Citizens Against OLF
PO Box 591 • Gatesville, NC 27938 • Tel. 252-357-1909
May 30, 2008
Contact: Laura Dickerson (252) 357-1909
Organizations Say No To OLF
We are pleased to announce the addition of four new organizations to the growing list of organizations opposed to an OLF in Gates County and Northeastern North Carolina. The Northeast Economic Developers (NEED), the Northeast Commission, the Chambers of the Northeast (CONE), and the Rural Life Committee of the NC Council of Churches, recently voiced their opposition to an OLF in rural northeastern North Carolina.
Members of the NC Council’s Rural Life Committee stated: “We believe that the social and environmental costs of the OLF cannot be measured in dollars alone, but that every lost family farm and every paved-over acre of forest, field and wetland represents a deep and irretrievable loss. We believe that the voices of family farmers, for example, working the cotton fields of Gates County should matter as much as those of wealthy vacationers enjoying suburban Virginia Beach.”
“We are pleased that these organizations are taking a strong stand to support the Sandbanks and the Northeast Region of the state against the devastating effects of an OLF” said Elaine Herring, a Sandbanks resident.
In taking this position, these organizations join an ever-increasing list of businesses, elected officials, councils of government, and state and local civic and public interest organizations.