WRAL has its story
(watch the video segment linked there) up on the Tall Ships festival
that recorded at least $1.8 million in losses. Department of Cultural
Resources Secretary Libba Evans is on camera talking about the
“well-intentioned people” in Beaufort who planned the thing, whose idea
“went awry.” Don’t all blunders with public money start with good

Also noticeably missing in the report are any details of Gov. Mike Easley’s successful effort to sneak through the Gallant’s Channel property purchase through the Council of State.