Congressman Wants Cape Lookout Repairs A Priority

An Eastern Carolina congressman is urging the National Park Service to make rebuilding areas of Cape Lookout National Seashore a top priority.

While the park service has reopened some sections of Cape Lookout to visitors after Hurricane Irene, some areas remain closed. That includes Long Point Cabins on North Core Banks and the Portsmouth Village Historical District.

Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican who represents the third district, told the NPS director in a letter that the damaged areas need to reopen as quickly as possible. Jones says the closure is having a negative impact on the local Carteret County economy, as well as lost recreational opportunities for taxpayers.

"Repairing the cabins and restoring access to all areas of the Seashore is important to helping many Carteret County residents recover from the storm," said Jones. "By making these issues a priority, NPS will help get businesses up and running and tourists returning, which will benefit Carteret County as a whole."

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  • by uh Location: enc on Sep 22, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    So, just curious: Mr. Jones is against handouts and doesn't believe in government stimulus. He also voted to limit disaster relief funding which runs out this month. Where does he intend THIS funding to come from?
  • by Joey on Sep 21, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    If these barrier islands were run by the private sector,as it was in the past, the place would be open by now. Those who's $$$ depend on the fishermen and vacationers that use the island pump alot of $$$ into the local economy. Those who have alot at stake are willing to help and get things back up and running.
  • by A Person Location: Down East on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    I for one want to thank Congressman Jones and his help to getting the National Seashore opened. If they keep it closed it could be another time the government steps in and takes land that is OURS so they can protect the birds and turtles...Don't get me wrong cause I like to watch birds and turtles but I think the government has way too many regulations on us Americans.
  • by James Location: Washington on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    The National Park System (which includes the National Seashores) was created in the 1870's to set aside certain lands for all time as a reserve for the use and enjoyment of all the people. This means North Core Banks belongs to every one in the united States. Being a National System, this means it's funding comes from Federal Taxes. This means a taxpayer in Montana, Texas, or NC all provide a little to it's support. Cape Lookout; both North & South Banks is the most beautiful seashore in all of NC. Go there several times a year with my family, and support Carteret County businesses while coming and going. A few points- 1)US Taxpayers own it, so they should pay for it 2) there are no residents, other than Park rangers and 3)there are no roads to be worked on. It's all beach or dune trails that take no maintenance. Just good vehicle and driving skills. The work to be done is most likely on the Cabins and facilities, which at $100/night on the ocean, you don't need to wonder why it's hard to get reservations and it is such a draw for local business.
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      by Beach Goer on Sep 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM in reply to James
      Yes, its a beautiful place & also it is the most beautiful place to me on the outerbanks. If you have not been there.. then you should go.. it is roughing it. Like camping out. but its well worth it.
  • by Jon Location: Virginia on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Road? What road? People who live on this island? What people? Pamlico Co? What can the NPS do for them? I think you have them confused with FEMA. God help us all if the good people of NC start taking their cues from Eric Cantor.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    So all the repairs for the people that lost or had their homes damaged have all been completed Congressman Jones? Or do they have to wait some more? I understand that Bev had to have the beaches open the following weekend after the storm and we all had to pick a number and wait but now we have to wait some more?
  • by to charles on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Charles, where does the article say anything about a road??? It a remote natural barrier island with ferry access only. No roads dude, only sand......go back to sleep.
  • by charles Location: new bern on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    the people who live and work on this island should pay for this road,NOT US TAX PAYERS.
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      by Tony on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM in reply to charles
      Cape Lookout does not have any roads.
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      by Hadyn on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to charles
      This is about Portsmouth Island- not fixing NC 12 moron.
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      by Ed on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to charles
      There are no roads in Cape Lookout National Seashore. Before you open your mouth you should know what you are talking about
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      by Tim on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM in reply to charles
      They are already paying for the access to these islands as well as EBT and WIC and Social Security and Welfare, through their sweat,hard work and taxes. They are normal tax paying citizens who actually work and pull their fair share unlike the deadbeats who don't contribute tax dollars but use up 90% of them through bogus benefit programs invented to keep people on the dole and reliant on the Government.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM in reply to charles
      Wrong, wrong, wrong. It's a public place, on public property that should be supported by ALL taxpayers.
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      by knuckle head on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM in reply to charles
      Um... There is no road to Cape Lookout. You either get there by ferry or boat, or you do not get there at all. Highway 12 which your misguided soul speaks of goes to Cape Hatteras
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      by bill on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM in reply to charles
      No roads on Cape Lookout
  • by ACC on Sep 21, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    What about the people from Pamlico Co. that don't even have home to stay in???
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      by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to ACC
      Apparently his vacation home and tourist dollars are more important than the people who still dont have a home due to the storm. Im willing to bet that his vacation home is currently inaccesible and thats why he wants it a top priority.
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        by greg on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM in reply to
        there are only 2 vaction homes on this island with no electricity except by generator and they are own by families from carterett cnty more fish camps than vac homes they owned these houses before park service took over and there are alot of people that goto the islands from across the state that are helping the residents down east
  • by bob Location: newport on Sep 21, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    Is this congressman one of those that wants to cut everything else , with not tax increase on the wealthy ? Mr. Jones maybe you can get your rich protected friends to do bake sales or fundraisers to help you. Maybe you should talk to the Republican controled NC legislature so they can raise taxes to take care of the problem for you.Sir you are a typical republican cut everyone else , but not me when I need help.
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