Some Question Reopening Hatteras To Visitors

Even some groups dependent on tourism are questioning Dare County's decision to open part of Irene-damaged Hatteras Island to visitors.

Hurricane Irene struck less than three weeks ago, cutting off the only road access to the island.

Both the Dare County Tourism Board and the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce say it was too early to open the four southernmost villages on Sept. 17 because so few tourists could get to the island using two ferries. Tourism board member Scott Leggat says a survey of property managers shows the island was 90 percent booked in September.

But the managers also estimated that the ferries could bring only about 25 percent of the people with reservations.

Dare County manager Bobby Outten says island residents needed the work the tourists would bring.

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  • by anonymouse Location: washington on Sep 25, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    The next plan out of Raleigh is to fill in the sound and build a 4 lane hiway to the OBX . I hear tell the developers and DOT are all for this plan. They will also hire some Dutch engineers to build a seawall areound the OBX.Really bright people back there in Raleigh.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 25, 2011 at 03:04 AM
    I agree that tourism should be the least of concerns at this time. It will only leave a bad taste in their mouths. It also hampers service workers like myself from getting over there to restore things to normal.BAD MOVE!
  • by CHRIS Location: CAMDEN on Sep 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM
    Ray, people want to get back to hatteras island to fish, relax, and to get away from thug infested inland eastern, NC! SKEETERS ARE BAD EVERYWERE
  • by Ray Location: Farmville on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    Just some friendly advice about visiting the OBX...NEVER, EVER rent a house or anything else from the local companies on Hatteras Island unless you want to lose your money. Stay at a hotel instead. You can cancel a hotel reservation but the realty companies pocket your money if you rent a house and cancel for almost any reason, even if it is impossible to reach the OBX such as after hurricane Irene. Now the travel insurance companies may not pay if the ferries are booked and you can't get on the ferry. Stay away from the OBX!
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      by rapper on Sep 25, 2011 at 08:20 AM in reply to Ray
      You are right on that point ! The place is loaded with Raleigh politician scam artists who want to get your money !
  • by Ray Location: Farmville on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    The stench is horrible on the OBX along with the mosquitoes. Stay away unless you enjoy being eaten up by those pesks and enjoy smelling the stench! I was working on Hatteras Island after the hurricane and it was not very pleasant. Why anyone would want to spend hard-earned money to go down there is beyond me.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 24, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Address all comments to Congressman Jones...he will handle the situation along with the Rethugican entourage in Raleigh.
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      by Back on Sep 25, 2011 at 06:00 AM in reply to taxman
      I guess the FACT that NC has been going downhill with the rest of the country, and the FACT that dems have had control in NC for the last 100 years makes no difference. Typical liberal " I have no idea what I'm talking about" lip service.
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        by taxman on Sep 25, 2011 at 08:22 AM in reply to Back
        Have you written, called or e-mailed Congressman Jones? Better hurry before the money is all gone for sand renourishment. You might be able to get some for your sandbox !
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Sep 24, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    This article can not be correct. Our fearless govenor promised it was going to be completely ready by the Labor Day weekend tourist season. OUR govna would not lie to us.

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