In the Nov. 25 Road Worrier column “ House targets beach-driving limits,” Rep. Pat McElraft noted that the limits in place on Cape Hatteras “really affected the economy” and goes on that, in respect to Cape Lookout, “The feds keep encroaching on the public’s right to use our natural resources.” How can he say “our” with a straight face?
The seabirds and turtles have been there for millenia and are the ones getting short shrift from development. Their use and dependence on the land extend past the time when our forefathers were probably living in huts somewhere in Europe.
These animals have a greater historic claim to the land than the group of human exploiters there now. Who can speak for these centuries-old users of the land?
Money-driven, short-sighted elements will only use the islands and throw them away. Something is needed so large that it can see beyond the present and find an equitable plan for the future that lets the Outer Banks continue as a sustainable resource for all creatures great and small. That something is the federal government. So hurrah for it.