Harvey Hess’ restaurant vandalized after BOE meeting

By on November 14, 2020

Harvey Hess (file photo)

The popular Kitty Hawk restaurant Capt’n Franks was vandalized shortly after its owner, Harvey Hess, cast the lone vote at the Nov. 13 Dare Board of Education meeting against returning all students to remote learning.

In an interview with the Voice, Hess said the incident — which he described as dozens of eggs thrown at his property, costing an estimated $500 in damage — occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 8:00 a.m. on Nov. 14 when his manager came to open the business and discovered the damage. Hess reported the incident to the Kitty Hawk Police Department, who came to the restaurant.

Acknowledging that “I don’t know who did it,” Hess said the timing of the vandalism led him to conclude that it was related to his position and vote on the highly charged issue of whether to keep schools open or teach remotely during the COVID pandemic.

“That was the message…This was done by people who were angry I disagreed with them…It’s really unfortunate and disappointing,” he said, adding that he viewed the vandalism as an outgrowth of the current “cancel culture.”

The Nov. 13 Dare Board of Education meeting, which ended Friday evening, was contentious at times with both Hess and fellow Board Member Joe Tauber questioning quarantining protocols after a COVID-19 case is detected within the Dare school system. Hess also suggested that teachers should perhaps look for another job if they couldn’t shoulder the task of teaching in an environment of COVID challenges and teacher shortages.

After he became the sole board member to vote against returning to remote learning in Dare County, a number of comments on the Voice’s website and Facebook page focused on Hess’s position — with some complimentary, but others clearly critical. For his part, Hess said that after the Nov. 13 board meeting, he got about “ten venomous emails and texts.”



Comments

  • Chris

    Honestly, I hope the idiots boycott capt franks….first of all that will most likely equal a lower crime rate around his building if liberals aren’t there. WIN. Second, I dont have to share oxygen with the mouth breathers if they boycott. WIN AGAIN. To all the emotional liberals who resort to property destruction when you can’t have your way, we WANT you to boycott. Haha. Then we don’t have to see/hear you/your stupidity. Do us a favor.

    Tuesday, Nov 17 @ 7:50 am
  • john j

    how is captain frank’s still a thing? everyone knows that art’s place has the best burgers and dogs on the beach. also, “teachers should look for another job.” really?! the last thing I want for my child is a teacher that’s burned out because he/she had to work the graveyard shift at wal mart.

    #boycottcaptainfranks

    Tuesday, Nov 17 @ 4:31 pm
  • 60s Suzanne

    To Harvey Hess JR and 3rd-
    You have just so totally misunderstood why there were so many teachers and community members upset about your comments at the Board of Education meeting the other night.
    First it was don’t test so you don’t have to quarantine. Dare County is already in a red zone and you tell people not to test. Would you prefer they continue spreading Covid around the county?
    That was just a little aside.
    What I really want to say is you are wrong about feeling like you don’t need to apologize for anything that was said at the Board of Education meeting.
    You are entitled to your opinion.
    You are entitled to cast your own vote as you see fit.
    You can trash Dare County teachers at your home, and even at your business if you want to.
    But you CANNOT trash all the Dare County teachers by saying if they can’t work in a Covid crisis and keep up with things you need to find another job.
    Apparently every teacher tried to work during the Covid crisis or a ton of them would not be sick in quarantine.
    And you CANNOT trash all the teachers on an island wide audio of a public meeting.
    THAT is why you need to make an apology.. Your comments about the teachers were rude, crude, crass, and unprofessional when you were in a public meeting. You publicly denigrated all the teachers in the county, and put a big hurt on all teachers, causing them to either feel bad and lower their morale, or make them so angry that a group of people who are normally quite kind and professional would risk getting arrested for vandalism in the middle of the night.
    You need to learn some social skills if you are going to be in a professional meeting.
    And you really do need to apologize about what you said about the teachers. You do not need to apologize for your vote or your dissension with any of the board members.
    Your words about teachers were not on the subject, and they were uncalled for.
    I am glad you will be leaving the board soon as our jobs as teachers need better support than you.

    Tuesday, Nov 17 @ 5:21 pm
  • Liz

    Capt Frank just sank his ship. No way I will recommend his establishment . Dare county needs advocates for education and educators , not just mouthpieces for a minority of parents. Actions have consequences. You have lost my respect , although vandalism was not the appropriate response . Simply showing you the door is sufficient.

    Tuesday, Nov 17 @ 9:52 pm
  • Steve

    This guy’s comments were way out of line. Yes, his business should definitely not be vandalized but telling teachers who have medical issues that make the corona virus deadly to find another line of work is crude and despicable. First, the schools had to return to virtual learning because mandatory quarantines made classroom staffing impossible, not to mention the ongoing health threats threats. But most importantly teachers deserve respect for the value they provide our society. Perhaps he is hoping that our students don’t get an education so he will have a bigger pool of potential minimum wage workers he can hire to serve hot dogs. What a jerk. I can’t believe such an ignorant person was ever elected to a school board.

    Wednesday, Nov 18 @ 10:38 am
  • Concerned citizen

    Wear a mask people. Do it for the over worked Critical care doctors and nurses at full ICU hospitals!! They are running out of beds and the mobile morgues are filling up fast. Respect others and quit thinking about yourself! It’s what we teach our children.
    Maybe stop eating nasty hot dogs and greasy French fries to stay healthier.
    Thanks to all our wonderful teachers!! We appreciate you!!

    Wednesday, Nov 18 @ 12:11 pm
  • Disgruntled

    “Dare county needs advocates for education and educators , not just mouthpieces for a minority of parents”

    Lets hope you’re not a civics teacher.

    Wednesday, Nov 18 @ 5:05 pm
  • Bob

    There you have it. Just another example of Democratic, Snowflake, Socialists, teacher unions, spreading their powers, taking hissy fits and acting like the students they teach, when they don’t get their way. Going to be a Hellish 4 years dealing with these Crybabies suck it up Buttercups and get over it.

    Wednesday, Nov 18 @ 5:15 pm
  • Mark A Williamson

    Another example of people SCREAMING about an opposing viewpoint. What ever happened to just disagreeing. The man is allowed his opinion.

    Wednesday, Nov 18 @ 10:05 pm
  • Julia

    To think you were once in the classroom. This is a person who was once a lawyer and once was a teacher. Really? This is not the man I knew back in the 90s when we taught together. You taught government and know your rights, but think of the teachers and their right to live. I live in Charlotte now and am horrified to hear of DCS having more cases in the schools than all of Charlotte’s schools and all of the county’s schools. Perhaps that is the difference between online learning for middle and high school and only 1/3 of a classroom for elementary students. Yes we have higher numbers overall but we also have the highest population here. The OBX was my home for 38 years and it makes me sad to see what my fellow teachers must go through this year.

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 6:01 am
  • Appalled

    Dittos Suzanne’s comments. I could not have said it any better:
    “You have just so TOTALLY misunderstood why there were so many teachers and community members upset about your comments at the Board of Education meeting the other night.
    First it was don’t test so you don’t have to quarantine. Dare County is already in a red zone and you tell people not to test. Would you prefer they continue spreading Covid around the county?
    That was just a little aside.
    What I really want to say is you are wrong about feeling like you don’t need to apologize for anything that was said at the Board of Education meeting.
    You are entitled to your opinion.
    You are entitled to cast your own vote as you see fit.
    You can trash Dare County teachers at your home, and even at your business if you want to.
    But you CANNOT trash all the Dare County teachers by saying if they can’t work in a Covid crisis and keep up with things you need to find another job.
    Apparently every teacher tried to work during the Covid crisis or a ton of them would not be sick in quarantine.
    And you CANNOT trash all the teachers on an island wide audio of a public meeting.
    THAT is why you need to make an apology.. Your comments about the teachers were rude, crude, crass, and unprofessional when you were in a public meeting. You publicly denigrated all the teachers in the county, and put a big hurt on all teachers, causing them to either feel bad and lower their morale, or make them so angry that a group of people who are normally quite kind and professional would risk getting arrested for vandalism in the middle of the night.
    You need to learn some social skills if you are going to be in a professional meeting.
    And you really do need to apologize about what you said about the teachers. You do not need to apologize for your vote or your dissension with any of the board members.
    Your words about teachers were not on the subject, and they were uncalled for.
    I am glad you will be leaving the board soon as our jobs as teachers need better support than you.”

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 9:44 am
  • Fed Up

    To those of you saying anyone who disagrees with Harvey is a snowflake liberal, or whatever your name call of the week is, would you like to hear about the nipple rubbing in class? Or have you heard about it and you care more about your politics than someone who was subpar and kinda creepy as a teacher and hasn’t changed since?

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 8:36 pm
  • L'angelo Mysterioso

    “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked” … in this case, by plague

    Friday, Nov 20 @ 7:19 am
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