On Friday of this week, from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Dr. Beach (Dr. Stephen Leatherman) will be on Ocracoke to announce his choice of the number one beach in the United States. His announcement will be broadcast across the country to various networks as he grants interviews near the lifeguard stand.
No one will say which beach will be Dr. Leatherman's number one choice, but the island is abuzz with anticipation. Of course, everyone "knows" what to expect. We only hope that his announcement makes it clear that Ocracoke is not your typical tourist beach. As most of our readers know, our beach is not cluttered with water slides, amusement rides, miniature golf, hot dog stands, and t-shirt shops (I suppose that's one reason we are often on Dr. Beach's list). We like positive recognition, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. We don't want to be inundated with people, especially those who may come here looking for a beachfront cottage and be disappointed by sixteen miles of undeveloped beach.
So, welcome Dr. Beach, but please be gentle with us.
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