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Double Checking Re-Entry Credentials Before Hurricane Season Begins...WITH VIDEO

Hurricane season is just around the corner and Dare County Emergency Management urges residents, business owners and non-resident property owners to ensure they have the proper re-entry credentials prior to the start of the season. There are no changes to the Dare County re-entry procedures in 2017. 
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Four Charged with Street Racing after Thursday Crash on N.C. 12.

Four men face charges after allegedly street racing on N.C. Highway 12 on Thursday morning, leading to a car accident that left one person dead and sent two others to the hospital with serious injuries.
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Crash Reported South of Whalebone Junction Resulting in N.C. 12 Closure

A multi-vehicle crash was reported roughly three miles south of Whalebone Junction on N.C. Highway 12 on Thursday morning, at about 10:40 a.m. According to multiple reports, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision and at least one of the cars involved caught on fire. One person was transported to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries via medevac helicopter.

N.C. Highway 12 was closed in between Coquina Beach and Whalebone Junction as of 12:15 p.m., with traffic being detoured via Old Oregon Road in South Nags Head. More details will be posted as they are available.

New Video on Connecting Channel Dredging Released by Dare County...WITH VIDEO

Dare County released a new video on the status of the Hatteras dredging project on May 17.

Per the video, the planned dredging within the connecting channel of Hatteras Inlet is underway. The Army Corps of Engineers dredge, The Merritt, is back in the inlet working on the connecting channel, and dredging will continue for 21 days, or until June 15th – whichever comes first.
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BOC Helps the Chicamacomico and Salvo Fire Department Merge Move Forward

Commissioners approved the new Chicamacomico Fire Insurance District, as well as a contract with the Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department to provide service in the Salvo Fire District, at the May 15 Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting.
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Navy Unsure Why Trashy Disks Washed Up

The U.S Navy is investigating how more than three dozen clear plastic-coated disks of compressed trash, apparently from one or more naval vessels, washed up on northern Outer Banks beaches in recent weeks.

Beachcombers were initially baffled about the source of the large – and smelly – disks, but conveniently, one of them contained a document clearly visible among the trash with a seal that read, “Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic.”
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Seasonal Speed Limit Changes Posted Throughout the Villages

Some island residents would argue that the first sign of summer is not the first wave of vehicles along NC Highway 12, the opening of businesses and the local piers, or even the initial appearance of our beloved seasonal mosquitos – instead, it’s that subtle change along the highway when the speed limits go down.
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Immediate Dredging Needs Covered at Waterways Commission Meeting

After being diverted for emergency dredging in the Hatteras ferry channel, the dredge Merritt was finally back at work Thursday morning at the Connecting Channel in Hatteras Inlet.
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Summer Heats Up on the N.C. Coast with Additional Ferry Runs

Longer days and warmer weather mean visitors will soon begin their annual summer treks to the North Carolina coast. Once there, they'll be greeted with extra ferries to get them to their destinations, as the N.C. Ferry System transitions to its summer schedules beginning May 16. 
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Buxton Beach Nourishment Update

Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, has announced the first day of pumping has been postponed from the originally projected date of May 21 to sometime within the last week of May. 
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Buxton beach nourishment project on track for an early summer start

The Buxton Beach nourishment project is slated to being in the next few weeks with a tentative start date of May 21.   Read more

Highlights from the May 1 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners tackled a number of issues and topics in their roughly day-long meeting on May 1, 2017. Here are the highlights of this most recent session.
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Rural School Bill Passes in the NC Senate

A North Carolina senate bill that will allow the Ocracoke school to retain its current teaching staff and grade structure passed with 49-0 votes, (with one absentee vote), on April 27.

The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Jim Davis (R) Senate Majority Whip Jerry W. Tillman (R) and Senator Rick Horner (R) will provide funds to pay for the salaries of teachers in isolated areas, such as Ocracoke Island. 
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Coast Guard suspends search for missing man

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing man whose sailboat was discovered after it ran aground on the beach in Frisco on Monday. 
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Coast Guard searching for missing mariner near Frisco

The Coast Guard is searching for a man whose sailboat was discovered aground on the beach in Frisco on Monday, May 1. 
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Updates on Ocracoke and Hatteras Dredging Projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ sidecaster dredge Merritt arrived in Hatteras Inlet and began the long awaited dredging of the Connecting Channel for several days before it was redirected to address an emergency situation near Ocracoke Inlet. 
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Bill That Includes the Repeal of the Outer Banks’ Plastic Bag Ban Approved by N.C. Senate

A Senate bill focused on environmental deregulation changes, which includes the repeal of a 2009 law that bans the use of plastic shopping bags by Outer Banks retailers, was approved on Monday night by the N.C. Senate in a 31-17 vote. The bill now moves on to the House.
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New Update Video Released on the Progress of the Bonner Bridge

A new Bonner Bridge progress video was released by Dare County on their Government and Education Cannel's Facebook page.

The update chronicles the latest projects that crews have been working on to complete the new Bonner Bridge as well as the Interim Bridge, which are slated to be completed by November 2018. 
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