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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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What's in a name? Part 2

Monday 11 May 2009 at 3:42 pm Just a bit more on the name of the seashore – Cape Hatteras National Seashore vs. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

Need we say more about this photo of an early official brochure for the park?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Dennis Gray, our friend and faithful reader, found the cover of this brochure in the Hugh Morton Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library in an online blog.

The link is http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/ncm/index.php/category/treasures-from-the-stacks/page/2/

Check my last blog for more information on the issue of the seashore’s name.

What's in a name?

Friday 08 May 2009 at 07:30 am As the issue of off-road vehicle access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has become more contentious, the people who favor free and open access have increasingly pushed for the seashore to return to the name that Congress gave it in 1940 – the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

Returning to that moniker for the seashore is important to many as the environmental and ORV access groups square off on a beach driving regulation for the seashore.

At the core of this issue is the Park Service’s dual mission on the seashore to both protect the resources and accommodate the visiting public. Read More