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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

A 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.

Though 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 show. 
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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. 
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“What now?” - Power Outage Questions and Answers Covered at Dare County Meeting

A 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.

The 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. 
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September Dredging and Potential Survey Discussed at Waterways Commission Meeting

Dredging is set to begin next month in Hatteras Inlet at a stubbornly clogged channel that has been impassable on its west end for months.

At 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. 
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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.  
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7th Named Storm of the Season Expected to Avoid the Outer Banks

Tropical 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.
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Community Meeting Scheduled in Buxton to Discuss Recent Power Outage

Dare 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. 
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Hatteras Island Highlights of the August 7 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a variety of Hatteras Island-centric issues at their August 7 meeting in Manteo. Read more

Hyde County asks island to join together in PCL restitution claim

PCL 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 island. 
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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 Carolina.  
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Dare County Sheriff’s Office and Local Law Enforcement  Residents About Phone Scam

There 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.
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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. 
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Power Restored; Evacuation Lifted Starting Friday at Noon

Transmission 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.
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Dare County Sheriff’s Office Requests Assistance In Identifying Larceny Suspects.....WITH VIDEOS

The 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.
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New Drone Laws to Take Effect

As 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. 
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Dare County Emergency Management Launches New Emergency Notification System

Earlier 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.
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Is the “Shelly Island” Sandbar Connecting to the Rest of Hatteras Island?...WITH VIDEO

Recent 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.

Just 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.
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New Building Permit Fees Effective September 1

Beginning 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. 
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Revised Policies for Rodanthe Recycling Center Take Effect August 1

Beginning 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.  
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UPDATE: Cape Point and Shelly Island Reopen After Military Device is Removed

The 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.  
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Shelly Island Evacuated Due to Discovery of Unidentified Military Device

The 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

At 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.

Shelly Island was evacuated soon after the discovery, so that the object – which could potentially be an old, unexploded ordnance - could be identified.   Read more

Good Morning America Lands on the New Island....WITH TIME-LAPSE SLIDE SHOW

On 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.

Though 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.
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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.

First 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.  
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Ocracoke Lands a #3 Spot on the 2017 “Best Beaches” List

After 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.

The 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.”

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