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Fireworks, fires, and freedom

Thursday 30 June 2011 at 11:07 am

I have been surprised by the number of negative comments that The Island Free Press has received about July 4 plans on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

There will be no fireworks on the islands for a second year, but there will be other celebrations.  Apparently, that does not please some people.

What has surprised me is the number of folks who are so unhappy about it that they are vowing not to return here again on their vacations.

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Access Advocates head to D.C. to meet with OMB on ORV rule

Thursday 23 June 2011 at 08:49 am

As I am writing this blog, a group of beach access advocates, mostly from Dare County, are heading to Washington, D.C., to meet with officials of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about the National Park Service’s proposed rule for off-road vehicles on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The never-ending process of formulating a final rule is now in “recess” while the OMB reviews the Park Service proposed rule, based on the Park Service’s Final Environmental Impact Statement and preferred alternative, which is Alternative F – even more onerous than the despised consent decree, under which beaches have been managed since 2008.

The Park Service’s proposed rule has not been made public and won’t be released to the public for 60 days of comment until after the OMB review, which averages two months but could take longer.

However, even though the public doesn’t know what is in the final rule, OMB welcomes meetings with groups and individuals interested in the outcome of the rulemaking process.

It’s just another strange chapter in the ongoing saga of rulemaking here.

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The arrest at Ramp 45

Tuesday 07 June 2011 at 6:11 pm

Thousands of people have now seen a six-minute YouTube video of two National Park Service rangers wrestling with a suspect in the sand, trying to handcuff him.

The incident happened on Sunday, May 27, at Ramp 45 at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

It was taped apparently by a spectator who can be heard making comments as the rangers struggle with the man.

Most of the six minutes is about the struggle.  And the video starts as the incident is in progress, so a viewer does not know what happened to escalate the situation or how it began.

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And now a word from the National Park Service Director

Friday 03 June 2011 at 11:01 am

This exchange of letters speaks for itself.

The exchange is between Bob Eakes, owner of The Red Drum Tackle Shop in Buxton and a member of the federally appointed negotiated rulemaking committee that failed in its mission to formulate an off-road vehicle rule for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the National Park Service’s Director, Jonathan Jarvis.

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