A Closer Look at the Bonner Bridge Naming Debate
It all started canada goose outlet uk with a brief conversation at the tail end of a recent Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting.
At the January 7 meeting, commissioner and former Kitty Hawk councilman Ervin Bateman floated the idea of renaming the new Bonner Bridge structure after another prominent county citizen, Marc Basnight.
“The name Marc Basnight has come up many, many times,” he said. “I can’t think of a more deserving individual than him for having a bridge named after. He’s done a lot for the county, a lot for the Town of Kitty Hawk, and a lot for the people of Dare County for the last 40+ years, as a Board of Transportation Member, [and] as a senator.”
After some discussion, the Board of Commissioners decided to take the decision out of their own hands, and canada goose clearance sale to canada goose outlet store uk pose the question to the public. An online form was created so that members of the community could submit their input and canada goose clearance suggestions, and the results will be tallied and reviewed at an upcoming BOC meeting on February 4.
Since the form was released to the community canada goose factory outlet at large, virtually everyone has been engaged in the Bonner Bridge naming debate.
Social media sites have been a hotbed of activity for the topic, and the Outer Banks Sentinel reported that the Manteo Board of Commissioners approved a resolution on Jan. 16 requesting that the new bridge be named after the former State Senator, Marc Basnight, which sparked even more heated conversations.
So what’s in a name? Apparently quite a lot.
The question of whether to rename the Bonner Bridge arguably first appeared in a September 27 story in the Outer Banks Voice, with the majority of commenters supporting the idea of keeping the Bonner Bridge moniker the same.
Based on input and feedback from the Hatteras Island community, it seems that many islanders feel the same way, although several people have suggested naming the bridge after the original ferry captain, Toby Tillet, who first provided transportation across Oregon Inlet to the island’s earliest residents and visitors.
But regardless of preference, many folks feel a strong connection to the canada goose outlet shop bridge and a strong connection to its name which is exactly why the canada goose outlet toronto factory bridge’s official name is spurring such impassioned discussion.
On January 23, Dare County Public Information Officer Dorothy Hester reported that since the form went online on January 11, the county cheap canada goose uk had received roughly 400 submissions. Census Bureau), and these 400 submissions account for about 1.1% of the https://www.rheingoenheim-info.de overall county population, and roughly 10% of the year round Hatteras Island population alone. Congressman for North Carolina from 1940 until 1965. Born in 1891 in Washington, North Carolina, Bonner served in the United States Army as a sergeant during World War I, and later as secretary to Congressman Lindsay Warren from 1924 to 1940.
He was Warren’s eventual successor, and served twelve full terms in Congress from 1940 until 1965 a tenure of roughly 25 canada goose canada goose coats outlet sale years. During this time, Bonner chaired the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives in Congress, and also chaired the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.
“Bonner, as early as 1949, saw the possibility of a bridge at Oregon Inlet, but needed more support,” the 2007 document reads. “Whatever the Dare Chamber of Commerce, the Park Service, or [Dare County Times and later Coastland Times Newspaper Publisher] Victor Meekins cheap canada goose thought of the park, Bonner saw how it could help canada goose outlet black friday him build a bridge.”
“On August 30, 1961, the Park Service issued a press release discussing its support for congressional legislation that would allow the agency to help the state of North Carolina build a bridge across Oregon Inlet. The bill was submitted by canada goose outlet Bonner on May 1, 1961, and sent to the whole House on August 28, 1961 (HR 6729). Bonner’s motivation was simple the congestion at Oregon Inlet was a nightmare that could not be alleviated by additional ferries. Bonner was personally experienced with the problem. As he told Merrill Evans in 1958, Chairman of the State Highway Commission, ‘I was in Dare County Sunday. The congestion is something terrible across Oregon Inlet and will grow worse from year to year.'”
Bonner passed away on November 7, 1965, but both he and Warren were reported to consider the Bonner Bridge one of the biggest achievements of their lengthy careers.
Marc Basnight served as a canada goose uk black friday Democratic member of the Canada Goose Parka North Carolina State Senate for the 1st District from 1984 through 2011. Basnight was born in Manteo in 1947, and graduated from Manteo High School in 1966. Basnight chaired the Dare County tourism bureau from 1974 to 1976, was a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation from 1977 to 1983, and is still famed for his local restaurant, the Lone Cedar Caf.
Basnight also has a key connection with canada goose outlet the Bonner Bridge, and was a staunch supporter of the Bonner Bridge replacement for years. Holding the influential position of President pro tempore from 1993 until the Democrats lost their Senate majority in the November 2010 uk canada goose elections, Basnight made multiple efforts throughout the years to move the replacement project forward long before the new bridge broke ground in March of 2016.
The Island Free Press’ co founder and editor, Irene Nolan, detailed one of these efforts in a February 26, 2010 article.
“In a letter sent this week, Marc Basnight, the powerful President pro Tempore of the state Senate and a Manteo Democrat, urged President Barack Obama to end the ‘bureaucratic standstill’ that has stalled the replacement of the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet,” the article reads.
“He called the delay in moving ahead with the bridge replacement ‘a shocking matter of safety and security’ and pleaded with the President ‘to right this wrong that has wasted millions of dollars and infinite red tape’ over the years.”
Per the Outer Banks Sentinel, the Manteo board resolution to name the bridge after Basnight also noted his advocacy for the replacement of the Bonner Bridge as a life line to Hatteras Island,” and stated that Basnight made contributions to the growth and strength of Dare County in countless recorded and unrecorded ways, along with contributing the economic and cultural history of the county. Toby Tillet
Before there was a new or original Bonner Bridge, there was Toby Tillet.
Access to Hatteras Island via ferry canada goose outlet canada began when this Wanchese commercial fisherman started towing cars on a barge that was tied to the back of his fishing boat in 1924. The initial canada goose outlet parka 30 foot barge could hold two cars at a time, but by the end of the inaugural year, Tillet had replaced the barge with a 45 foot long ferry boat that was called, appropriately enough, the Oregon Inlet.
In 1928, Tillet set a schedule for regular trips so that visitors and islanders could plan their crossings accordingly, and official canada goose outlet in 1931, he enlisted a new vessel, the Barcelona, which was constructed for him by canada goose uk shop local boat builder, carpenter, and fisherman, Rocky Rollinson.