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  • btneast Aug 28, 2012

    Thats pretty sad that all many people want to do is go down there and destroy the beach and wildlife

    ....why do you automatically ASSUME that those that wish to have access to the beach will destroy it? People have been driving on that beach since cars were invented....literally. It was the only "highway for a long long time.

  • btneast Aug 28, 2012

    I doubt if my road in Wake county washed out every couple of years that I could expect the taxpayers to spend $10 million to constantly fix it.

    ...if it generated the tax revenue the OBX generates, you better believe they would. The state is protecting its cash cow, not accomodating a handful of residents.

  • BigOski Aug 28, 2012

    Let's temporarily annex it to China. Let's say 3 years. They will certainly wipe the place clean from all these pesky birds and sea turtles.

  • tarheels512 Aug 28, 2012

    I must say that those of us who have a house on Hatteras Island and family that has been there for generations it's not about an unstable land mass/temp. bridge. We all know its an ever changing island however you dont uproot generations because the state doesnt want to spend money for a better bridge. As some have stated this area brings in large amounts of tourism revenue that help keep this state going. I drive this bridge every week and although its not the best in the world, it works. It will be great for a new permanent bridge and will help the tourism. All thats left is to get the NPS from ruining where we can enjoy the beach because of birds.

  • btneast Aug 28, 2012

    Here's an excert form the NC Dept of Commerce's website on WHY these coastal roads have to be kept open:

    Visitors traveling to and within the state of North Carolina spent a record $18 billion in 2011, supporting more than 40,000 North Carolina businesses and directly supporting nearly 200,000 jobs all across the state. State and local tax revenues generated as a result of visitor spending totals more than $1.5 billion annually. North Carolina ranks as the 6th most visited state in the United States.

  • Deb1003 Aug 28, 2012

    We've vacationed on Hatteras Island for years. Yes, it's a temporary bridge but I've crossed bridges worse in Wake County. When I was growing up, there were many wooden bridges, rickety and almost falling apart, and that was in NoVa. I will continue to support our state by vacationing on the Outer Banks. We have a wonderful treasure on our coast.

  • btneast Aug 28, 2012

    just park your car and walk

    NO....you cannot walk in bird closures either.

  • btneast Aug 28, 2012

    Why not toll the road/bridge during tourist season to pay for it?

    ....(sigh) obviously, some of you don't understand just how much money that area generates from tourism spending......way more than they get back from the state......which is why Dare County is considered a "donor" county for taxes. Keeping that road open is all about keeping the toursits there, NOT about the residents.

  • fayncmike Aug 28, 2012

    "it's President Obama and will continue to be till 2016. - comment

    yeah, FOUR MORE YEARS of this
    djofraleigh"

    Thank goodness! I for one don't want to go back to starting wars of aggression, environmental suicide and fiscal irresponsibility.

  • BigOski Aug 28, 2012

    I travel to the OBX about 6-10 times a year. Make it a toll. I will still go but people should not just blow off the fact that the place is a net gain for the state coffers.
    I would love to here from some OBX haters what are their enjoyments in life. Wonder what OBX'ers subsidize in the form of taxes for your life's enjoyments.

  • cwood3 Aug 28, 2012

    lb27608-obviously, you have never been surf fishing!! It would take 2-3 trips to the car to get all the equipment needed for successful surf fishing trip. In addition, the walk may be 1/4 mile or more. And if the fish are not biting, the effort needed to move is horrific.

    The dumb birds and turtles are not at the top of the food-or money chain. Yet, the clowns running our Parl service seem to think so! The tail is wagging the dog-and that stinks.

    Fishing on the OBX has been the ticket to success for years on the OBX. Access to the beach has been key to getting to the fish(which are far less than 50 years ago). Overfishing took it's toll for years. I've scene pics of TRUCKFULLS of Hatteras Bluefish(15-20lbs) being taken to the factory for penny's per lb to make cat food or fertilizer! Obviously, we have paid the price for the poor stewardship of our oceans.

    Friends, walking to the surf to fish is not a solution. Todays fishermen are great stewards of the fish-and the beach!!

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 28, 2012

    So we 'whiners in Raleigh' should not come visit the Banks? But just keep pouring our tax dollars down there? I don't care how much tax revenue you claim to produce down there, the rest of us are carrying the load for you.

    Thanks!!!!!

  • djofraleigh Aug 28, 2012

    it's President Obama and will continue to be till 2016. - comment

    yeah, FOUR MORE YEARS of this

  • djofraleigh Aug 28, 2012

    with science showing the rising ocean, why are we permitting construction on land 3' above sea level? Is it a waste of money to put in permanent bridges to promote more building?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Aug 28, 2012

    So we 'whiners in Raleigh' should not come visit the Banks? But just keep pouring our tax dollars down there? I don't care how much tax revenue you claim to produce down there, the rest of us are carrying the load for you.

  • Obamacare returns yet again Aug 28, 2012

    Nice bridge!

  • eblanks15 Aug 28, 2012

    "Thats all it does when you let tons of people go plowing through beautiful places that are supposed to be protected"

    Please read the enabling legislation, it is supposed to be set aside for the recreational enjoyment of the people of the US.

  • forgivenbygrace Aug 28, 2012

    The new temporary bridge looks like the old "bailey" bridges the military used or very similar of which many installed during WWII are still in use. My son and I were there for four days including Father's day, glad to see the bridge but don't understand why it needs to be replace with a 2 mile bridge?

  • ykm Aug 28, 2012

    dorin what about folks who can't walk?

  • fayncmike Aug 28, 2012

    " Perhaps with president Romney getting elected the tide will turn?
    silverflash"

    Hahaha, President Romney???? It isn't President Romney, it's President Obama and will continue to be till 2016.

    Of course in one aspect you're right. If we were ever foolish enough to elect romney, he would think nothing of trashing the environment.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 28, 2012

    For those of you complaining...stay home, if you knew anything about this area you wouldn't be whining.

    Agreed please stay home. Whiners in Raleigh is one thing it does not belong in OBX. There is a reason it is so beautiful. Why don't the rest of you just flock to Myrtle Beach?

  • ykm Aug 28, 2012

    IB what ya don't understand is, ya rent a place two month or more in advance. And have no idea what areas are accessible by vehicle or foot. The areas I fished regularly are closed entirely much of the spring fishing season. Rather than the park service encouraging responsible use of our parks we now see them being influenced by some who wish limited use. When your funding comes from the same folks you are limiting that's what I call dumb.

  • rocket Aug 28, 2012

    Tourism to Hatteras Island brings in more tax dollars than what is spent fixing the roads and bridges. And you cannot make it a toll road because there is no alternate route.

  • dorindarindy Aug 28, 2012

    People asr so self absobed and selfish. If you can't park and walk and have to destroy and kill to go fishing, then please stay home.

  • dorindarindy Aug 28, 2012

    Thats pretty sad that all many people want to do is go down there and destroy the beach and wildlife. Thats all it does when you let tons of people go plowing through beautiful places that are supposed to be protected. Good, please don't go. My sister lives there and they hate people who destroy their beautiful coast and leave.

  • eblanks15 Aug 28, 2012

    "I have not been down there, and not spending my usual 1000-2000, in 2 years due to the fact that the NPS keep closing 4x4 beach access down. The only draw to that area for me and MANY like me was the ease of finding that perfect fishing/sunbathing/swimming spot. Now, the non-tax paying birds have exclusive access to the only safe swimming parts of the whole area, the inlets. It's a shame that my kids and their peers are of less importance than an flock of birds. Sad. Perhaps with president Romney getting elected the tide will turn?"

    Amen to that. I used to visit Hatteras 4 or 5 times a year to fish and enjoy the beach. This year I have been once for a quick weekend. The NPS and Environmental community are responsible for the largest negative impact to the seashore in it's entire history. And for an incredibly minimal amount of benefit to wildlife. There are so many other things they could do to help the birds and turtles, but the only answer they have is to ban humans. Sad. It

  • ykm Aug 28, 2012

    silverflash you are not alone, I haven't been back in a couple years. Once the night restrictions were put in place that was enough for me.

  • lb27608 Aug 28, 2012

    "Now, the non-tax paying birds have exclusive access to the only safe swimming parts of the whole area, the inlets. It's a shame that my kids and their peers are of less importance than an flock of birds. Sad. Perhaps with president Romney getting elected the tide will turn?"

    Good lord. You have plenty of access to those areas - just park your car and walk. Why is that so hard?

    You can stay home and keep your $1000-2000 if it means you won't be on the OBX driving on the beach. I'll go out there and spend my usual $4000-5000 to make up for it.

  • ykm Aug 28, 2012

    Finishing the Raleigh loop that's funny.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 28, 2012

    Good news all around. We like to go there for a few days in October and easy access is a real asset. Let us hope that the new permanent bridge is build like Fort Knox.

    Since we actually agree on something let me give you some advice. If you are going in October and like tuna charter a boat out of Oregon inlet fishing center. The yellowfin bite will be hitting hard and last time I went in the fall we had our boat limit and were back at the dock before noon! I don't eat it (but love to catch it) but I can tell you the reaction of the people who ate it that night was one of pure joy. I came home with over 40lbs not including what was eaten during the week.

  • mrsgaskill Aug 28, 2012

    Thank you NCouterbanks69...well said - you speak the truth. My family spends alot of time (and money) on Hatteras Island - this bridge is good news. Now if only the NPS would wise up and reopen the beaches! I am sure the very hard working, proud, humble people who have had families on the Outer Banks for generations appreciate your defense of their beautiful home! For those of you complaining...stay home, if you knew anything about this area you wouldn't be whining.

  • Frank Downtown Aug 28, 2012

    They should toll the road because that would help pay for repairs and cut down on traffic. They could allow locals with a local address on their driver license to not pay.

  • elmer Aug 28, 2012

    WASTED MONEY, PAR FOR THIS STATE. THEN WHEN IT RUNS OUT TAX US SOME MORE. REAL EASY TO SPEND SOMEONE ELSES MONEY. THIS IS A HOPELESS CAUSE HERE ON THE OUTER BANKS BE GLAD WHEN THE SEA TAKES IT ALL, MAYBE THEY WANT BUILD ON STILTS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR

  • mountain_luver Aug 28, 2012

    Why not toll the road/bridge during tourist season to pay for it?

  • silverflash Aug 28, 2012

    I have not been down there, and not spending my usual 1000-2000, in 2 years due to the fact that the NPS keep closing 4x4 beach access down. The only draw to that area for me and MANY like me was the ease of finding that perfect fishing/sunbathing/swimming spot. Now, the non-tax paying birds have exclusive access to the only safe swimming parts of the whole area, the inlets. It's a shame that my kids and their peers are of less importance than an flock of birds. Sad. Perhaps with president Romney getting elected the tide will turn?

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 28, 2012

    Another part of the moocher class - expecting the many to pay for the few that choose to live in a completely unstable land area. I doubt if my road in Wake county washed out every couple of years that I could expect the taxpayers to spend $10 million to constantly fix it. A ridiculous waste of money to keep rebuilding 12.

    LOL...comparing this project to the moocher class is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard. Yeah it compares to paying for someones rims and their 40's so they can sleep all day. Right. First off the real moochers will never ever produce anything except more children so their checks will get bigger. This will produce (get ready) revenue from all the (sigh) northerners that have ruined their coast and want to ruin ours. At least it will produce something...the real moocher class produces nothing but problems.

  • me2you Aug 28, 2012

    Just the sound of "a temporary bridge" makes me nervous. don't think I want to drive on it. :-)

  • piene2 Aug 28, 2012

    Good news all around. We like to go there for a few days in October and easy access is a real asset. Let us hope that the new permanent bridge is build like Fort Knox.

  • mhazouri Aug 28, 2012

    I bet a lot of the outer banks people believe in small government.

  • hp277 Aug 28, 2012

    "The DOT could begin construction on a 2-mile permanent bridge as early as the first part of next year,"

    A 2-mile permanent bridge, in addition to the Bonner bridge? What's that going to cost? If NCDOT is gonna toll I-95, they sure oughta be tolling these bridges to nowhere.

    Considering that the rising ocean will swallow these islands and that storms will keep cutting them in half, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on these bridges is foolish. That money SHould be spent on projects that are far more worthwhile, such as finishing the Raleigh outer loop.

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