John Skvarla doubled down today in a transparent attempt to blame the Southern Environmental Law Center for his own ineptitude and lack of foresight. He wants to build another "Bonner Bridge" on the outer banks, a bridge that is destined to go nowhere fast.
The issue is not the bridge itself, which no one doubts can be engineered to withstand hurricanes and the threat of constant erosion. The issue is the fragile highway that the bridge leads to. It is a thin ribbon of asphalt that is frequently closed by storms, and which will almost certainly wash away in our lifetimes. No amount of beach hardening, engineering, or wishful thinking will make that road a sustainable solution over the long term.
As evidenced by his dim-witted position on this issue, John Skvarla is very possibly the worst person North Carolina could have leading it environmental protection efforts. If allowed to build his bridge to nowhere, he will have a lasting memorial to that sad fact.