|Passenger ferry trials will include boat tours, open houses|
the Provincetown III visits the Outer Banks May 4-5, it could be a
glimpse into the future of a new type of ferry service between Hatteras
and Ocracoke. During that visit, the North Carolina Department of
Transportation Ferry Division officials are offering members of the
public a chance to tour the ship for themselves and provide valuable
feedback as they study the idea of passenger service between the two
|CHEC plans power outage for Thursday|
Hatteras Electric Cooperative is planning a brief power outage for
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands on Thursday, April 16, to do maintenance
work on the Oregon Inlet substation.
to CHEC, customers may experience periodic blinks in power during the
switch to diesel generators during this planned maintenance.
also notes that the islands will be served by limited diesel generators
during this time. "If the load exceeds the capacity of the
generators, you will experience more extended outages," CHEC says.
If for any reason, your power does not return following the planned outage, call 866-511-9862.
During the outage, updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter and broadcase on Radio Hatteras at FM 101.5 and 99.9.
|Community Foundation now accepting grant applications|
Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications
from qualified nonprofits for several different grant programs,
including the David Aycock Loy, Pauline Wright, Aviation Education, and
Community Enrichment grant programs.
Applications must be completed and submitted online by Friday, May 1, through the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. Read
|Legislative Update: Lawmakers take aim at N.C. Constitution|
convening a couple of months ago, legislators in the North Carolina
General Assembly have filed a number of bills aimed at getting proposed
amendments to the North Carolina Constitution on a future General
Election ballot. Read
|State science panel’s draft sea level rise report released for public comment |
N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel has released for
public review and comment a draft of the five-year update of its 2010
report on sea level rise in North Carolina.
by Session Law 2012-202, the draft report provides estimated rates of
sea level rise along the North Carolina coast over the next 30 years.
The report relies on data collected at five tide gauges located along
the North Carolina coast at Duck, Oregon Inlet, Beaufort, Wilmington
and Southport. Read
|UPDATE: Inlet restrictions are eased, opening channel to charter boats|
Coast Guard yesterday eased its restrictions on the channel at Oregon
Inlet, allowing boats that draw up to 5 feet of water to use the
passage. The move comes just before the busy Easter week for charter
boats, most of which draw between 3 and 5 feet of water and can now get
through the inlet to the ocean.
|UPDATED: Sailor missing for 66 days rescued off Cape Hatteras...WITH AUDIO AND VIDEO|
37-year-old South Carolina sailor, who was reported missing in late
January, tonight walked into a Norfolk, Va., hospital after his rescue
by the U.S. Coast Guard about 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras.
The sailor, Louis Jordan, apparently suffered only a shoulder injury during the ordeal on his 35-foot sailboat, Angel. Read
House passes bill allowing Dare sales tax hike
Carolina House of Representatives today passed a bill that will allow
Dare County to raise the local sales tax by 1/4-cent without a voter
referendum to pay for inlet dredging. The vote was 114-3. Read
|Dare County plans large-item pickup for April|
Dare County Sanitation Department will be conducting a large item
household pickup for residential customers only. No commercial
business debris will be picked up. Please do not interfere with
county employees picking up large items. Materials must be at
curbside no later than 6 a.m. on the date of collection. There
will not be a second day pickup. Read
|UPDATED: Dare County is the big loser in bill that would shift sales tax revenue |
officers for the county and town governments in Dare County have been
scrambling to try to determine just how hard local budgets will be hit
if Senate Bill 369, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, an
Onslow County Republican, and filed on Monday, becomes law.
new plan would increase – in some cases double – the amount that some
poorer, rural counties would receive, while reducing revenues flowing
to more prosperous areas.
Brown said at a news conference on
Monday that the rural counties are being shortchanged by a system that
gives sales taxes to urban centers with shopping malls and big-box
Of all the counties that would see decreased revenues,
Dare County would take the largest hit – a 59.2 percent reduction in
sales tax revenues. The plan would have an significant impact on the
budgets of the county and the incorporated towns. Read
|Extra ferries will be added for Easter and spring-break visitors|
preparation for holiday travel over the upcoming Easter and spring
breaks, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry
Division will be enhancing the schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route
between March 31 and April 13. Read
|Outer Banks residents say 'no' to offshore drilling|
members of LegaSea, an Outer Banks grassroots anti-drilling group, it
was like a flashback to more than 25 years ago when Mobil Oil Corp.
wanted to sink an exploratory well off Cape Hatteras – except this
time, they were joined by opponents of all ages and political stripes.
was just bowled over by all the people that were there,” said Mickey
Baker, a founding member of LegaSea who attended an open house held
Monday by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM. “I was very,
very encouraged. We saw another generation coming up.” Read
|A whole lot of shaking going on|
was sitting at my desk in my office on Monday afternoon around 4:30
when the door out to the porch startling rattling and shaking. It
was a sunny, mild day with no wind to speak of. The house was
quiet and the noise got my attention. I watched and listened for
maybe 10 or 15 seconds and the rattling ended.
no wind. No storm clouds on the horizon. No one was running up my
steps. I didn't hear any trucks rumbling around the
neighborhood. No aircraft noise from above. Suddenly, it was just
Then it happened again -- twice this afternoon. So what's going on? Read
|BOC chairman sends another letter on Dare County gas prices|
Woodard, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, has sent a
second letter to state Attorney General Roy Cooper asking for him to
investigate gas prices in Dare County.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman
for the state Department of Justice said this week that the
department's Consumer Affairs Division continues to investigate the
Gas pricing on Hatteras Island is topic of radio interview...WITH AUDIO
Perry, owner of Frisco Shopping Center and Frisco Rod & Gun, where
he sells, among other things, gasoline, was the guest on this week's
edition of "To the Point" on Radio Hatteras.
the interview, Perry, who has been selling gas at the store since 1975,
gives some straightforward answers to questions about how he determines
the price of gas at his pumps and how much profit he makes on it.
|First Stewart Couch scholarship will be awarded in June|
Stewart Couch passed away, unexpectedly in February 2012, a heartbroken
community searched for a way to memorialize this local leader. Within
days, the Outer Banks Association of Realtors (OBAR) and the Outer
Banks Community Foundation established a scholarship fund in his name
to benefit Hatteras students. From across the country, dozens of people
contributed to the fund.
Little did they know, Stewart himself had the exact same idea.
a bequest from Stewart Couch's estate will be combined with funds from the two
groups that have raised money to create the Community Foundation's
largest one-year scholarship to date -- $8,900, which will be
award to a Hatteras Island graduating senior in June. Read
|Ocracoke wrestles with occupancy tax, marketing, boosting tourism|
receiving an outpouring of mostly negative comments about a proposed
tourism authority for Ocracoke, Hyde County Manager Bill Rich last week
unveiled a revised plan for enhancing tourism, especially in the
of a tourism development authority that would levy an additional 2
percent on top of the 3 percent occupancy tax already in place for all
short-term lodging stays, Rich wants to work within the 3 percent
already collected. Read
|UPDATE: Appeals Court grants request for mediation|
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today granted a request by
all of the parties involved in the legal wrangling over replacing the
Herbert C. Bonner Bridge for the assistance of a mediator in their
effort to negotiate a settlement in the case. Read
|Bonner Bridge down to one lane for concrete repairs|
Wednesday, Jan. 28, weather permitting, the North Carolina Department
of Transportation will close a section of one lane of the Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge on Highway 12 over the Oregon Inlet.
lane closure will enable crews with Precon Marine Inc. of Chesapeake,
Va. to begin repairs to the concrete along the underside of the bridge
deck. The project is expected to be complete by mid-June. Read