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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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Up to 3 Inches of Rain Forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

An area of low pressure will move through eastern North Carolina late tonight through Saturday, bringing with it heavy rain and the potential for flooding, per a Friday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office. 
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Highlights from the June 18 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of Hatteras Island and Outer Banks-related issues at their June 18 meeting in Manteo. 
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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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f 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, N.C. Highway 12 has reopened near Corbina Drive in Rodanthe. Read more

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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