June 11, 2007

Why I hate Dr. Beach!!

Crabs eye view originally uploaded by BOBXNC
I haven't ranted in a while so maybe I should go off on Dr. Beach who recently chose Ocracoke as the nation's best beach over my beloved Nags Head beach (video from Hamptonroads.tv). Actually I can't really argue about the quality of the beach experience in Ocracoke. 14 miles of undeveloped beach is pretty attractive. So attractive that my wife and I go down for a week every year. The NYT describes the fall experience pretty well. All this guy Dr. Beach has done is let the whole rest of the world know what we already knew. Ocracoke is still the best place to get away and relax in the known universe, though Nags Head, particularly south Nags Head ain't bad.
We rent a cottage through Ocacoke Island Realty, the top realty company on the island. We generally go down in Sept. when the crowds are gone. The risk of storms reduces the number of people around somewhat. One thing you should know about Ocracoke is that it is getting a lot more crowded than it used to be. We snuck away in mid-May and found the island crawling with bus tours and empty nesters. We had a wait at the Back Porch Restaurant, which now serves mixed drinks by the way, and generally were sharing beach and road with more people than we had expected.
No doubt that the added publicity from Dr. Beach will push even more people to the island. That's the way it works. Anyway, great news for Ocracoke now lets work on getting Pea Island recognized or maybe the the area north of Jennette's pier.

Congrats Ocracoke. A few more Ocracoke older Ocracoke Photos over on the photo side. You can read what folks on the Island think at the Ocracoke Island Journal.

3 Comments:

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Ronnie said...

Nice to have you back.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger Monticello said...

As I understand it, once Dr. Beach designates a beach #1, they're number is retired so to speak. So, Nags Head has a chance, although his website expressed some disappointment at the overall growth of development on the entire Dare part of OBX. KDH has wider beaches by far, but Nags Head is the better looking overall community and the beaches are fine are north of Jeanette's most days. Since NH looks better, your "home state" has a good chance.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger Overwash said...

TJ,
If, to quote you, ..."...the beaches are fine north of Jeanette's most days..." why in the heck are we always voting to nourish the entire beach (or most of it)?
We haven't done the math, but we would expect the property taxes, occupancy taxes, etc. generated by OCEANFRONT PROPERTIES from Jennettes Pier to the end of South Nags Head would not exceed the annualized cost of a nourishment project for the same area.
You're the expert. What do you think?

The Crew

 

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