The New York Times Captures Ocracoke's Plea

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Tuesday, October 1, 2019

It’s not every day a fellow Outer Banks resident lands in The New York Times Opinions section, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Kelley Shinn, a writer and Ocracoke resident, wrote a heartrending letter to the editor of the The Times, pleading Ocracoke’s case to the public. Three weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island, the situation remains dire. The island has yet to be declared a National Disaster and receive support from FEMA, leaving Ocracoke residents – a group of folks proud of their independent spirit and self-sufficiency – with no choice but to ask the nation to help.

You can read Kelley’s piece here.

Photo credits to Connie Leinbach/The Ocracoke Observer

About the Author Hannah Lee Leidy
Hannah Lee is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer living on the Outer Banks. She graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Traveling is her passion, but nowhere ever feels as much like home as the Outer Banks. When not planning her next trip or adventure, Hannah Lee loves aimless drives down the Beach Road, spending copious amounts of time in coffee shops and reading every short story collection she gets her hands on.