class hurricane Bertha passed through about a day before our family made the trek down...when we arrived on a Friday afternoon, we found the campground seriously under water and closed. We spent the night at a hotel and by the next day, the water was receding and we were able to pick a high spot and enjoy our week. A heavy rain our last night brought the water back up somewhat, but no problem since we had one of the highest spots in the campground. At any rate...I just figured our 2003 trip was an anomaly due to all the rain we had that week. Sounds to me now like that was the beginning of the end.

    We are planning to get back down that way in a few weeks after a way-too-long absence...mainly because we were coming in the fall and Cape Point was closed. But...our oldest started kindergarten and the fall no longer works. I've been dreaming that here is my chance to introduce our children to the wonderful experiences that I had at Cape Point over the years. Now I've been reading that the campground opened late due to flooding that wouldn't go long as it doesn't flood back up, I'm thinking I would still like to spend at least part of our week there. My concern though is mosquitoes - and I hear you saying they are in extreme abundance?

    It's beginning to sound like the Cape Point Campground is slowly being ruined...leave it under water so the mosquitoes invade...then shut off access to the beach by walking over the dunes... I'm just heartbroken that I won't be able to share my childhood experiences with my own children... Thanks NPS...

    The most frustrating thing about the whole deal is the feeling of complete helplessness and hopelessness...things seem to be this way because the environmentalists are standing there holding the trump card. They win, we lose, and there's next to nothing that can be done about it.

    If the mosquitoes at Cape Point remain bad, I'm not sure what we'll do. I want to stay at one of the NPS campgrounds...Oregon Inlet is too noisy and not as nice...Cape Point will presumably mosquito-infested and prone to flooding...Frisco might be OK, but I've heard it is bad about mosquitoes in general...which means we may end up on Ocracoke, though I really want to spend more time on Hatteras island since we've been on Ocracoke more in recent years...

    Thanks for writing, I'm glad to hear a local perspective about what's really going on and keep up with what's happening in the specific spot that I've loved for many years. Please keep us posted about the situation...I would love to camp there if reasonably possible...