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Should local watermen be allowed to sell their harvest at local farmers’ markets? WITH A READER POLL

Friday 29 July 2011 at 12:40 pm

Joanne Throne of Avon was the moving force behind the formation of the Hatteras Island non-profit group, which calls itself Coastal Harvesters.

She envisioned bringing fresh, locally produced food to residents and visitors. Farmers would not only sell their fresh produce but local watermen would sell their fresh catches.

This falls in line with a national trend away from processed and imported fresh products and toward buying fresh, local, sustainable foods, a movement known by various names, including “slow food” – as opposed to fast food.

When it came to produce, Throne had a challenge – enticing farmers from the mainland to travel all the way to Hatteras Island in the summer to sell at the market.  She’s working on that one with some success.

However, the bigger roadblock became Dare County’s Board of Health regulations that prohibit fishermen from selling their catch from vehicles or at open-air markets.

In the winter of 2010, Coastal Harvesters went to the county health board to request a change in the regulations.

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More thoughts about public comment on proposed ORV rule

Friday 22 July 2011 at 11:19 am

The Outer Banks Preservation Association and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association have posted comments on the National Park Service’s proposed off-road vehicle rule for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on their websites.

The Park Service published its proposed regulation for ORVs at the seashore on July 6.  Public comment is open for 60 days – until Sept. 6.

The groups say they have written this document “to better inform the public as they prepare their response” to the rule.

“It is our belief that all persons who make use of this Recreational Area owe it to our fellow citizens and future generations to participate in this process,” Jim Keene, a former president of the NCBBA who was also a member of the failed committee that tried for almost two years to negotiate the rule, said in an e-mail to reporters.

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Here we are commenting -- again

Friday 15 July 2011 at 5:29 pm

The public now has yet another chance to comment on new regulations for off-road vehicles at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore that will have a major impact on our economy, culture, and lifestyle for years to come.

 

The National Park Service published its proposed regulation for ORVs at the seashore on July 6. Public comment is open for 60 days – until Sept. 6.

 

Commenting on NPS plans and rules is getting tedious, to say the least.

 

At this point, many are asking why we should bother to comment once more.

 

We commented in public meetings on the Interim Protected Species Management Plan that was implemented in 2007 and immediately overtaken by a consent decree that settled a lawsuit by environmental groups. The consent decree trumps the publically vetted interim plan.

 

Many of us also filled out long “workbooks” with our comments on that plan. That work was a wasted effort after the lawsuit and consent decree.

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The time has come for liquor by the drink on ALL of Hatteras Island

Thursday 07 July 2011 at 2:45 pm

Voters in the northern Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe Waves, Salvo, and Avon will have a chance to level the playing field for some of their neighbors who own restaurants when they go to the polls next Tuesday, July 12, to vote on whether liquor by the drink should be legal in Kinnakeet Township.

Restaurateurs in the northern Hatteras villages are literally surrounded by businesses with an advantage – they can serve mixed drinks in their establishments.

The incorporated towns on the northern beaches have had liquor by the drink for some years.  In 2007, Hyde County voters agreed that mixed drinks should be available on Ocracoke. The southern villages of Hatteras Township – Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras--passed a referendum on the issue quite handily last December. And, in June, mixed drinks were finally approved in Manteo on Roanoke Island.

So, restaurants along all of the Outer Banks except in the four small northern Hatteras villages can serve liquor to their patrons who want a buy a drink.

And restaurant owners interviewed for stories in The Island Free Press over the past four years all make it clear that a changing clientele on the island means that more visitors are surprised – and sometimes unhappy -- to find out they can order only a beer or wine with their meal, not a Margarita or a Manhattan.

Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, and Avon deserve to be on the same economic footing as their neighbors on the Outer Banks when it comes to meeting visitor expectations and maximizing their profit in a tough economic climate.

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