Many of our readers will remember that the National Park Service had intended to eliminate all funding for Ocracoke lifeguards last summer. After protests from islanders and visitors, the NPS relented and appropriated funds to provide lifeguards five days a week. The Ocracoke Civic & Business Association agreed to fund the other two days in spite of concerns that that was sending the wrong message to the NPS. Fears were raised that it would be an incentive for the Park to continue cutting funds for lifeguards.
Earlier this month the Ocracoke Current reported that the new Superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Dave Hallac, "said that the current plan is for NPS to hire contracted
lifeguards again this year, to staff the three beaches in the Seashore
that traditionally have lifeguards (Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina
Beach), and to pay for lifeguard services for seven days a week. NPS has
initiated the contract process." Read more here: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/104577.
Hallac is scheduled to attend the monthly meeting of the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association on February 11.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about the almost forgotten 1890 "Oyster Wars" that
pitted islanders against outside business interests. You can read the
article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012115.htm.