Tangier Island

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia and the Army Corps of Engineers have finalized an agreement to build a 500-foot jetty on Tangier Island to help protect a navigation channel and harbor.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the agreement Monday and said the new jetty would help the island's seafood industry. The jetty is expected to cost about $2.6 million, and the state will cover about 20 percent.

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Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor says Tangier Island will finally be betting a jetty as it sees its shores disappearing every year from erosion and sea level rise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Taylor announced that the federal approval process has been finally been concluded.

He said that construction should start this year and be finished by 2019.

The Eastern Shore Virginia Representative made the announcement during a visit to the island with Delegate Rob Bloxom.

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TANGIER, Va. (AP) - The National Guard had to fly groceries to an island in the Chesapeake Bay when December's cold snap froze the water. But there was another mission underway: helping the island's homeless cats.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that last month marked the first-ever "cat lift" from Virginia's Tangier Island. The island's estimated 500 felines outnumber humans in this isolated fishing and tourist community.

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Accomack County has been urged to back a sea wall and other efforts to fend off erosion on Tangier Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Supervisor Paul Muhly told his colleagues they should not leave the island’s residents to fend for themselves.

Board Chair Robert Crockett who represents Tangier Island in Accomack County said that a letter has been sent and signed by him to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe congressional representatives and others about the issue.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island went on CNN’s Town Hall event last night and told former Vice President Al Gore that he did not see any evidence of rising sea levels.

Mayor James Eskridge admitted he was not a scientist “but was a keen observer.”

And he asked Gore why Eskridge “had not seen any signs of it.”

Eskridge said what his home town needed was a sea wall to fight erosion.

Gore responded by saying that he knew of Tangier Island’s erosion problem and said it was due to the rising sea levels.

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Tangier Island will be in the spotlight tonight.

Mayor James Eskridge will appear on CNN’s Global Town Hall event with former Vice President Al Gore.

The issue: Climate Change.

Gore will be discussing his latest film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Tangier Council member Anna Pruitt-Parks called the event on her Facebook page “a pretty big deal” adding that the mayor will be debating Gore.

Tangier Island is experiencing the effects of rising sea levels produced by climate change.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island James Eskridge got an unusual phone call yesterday afternoon.

It was from President Donald Trump.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the president made contact after seeing a report about the island last week on CNN.

Eskridge told the paper he got the call around 2 p.m. and called it “unreal”.

He said that the president told him, “You’ve got one heck of an island there.”

Eskridge told the president that the island residents were big Trump supporters.

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The waterman still missing from yesterday off Tangier Island has been identified as Ed Charnock.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his brother-in-law Dan Harrison confirmed Charnock and his son Jason were out on their vessel the Henrietta C.

The U.S. Coast Guard had not released the names as of this morning.

The incident began with a report to the Coast Guard that the 40-foot crabbing vessel was taking on water yesterday afternoon.

Both went overboard without life vests and Jason was picked up by a nearby boat.

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There was a search under way last night for a waterman who went overboard around 5 miles of Tangier Island.

The incident occurred around early afternoon when the U.S. Coast Guard received a report that a 40 foot crabbing boat was taking on water.

WBOC reports that the island’s Mayor James Eskridge said the man and his son went overboard and that they were not wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard said that the son was rescued by another boat.

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There was a plane crash at the tiny airfield on Tangier Island yesterday.

It occurred around 1 p.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Town Manager Renee Taylor said the crash resulted from equipment failure and there were no injuries.

She told the paper that the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted about the incident.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report says islanders in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay could be among the first "climate change refugees" in the continental United States.

The research published in the journal Scientific Reports says residents of steadily shrinking Tangier Island will have to abandon their fishing community in about 50 years amid rising seas.

The author is David Schulte, an oceanographer with the Army Corps of Engineers. He calls Tangier a "ground zero" for climate change in the U.S.

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The clouds were active yesterday new Tangier where a number of waterspouts were seen on the Chesapeake Bay.

There were 911 calls around mid-morning on the western side of the island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that resident Anna Pruitt-Parks said she saw four funnel clouds.

The National Weather Service says a series of thunderstorms in expected in the mid-Atlantic region that could bring hail and a few tornadoes.

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There cutting through the ice as Delmarva begins to recover from the sharp cold snap.

The Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock worked to break the ice to make way for navigable waters from the Delaware River through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in the north to Tangier Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Each cutter is 65 feet long and is designed to break ice up to 18 inches thick.

For the residents of Tangier Island the efforts brought needed groceries and medical supplies.

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The cold snap has left many on the islands that dot the Chesapeake Bay a bit stranded.

Tangier Island has been iced in with the low temperatures.

And, the Accomack County Board of Supervisors has sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources complaining that the agency did not send an ice-breaking ship to the island.

Supervisor Wanda Thornton called this an emergency situation.

A spokesman for the state agency told the Salisbury Daily Times that DNR was ready to send supplies by boat if it is needed.