2018 Election Results

We had a record turnout for this election and we want to thank all of you who took the time to vote. We also want to thank those who agreed to serve on the board this term as well as all who have previously served NCBBA.

Some say volunteerism is a thing of the past but NCBBA is alive and well thanks not only to the board but to our members who proudly display their blue license plate and are ambassadors for everything we stand for.

Best wishes and many thanks to outgoing board members Ed Frankenstein and Francis Kennedy. You will be missed.

Election results are below.

  • President: Bill Smith
  • Vice President: Al Adam
  • Secretary: Pam Smith
  • Treasurer: Tom Heggie
  • Director: Lee Barrett
  • Director: Charles Lockett

Welcome to our two newest board members

  • Director: Chris Worthington
  • Director: Kaity Watts

Election Committee,

Harry Nash, Michael Porter and Janice Regan

Now Available: Blue Heron Stained Glass Raffle Tickets

Blue Heron

Blue Heron Stained Glass Tickets now available under "Shop" Thanks again to Tracey Oates, #11240, for the beautiful piece of art. This is the fourth year Tracey has donated a stained glass for raffle. Winning ticket will be drawn November 17, 2018 at the Board of Directors Meeting.

Tickets are one for $5.00, five for $20.00, and fifteen for $50.00.

A running list will be maintained, tickets will not be mailed to the purchaser. Good luck and thanks for participating.

 

Point Closure May 19, 2018

On May 18, 2018 we shared on Facebook information with you that there would be a partial closure of Cape Point to protect strategically built bird nests. The requirements attached to the Defense Authorization act of Fiscal 2015 mandate the NPS "Review and adjust wildlife protection buffers using adaptive management practices to insure buffers are of the shortest duration and cover the smallest area necessary to protect species." Despite changes within the Final Rule governing access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area the current nest locations require a wildlife protection buffer that prevents access to approximately 500 meters of the Point area to all ORV and pedestrian traffic. In this case the closure took place on the morning of May 19 and is likely to last until late July.

While there are numerous shorebird nests in the Cape Point area (Piping Plover, American Oystercatchers, and Colonial Water Bird colonies), the species that is currently preventing access to the tip of Cape Point are Least Terns of which there are, as of May 23, twelve nests. The current NPS wildlife protection buffer for Least Terns nests is 100 meters.

When Shelly Island merged with Cape Point it created a considerable amount of additional beach at the Point. While this additional area was thought to be helpful in accommodating more visitors and enabling access corridors, if required, and when possible, it was also obvious that the added stretch of beach would be an invitation for birds that prefer that broad open beach adjacent to the tide line for nesting. The current closure extends from just north of the point to approximately one tenth of a mile south of the bypass road terminus (i.e. you can drive from Ramp 44 south for 7/10 of a mile). The bypass road allows ORV access beyond the dune line in the cases where high tides make the beach impassable however allowing for access to the Point itself. While a small area of the Point remains open and outside of the closure, it is limited to those willing to walk there while remaining with feet in the water. This requires a great deal of caution and awareness of potential wave activity and rip currents often apparent in that area.

Although we are grateful that conditions allowed ORV access to the Point for 660 continuous days, less one for ordnance disposal, prior to this closure the NCBBA Directors and Officers along with other access groups will continue the mission to strive for additional access to more areas for longer durations. While NPS Hatteras, under the leadership of Superintendent David Hallac, has complied with, and in many cases exceeded, the requirements for improved access there is still more work to be done. The "best available" science that dictates the buffer areas and duration of closures is not exact and, in fact, according to many people, dubious and subject to strong challenges.

I suggest that you contact your local, state and federal elected officials as well as NPS Hatteras and the Department of Interior to express your concerns about the current closures and the designation of Vehicle Free Areas. At present we have an access friendly Secretary of the Interior in Ryan Zinke. He has mandated that the public should have access to public lands whenever possible. In addition to his initiatives to improve access the Trump administration is seeking to change the rules under which various species may be deemed in need of special protection that tends to stay in place for inordinate amounts of time after a "recovery" has been accomplished. They are trying to make it more difficult to list and easier to remove what are often considered excessive protections.

Unfortunately, one of the most desirable areas for fishing, shelling and sight-seeing is currently closed to ORV access due to nesting birds in an area where their success rate is historically poor. In the case of our beaches the good news is that there remains approximately 27.5 miles available for ORV access, representing over 90% of summer time ORV routes, and good fishing can be found along much of that area. Please don't allow the closure of .4 miles of beach discourage you from enjoying all of the other opportunities on Hatteras Island and adjacent areas.

Al Adam, Vice President NCBBA

ANNOUNCING 10th ANNUAL RED DRUM TOURNAMENT

(SEE BELOW FOR REGISTRATION LINKS)

By Bill King, Director #1467

To our Members and Red Drum Anglers,

As one of the Co-Chairman for this year’s RDT, please allow me to share how excited I, the RDT Steering Committee and the entire Board of Directors is about the 10-year anniversary of our Red Drum Tournament. Much planning and thought has gone into making our tournament the very best fishing experience for you.

As last year’s tournament banquet was ending, and with Dave Joyner’s announcement to our President Bill Smith of his stepping away and retiring as the Director of this long running event, the Board was faced with quite a challenge. Dave had shared his basic “action plan” with the Board and told us we would be fine using his outline. How right he was.

President Bill Smith appointed a Red Drum Steering Committee consisting of seven folks with the concurrence of the BOD. We began meeting and working throughout the winter to build onto what Dave had put together - with a few “new” improvements and upgrades. We appreciate those who offered ideas and suggestions left in our comments box at last year’s banquet. We hope you see yours incorporated in this year’s event.

 

DATES  October 24- 27, 2018
AWARDS INCREASED  To celebrate our 10th anniversary we are expanding prizes to $10K in value
NEW PRIZE CATEGORIES  Daily Award for 2nd Longest Drum at $300 value per day
Senior Award for 2nd Longest Drum - $300 value
Youth Award for 2nd Longest Drum - $250 value
Youth Award for Longest Bluefish - $175 value
Youth Award for Longest Sea Mullet - $175 value
INCREASED AWARD Most Red Drum Caught - $900 value
EXPANSION TO RAMP 43 We will expand to Ramp 43 (left of ramp), based on judge availability 
NEW AWARDS BANQUET VENUE/TIME  Beach Klub at Koru Village from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. 
  Doors open at 3:00 P.M. for Vendor Show
This is a covered facility with handicap ramp next to the Avon Pier.
  The change in location is to allow you to get on the road a little earlier. 
VENDOR SHOW  We are excited to offer a vendor show 
WEDNESDAY MEETING CHANGE Instead of the Wednesday dinner, we will host a Judges, New Angler meeting,
  which will include light snacks, at the Avon Fire Department 
REGISTRATION HEADQUARTERS  Registration will once again be at Frank n' Fran's 
TOMMY FARMER CASTING CLINIC  We are thrilled award-winning Tommy Farmer will once again host a casting clinic 

Click Here to download and print registration form 

Click Here to Register on-line

Click Here to download and print tournament rules 

Click Here for tournament prizes 

NCBBA Art Contest 10/9-11/15

Operation Beach Respect Elementary School Art Contest 

The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association in partnership with Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore invite 3rd
through 5th grade students from across North Carolina’s beach communities to submit their best artwork of a clean and healthy beach. This contest
is designed to help create and enhance individual awareness and stewardship of the coastal resources of the state of North Carolina.

When: October 9, 2017 to November 15, 2017. All entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on or before December 15, 2017.

Who: All individual students in grades 3 through 5 in the school systems of Carteret, Dare, and Hyde Counties.

Theme: Respect for our beaches helps keep them clean and healthy. We can all help by showing Respect for Beaches, Respect for Dunes, Respect for Wildlife, Respect for Vegetation, and Respect for Others. What does a clean and healthy beach look like when we help to protect it? All entries should be designed on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper.

Awards: Three awards will be presented to individual students:
1st Place $250.00

2nd Place $150.00

3rd Place $100.00

Four $25.00 Honorable Mention Awards

JUDGING: Judging will be conducted by members of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and staff members of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore.Decisions of the judges will be final.

All entries become property of NCBBA and may be reproduced for promoting Operation Beach Respect.

Student Information: On the back of each poster submitted by an individual student, the following information should be placed:
1. Student’s name and age
2. School and grade
3. Teacher’s name, address, and phone number

Mail Entries to:
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association - Art Contest
Post Box 189
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

For Questions Contact:
Harry Nash, Past President
Chairman Art Contest
252-489-9011