Man in uniform stands in ocean to protest closure

Emerald Isle, North Carolina was the scene of a solemn demonstration. An alleged retired US Navy Sailor stood in the ocean to protest the recent beach closure. The unidentified man was in full Navy dress uniform and had a sign that read “Land of the Free” posted in front of him.  As he stood in calf-deep water, waves splashed up to his knees.

However, this action was against the city’s ordinance of limiting access to the beach. The purpose being to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Police arrived shortly after the man took to the water. His steadfast resolve was apparent when he refused police instruction to leave. Although, Department of Defense policy states the uniform is not to be used for political protest. Onlookers claim the man was wearing the uniform of a Navy Chief. Nevertheless, the protest drew a small crowd.

The saga continues

The tense standoff continued while onlookers watched. The average water temperature in Emerald Isle is 60º for April. Despite battling potential hypothermia and most certainly ruining his dress shoes, the peaceful demonstration endured. Eventually, the man left on his own accord. There were no arrests and force was not used. The Emerald Isle Police Department did not issue a statement following the incident. The unidentified man has not made a public statement either.

Surprisingly, the town of Emerald Isle announced they would be lifting the ban on beach access. This was done hours after this incident occurred at the beach.

“Emerald Isle residents and property owners will be able to access the Atlantic Ocean for normal activities, including swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, and fishing,” the town of Emerald Isle said in a statement on Facebook. Additionally, the statement reads, “The Town of Emerald Isle stresses that tourist travel to the area remains highly discouraged. All public parking areas, restrooms, and playgrounds in Emerald Isle remain closed.”

The city has also placed restrictions on rental units. Furthermore, the county has had 24 cases of COVID-19, according to local news sources. Unfortunately, there have also been two deaths.

What do you think of this man’s action? Should he have been in uniform? How much will the dry cleaning be? Also, if you spot any crazy occurrences, safely take pictures and send us the story.

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    We’re neither free nor brave in this lockdown. I salute the uniformed protestor. I am so freakin’ tired of hiding in my house. I don’t consider this living. I’d rather be back in Cam Ranh flying 8 hour missions every other day.

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    Dry cleaning is a buck.25 so he should good on that. If not, borrow from Jill who took Jack’s $1.25 on top of the hill for a good time. In regards to the sailor actions: OUTSTANDING!!

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    While it is assumed he was a retired Navy Chief, and that he was trying to make a political statement is n was wrong. I support his steadfast actions. He probably wore the uniform to have a bigger impact, and that is what he got. The action by the local governing body it appears were in response to the sign that was there even though it did not directly say that. I also want to say congrats to the local PD that handled this in the manner it should have been. Congrats to all around.

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      Those rights were paid for with the sacrafices of servicemembers.

      Let me ask you this. What happens if we are let out early and the virus spreads more because of it and people get it and are hospitalized because of it. Then YOU took their freedoms away.

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      Those rights were paid for with the sacrafices of servicemembers.

      Let me ask you this. What happens if we are let out early and the virus spreads more because of it and people get it and are hospitalized because of it. Then YOU took their freedoms away.

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    Freedom that’s what america is about. He made them see sense. It cost no one nothing. His silent sacrifice for you all in that cold atlantic water. An embodiment of a man for the people unlike the man non sacrificing politicians. Unless he decided to be known and I doubt he will it will be just that a silent powerful protest. Thank him maybe he’ll see this on news or in a blog one day. our natural freedoms will not be trampled upon. The government has done more to threaten your life and health more than any one man.

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    Douglas E Trapp

    Looks like a job for NCIS. If that person is found he can face several charges, and I certainly hope he does.

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    He get’s it! Good to see others that are aware of what our government is trying to do. Even better seeing them out doing something about it.

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    Ya, I’m not going to snitch on anyone. I don’t know about uniform policy but he probably knows good and well what his rights are. He is probably in such disbelief with all this garbage being forced on the people that he once risked his life for.

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    Good for him! And it worked, since they opened up the beach shortly thereafter. Proud of a fellow Navy Veteran!

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    This man fought for our freedom and is still fighting. We are in a place in time we are being ruled just like the mid evil times when one man ruled all. Some of the closures I understand but the rights of people have been taken away. Beaches are big enough to share and still be 6 ft apart . Government should rethink what there doing to the people. I take my hat off to this gentleman for standing up for us and for himself!!!

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    If he wasn’t in uniform, they would have hauled him off to jail unfortunately, and the beaches would probably still be closed. Good job!

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    If he wasn’t in uniform, they would have hauled him off to jail unfortunately, and the beaches would probably still be closed. Good job!

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    As much as I want to root for him I don’t.

    I’ve served myself in the Army and still serve. This quarantine is a small price to pay for freedom. Fighting for freedom is the very thing I am familiar of. It takes sacrafices like these. We need to tough it out a little longer and get over our selfish selves.. We will come out of this soon enough.

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    As much as I want to root for him I don’t.

    I’ve served myself in the Army and still serve. This quarantine is a small price to pay for freedom. Fighting for freedom is the very thing I am familiar of. It takes sacrafices like these. We need to tough it out a little longer and get over our selfish selves.. We will come out of this soon enough.

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    Fuck yeah Chief! I applaud the intent if not the actual use of the uniform to bring to bear the fact that men pledged their lives fortune and sacred honor to oppose government overreach. I did not wear the uniform half my life and go in harms way just so the very country I served could casually curtail the liberties I fought for. The precedent of these seemingly random and capricious regulations to supposedly protect all of us, to act as a rehearsal for the next time the government wants to curtail our liberty in the name of ‘the greater good” is the only real thing I fear.

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    Fuck yeah Chief! I applaud the intent if not the actual use of the uniform to bring to bear the fact that men pledged their lives fortune and sacred honor to oppose government overreach. I did not wear the uniform half my life and go in harms way just so the very country I served could casually curtail the liberties I fought for. The precedent of these seemingly random and capricious regulations to supposedly protect all of us, to act as a rehearsal for the next time the government wants to curtail our liberty in the name of ‘the greater good” is the only real thing I fear.

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