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#863867 - 12/05/13 01:25 AM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: Bud]  
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Hi Bud, everything you say is true, the long term realities here are grim.Sooner or later rising ocean levels and increasingly severe storms will make life impossible. Now it is only difficult. Even with my home on pilings my insurance continues to climb and that alone may drive me inland. My family on my mothers side goes back at least to the late 1700s then records get shaky. I love this place but I am forced to be realistic. On the other hand, I'm 72 and maybe the place will last long enough for me, of course it only takes one hurricane.


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#863869 - 12/05/13 01:30 AM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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Well Red, I think you are gonna make it. thumbsup

Funny how where we live helps define who we are.


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#863874 - 12/05/13 02:01 AM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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Originally Posted By: RAMBLIN RED
Hi Bud, everything you say is true, the long term realities here are grim.Sooner or later rising ocean levels and increasingly severe storms will make life impossible. Now it is only difficult. Even with my home on pilings my insurance continues to climb and that alone may drive me inland. My family on my mothers side goes back at least to the late 1700s then records get shaky. I love this place but I am forced to be realistic. On the other hand, I'm 72 and maybe the place will last long enough for me, of course it only takes one hurricane.


I've traced my family back to the early 1700's in Louisiana, where I grew up, but you'd never catch me living in that state again.

I don't think that just because family is from a certain place that branches can't be formed elsewhere.

We do visit the banks on occasion and when I was stationed at Camp LeJeune, we visited almost on a monthly basis.

But there's no way I'd want to live there.

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#863914 - 12/05/13 02:20 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: Bud]  
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"Over two hundred million trips are taken daily across deficient bridges in the nationís 102 largest metropolitan regions. In total, one in nine of the nationís bridges are rated as structurally deficient, while the average age of the nationís 607,380 bridges is currently 42 years. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates that to eliminate the nationís bridge deficient backlog by 2028, we would need to invest $20.5 billion annually, while only $12.8 billion is being spent currently. The challenge for federal, state, and local governments is to increase bridge investments by $8 billion annually to address the identified $76 billion in needs for deficient bridges across the United States.

link to bridges report from ASCE


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#863921 - 12/05/13 02:53 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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Funding for the Bonner Bridge replacement has been approved and contracts awarded. And yet the lawsuits from the SELC (Southern environmental Law Center) and Defenders of Wildlife have blocked any construction for 20 years. A local wag suggests we throw a wild party and let them defend that wildlife. lol


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#863924 - 12/05/13 03:18 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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I was lucky enough to have been stationed at Coast Guard Station CapeLookout when I was young. I absolutely fell in love with the area and way of life since day one. I have lived both up and down on the east and west coasts and had always thought of the outer banks as home.I very recently was able to move back and life is good. Just like everything else, I'll take what is thrown at me and deal with it

#864051 - 12/06/13 02:34 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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I married a "Virginia blue blood" who also has roots in Pink Hill, NC. The Outer Banks are summer in this part of the world. In her family it is a tradition that is over a century old. I know it stinks for the OBX folks, hopefully they can now expedite the process and get you all a new bridge.


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#864098 - 12/06/13 08:56 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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I've been going to Avon, NC for 45 years. That island is in such a precarious position that each year I wonder if it will be my last chance.


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#864100 - 12/06/13 09:13 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: Sil]  
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Originally Posted By: Sil
I married a "Virginia blue blood" who also has roots in Pink Hill, NC. The Outer Banks are summer in this part of the world. In her family it is a tradition that is over a century old. I know it stinks for the OBX folks, hopefully they can now expedite the process and get you all a new bridge.


I'm afraid we are held hostage by the environmental people who have proven by their actions to have little regard for the lives of permanent residents. Their rallying cry seems to be BIRDS UBER ALLES


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#864119 - 12/06/13 10:41 PM Re: Highway 12 closed [Re: RAMBLIN RED]  
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We rode Hwy 12 for the first time last spring and I was struck by the precarious position that land owners are in out there. Sorry to be callous but eventually the ocean will win the war...Mother Nature is one persistent lady. Meanwhile I wish all the locals well in hanging on to a true tradition as long as possible, hopefully a wealthy benefactor will step forward.

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