Monday, May 24, 2010


Today is not the day for relaxing on the beach. A light rain has been falling all morning, and forcasters are calling for a 70% chance of rain all day, with a possibility of thunderstorms. The sky is pewter gray. Pearls of water are dripping from the cedars, live oaks, and yaupons. The scene from my window is so different from the bright, sunny days of last week, but there is a certain tranquil beauty in this rainy, springtime morning.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:17 AM

    Hey Philip Have you heard that pay as you throw (PAYT) is going away June 1,2010? Does that mean use your trash cans as we used to with regular bags or do we still need to buy the bags? Thanks

  2. Trash is an ongoing issue on the island. The lastest decision by our county commissioners was to eliminate Pay As You Throw (PAYT). They have implemented a simple fee system. Understandably, emotions are high as people realize that families, individuals, and small businesses (especially single households) will, in effect, be subsidizing larger island businesses.

    The green PAYT bags are no longer being used, at least not at the present. Time will tell what happens.