To make a correction, Pea Island has served as a refuge for wildlife far longer than man has ever been on the island! This area should always be allowed to perform this most important function, whether there are man-made inpoundments or not. It is ignorant to say things like "let the birds go someplace else" or "build the refuge somewhere else." We have got to learn to work around the wildlife, not visa versa.
We may have our own ideas about who we can trust and believe when dealing with such important issues as this - but one thing is for certain - you cannot trust those who merely have a financial interest in any given issue. Money warps good judgement. I for one certainly trust our scientists and wildlife biologists and the organizations that are dedicated to speaking up on behalf of wildlife far more than I would ever trust people that are either trying to increase the local tax base or are just out to make a buck.
Bottom line - There is absolutely nothing more important than protecting the environment and the wildlife that inhabit this planet! No, not even "making a living"! People have got to stop selling out nature in the name of so-called "progress." Does everything always have to be about money - it makes me sick!!!!!
It's been a while since I've posted to Carolinabirds (which I really
love and appreciate--thanks Will!!), but first I wanted to say,
YEAH JEFF!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (One more
exclamation point for Harry!)
I respectfully disagree. Barrier islands along the Carolina coast are geologically unstable, shifting sands that are incompatible with permanent structures and associated human habitation. As geologist Oren Pilkey has taught us-it is a waste of taxpayer money to subsidize such structures by Federal programs such as flood insurance subsidies and tax supported programs to build the infrastructure needed to support homes and retail businesses in these areas. Better we return these beaches to the uses Nature intended, let them shift as they will (despite our puny efforts to "nourish" beaches and so on), and enjoy them with access from boats.
Its really a shame that the NCDOT and Dare county decided to replace
the Bonner Bridge with the short version. Many, many studies showed
that this was the wrong course of action if North Carolina wants to
keep Pea Island in existence. I wrote a number of letters to
politicians and folks at the DOT in favor of the long bridge to no
guess we'll have to say good bye to Pea Island as we know it. And we
get a new Bonner Bridge, that will probably be safe for, oh, 10 years
by the time its all completed. Why does Dare County think building
bridges literally on shifting sand is a good permanent course of
I understand that Outer Banks residents can't rely on
ferries and have to have a road to get to hospitals, veterinarians, and
other services. And I am sorry that your lives get disrupted when
storms come through. You must feel that it is worth it to live in such
a wild, beautiful place. And you must have known that this was the
price you pay when you moved there.
Becky D, Raleigh
Gotta love it.