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The Things Left Behind on the Beach

Friday 14 July 2017 at 10:52 pm


In August of 2016, the Island Free Press posted a story about the growing concern of beach gear being left behind on the shore overnight – or even abandoned altogether after an island vacation.

It wasn’t a new topic by any means, but at the time, both Irene and I had an inkling that the problem of “stuff left behind” was worse in 2016 than in the years before. We both noted going to the beach in the evenings or in the early morning hours, and coming across those big metal tent frames, or piles of broken beach chairs and umbrellas that were deposited next to the dune line or a nearby trash can.

And it looks like the wave of abandoned beach items is a topic that continues into 2017 as well.

In the past month, we’ve received a couple comments and emails about things left behind on the beach, and several folks have said that while they’re not sure if the presence of abandoned beach gear is better or worse than 2016, it’s still certainly noticeable.

So why is this happening, what’s the harm, and who is cleaning the mess up?

All good questions to consider, but let’s start with the easiest question first – which is who is cleaning up our collective mess.

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Getting off the Point – Our New Famous Island

Saturday 01 July 2017 at 11:38 pm

So I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a new island off the Point.

And it’s attracted just a little bit of attention.

The island – (or sandbar depending on who you ask... and depending on the tide for that matter) – has been dominating national and even international headlines. If you do a Google News Search for “New Island,” you’ll see dozens of listings that features the now famous photo taken by Connecticut visitor Chad Koczera.

Here’s just a sample of the magazines, newspapers, and media outlets that have covered this less-than-a-mile long spot in Buxton: National Geographic, CBS News, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, BBC, The Telegraph, News and Observer, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, The Weather Channel, Huffington Post, USA Today, the

Smithsonian, and NPR – which interviewed our Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac in a recent segment for “All Things Considered.”

You could easily go on, but you get the Point – and so does everyone else.

In essence, our island was ridiculously famous this week.

So considering this newfound fame, the question that’s been circling in many local conversations is simple – Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

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What on Earth is Going on with the Frisco UFO?

Friday 23 June 2017 at 11:29 pm

Late last week Jim Bagwell, (owner of the property where the Frisco UFO has landed), and LeRoy Reynolds, (the UFO’s resident alien), approached a local building inspector to see if they could do some repairs and refurbishments to the iconic local structure.

Per Reynolds, they initially received the verbal OK to proceed, but were then contacted by the Dare County Planning Department and were told that the UFO could not be altered in any way, per an already established agreement from 2006.

And then social media got involved, the floodgates opened, and everyone started to wonder what on earth is happening with the Frisco UFO.

It’s not unusual for a somewhat controversial topic to garner a wave of interest, rumors, and story variations on Hatteras Island. One of my favorite lifelong locals once told me that “If you break wind in Rodanthe, by the time they hear about it in Hatteras, it’s a damn hurricane.”

But since this particular topic first landed on the Facebook social scene last weekend, it’s become a force of nature.

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