Can Mr. Jones stay in Washington?
April 24th, 2014
12:46 PM ET
8 months ago

Can Mr. Jones stay in Washington?

Buxton, North Carolina (CNN) - The wind is whipping up as Taylor Griffin stands on a tiny sliver of sand on Cape Hatteras on a recent afternoon, listening to a family whose entire livelihood might soon tumble into the sea. The Atlantic Ocean is just a few feet away, and high tide is coming in. These are the waves that have been steadily eroding one of the country's most storied beaches for a generation, threatening a pencil-thin stretch of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, that produce hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly tourism revenue for the state.

Carol Dawson and her son, Jeff, own several businesses here, including the Cape Hatteras Motel, an oceanfront structure propped up by wooden beams and, these days, piles of sandbags. The Dawsons complain that the federal government - mainly, the National Park Service and their congressman, Rep. Walter Jones - have abandoned them. Their beaches haven't been nourished in decades, crucial access roads have been breached by hurricanes, and endangered sea turtles are offered more protections than the 4,000 or so full-time residents of Hatteras Island.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Norma Vessels

    I don't know what the lady thinks the government can do to stop the ocean. I suggest you all move out and build further away from the ocean.

    April 24, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. devil's advocate

    Well, one thing is for certain, its not climate change, that's just bogus right?

    April 24, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "It's a strongly Republican district; the primary winner will likely coast to victory in November."

    And these idiot constituents are surprised that their long list of infrastructure problems haven't been addressed? HAHAHAHA! Priceless. Oh yes, don't worry, it will be the next GOPer they elect who fixes. Or maybe the next. Or maybe the one after that. One of them will...that's for sure...the result just simply can't be the same every single time they do the same thing, can it?

    April 24, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Lizzie

    Sniffit, you're right it's the republicans fault for the ocean to intrude on their property. They (republicans) should be out there hand in hand to hold the water back.

    April 24, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |