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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

Getting rid of the ubiquitous plastic bags – an idea whose time has come

Thursday 14 May 2009 at 4:27 pm

Sen. Marc Basnight had a really good idea.

And then he had an even better idea.

Several weeks ago, Basnight, a Manteo Democrat who is President Pro Tempore of the state Senate, gathered some community leaders at his family’s restaurant, The Lone Cedar Café on the Manteo Causeway.

Basnight was rallying support for a bill that would impose a 10- to 25-cent fee on most types of plastic and paper bags.

His stated purpose was to clean up the Outer Banks – get the unsightly, flimsy, ubiquitous plastic bags off the roadways and dunes and out of the waterways.

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