Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Thank You to Rep. Tim Spear

According to a recent report in the Raleigh News and Observer, the Hatteras Inlet ferries will remain toll free. This is what the paper said:

"...[North Carolina legislator, Tim] Spear, who lives in Washington County,...[was] able to assure...an exemption from tolls for the Hatteras-Ocracoke and Currituck-Knotts Island ferries."

You can read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/06/05/1249324/democrats-break-away-on-budget.html#ixzz1OQNnuzSy.

Many thanks to everyone who worked to make this happen.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the autobiography of Frank Treat Fulcher. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052111.htm


  1. bill kostar8:09 AM

    I don't know how familiar Representative Spear is with the island, but it might be a good idea to invite him and some other legislative supporters out for a weekend so they can more fully appreciate just what they helped sustain.
    In politics, there's always a tendency to fight your opponents and take your friends for granted, and since nothing really ever dies in a legislature, this issue may very well come up again.

  2. Excellent point from Bill Kostar. I've learned that a little bit of expressed grattitude can go a long way.

    I regret not being down for the OcraFolk Festivel. A knee injury has sidelined activities and finances for some time.


  3. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Did not that Spear fellow introduce an amendment an amendment asking for a free ride on the ferry back in April? But for the fact that, five democrats voted with the republicans; to pass the budget the amendment,-- which was in the budget since April-- was approved with the budget vote. Now,, if there is an appropriations committee that has to approve funding ---the items that is another matter don't you think,,,,,, here are some extra commas to place where ya'all deem necessary:)

  4. Anonymous3:51 PM

    Maybe now everyone can take a deep breath, enjoy & appreciate the unique way of living on Ocracoke Island and not be concerned about the ferry fee back and forth to Hatteras.

  5. Anonymous7:53 AM

    I thought poster 12:11's writing looked familiar...........yep, hard to read, once again.

  6. Anonymous9:42 AM

    How many Ferry rides, departure points, are available to reach OI on a daily basis? If one leaves OI via a ferry are there two different destinations? How long is each ride? Can someone please tell me which ride is longer time wise and how many people may board the ferry at a time. Obviously Anon 7:53 is not from OI. Less tolerant people seem to post critical observations.

  7. debbie s.4:04 PM

    ferry to and from hatteras leaves every 40 minutes or so... the cedar island ferry is longer (and a toll ferry) - just under 2 hours i believe. check the NCDOT ferry schedule for times, and reservations are recommended this time of year.

  8. Anonymous6:39 PM

    All the information you could ever want to know about the ferry system can be found on the official website -- http://www.ncdot.gov/ferry/ .