(Outer Banks Voice photo)
However, in the past few months there appears to be a renewed interest in beating the drums again, and if the Voice interview was intended to aid that effort, if fell short of its goal. Furthermore, two of the most interesting and important comments made by Tillett flew right over the head of the interviewer. In EyeonDare's opinion, both comments begged for more discussion. So, here they are.
Comment #1: When asked by the interviewer "what would be your ideal jetty", Tillett's response included the statement..."I thought well, if the sand comes down the beach, and I'm not sure it does...it would fill it up". The shoaling of the inlet from longshore or littoral drift has been a sticking point by the the area's commercial fishermen for many years. So, why didn't the interviewer catch this remark and delve deeper into Tillett's mindset on this important aspect of the argument for jettying or not jettying Oregon Inlet?
Interesting, a recent poll, conducted by EyeonDare, revealed that only 58% of the respondents thought that the current shoaling problems in Oregon Inlet are the result of sand from up north in Nags Head.
Comment #2: When discussing the groups that had always opposed jettying the inlet, the interviewer seemed surprised to hear Tillett say that the "beach buggie association" was against the idea. "Damn right they were against it," said Tillett. So, why didn't the interviewer carry this important statement further into the discussion.
Finally, to borrow a word from Tillett, let's all hope that Oregon Inlet does not "swaller" up the entire Outer Banks fishing industry. If that were to happen, it would be, perhaps, the biggest financial disaster ever to hit Dare County.