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The Weekend Report

Tuesday 26 May 2009 at 6:25 pm The good news about the Memorial Day weekend report is that there really is not a lot of news.

And this is really good.

The weather cooperated – only spotty, brief showers with light to moderate southeast breezes.

A lot of visitors came to Hatteras and Ocracoke, and, according to National Park Service rangers, they were largely well behaved.

Despite large beach closures required by the consent decree, the beaches that were open were not overly crowded.  Yes, there were more vehicles than a typical weekend, but when I drove the beaches on Saturday afternoon, there was still room on the shoreline for all beachgoers. Read More

A conversation with an island

Thursday 21 May 2009 at 08:23 am It’s time for a break in blogging about heavy but important issues facing our islands.

Today, I am blogging about a book that should be on your summer reading list.  

It hasn’t felt like summer on Hatteras and Ocracoke this week with the rain, clouds, strong and gusty northeast winds, and heavy seas.  But Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally starts the summer season on the islands, is upon us.

The weather outlook for the weekend is good, and here’s my recommendation for a good read on the beach, on the deck, or in the boat.

Ray McAllister, a veteran journalist from Richmond, Va., has written one of the year’s most interesting new books for all of us who love Hatteras Island. Read More

Why recreational anglers think they deserve game fish status for red drum and speckled trout

Tuesday 19 May 2009 at 09:02 am By all accounts, the bill introduced in the state House of Representatives last month that would give game fish status to red drum and spotted sea trout is dead in the water.

The bill, H918, Designation of Coastal Game Fish, would make these two popular species of fish off limits to commercial fishermen and would reserve them for recreational anglers only.

Introduced March 31, the bill was referred to the House Marine Resources and Aquaculture Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Tim Spear, a Democrat whose district includes Dare and Hyde counties.

Spear had a hearing last week to give supporters and opponents of the bill a chance to speak, but the bill has not made it out of committee and has not been introduced into the Senate. Read More