WRAL recently ran a story on the dire situation at Oregon Inlet.  The problems at the inlet have been going on for decades and there is no real solution even on the horizon.  Our leaders have failed us.  Our elected representatives including current and former reps, like Congressman Walter Jones, Senator Burr, former Senator Dole, Senator Hagan, former State Senator Marc Basnight and Governor Perdue have all passed the buck, preferring only to posture and bellow and take a few minutes for a photo op.  Where is the leadership on this issue while our fishermen and boaters continue to struggle to eke out a living, while communities like Wanchese are ignored and sacrificed?  The environmentalists have seized power and the results are devastating:  unemployment, the decline of the North Carolina fishing industry, lost tax revenue and struggling communities.   We continue to look to our leaders for a solution and we continue to be disappointed.

Frank Palombo, who is challenging Walter Jones in the Republican primary, issued the following press release on the matter:

Today Frank Palombo, candidate for the Third Congressional District, demanded the federal government take immediate action to create and fully fund repairs to Oregon Inlet to ensure permanent use of the waterway by commercial and recreational fishing vessels. In 1970 Congress approved the construction of a jetty to reduce shoaling in Oregon Inlet, but that project was killed by the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2003.

“It is unacceptable that no permanent solution to end shoaling in Oregon Inlet has been undertaken during the last 18-years that Jones has been in Congress,” said Palombo. “Oregon Inlet accessibility impacts all eastern North Carolinians, and overregulation has resulted in the fishing business being down 80 percent in our state while we are importing almost all of the fish we eat in America.”

“Jones’ failure to secure permanent access to the Atlantic Ocean, and to our many fisheries, for the watermen in the northern Outer Banks is another example of his ineffective representation of eastern North Carolinians in Congress,” Palombo continued. “I will fight the overregulation of our waterways, and I’m certain voters will recognize that my experience building public coalitions will produce a real solution for Oregon Inlet.”

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