|Coast Guard proposes new regulation at Oregon Inlet, but won't restrict boat traffic for now|
will be not be stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard from transiting Oregon
Inlet under a new navigation regulation, unless conditions become
hazardous enough to justify issuing a notice to mariners.
by a recent northeaster, even alternate channels under the Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge are barely navigable because of sand build-up, but the
Coast Guard is not, for now, restricting boat traffic, said Lt. Lane
Monroe with Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. Read
|NCDOT crews are busy moving sand on Pea Island|
Carolina Department of Transportation crews have been busy on Pea
Island since last week both repairing damage to dunes caused by last
week's northeaster and building a dune berm to reduce ocean overwash on
Highway 12 at the temporary bridge at the inlet, opened by Hurricane
Irene in 2011. Read
|Dare County sets holiday trash collection schedule|
County has announced its recycling center hours and the holiday trash
collection schedule for the Christmas and New Year's holiday weeks.
|NCDOT gets fourth time extension, no end in sight to negotiations|
looking extremely unlikely that the parties involved in negotiating a
settlement to a long legal battle over replacing the aging Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet will reach an agreement before the end
of the year.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and
the Federal Highway Administration asked for and have received
the fourth extension of the time in which they can ask the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., for a rehearing of
an August ruling in a case brought by the Southern Environmental Law
Center, on behalf of its clients, to stop the planned bridge
The request for an extension was filed on Friday,
Dec. 12, and was granted by the court yesterday. The new deadline to
ask for a rehearing is Thursday, Jan. 16. Read
|Weekend coastal low not looking quite as strong|
heard it right. The Outer Banks is in for another coastal low
pressure system this weekend, probably Saturday night into Sunday.
as of late Tuesday afternoon, meteorologists at the National Weather
Service office in Newport, N.C., were beginning to downgrade the low's
"It's not looking quite as strong," said forecaster John Elardo. " Right now, I'd say minimal impacts," Read
|UPDATE: NCDOT says it's not responsible for damage at Buxton motel|
North Carolina Department of Transportation has answered the claims of
Dave and Carol Dawson, owners of Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton, in a
legal action the couple filed on Nov. 10.
In its six-page
response, dated Dec. 10, special deputy attorney general Melody R.
Hairston answered the charges filed against DOT under the state's Tort
Claims Act with denials, made a motion to dismiss the case, and
presented a defense that includes contributory negligence by the motel
Cape Hatteras Motel owners file tort claim against NCDOT
and Carol Dawson, owners of the Cape Hatteras Motel in north Buxton,
have filed a tort claim against the North Carolina Department of
Transportation that asks for $1 million in damages.
legal action was filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission,
which is charged under the state's Tort Claims Act with acting as a
court to hear and determine claims filed against state agencies, such
as NCDOT. The $1 million in damages that the Dawsons are asking for is
the maximum amount available under the Tort Claims Act. Read
|Summerfield pleads guilty, sentenced to 30 years|
Nathan Summerfield pleaded guilty on Monday to second degree homicide
and two kidnapping charges, he had planned to mount a defense based on
his use of sleep medication the night he killed his former girlfriend
two years ago during a July Fourth vacation on Hatteras Island.
Summerfield, 29, apologized to Lynn Jackenheimer’s family in Dare
County Superior Court, as well as to his parents and son with
Jackenheimer before being taken away to prison.
never would’ve occurred if it wasn’t for Ambien,” he said. “I admit
responsibility for what happened (but) that does not diminish the pain
and suffering of Lynn’s family.”
|Ocracoke's first gay wedding was ‘historical and hysterical’|
Prete and Mickey Baker made Ocracoke and Hyde County history when they
were married on Tuesday, Dec.2, in their home on Ocracoke Island by
Hyde County Magistrate Gene Ballance.
are the first gay couple to be legally married on the island and in the
county. Marriage equality became legal in North Carolina on Oct. 10.
“We decided after the mid-term elections to just do it,” Mickey said. Read
|Unattended boats cause problems in Ocracoke harbor|
unattended, anchored sail boat in Silver Lake Harbor has become
unmoored and is getting close to being aground near Silver Lake and
Sarah Ellen Drive following the latest wind storm Wednesday, Dec. 8,
that had gusts up to 50 mph. This is the third unattended boat to
get loose since a storm Nov. 1. Read
|UPDATE: Coastal storm still walloping Hatteras but highway stays open...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
coastal storm that has been torturing the Outer Banks since early
Sunday morning brought more overwash at this morning's high tide, but
Highway 12 has stayed open and all communications on Hatteras are back
to normal -- as in texting, e-mailing, Facebook.
was cool and drizzly, but the wind has diminished. The ocean,
however, remains whipped into a fury, and sand and surging waves washed
over the island again, especially in north Buxton. Read
UPDATE: Coastal storm slams Hatteras, taking down communications...WITH SLIDE SHOW
was the day that a relatively minor coastal storm hit Hatteras with a
major punch. The storm that started winding up early Sunday morning was
not particularly remarkable -- north to northeast winds sustained at 30
to 40 mph with gusts to 50 and seas peaking at 15 to 17 feet.
this morning, as it moved past Hatteras, the storm sent the raging
ocean cascading through the dunes and across Highway 12 from Cape
Hatteras north. The surge eventually closed the highway and cut a
fiber-optic cable, shutting down communications to and from Hatteras
Coastal storm will bring nasty weather Sunday into Tuesday
coastal low pressure will develop off the North Carolina coast on
Sunday, drift to the south, and then re-intensify before it moves north
and northeast Monday into Monday night.
on Saturday afternoon, The National Weather Service in Newport, N.C.,
issued a wind advisory for the Outer Banks, a gale warning for coastal
waters, a high surf advisory, and a coastal flood advisory. Read
|Mid-Currituck bridge back on table in the state's 10-year transportation plan|
on-again off-again Mid-Currituck Bridge proposal is back on the table,
with its inclusion in the draft state transportation plan that was
released on Thursday.
But the U.S. 64 widening and bridge replacement project between Columbia and Manns Harbor did not make the cut. Read
|UPDATE: Woodard, Overman elected to board leadership positions|
Dare County Board of Commissioners elected new leaders today, and, as
expected, the Democrats are out and the Republicans are in.
Bob Woodard, two years into his first term on the board, is the new
chairman and vice-chairman is Wally Overman, also a Republican, who was
appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard
Johnson and then elected last month for the final two years of the
Woodard would accept board chairmanship, says TowneBank not a factor
County Commissioner Bob Woodard, a Republican midway through his first
term, is widely predicted to be the next chairman of the board, which
is now under GOP control for the first time since the mid-1980s.
Woodard's employment with TowneBank insurance has raised speculations
about whether his employer would allow him to serve in light of
controversies with other employees holding public office in Virginia.
been very fortunate that both my former and current employers have been
very into supporting [its workers] giving back to the community,” said
Woodard. “I have discussed the possibility of serving as chairman with
my superiors, and they are fine with it. Read
|Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted |
Atlantic hurricane season officially ended November 30, and will be
remembered as a relatively quiet season as was predicted. Still, the
season afforded NOAA scientists with opportunities to produce new
forecast products, showcase successful modeling advancements, and
conduct research to benefit future forecasts. Read
|UPDATE: No cause for Outer Beaches fire has been identified yet|
County fire marshal Steve Kovacs said today that he and the Dare County
Sheriff's Office are still investigating the fire that extensively
damaged the main office of Outer Beaches Realty in Avon in the early
morning hours of last Tuesday, Nov. 18. Meanwhile, Outer Beaches
operations manager Bud Smock said the company has all essential services
back and running.
"We're up and running as well as we can be," Smock said today. "It's business as usual." Read
Outer Beaches Avon office extensively damaged by fire
Outer Beaches Realty main office on Highway 12 in Avon was extensively
damaged today by an early morning, three-alarm fire. Kenny Brite,
assistant chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, said that the
fire was reported at 12:12 a.m. The report was that the back of the
building was on fire.
departments from Avon, Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco responded, along
with the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Emergency Medical
Services, the Sheriff's Office, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative,
Dare County Water Department, and the county fire marshal. Read
|UPDATE: Lee Robinson General Store is back in business|
going to pick up and move on," Belinda Willis said resolutely this
morning, the day after a fire damaged the exterior of the business she
and her husband, Virgil, own in Hatteras village, Lee Robinson General
"Virgil and I are ready to open up," she said, adding that they could be back in business as early as Wednesday. Read
Fire damages Lee Robinson General Store....WITH SLIDE SHOW
A late afternoon fire today damaged Lee Robinson General Store in Hatteras village.
The fire was called in at 4:07 p.m. and appeared to be under control and mostly extinguished about 4:30.
store is owned by Belinda and Virgil Willis and is closed on
Sunday. The Willises were at their home next door to the business
when the fire broke out. Read
|House-moving day on Ocracoke....WITH SLIDE SHOW|
It’s moving day on Ocracoke. House-moving day, that is.
and Becky Gallaher this year were given a historic home along Creek
Road with the proviso that they’d move it to another island location.
they prepared the house by dismantling an older section of it, the move
began early on Wednesday morning after Bray’s House Moving of Camden
rolled it onto the trailer bed, Aaron said. Read
|Going Public: Rodanthe beach access nears completion|
no public beach access and cars parked randomly along the side of the
road, summer in the tri-villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo can be a
traffic ordeal as visitors try to find their way to some of the best
beaches on the Outer Banks.
the planned completion of the Dare County’s beach access project in
Rodanthe by the end of the year, parking on the north end of the area
should improve, although the Rodanthe access remains the only public
beach access among the three towns. Read
|Ferry crew is honored for its heroism|
North Carolina ferry crew was honored on Monday with the Governor's
Award for Excellence in Safety and Heroism for the September 2013
rescue of two people in rough seas off of Ocracoke Island. The crew
received the award in an afternoon ceremony at the North Carolina
Museum of History in Raleigh. Read
|NCDOT says privatizing some road work will improve service on Hatteras, Ocracoke|
effort to look at ways to privatize some state road maintenance and
improvements was announced this month by the state Department of
Transportation just a week after an invitation for bids was published
seeking contractors to do maintenance work on Highway 12 on Hatteras
and Ocracoke islands.
the two are not directly related, said Sterling Baker, NCDOT division
maintenance engineer. Baker said that private contractors would be able
to combine a number of tasks in one contract and help replace manpower
on the islands lost from budget tightening. Read
|UPDATE: Elevating Highway 12 at temporary Pea Island bridge is underway|
North Carolina Department of Transportation started a project this
morning -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- designed to reduce the possibility
of overwash and standing water on Highway 12 just north and south
of the temporary bridge on Pea Island.
project, which involves raising and leveling the elevation of the road,
is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month, weather
DOT plans to raise road at temporary bridge and build a berm
North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to raise the roadbed
on Highway 12 both north and south of the temporary bridge on Pea
Island to help with continual ocean overwash in the area and continues
to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to build a berm on the
oceanside of the south approach. Read
|New Inlet sound access on Pea Island Refuge reopens to public|
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently reopened the public access
to the Pamlico Sound at New Inlet in the Pea Island National Wildlife
access has been closed since last winter when the North Carolina
Department of Transportation began construction of a permanent bridge
at the inlet cut by Hurricane Irene in the area in 2011. Read
|Cape Hatteras students honor island veterans...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
Hatteras Secondary School students honored Hatteras Island's veterans
of the U.S. Armed Forces today with a special breakfast and assembly at
the school. More than 40 island veterans, along with family members,
attended the Veterans Day event. Read
|Hatteras-Ocracoke route switches to winter schedule|
has come to the Outer Banks, and with it comes the switchover to the
winter schedule on the North Carolina Ferry System's Hatteras-Ocracoke
route. The schedule switch will take place Tuesday, Nov. 11, with
hourly departures for most of the day between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
every day. Read