In the cruising world there is a war going on against the law abiding live aboards' rights. Here in Oriental NC the war is being bushed by a website known as the town dock
. Here is my open letter to the people that run that community events
blog (that likes to pretend they are a real news source). I am posting
this so people can see the other side of this story.
To the good people of town dock
. I just wanted to let you know that soon I will be moving my boat from the harbor. Before anyone here pats themselves on the back, I would just like to make a few quick points. First off I am a disabled war veteran who served this country in the 91 gulf war, on the USS Nimitz CVN-68 and even in countries filled will people who hate Americans I have never been treated with such malice, defamation, slander, false accusations and contempt as I have been by the fine people who run this website. You have printed without the journalistic integrity to examine and research
all sides of the issues, that is, the rights of live- aboards in harbors. I don't want you to falsely believe that any of these tactics are the reason I am moving my boat. If anything, it has made me want to stay where I lawfully am even longer. I have that right! What has compelled me to decide to move is for the first time in 4 months someone has actually asked me politely if I would mind making more room in the harbor for the snowbird fall season.
The idea that long term boats in the harbor is something new is laughable. Long term boats in the harbor is nothing new it goes back as far as the founding of Oriental. Those who say differently don't know much about the history
of the harbor in Oriental. They also don't know the maritime definition of a derelict, or abandoned boat. The first time I stayed in the harbor 3 years ago I took the spot that a boat that had been there almost 2 years. So all this “Traditionally, Oriental’s anchorage has been a place where visiting boats drop the hook for a day or two, maybe even a few weeks or months.” talk is just bunk. Back then I vowed that I would never return to the harbor because in the spring and summer season it is like the wild west in there. Last winter I tore my rotator-cuff and that makes rowing long distances hard, so I moved boat from greens creek back into the harbor even though I prefer the solitude of the creeks.
Way before the issue of 3 boats in the harbor, all tourism in Oriental has been on a steep decline for over 4 years. The escaping tourists used to come by automobile as well as boats. As a matter of fact most drove their cars here. So can we come up with some other reason for this decline beside scapegoating the 3 boats in the harbor.
I love this town as much as everyone else who has the luck to live here. Because of that love for the town I Hate seeing how you make us all look like a bunch of mean bitter selfish people to the rest of the world.