Monday, April 01, 2013


Ocracoke has a long history of cordial relationships with the National Park Service. Of course, there are occasional frustrations with any bureaucracy, but the latest news is worrisome...and, we think, just plain silly.

According to official sources, an unusual strain of fungus has been reported on Outer Banks beaches. In the last few months several children walking barefoot on the beach have contracted this fungal infection.

In a case of monumental over-reaction, those in charge have mandated that until further notice, no one is permitted to walk on the beach without shoes.

Please take a moment to read the press release from the opposition (at least they have a sense of humor!) and sign the petition to stop this ridiculous rule: Fighting for the Soles of our Children.

Many thanks for your help!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here:


  1. Anonymous6:45 AM

    And a happy April Fool's Day to you, as well.

  2. debbie s.7:52 AM

    :P lolol

  3. Not this year lol

  4. Anonymous9:41 AM

    There is a Fun Gus amongst us. PH U R such a Fun Guy

  5. Toni W.9:03 PM

    Oh my word!!! You got me again this year!!

  6. Anonymous11:33 AM

    You got me. I wasn't sure if I was sad or freaked out about the fungus and no barefeet.

  7. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Good job, Phillip! And anyway, fungi are curable in salt water!