Ocracoke and ferries have been in the news lately. You may have heard reports about a proposal to establish tolls for the Hatteras Inlet ferries. A public meeting was held Wednesday night at the Ocracoke Community Center. There was standing room only. This is what I learned:
There has been no decision by the NC DOT Ferry Division or the state legislature. However, a proposal has been made to charge $10 for one way passage at Hatteras Inlet...or $100 for a monthly pass. As our readers might imagine, there is widespread opposition to this plan among Ocracoke islanders. Speakers cited many issues, including impact on tourism, impact on island residents, and impact on tax revenue generated by Ocracoke Island businesses.
Efforts are under way to partner with surrounding counties, and to communicate islanders' concerns to the legislature.
We will keep our readers updated as more information becomes available.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of a 1911 wedding on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022111.htm.