[b]“This discussion should begin now, so that as the never-ending stream of storms take their toll, we can systematically begin adapting to the changing conditions. The Outer Banks of northeastern N.C. are rapidly becoming a natural “string of pearls,” with small villages connected by a series of vast shoals. In this context, we must soon determine whether to rebuild the Oregon Inlet bridge and forever fight expensive battles trying to maintain a fixed highway on the narrow and collapsing simple barrier islands. Or should we adapt to the ongoing changes and [u]develop[/u] a new high-tech ferry system that will connect all the Outer Banks villages with the mainland villages.”[/b]
-Dr. Stanley R. Riggs, coastal and marine geologist
[b]“However, the "specialness" of Hatteras does not lie in more and more concrete; to my mind, it lies in the largely pre-Bonner Bridge history of the island, when the special culture of Hatteras actually developed (and is disappearing fast, if there is much left at all), and in the wonderful natural environment of the island, which will be nothing but further degraded by futile attempts to fight sea-level rise.
Sorry. Take the Bonner bridge down and make it an artificial reef, and go back to the old ferry system for whatever remaining time the villages on Hatteras have. ”[/b]
-Michael Orbach, professor emeritus of marine policy at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C.
[b]“As a scientist and a card carrying member of the American Audubon Society, I fully support the de-population of Hatteras Island. This fragile island is critically important to any number of threatened and endangered species. The whole island should be under federal control to allow the continued survival of birds and turtles. The seashore and breeding grounds are a national treasure, and must be protected. ”[/b]
-Anonymous poster, “Island Free Press”
The comments listed above, (with level of honesty increasing from top to bottom), appear to be based more on activism than science.
They also exhibit a total disregard for the right of the human species to safely exist on the Outer Banks.
Dennis should also be reminded that under Riggs’ “let nature take its course” plan, his home in KDH could end up either in an inlet, or on the wrong side of one.