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Hurricane Florence Coverage

Images from NASA Show how Coastal Waters are Affected by Florence; Dare County Waters Safe for Swimming

An aerial image recently taken by a NASA satellite shows how excessive flooding may be impacting sound and ocean waters all along the coast of North Carolina.   Read more





Speed Limits in Villages to Increase to 45 mph this Week

Off-season speed limits of 45 mph through Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Frisco villages are expected to go into effect this week, per the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT.)  Read more










Eight North Carolina Coastal Reserve Sites Reopen to Visitors After Hurricane Florence

Eight of 10 N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve sites reopened to visitors on today after closures due to Hurricane Florence. 
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Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry Slated to Reopen by Friday, September 28

The Hatteras / Ocracoke Island ferry, as well as the northern Ocracoke Island section of N.C. Highway 12, is scheduled to reopen to the public on or before Friday, September 28. 
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No Post-Storm Debris Pick-up Planned for Dare County

With limited impacts from the storm, there will be NO post-storm debris pickup.
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Ocracoke Island Tram Service Activated to Help with Walk-on Ferry Traffic

Ocracoke Island began welcoming back visitors Friday, September 21, 2018. Ocracoke Village was spared any noticeable damage; the island remains the same beautiful, friendly place that visitors know, love, and return to year after year. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore's visitor center, off-road vehicle permit office, and campground on Ocracoke Island also reopened to visitors Friday morning. 
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NCDOT Reopening Cedar Island to Ocracoke Ferry, and Other Coastal Ferry Routes

Ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes, and two state ferries arrived in Southport late Tuesday evening after traveling 14 hours down the Intracoastal Waterway carrying much-needed fuel, transportation workers and supplies to the Wilmington area. 
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Highlights from the September 17 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a number of Outer Banks-related issues and achievements at their September 17 meeting in Manteo. 
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Route Through Hatteras Inlet Marked After Storm-Related Shoaling Concerns

Amid concerns that Hatteras Inlet was unnavigable after Hurricane Florence affected the area, local fishermen went out into the inlet waters to check on the accessibility, and to set polyform buoys to mark a clear route through the inlet waters. 
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NOAA’s Hurricane Florence Imagery Shows Vivid Insight into Storm’s Affect on Carolina Coast

Damage assessment imagery in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence paints a vivid, street-by-street portrait of how communities all along the North and South Carolina coastlines were impacted by the storm.
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New CHEC Public EV Charging Stations Up and Running

On Tuesday morning, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) announced that its two new public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were up and running.
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Volunteer Firefighters Honor Fallen Brethren with Annual 9/11 Lighthouse Climb...WITH SLIDE SHOW

On a deceptively calm Tuesday morning, firefighters and first responders from all across Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks took a moment away from their hurricane preparations to honor their fallen brethren with an annual climb to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. 
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Meet the Candidates

The conventional wisdom is that no one really pays attention to fall elections until Labor Day arrives and the tourists leave. And with the Nov. 6 balloting only two months away, the local campaigns are certain to heat up. 
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Second Passenger Ferry Among Future NCDOT Projects

The N.C.
Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently identified 138 regional highway, aviation, ferry, rail and transit projects it anticipates funding and scheduling for construction over the next decade. Read more




Public Invited to 9/11 Tribute by Local Firefighters at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The public is invited to join local area firefighters and visiting firefighters on their annual climb up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as a symbol of recognition and respect, in memory of the events of September 11, 2001.
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Old Manns Harbor Bridge Closed Sept. 15-29 for Sporting Events and Bridge Repair

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the William B. Umstead Bridge, locally known as the Old Manns Harbor Bridge, between 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and noon on Saturday, Sept. 29. 
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UPDATE:  Swimming Advisory for Ramp 34 in Avon Lifted

State recreational water quality officials lifted a water quality swimming alert on Thursday afternoon for the waters at the public beach access at Ramp 34 north of Avon.

Subsequent sampling at the site showed that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

Tests of water samples taken on Sept. 4 showed bacteria levels at the site had exceeded 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters, the single-sample maximum standard for a Tier 1 high-usage site. Tests of subsequent water samples taken Sept. 5 showed the bacteria level at less than 10 enterococci per 100 milliliters.


Water Quality Swimming Alert Issued for Ramp 34 in Avon

State recreational water quality officials are alerting the public that initial testing at an oceanside site in northern Avon showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.
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Voting Location Changed from Fessenden Center to Fessenden Center Annex Building

The Dare County Board of Elections recently adopted a resolution to change the voting place for the Buxton precinct, as well as one-stop early voting, from the Fessenden Center to the Fessenden Center Annex Building.
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Hyde County Requests Public Input to Update Parks & Recreation Master Plan

To help meet the current needs of the community, the county is seeking citizen input for possible updates or amendments to the Hyde County Parks and Recreation Master Plan. We will hold a public comment session on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Board of Commissioners meeting. The meeting will be held at the Hyde County Government Center and Ocracoke Community Center starting at 6 pm.  Read more





Bonner Bridge Now More Than 90% Complete

With more than 90% of construction complete, the 2.8-mile long Bonner Bridge replacement project has spanned the Oregon Inlet, per the latest video update from NCDOT. With the bridge’s supporting sub-structure having been completed, crews installed the final girders connecting the bridge from shore to shore.
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Coast Guard Urges Boaters to Stay Safe During Labor Day Weekend

 The Coast Guard encourages boaters in the mid-Atlantic region to use extra caution while out on the water this Labor Day weekend. 
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Spa Koru Temporarily Closes Due to Fire; Second Structural Fire in a Week on Hatteras Island

The Spa Koru building in Avon caught fire on Wednesday night, August 29, and had to temporarily close until further notice. No one was in the building at the time of the fire, which was extinguished quickly by the Avon and Buxton Volunteer Fire Departments, and the structure itself remains intact. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
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Bonner Bridge Connected with Installation of Last Girder

The new Bonner Bridge officially connected from end to end on Monday, August 27, after construction crews installed the final girders that linked the 2.8-mile-long bridge into one continual structure.
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Coast Guard Coordinates Joint-Agency Rescue of 5 People From Seaplane 460 Miles Off NC

The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of five persons from a seaplane, which had to make an emergency landing, approximately 460 miles east southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Saturday.
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Fire Destroys Oceanfront Home in Waves; Guests in Home Escape Safely

A fire that started at around 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon destroyed an oceanfront home in Waves on Sea Isle Hills Drive in roughly an hour, leaving only a shell of the structure behind. The main fire was extinguished by 2:37 p.m., with multiple Volunteer Fire Departments, police, and county agencies reporting to the scene.  Read more





Dare County Commissioners say No to Banning Plastic Straws by a Narrow Margin

At their August 20 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted by a narrow 4-3 margin against a resolution that would have encouraged the North Carolina General Assembly to examine a statewide ban on plastic straws by the year 2020. Read more



Golf Carts Approved In Buxton Except on Highway 12

After a unanimous vote by the Dare Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 20 meeting, Buxton is joining other villages on Hatteras Island that allow the use of golf carts on selected roads. The carts are already allowed on specified streets in the villages of Avon, Waves and Hatteras, the last being the only village where the carts are allowed on N.C. 12. 
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With Private Partner Aboard, Dare on Course to Build a Dredge

Dare County has chosen a contractor for the public-private partnership that will build and operate a dredge to maintain Oregon Inlet.

One of two companies to respond to the county’s request for proposals, EJE Recycling of Greenville was chosen over a Massachusetts company primarily because of its experience working the inlet and its plans to base and maintain the dredge locally. 
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Waterways Commission Tackles Hatteras Inlet, Rodanthe Harbor, and Avon Harbor at August Meeting

The Dare County Waterways Commission tackled a long list of Outer Banks projects at their August 13 meeting in Buxton, which included updates on Rodanthe Harbor, and the impending fall dredging at Hatteras Inlet. 
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Stray Pony Returned to Owners after Taking a Rodanthe Beach Stroll

A stray pony that was picked up while enjoying a walk along a Rodanthe beach on Monday afternoon was returned to its owners soon after it was found, per Dare County Animal Services.  
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Avon Sign Destroyed in Hit and Run Incident

A local man was charged with multiple offenses after hitting and destroying the sign in front of the Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop in Avon on Sunday evening. 
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Outer Beaches Waves Office Damaged by Lightning Strike

The Outer Beaches Realty Waves office was struck by lightning on Sunday morning during a series of thunderstorms that blew through Hatteras Island.  Outer Beaches Realty reported in a statement that while the building has sustained some damage and is closed at this time, there were no injuries. 
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Dare Moving Ahead on Inlet Dredge Plan

As the need for dredging in North Carolina waterways has long ago surpassed the availability of funds and equipment to dredge, Dare County, with the help of $15 million provided in the recent state budget, is about to try something different: Build a dedicated dredge to maintain its waterways. 
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Hatteras Island Local Awarded North Carolina EMT of the Year

Dare County Advanced EMT (AEMT) Bill Laricos was recognized at the August 6 Board of Commissioners meeting as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Dare County EMT of the Year, as well as the North Carolina EMT of the Year. 
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NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction

Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. 
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Coast Guard Escorts Eight to Safety, Helps Keep Charter Boat from Sinking Off Hatteras Inlet

Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews helped eight people on a charter boat as it was taking on water about 30 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet, Thursday. 
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Public Hearing Scheduled for Golf Carts in Buxton

At Monday’s Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, a public hearing was set for August 20 to obtain community feedback on a proposal to allow golf carts in Buxton village. 
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Construction on Jug Handle Bridge Slated to Begin in Early Fall

Construction on the 2.4 mile Jug Handle Bridge is expected to begin in a few weeks, as staging preparations in Rodanthe begin to wind down, and final permits are put into place. 
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King Tides Project Needs High-Water Photos

Due to the lunar perigee  on Friday and the super new moon Saturday, higher than normal water levels are being predicted next week, the North Carolina King Tides Project announced Monday
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N.J. Trooper Saves Woman Caught in Rip Current Off Hatteras

A vacationing New Jersey state trooper is being hailed for rescuing a woman who got caught in a rip current off Hatteras Island over the weekend. 
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State Approves Dare Early Voting Plan that Includes Sunday

The state Board of Elections has approved an early voting plan in Dare County for this fall’s election that includes allowing voters to cast ballots on the last Sunday of October.

Meeting at Wake Forest University on Sunday, the state board approved on a partisan-split vote a proposal submitted by Dare County Board of Elections vice-chair Sandy Semans Ross. 
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Coast Guard Assists Boat Run Aground Near Oregon Inlet

On Thursday morning while conducting training offshore, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received notification over VHF-FM radio from the vessel Kokomo that there was a small 20’ pleasure craft that had run aground and was possibly taking on water behind the Oregon Inlet station.
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Hatteras Island Rescue Squad Assists Stranded Sailboat near Cape Point

On Tuesday night, July 31, the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad (HIRS) along with the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call to find and assist a sailboat that was being washed ashore on Hatteras Island.
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Swimming Advisory Issued for Beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

State recreational water quality officials alerted the public on Tuesday that initial testing at an ocean-side site near the Cape Hatteras lighthouse showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.
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Hatteras Library Branch Manager Helen Hudson Retires after 15 Years

On Tuesday afternoon, July 31, a wave of island residents and longtime visitors stopped by the Hatteras Library to bid farewell to Branch Manager Helen Hudson, who is retiring after 15 years.
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Village Tram Scheduled to Start Late August

Ocracoke Island will see a new transportation option in late August when four passenger trams will begin circulating around the village.

Joseph Ramunni, manager of the Community Store and who was the successful bidder with Hyde County for the tram contract, said at the July 11 Ocracoke Civic and Business Association civic affairs meeting that trams will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 
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After Heavy Rains, Dare County Mosquito Control is Working Hard to Curb Mosquito Population

Dare County Mosquito Control has been hard at work trying to curb the mosquito population after more than 10 days of continual rain and standing water. 
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Public EV charging stations coming to Hatteras Island

CHEC is excited to announce the installation of two public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on Hatteras Island.  One station will be installed in Rodanthe in the parking lot of Kitty Hawk Kites, and another station will be placed at Hatteras Landing in Hatteras Village. The Level 2 ChargePoint stations will each have two charging ports and are capable of charging any brand of EV. On average, it will take a driver 3.5 hours to fully charge their vehicle with a Level 2 station. 
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20 Inches of Rain recorded in July; Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands on Tuesday, per the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office. All of eastern North Carolina has a marginal threat of excessive rainfall on Tuesday, as 1 to 2 inches, with localized amounts to 3 inches, will be possible. The axis of deep moisture finally moves to the west on Wednesday with some much-needed drying expected all along the Outer Banks. 
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UPDATED:  Precautionary Swimming Advisory Lifted for Hatteras Island and Most Dare County Waters

State recreational water quality officials today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory for all coastal waters in Dare County except where signs are posted. 
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Precautionary Swimming Advisory Issued after Heavy Rains


On Wednesday, July 25, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries issued a precautionary swimming advisory for Dare and Currituck Counties due to high rainfall and flooding from recent storms that may lead to excessive bacteria in the water. 
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A Year After the Cables Were Cut – Looking Back at the 2017 Power Outage

On July 27, 2017, residents and visitors all across Hatteras and Ocracoke islands woke up in the dark.

With clear weather conditions and no storms in sight, most folks initially believed that the surprise power outage must be due to maintenance, or some small issue with the power lines – like a stray kiteboarding kite. (It had happened before.)  
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New Swan Quarter Ferry Terminal Dedicated

N.C. Department of Transportation and Hyde County officials cut the ribbon Friday on a brand new terminal for Swan Quarter ferry operations, a $2 million facility that promises more comfort for both ferry passengers and crews. 
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Five Rescued from Disabled Vessel in Pamlico Sound

The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad (HIRS), with assistance from the Dare County EMS and the United States Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, rescued five people aboard a disabled vessel in the Pamlico Sound on Monday evening. 
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Animal Shelter Looking for Short-Term Foster Homes Due to Extreme Flooding

Due to extreme flooding, the Dare County Animal Shelter in Manteo is actively seeking short-term foster families to help care for animals during the upcoming week of forecasted heavy rains.
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Stormy Weather Spawns Waterspout Off Ocracoke Inlet...WITH VIDEO

The stormy weather over the Outer Banks this weekend spun up a waterspout around midday Sunday off Ocracoke Inlet. 
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Alligator Hunt an Effort to Reduce Population in Hyde County

An effort is on to reduce the alligator population in Hyde County.

County officials requested a targeted hunt to reduce the number of alligators in Swan Quarter, Fairfield and Engelhard, three areas with frequent alligator conflicts. 
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Coast Guard Rescues 2 Survivors Clinging to Debris in Pamlico Sound

 Two men were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew Wednesday morning, after their fishing boat capsized Tuesday near Hog Island.

“Locating the two fisherman was a true team effort between local first responders, good Samaritans and the Coast Guard,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Karow, the search and rescue mission coordinator. “We are all grateful that the men were able to hold on to the floating debris throughout the long night.”  
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Coast Guard and Marine Patrol Rescue Three Passengers and Dog from Capsized Vessel

On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet responded to a call received by Coast Guard Sector North Carolina regarding three people whose vessel had just capsized in the Pamlico Sound.
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New Inlet Parking Lot Reopened; Additional Improvements Made for Pea Island Visitors

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that a number of improvements have been made to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in recent weeks, which includes the recent reopening of the New Inlet Parking Lot.
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Initial Results After Buxton Beach Nourishment Survey Find that Shoreline is Adapting Quickly

A survey of the 2017 / 2018 Buxton Beach Nourishment Project was recently conducted by project manager Coastal Science and Engineering (CSE), and while the detailed results are still forthcoming, the early impression is that the shoreline has adapted very quickly to the influx of sand.
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Coast Guard Assists Sinking Boat Near Oregon Inlet

A flare spotted on Saturday morning led to the assistance of a vessel taking on water southeast of Oregon Inlet by the U.S. Coast Guard. 
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Bonner Bridge 88% Complete as it Nears Late 2018 Completion

With roughly 88 percent of construction complete, the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project is rapidly spanning Oregon Inlet as it nears its anticipated end-of-2018 completion date.
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Hilton the Great White Shark Pinged off of Avon

Hilton, a 1,326-pound great white shark that is tracked through the Ocearch global shark-tracker program, was pinged off the coast of Avon over the weekend. The mature 12 ft. 5 inch shark has made several visits to the Outer Banks area since first being tagged in March of 2017. 
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Rodanthe Harbor, Hatteras Harbor Dredging Discussed at Waterways Commission Meeting

As Tropical Storm Chris was spinning out in the Atlantic off the Outer Banks this week, Dare County Waterways Commission members on Monday discussed progress on dredging an irksome small shoal clogging the emergency ferry channel in Rodanthe Harbor.  Read more




Ocracoke Man Arrested for Cultivating Marijuana on Federal Property

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that James Daniel Garrish, III was arrested today, July 10, 2018. 
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Purple Martins Return to Roost; Reduced Speed Limit at Manns Harbor Bridge

Purple martins are beginning to return to their roost at the west end of the old Manns Harbor bridge. By the end of July the number of birds at the site is expected to be close to 100,000.

During the roosting season, N.C. Department of Transportation activates flashing lights and a 20 mph speed limit on the west end of the bridge at sunrise and sunset. The reduced speed limit, monitored by law enforcement, allows safe travel for both motorists and birds.
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Bonner Bridge Replacement Work Continues

Work progresses on the Bonner Bridge replacement in Dare County, as shown in this image taken from a recent North Carolina Department of Transportation video.

It was not as long ago as it may feel to many Outer Banks residents, but it was indeed last century when planning for the replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet began. 
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Beach-goers Can Sign up for Text Alerts on Current Ocean Conditions

An alert messaging system for the Outer Banks has been implemented for beach-goers to easily check on ocean conditions.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, along with rescue squads and lifeguards located all over the Outer Banks, are posting important ocean condition and ocean safety updates on a daily basis via a number of mediums, which now includes text alerts.
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Hatteras Island Celebrates Independence Day with a Bang

A perfect July beach day with blue skies and clear waters served as the opening act for the fireworks show off the Avon Pier on Wednesday, attracting spectators from all across Hatteras Island.
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Hatteras Village Shows Its Patriotic Spirit At 6th Annual Golf Cart Parade...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Hatteras village was brimming with patriotism on the 4th of July, courtesy of the 6th annual Golf Cart Parade which cruised along N.C. Highway 12 in a blaze of red, white, and blue.

The parade, which began in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, has grown over the years, and attracted many repeat entries which included both locals and vacationers. 
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CDOT Suspending Lane Closure Construction Activities for Most Major Road Projects over July 4

To assist drivers during the busy July 4 holiday this week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities that can cause lane closures on major routes across the state.

Where possible, lanes closed for construction will be reopened from early morning Tuesday, July 3, through the evening of Thursday, July 5. 
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Storm-Damaged Stacking Lanes on Northern Ocracoke Island Reopen after Repairs

Repairs to the stacking lanes on the Ocracoke side of the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry are now complete and are in use, per a Friday afternoon announcement from the NCDOT Ferry System.
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New York Man Drowns in Avon

On Thursday afternoon, a 48-year-old male died while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in Avon.

A 911 call for a multi-person water rescue was received at 3:28 p.m. After arriving on scene, in front of Ocean Isle Loop in Avon, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad observed multiple groups of swimmers in distress.
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N.C. Highway 12 Reopened in Rodanthe After Serious Accident

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5 Rip Current Safety Tips from the U.S. Coast Guard

Rip currents – often incorrectly dubbed “rip tides” or “undertows” – are strong, narrow currents of water that move quickly away from the shore, especially along the coasts of oceans, seas, large lakes, or wherever there are breaking waves.
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Soundside Section of Former Waterfall Park Cleared

A section of the former Waterfall Park is in the process of being cleared of debris and concrete, however no plans are currently in place to make any other changes to the property at this time, according to the Dare County Planning Department and the on-site construction crew. 
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NC Ferry Crew Rescues Drifting Paddler in Pamlico Sound

As they were preparing for an afternoon departure from Cedar Island to Ocracoke on Friday, June 22, crew members from the N.C. Ferry Division’s M/V Silver Lake noticed something amiss in Pamlico Sound.  Read more





Local Vessels Save Passengers in Boat Fire off of Hatteras Inlet

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, a boat fire was reported onboard the charter boat Twisted Tuna. The fire occurred 19 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet, and two local vessels that were in the vicinity, the Predator and the Brothers’ Pride, assisted and rescued all nine people aboard, which included six passengers and three crew members.
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Dare County Officials Urge Visitors and Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Storm Alerts

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, communities in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico were still cleaning up from last year’s devastating hurricanes. Dare County Emergency Management urges Outer Banks residents, visitors, and nonresident property owners to prepare for the next storm and sign up for emergency alerts.
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Passenger Ferry Hull Flipped; Construction Enters Final Stages....WITH TIME-LAPSE VIDEO
 
Workers at US Workboats successfully "flipped" the 48,000-pound hull of the M/V Ocracoke Express Monday, moving construction of the N.C. Ferry Division's first passenger-only vessel into its final stages. 
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West Indian Manatee Makes a Splash at Oregon Inlet Marina

A West Indian Manatee was spotted swimming in the Oregon Inlet Marina last Saturday afternoon, causing visitors to pause and snap a few photos of the surprise encounter. Though it was gone by Sunday, the visit was not entirely unusual for either the harbor-oriented area, or the time of year.
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After Years of Efforts, Salvo Day Use Cemetery's Protective Barrier is Complete

After years of efforts, the formation of a protective bulkhead and armor rock barrier along the Salvo Day Use Cemetery was finally completed, providing much-needed protection for the vulnerable site that has been battered and eroded by sound flooding during storms.

Engineer John DeLucia of Albemarle & Associates, Ltd. has been a point person for the project since coming up with original plans and estimates in 2013, and he says the quick completion of the project once funds were in place was due to a group effort. 
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Coastal Changes OK’d In Whirlwind Session

Dozens of coastal provisions were approved last week as the North Carolina General Assembly pushed through more than a hundred bills in an attempt to wrap up its 2018 short session by month’s end. 
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Coast Guard medevacs diver near Cape Lookout

The Coast Guard medevaced a man who was showing signs of decompression sickness approximately 10 miles east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, Sunday.
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New Hotel May be Coming to Hatteras Village

Hatteras village has had some promising developments recently after years of efforts to get back to business following 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. The 152-year-old Red & White reopened to the public after a long winter of remaining closed, the Hatteras Village Pathways Referendum passed in the May primary ballot, paving the way for new walkways to be installed in the village, and the new passenger ferry, (though delayed), is still anticipating a spring 2019 launch.
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New Flood Gauge in Rodanthe Being Installed to Help Determine Flooding Impacts

A new flood gauge is being installed at the Emergency Ferry Dock in Rodanthe, per a recent announcement by North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM.)
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UPDATE: Alcohol on Passenger Ferry Also Dropped from Transportation Bill

The Senate cut a measure that would have allowed beer and wine sales on the new passenger ferry from House Bill 1029, which is a broader bill that addresses transportation laws in the state of North Carolina. The measure was originally included in two House Bills, H1029 and H500, which addressed statewide alcohol regulations, but was dropped from both pieces of legislation before being passed to the Senate.
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Measure to Allow Alcohol on New Passenger Ferry Dropped from House Bill


A measure that would have allowed passengers to purchase beer and wine on the upcoming Hatteras / Ocracoke passenger ferry has been dropped from a larger North Carolina bill that addresses alcohol regulations in North Carolina. 
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Plan Would Fine States Opposed to Drilling

Republicans in the House of Representatives are proposing significant penalties against states that block drilling for oil and natural gas off their coasts, the Washington Post reported. 
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Constitution Party Wins State Recognition

The State Board of Elections officially recognized the Constitution party last week, paving the way for the state’s fifth political party to put candidates on the 2018 General Election ballot. What’s not clear yet is who will be running under the party’s banner this November.
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Waterways Commission Starts to Plan Ahead for Late Summer / Fall Dredging

The Dare County Waterways Commission started to look ahead to possible late summer / early fall dredging of the South Ferry Channel in Hatteras Inlet at a brief June 11 meeting in Buxton. 
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Avon Pier will Once Again Host Annual Hatteras Island 4th of July Fireworks

The Avon Pier will once again be the launch site of the annual Independence Day fireworks display, which is scheduled for July 4. 
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Class of 2018 Celebrated at June 9 Graduation Ceremony...WITH SLIDE SHOW

45 seniors at Cape Hatteras Secondary School received their diplomas at a graduation ceremony held on Saturday, June 9. 
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Hatteras Island Community Gives Local Boy a Brand New Ride

On Friday morning, students, teachers, and friends gathered at the parking lot of the Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) for the unveiling of a very special surprise graduation gift – a brand new golf cart for graduate Ethan Bachelor.

Ethan has autism, but is an inspiration for everyone who knows him. The senior was voted Homecoming King at CHSS in the fall, and when graduation rolled around, his friends and family knew they had to do something special to celebrate his achievement. 
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North Carolina and Virginia Officials Discuss Evacuation Procedures

Over 50 officials from North Carolina and Virginia gathered at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, June 6 to talk about coordinated evacuation procedures and how the two states will work together if an evacuation of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia becomes necessary.
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Massachusetts Man Dies in the Ocean Near Ramp 70 on Ocracoke Island

On Wednesday afternoon, a 55-year-old man died while swimming in the ocean near Ramp 70 on Ocracoke Island. The man was visiting from North Brookfield, Massachusetts, and was found floating three feet from the shore near Ramp 70 on Ocracoke Island without a flotation device. 
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North Carolina Man Dies Swimming Off of Beach Near Frisco Day Use Area


On Wednesday morning, a 55-year-old man died while swimming in the ocean in southern Frisco. The man was visiting from Benson, North Carolina, and was first observed on a small sandbar approximately 50 yards from the beach, south of the Frisco Day Use Area.
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Lawsuit Aimed to Block Construction of Jug Handle Bridge Dismissed

A lawsuit filed in February 2017 that aimed to stop construction of the 2.4-mile “Jug Handle Bridge” north of Rodanthe has been dismissed by a federal judge.

The initial behind-the-scenes steps of the project are already underway, with permitting and right of way acquisitions being put into place, and staging being set up near the bridge’s southern terminal in soundside Rodanthe.
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Bonner Bridge Replacement Project Surpasses Milestones; Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge Officially Complete

With the summer season fast approaching, crews on the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project are steadily surpassing project milestones as they work to span Oregon Inlet, and arrive at a projected late 2018 completion date.
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Alternate Power Sources Evaluated for Key Local Infrastructure

North Carolina Emergency Management is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to evaluate possible alternative power sources for three key infrastructure sites in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties. 
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Swimming-related Fatality Occurs Near Buxton

On Sunday afternoon, a 79-year-old male was observed floating in the ocean about 30 yards from the beach near the north end of Buxton. A 911 call was received at 2:06 p.m., and a bystander brought the male to shore and began resuscitation measures, however, the efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.
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Agriculture Department to Treat Gypsy Moth Infestation

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon start treating for gypsy moth infestations in several areas across North Carolina. Treatment will start around June 2 through June 20.
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Senate Approves Budget with $15 Million for Dare Dredge

This year’s legislative short session is expected to be about as short as it can get, and passing an adjusted state budget is going to be even shorter in what’s being called an unprecedented move. 
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Hatteras Island Rescue Squad Launches Rip Current Education Program for the Summer

The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is bringing back their Rip Current Safety and Beach Hazards program for the summer of 2018, after a successful initial launch of the initiative in 2017.
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Private Vessel Beached at Hatteras Village After Losing Power

A 24-foot private boat was beached at Hatteras village after the operator reported Saturday evening they had lost power and started taking on water outside Hatteras Inlet. 
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Coast Guard, Good Samaritans Assist 8 Aboard Boat Taking on Water Near Oregon Inlet

Tropical moisture that is indirectly associated with the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico may bring flooding to eastern North Carolina by Monday, per a Saturday afternoon briefing from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
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Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands Once Again Make Dr. Beach’s Top 10 List for 2018

Hatteras and Ocracoke islands once again earned spots on the annual Dr. Beach 10 Best Beaches in the USA list, with the Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ranked the #2 best beach in the country, and the Lighthouse Beach in Buxton ranked as the #6 best beach.
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Repair of Ocracoke Ferry 'Waiting Lanes' Underway

N.C. Department of Transportation contractors are rebuilding storm-damaged lanes at the north end of Ocracoke Island that are used by vehicles waiting to board the ferry to Hatteras. Two of the five lanes washed away during extreme winter weather this year. 
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NOAA Predicts Near or Above-normal 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near normal or above-normal.  Read more





County Manager Presents 2018/19 Proposed Budget

The Manager’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018/19 was presented by County Manager Bobby Outten at the Commissioners meeting on Monday evening, May 21. The proposal maintains the current property tax rate of 47 cents per $100 of valuation and provides current levels of service provided by County departments. 
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Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Assist 3 Aboard Boat Taking on Water Near Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan assisted three people aboard a vessel taking on water 35 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, Tuesday afternoon. 
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Dare County EMS Add New 4WD Ambulances to Fleet

Just in time for the start of the busy summer season in Dare County, the Department of Emergency Medical Services has replaced three older model ambulances with state of the art ambulances to better serve the community. 
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Taking it to the Next Level: Caroline Gray Signs Letter of Intent to play at UMO

Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s Lady Canes basketball team excelled beyond what anyone had projected for them this past season, going undefeated in their regular season and competing at the state level. Though their success was certainly a team effort, one of the standout Lady Canes was senior captain Caroline Gray. 
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Dare County Beaches makes the list of ASBPA Best Restored Beaches for 2018

On Monday, May 21, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) released its annual list of the nation’s best restored beaches, and the shorelines of Dare County earned one of the top five spots.
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Early Birds Catch an Incredible Show from Virginia Rocket Launch

Islanders who were up before the dawn caught an incredible show in the night sky, courtesy of a rocket launch that occurred on Monday morning off of Wallops Island, Virginia. 
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Village Market Red & White in Hatteras Opens to the Public

The Village Market Red & White of Hatteras officially opened to the public with new owners on Friday, May 18, after a long winter and spring of remodeling and preparations.
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