Letter to President calls on him for permanent protection for Atlantic Coast from offshore drilling

Letter to President calls on him for permanent protection for Atlantic Coast from offshore drilling

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

December 13, 2016

Dear Mr. President:

We, the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast (BAPAC), represent over 35,000 businesses and 500,200 commercial fishing families from Maine to Florida, and are writing to call on you to permanently protect the Atlantic from offshore oil and gas drilling, and to deny all Atlantic seismic airgun blasting permits.

BAPAC recognizes that offshore oil and gas activities are fundamentally at odds with our economies and our way of life. Our currently thriving East Coast businesses are reliant upon healthy ocean ecosystems and are inextricably tied to clean, coastal waters. Oil and gas exploration and development activities threaten the vibrant coastal environment that supports nearly 1.4 million jobs and contributes $95 billion to the annual gross domestic product, mainly through tourism, commercial fishing and recreation.

We applaud your Administration’s decision to remove the Atlantic from offshore drilling through 2022. Now it is time to give permanent protection to the Atlantic Coast.

If protected, the Atlantic coast has a lot to give this country for generations to come. We implore you to protect our businesses and our communities by permanently banning offshore drilling and denying seismic exploration off our coast. With the incoming administration’s position on expanding dirty and dangerous drilling activities, it is more important than ever to instill this permanent protection to the Atlantic. Such offshore activities are a direct threat to our local economies, our bountiful ocean environment, and the very fabric of our coastal communities.

Sincerely,

Frank Knapp
President & CEO
South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce

Aimee Taylor
Executive Director
Virginia Beach Restaurant Association

Thomas Kies
President and CEO
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce

Marilou Halvorsen
President and CEO
New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association

Susan Jones
Executive Director
Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association

Karen Brown
President & CEO
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

Vicki Clark
President & CEO
Cape May County Chamber of Commerce

Diana Burke
Executive Director
Virginia Beach Hotel Association

Vicki Clark
President
New Jersey Tourism Industry Association

Niaz Dorry
Coordinating Director
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Stephen Shaff
Executive Director
Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council

Michael Green
Executive director
Climate Action Business Association

Fran Teplitz
Executive Co-Director
Green America’s Green Business Network

Jamee Haley
Executive Director
Lowcountry Local First

Karen Forget
Executive Director
Lynnhaven River NOW

Tonya Bonitatibus
Executive Director
Savannah Riverkeeper

Pete Beyda
Owner, CEO
7 Mile Brewery LLC

Rich Rollason
Owner
Advanced Pool Resurfacing

Craig Knowlton
Vice President of Business Development
Alder Energy Systems

Alice Timmons
Owner
Alice L Timmons, LMFT

Barry Ambrose
President
Ambrose Furniture Inc.

Marcia Kite
Owner
Aurora Wellness Services

Jill Bennett
President
B.Suits Inc.

Sandra Bundy
Broker-in-Charge
B&P, Inc.

Damon Scarpelli
Owner
Banks Channel

Wendy Ray
CFO
Beach Mart Inc

Millie Aven
Owner
Bike Barn Inc

Robert Steenrod
Owner
Billmae Cottage LLC

Chris Sermons
Owner
Bio-Way Farm

Julie Starke
Creative Director
Blue Mind Life

Heather Tallent
Owner
Blue Planet Scuba

Gaynel Marie McCary
Owner
Bodie Island Welcome Center

Brenda Quidley
President
Brendrick Inc

Randi Friel
Event Coordinator
Cape May Brewing Company

Bruce Rowland
CFO
Carolina Vapor Mill

Debbie Carter
Part owner and Sec./Treas.
Caughman Enterprises, Inc.

Russell Robinson
Owner
Channels

Charles Johnson
Owner
Charles Johnson

Joe Lotts
Owner
Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Robin Holton
Executive Director
Children @ Play Museum of the Outer Banks

Christina Trapani
Owner
Christina Trapani Consulting

Christopher Galton
Owner
Christopher Galton LPC

Alex Wolcott
CEO
Coastal NC Development

Lisa Toney
President
Coastside Realty, Inc.

Pamela Worsham
Owner
Cocoa Beach Parasail

Stephen Shaff
Founder
Community-Vision Partners, Benefit LLC

Duffy Pappas
Owner
Continental Divide

Paulette Sullivan
Partner
Cooper River Coffee

Stephen Cafiero
Owner
Coronation Sheet Metal Co.

Laura Habr
Co-owner/Vice President
Croc’s 19th Street Bistro

Crystal Polston
Owner
Crystal Blue Productions

Judy Lotas
1st vice Chair
Dare County Democratic Party

Leda Zimmerman
Principal
dba RiverRun Media

Janis Markopoulos
Owner
Delmarva Board Sport Adventures

John DiGenni
Owner
DiGenni’s Centennial Guest House

Rebecca Smith
Owner
Dirt Enterprise

Joel Michello
Owner
Dive Services Inc.

Lisa Abouassali
Member
DLS Properties, LLC

Robert Muller
Vice President
Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Sereis

Donald Moorhead
Donald R Moorhead PA

George Kotarides
Owner
Doughs Boy’s Pizza Restaurants

Geddes Dowling
President
Dowling Architects and Associates, Inc.

Amy Hawkins
Owner
Dr. Amy Hawkins ND LLC

Caroline Robinson
Owner
Drift

Amanda J Grondin
Owner/Operater
Duna Fisheries, LLC

William Galindo
CEO
Eco Realty Carolina

John Hawa
Treasurer
El Hawa Corporation

Jennifer Koontz
Owner, Creative Director
Epic Shutter Photography

Patricia Hitopoulos
Owner
Everyday Gourmet, Inc

Gina Perez
Owner
Fiddle Farms

Lucille Lamberto
Owner and Proprietor
Fiddler’s Green Guest House

Laik ePEa
General Manager
First Colony Inn

Abby Carey
Owner
First flight adventure park

Richard Brendel
Owner
Flipper Finders

Heather Atwood
President
Food For Thought

Gary Beatty
Owner
Fresh Seafood USA

Paul Manning
Officer
Front Porch Cafe

Jeff Tant
Owner
Full Circle Gardens & Landscapes

William Galindo
CEO
Galgar LLC

Jane Ochsenbein
Full Partner
Gator Bait Adventure Tours

Jonathon Collins
Owner
Giant Slice Pizza

Angela Sanfilippo
President
Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Associoation

Ellin Goetz
President
Goetz+Stropes Landscape Architects Inc.

Richard Jones
Member/Manager
Good Hops Brewing LLC

Lacey DeBoer
GM
Grand Victorian Spring Lake

E Bergmann
Owner
Green Futures

James Williams
Owner
Hairoics, inc

Carl Hammond-Beyer
Vice President
Hammond-Beyer Health Center

Matt Pittaluga
Owner
Hank Sauce LLC

Elizabeth Hoffmier
LCSW, Owner
Harvest Moon Counseling

Kevin Scalia
President
Hatteras Island Boardsports

Barton Decker
Owner
Hatteras Island Surf and Sail Shop

Bill Holt
Manager
Holt-Cochran LLC

Dr. Kathy Clarke
Owner
Home by the Bay

Margaret Howell
Owner and President
Howell Consulting Group, L.C.

James Schwartz
Co-Owner
Independence Solar

Lisa Burdsall
Owner
Inspired Thrift Store

David Henderson
Owner
Integration Massage and Bodywork

Michael Mercker
Owner
iproducevideo

Ruth Fordon
Partner
Island Path

Amy Sawyer
Owner
Island Wellness Market

Pete Prioleau
Vice President/CFO
J W P Construction of SC, LLC

John Hegarty
President
Hegarty and Sons Inc

James Woodson
President
James C. Woodson DDS PA

Kristi Falco
Owner
Jolyn Mid-Atlantic LLC

Jerry Ravnitzky
Partner
Judith Ravnitzky Antiques

James Eaton
Owner
Just For the Beach Rentals

Kate Silvia
Owner
Kate Silvia Photography

Ryan Rhodes
Owner
Kayak Tours

Sarah Harrison
Co-owner
Kelley Gray’s Garage

Kathy McCullough-Testa
President & CEO
KMT Consultants, Inc.

Joe Thompson
Owner/President
Koru Village Resort and Spa

Sally Murphy
President
La MER, Inc.

Leslie Hornfeck
Owner
Leslie’s Vacation Rentals

Francee Levin
Owner
Levin Consultants

Meredith Loughlin
Co-owner
Lone Leaf Gallery and Custom Framing

Luke Hamlet
Owner
Long Beach Surf Shop

Phil Waters
Owner
Lowcountry Engineering Consultants, LLC

Banff Luther
Owner
Luther Marine Maintenance

Dave Stickle
President
M.H.E. Inc

Chad Coffin
President
Maine Clammers Association

Suzanne Stark
Owner
Making Waves Studio

Brian McDonald
President / General Manager
McAir, Inc. dba Outer Banks Heating & Cooling

Lynn Vandervoort
Co-owner
McNamaras Heating and Cooling

Kyle McGetrick
Owner
Mellow Militia, LLC

Mickey Baker
Owner
MERMAID’S FOLLY

Bianca Piccillo
Owner
Mermaid’s Garden, Incorporated

Stephanie Dahlberg
Vice President
Midlands Neigbborhood Publications

Mary Erickson
Owner
Mineral Title Associates, LLC

Debra Moorhead
Vice President
Moorhead Mediation, LLC

Rick Baumann
Founder
Murrells Inlet Seafood

Nancy Grumman
Owner
Nancy Grumman Art Studio

Matt Gamble
Marine educator
Nature Adventures Outfitters

Carla Reynolds
President
NC 12 Realty

Michael Forgie
Owner
Next Step Connect

Jason Heilig
Owner/Manager
Noble Crescendo, LLC

Jerry Rivers
Environmental Scientist
North American Climate,Conservation and Environment(NACCE)

Allison Osmon
President
North State Landscaping and Lawn Care

Donald King
Owner
Ocean Blvd., LLC

Brian Klauser
Owner
OceanAir Sports

Brian Vaughn
Owner
Off The Hook Fishing Charters

Terri Gould
Owner
One of a Kind Gallery, Charleston SC

Rob Weltner
President
Operation SPLASH

Lisa Ortega
Owner
Ortega’z Grill

Marjorie Knapp
Owner/Director
Outer Banks Centre for Dance

Chris Hess
President
Outer Banks Intenet, Inc.

Michelle Smith
Owner
Outer Banks Yoga

Richard Bubnowski
Owner
Paddle Surf New Jersey LLC

Patsy Hancock
Owner
Pat Hancock Real Estate, LLC

Paul Sabadash
President
Paul Sabadash Real Estate Broker with Sun Realty

Peter Penniman
Owner
Penniman Apartments

Patricia Broom
President
Phoenix Restoration

Robby Roberts
Owner
Pure Board Shop

Lilias Morrison
President
Real Escapes, Ltd.

Mary Burkart
DVM MS
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic

Suzanne Woolard
Owner
Rooster’s Southern Kitchen

Tamela Walter
Owner
Rover Tours, Inc.

Lucinda Hudgins
Owner
S& L Hudgins, Inc DBA Toomy’s natural Foods Market

Mike Pennington
COO
Sabar sc LLC

David Sage
President
Sage Sailing, Inc.

Alex McCune
General Manager
Saint Waves Seafood and produce

Cheryl Mascioli
Owner
Salty Sea Studios

Sandra Sobanski
Owner
Sandyluvshells

David Facenda
Owner
Sea Swept LLc

Michael Dimin
Founding Director
Sea to Table

Malia Sanchez
Manager
Sealand Adventure Sports

Dave Smith
Owner
Senior Express Services

Dave Smith
Owner
Senior Express USA

Sean Cook
Co Founder
Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar

Paul Saucier
Owner
Soil Pros

Claire Conley
Manager
SoundSide Pools, Inc.

Tim Henson
Owner
Southern Coast Vacations

Larry Barker
Vice President
Southern Insurance Agency

Christine Maw
Owner
Special Events With Chris

John Spruill
Owner / Manager
Spruill Farm

Donna Farmer
Private Practice
Still Point Office

Benton Wislinski
Principal
Strategic Communication, LLC

Robert Walker
Publisher/Co-Owner
Suite P Inc.

Logan Alfred Raciti
Owner
Sunrise Surf & Skateboard Shop

Cody Leutgens
Owner
Surf City Surf School

Terra Pascarosa
Director
TerraScapes Environmental

Glenn Kithcart
Innkeeper
The Bentley Inn

Steven Nelson
President
The Inn on Pamlico Sound

Michael Watkins
President
The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

Morgan Mason
Co-Owner
The Outer Banks Real Estate Company LLC

Samantha Lock Brown
Owner
The Studio, Outer Banks

Charlie Garlow
Partner
TheGreenCommuter.com

Jane Fiedler
Social Media
Three Dog Ink

Matthew Notch
Owner/Operator
Top Notch Tree Care LLC

Isa Cohen
Marisa Cohen
Tula Adventure Sports

Jonathan Floyd
Managing Partner
Twin Oaks Enterprises, Inc.

Jessica Moody
Co-Owner
Village Yoga

Vince Musi
Owner
Vincent J Musi

Trica Stopowski
Owner
Wild About Nature OBX

Shelley Davis
Owner
Windswept Massage

Michele Darden
President
With a Twist Inc.

William Gambrell
Owner
Tautogs Restaurant

Sheila Spencer
Owner
Sheila’s Carolina Kitchen

Tony Ridgway
Owner
Cuisine Management, Inc.

Michael Martinsen
President
Montauk Shellfish Company, Inc

Heidi Oleszczuk
Owner
Rain Link

Michael Paul
President
Hot Wax Surf Shop

Mark Gagliardi
Owner
Religion Surf and Skate ltd.

Zac Strauss
Onwer
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry/ZSAS Inc PC

Richard Mizelle
Managing Partner
Johnson, Burgess, Mizelle & Straub LLP

Thomas Corino
Manager
Luna Mar Motel