Letter to the Editor: Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce asks officials to find solution for Buxton beach contamination

Published 11:16 am Monday, April 8, 2024

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April 1, 2024

RE: Buxton Beach Contamination

Office of Thom Tillis, US Senator Office

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Ted Budd, US Senator

Office of Dr. Greg Murphy, US House of Representatives

Office of Roy Cooper, Governor – NC

Bobby Hanig, NC Senator

Norm Sanderson, NC Senator

Keith Kidwell, NC House of Representatives

Ed Goodwin, NC House of Representatives

Ronal Sturgeon, US Army Corp of Engineers

Brad Morgan, US Army Corp of Engineers

Jeaneanne Gettle, Dept of Environmental Protection

Mark Foust, National Park Service

Frank Lands, National Park Service

Charles Sams, National Park Service

Dave Hallac, National Park Service

Michael Regan, National Park Service

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 850 businesses and over 3,000 employees along the 120 miles of Eastern North Carolina coastline, this includes the area of Buxton on Hatteras Island. The Outer Banks Chamber is asking you to find a solution to the beach and water contamination in Buxton’s Old Lighthouse Beach at the site of the former Navy and Coast Guard Station.

This contamination is impacting an important area of beautiful shoreline; one that, if not contained and a solution found quickly, will have detrimental implications for our businesses, rental properties, hotels, restaurants and residents. This has the potential to become a reason our visitors will find to change their summer vacation plans and go elsewhere thus impacting the local economy during peak season.

We ask that you preserve this national treasure (the Cape Hatteras National Seashore) and secure the funding and address this situation in the short-term before the summer season begins. Your support in finding a solution is very much appreciated.

With Warm Regards,

Robert DeFazio, Chairman of the Board

Karen S. Brown, MBA, CCE, President & CEO

Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 1757, 101 Town Hall Dr.

Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948