"Blogging the Bog of Outer Banks Politics"
I will never go along with throwing our money into the ocean or voting in favor of this beach program! It has been described as "risky at best"What will these jerks do if the sand is washed away in one bad storm season? Deny they had anything to do with it? Mother nature has been taking away from the beach forever. I LIVE HERE AND I VOTE NO TO BEACH NOURISHMENT AND TO THOSE WHO WILL INCREASE TAXES AND TOSS OUR RESERVE MONEY INTO THE OCEAN. WE MUST COME TOGETHER ON THIS!!!
anonymous- please read the legislation that was passed earlier this decade by the NC general assembly. These monies were collected for the sole purpose of beach nourishment.This is not discretionary funding. even eod would have to admit to that. why didn't you fight to have this tax repealed years ago? oh, because it did not effect your pocket book.
EOD would have fought tooth and nail to have the 1% occupancy tax for beach nourishment repealed if state statutes contained a provision for that. Unfortunately, it does not; as it did for the county sales tax, which was voter repealed. Occupancy taxes in Dare County could have been enacted for any worthwhile purpose; and it is EOD's opinion that beach nourishment is not one of them.
To the beach nourishment person--Nourishment can mean a lot of things, right? I'd like to nourish those beaches by removing foreign objects. Not by dumping poisonous sand all over it that everyone, even Mr. Oakes, agrees will kill all the fishing and nutrients for years to come.
not exactly-the legislation clearly defines beach nourishment.
EOD reminds me of a friend who has hard tactics to everything political, while doing so you forget that there are people invovled. someones dream house is sitting on the edge, someones life washing into the ocean. i understand where you come from but where is the compassion. to handle yourself use your head,and to handle others use your heart.
I feel sorry for people that were sold a false bill of goods by the realtors, developers and bankers and the false hope that beach nourishment will fix their bad investment. I feel sorry for all the people that are expected to chip in and pay for this false hope.
Nourishment, in any case, I completely agree that any town should be entitled to do what they want with their fair share of the $. If NH wants to take their 25% and ruin their surf break and their fishing, by all means, knock your fool selves out. But the portion due my town, from our contribution to the funds, that's to have around to help protect my neighborhood's property. I had to put up with all the a-hole tourists to build that fund up just the same as Nags Headians did. These smoke and mirror numbers being tossed around by Oakes remind me of a used car dealer setting a clueless senior citizen up to scam every last dollar they have.
No taxation without representation!It is obvious commissioner Judge really does NOT represent us, he repesents his own self interests!
Those who built on the beach knew the risks. Those of us who were responsible stayed back. Why do these people want to throw this money into the ocean so bad? Is it their property that is about to be sucked into the ocean as they knew they would be? Do they rent and manage it? What are the real motivations here? Somebody please help me with this as I do not rent property, or sell beer, french fries or tee shirts. Why are they allowed to make this my problem?
It is plain to see even those of us who came down here to retire quietly must now register to vote and get this current gang out of here befor they give away the whole store. This is a shame that those in power would not be in favor of the overall good, time to vote this gang out and get those who will take care of all of us, not just themselves.
Local NH Realtor here--I have NEVER told a SNH potential client "don't worry about it." I have only ever told them that (1) BN is being pushed but has huge local opposition and (2) there are dangers due to high natural erosion in KH, SNH and Rodanthe oceanside. Thusly, I have never represented a client who has bought in those areas. I beg you to PLEASE not lump all Realtors together, people!
To March 12, 8:58am commenter--See the survey results to the right on EOD's home page and you'll see that a DEAD MAN won the survey as to who we'd all like to see representing us (God rest Mac's soul)! Mac was followed closely in the survey by a woman who was an awesome advocate for all of Dare Co. but who sadly refuses to ever "go there" again.
To Local NH Realtor,Maybe it's time to make a public stand then? I for one would welcome a list of realty companies that oppose beach nourishment. I have a dozen friends/families who rent houses here over the summer, want the business?I also want a list of local businesses that oppose this idiotic approach. I'll put my name and business on the list first.You can bet that anyone else on that list would get all my business and anyone that still wanted to stay on the sidelines would NOT get any of my/friends/family business.
To KH Local--my firm doesn't handle rentals, only sales...but thanks!When you see the Outer Banks Assn of Realtors' stance on the BN issue published soon, please note that a good number of us firmly stated we are against it.
Agree that not all realtors are jerks. I wanted to see a house in South Nags Head on the ocean and my realtor REFUSED to show me the house. In retrospect, I should be kissing his hiney as it is probably one of the homes that's falling in to the sea.On another note - I find the tourism dynamics in these parts interesting as realtors have so much influence on the outcome of tourism numbers.
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