Access to locally caught seafood is a hallmark of the coastal region, but it's getting harder to find. This week on the Down East Journal, why North Carolina's commercial fishing harvest is experiencing a decline. And, bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year; in yards, in trees and even swimming across the Neuse River. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Crews have begun to repair the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge after it closed Monday due to safety concerns. In the meantime, emergency ferry routes have been activated to transport motorists across Oregon Inlet.
Commuting for the 4,000 residents of Hatteras Island has been a headache. Use of the Bonner Bridge, the only highway connection to the mainland for locals, was shut down on Monday due to safety concerns. Melissa Herman has lived on Hatteras Island for 30 years. She works at Blue Pelican Gallery and she says since the bridge closed, business has been very slow.
In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park. We explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented.
This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for public comment on ways to facilitate ferry service to Shackleford Banks and the lighthouse. We explore how the project could impact the Down East economy. And, a growing number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.