|Buxton Beach Nourishment Update - August 22, 2017
Repairs to the dredge were completed late last night and pumping of
sand resumed at 1:30 a.m. Weeks Marine is keeping a close watch
on the weather as the marine forecast for the weekend does not look
favorable for dredging operations.
Buxton Beach Nourishment Update - August 21, 2017
swing motor broke on the dredge yesterday, and it has prevented the
dredge from pumping. A new motor has been ordered and is expected to
arrive today. Weeks Marine hopes to resume pumping on this evening
after, after repairs are completed.
Friday, August 19, was the most productive day since the project
commenced in late June with the dredge able to pump nearly 20 hours and
dig over 66,000 cubic yards of sand that day.
The construction zone has been consolidated to approximately 1,000 ft.
An update will be provided when work resumes.
|Islanders Pause and Look Up for Monday’s Solar Eclipse....WITH SLIDE SHOW
Residents and visitors alike took a break from their day to step outside and look up at the sky for Monday’s solar eclipse.
Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands were outside of the “path of totality” –
a 70 mile wide path that extended from Oregon to Charleston, SC – the
southern Outer Banks nevertheless experienced roughly 90% coverage,
which made the region a prime viewing destination for catching the
|North Carolina submits formal comments in opposition to offshore drilling
Gov. Roy Cooper and the Department of Environmental Quality submitted
formal comments yesterday to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
to convey North Carolina’s opposition to oil and gas leasing for
offshore drilling on North Carolina’s coast. Read
|“What now?” - Power Outage Questions and Answers Covered at Dare County Meeting
modest crowd of roughly 40 locals and business owners attended an
informal meeting hosted by Dare County to address compensation options
after the power outage.
week-long power outage, which led to an evacuation of visitors, caused
financial hardship for many local business owners and workers who rely
on the summertime income. “I went from making $3,000 per day to $100
per day,” said one restaurant owner at the meeting. Read
|September Dredging and Potential Survey Discussed at Waterways Commission Meeting
is set to begin next month in Hatteras Inlet at a stubbornly clogged
channel that has been impassable on its west end for months.
Monday’s meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission in Manteo,
Dare County Manager Bobby Outten said that there would be a 10-day
window for the sidecaster dredge Merritt to clear sand from the
Connecting Channel west of the Inlet Gorge. Read
|Swimming-Related Fatality Occurs Off Ocracoke Island Beach
A swimming-related fatality occurred off Cape Hatteras National
Seashore, near Ocracoke Island’s Pony Pen beach access, at around 5:10
pm on Monday, August 14. Read
|7th Named Storm of the Season Expected to Avoid the Outer Banks
Storm Gert is expected to pass the Outer Banks well offshore on
Tuesday, however no major effects are expected on Hatteras or Ocracoke
islands as the storm moves up the coastline. Read
|Community Meeting Scheduled in Buxton to Discuss Recent Power Outage
County will host an informal community meeting on Wednesday, August 16
at 6:30 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to discuss the recent
power outage. Read
|Hatteras Island Highlights of the August 7 BOC Meeting
Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a variety of Hatteras
Island-centric issues at their August 7 meeting in Manteo. Read
|Hyde County asks island to join together in PCL restitution claim
Construction, the company building the new Bonner bridge is willing to
come to the table and talk about a restitution settlement for Ocracoke
Island’s losses during the week-long power crisis that closed the
|Coast Guard medevacs ailing man from sailboat near Ocracoke...WITH VIDEO
The Coast Guard medevaced a man from sailboat near Ocracoke Monday.
Watchstanders in the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center in
Portsmouth received a personal locator beacon alert at 3:30 p.m.
originating about five miles west of Portsmouth Island, North
|Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Local Law Enforcement Residents About Phone Scam
have been numerous calls coming into the Dare County Sheriff’s Office
and Local Law Enforcement reference a phone scam that is showing up in
our area. Read
|Vacationers Honk and Celebrate as the Islands Re-Open for Business
Footage provided by Dare County of this
morning’s re-opening of N.C. Highway 12 south of the Bonner Bridge
showed a long line of excited visitors ready to arrive. Read
Power Restored; Evacuation Lifted Starting Friday at Noon
power has been restored to all of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and contracted crews completed all
work to construct the new overhead transmission line near Oregon Inlet
and have energized the cable. Each of the seven villages on Hatteras
Island have been removed from generator power and are now receiving
power from the cooperative’s transmission lines. Read
|Dare County Sheriff’s Office Requests Assistance In Identifying Larceny Suspects.....WITH VIDEOS|
Dare County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s assistance in
identifying three individuals caught on camera stealing items from
homes and vehicles on Hatteras Island. The incident(s) occurred during
the night time hours of July 28, 2017 on Ocean View Drive, Avon. Read
|New Drone Laws to Take Effect|
drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more
common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this
fast-growing industry. Read
|Dare County Emergency Management Launches New Emergency Notification System|
this week, Dare County began implementing a new emergency alert system,
which allows residents, visitors, and nonresident property owners to
receive text, email, or a phone call in the event an emergency
situation develops that could impact them. Read
|Is the “Shelly Island” Sandbar Connecting to the Rest of Hatteras Island?...WITH VIDEO|
visitors to the new sandbar that has grown off the edge of Cape Point
were surprised to discover that the unofficially named “Shelly Island”
has grown – and has grown quite a bit.
several weeks ago, island explorers used a kayak or small vessel to
cross a roughly 50 yard channel of water that separated the sandbar
from the rest of the island. But in the past few days, visitors around
low tide have been able to simply walk over in water that is at times
just a foot or two deep. Read
|New Building Permit Fees Effective September 1|
September 1, 2017, new building permit fees will be implemented for
construction projects in unincorporated Dare County, including mainland
Dare County, areas on Roanoke Island including Wanchese, Colington,
Martin’s Point, and all of Hatteras Island. Read
|Revised Policies for Rodanthe Recycling Center Take Effect August 1|
August 1, new policies will be implemented at the Rodanthe Recycling
Center to deter the dumping of prohibited material at the facility.
The Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Read
|UPDATE: Cape Point and Shelly Island Reopen After Military Device is Removed|
unidentified military device that caused Shelly Island and the Point to
be closed off for a portion of the day has been removed, according to
Drew Pearson, Director of Dare County Emergency Management. Read
Shelly Island Evacuated Due to Discovery of Unidentified Military Device
Point and all areas within one mile of the unidentified military device
found on Friday morning has been temporarily closed off to allow the
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team from Virginia to examine
the object. As of 2:30 p.m., the team was en route and was expected to
arrive at the site shortly.
The ORV ramp will reopen to ORVs and pedestrians once the Seashore has received an all clear from the U.S. Navy.
The Island Free Press will continue to post updates on this story as soon as they are available.
Shelly Island Evacuated Due to Discovery of Unidentified Military Device
around 8 a.m. on Friday, a member of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad
who was fishing on Shelly Island in Buxton reported finding an
unidentified military device that was washed ashore.
Island was evacuated soon after the discovery, so that the object –
which could potentially be an old, unexploded ordnance - could be
|Good Morning America Lands on the New Island....WITH TIME-LAPSE SLIDE SHOW|
Thursday morning, a team from Good Morning America landed on the new
island off of Cape Point to shoot live segments for the day’s show with
Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee.
the new island has certainly been covered by multiple media outlets,
this was the first time that a major network conducted a live broadcast
on this now famous formation. Read
|New Island off of Cape Point Creating a National Stir|
The island that has surfaced off of Cape Point in the last couple months has become a media sensation.
noticed by local and visiting fishermen in the spring, and brought to
national attention last week by an article in the Virginia Pilot, the
island has since been featured in US News and World Report, Travel and
Leisure, the Raleigh-based News and Observer, Fox News Travel, and a
world of other print and online publications. Read
Ocracoke Lands a #3 Spot on the 2017 “Best Beaches” List
being retired for a few years following a Number #1 designation as the
Best Beach in America in 2007, Ocracoke Island has once again risen to
the top of the famed Dr. Beach list in 2017, earning a #3 spot.
list has become a nationally recognized guideline of the best beaches
in the country, and is compiled every year by Florida International
University professor Stephen Leatherman, who is also more commonly
known as “Dr. Beach.”