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Dare calls on citizens to answer economic development survey

Dare County put out a call for help this afternoon to residents and local business owners. The county is working with two contractors -- North Carolina State University and RTI International -- to develop an economic development and diversification plan.

Specifically, the county wants as many folks as possible who live, work, and own businesses in Dare County to take a short amount a time to answer a survey that will  help the contractors craft their economic development recommendations.
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Election board meets again, makes no changes to early voting

A hastily-called meeting was held Wednesday by the Dare County Board of Elections to approve an early voting schedule that had been improperly voted on last week in a conference call. 

After it was pointed out to county Board of Elections director Michelle Barnes that the Aug. 16 vote was not conducted in public as required by law, it was decided to re-do the vote in a public meeting.
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State plans public meetings on beach and inlet management plan update

State officials will hold four meetings in September to gather public input on the North Carolina Beach and Inlet Management Plan.

Initially developed by the state environmental agency in 2011, the Beach and Inlet Management Plan aims to preserve and enhance the value of coastal resources through the development of a management strategy for North Carolina’s 326 miles of oceanfront beaches and active tidal inlets. 
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Buxton's Chief Perry now competing in final round

It's now official.  Chief Bryan Perry of the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department is one of five finalists in the Step Up and Stand Out initiative, sponsored by Firehouse magazine and firehouse.com, to honor the country's top volunteer firefighters. 
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Hatteras Inlet dredging plan discussed at Waterways Commission meeting

The Dare County Waterways Commission -- formerly known as the Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission -- got a look at Dare County's dredging plan to provide access through Hatteras Inlet at its monthly meeting in Buxton on Monday evening, Aug. 16. 
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Dare Board changes name of waterways advisory panel

At its meeting on Monday evening, Aug. 15, the Dare County Board of Commissioners changed the name of its citizens' advisory panel that has been focusing on Hatteras Inlet shoaling issues. A motion was made by Commission Vice-Chairman Wally Overman and seconded by Commissioner Allen Burrus of Hatteras village to change the name of the Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission to the Dare County Waterways Commission.  The motion was passed unanimously. 
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64-year-old woman drowns off Ocracoke Island

A 64-year-old woman drowned on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 11, while swimming off a beach on Ocracoke Island in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The incident is the third drowning in the seashore in less than a month. 
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Atlantic hurricane season still expected to be strongest since 2012

In its updated 2016 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is still expected to be the most active since 2012.
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Coast Guard medevacs ailing fisherman near Oregon Inlet

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification via VHF marine radio at 8:51 a.m. that a 46-year-old male was experiencing chest pains approximately 38 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet aboard the 57-foot charter fishing vessel Tuna Trappe. 
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TSA conducts security exercise on Hatteras and Ocracoke

Travelers to and from Ocracoke on Wednesday might have seen a contingent of black-shirted Transportation Security Administration people at the Hatteras and Ocracoke ferry docks.

The team of officers, mostly based in Raleigh, was here at the invitation of the N.C. Ferry Division to join in the annual security exercise at the ferry terminals, said Clint Stone, assistant federal security director for law enforcement in the eastern North Carolina region.
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Updates on new Bonner and Pea Island bridges....WITH VIDEO

Dare County has released another  video update on the Bonner Bridge replacement construction and the construction on the new interim bridge over the Pea Island Inlet.
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Dare board addresses Hatteras Inlet issues, hears Zika update

At its meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, the Dare County Board of Commissioners heard from the chairman and the vice-chairman  about Hatteras Inlet issues and later got an update from the county  health director on the Zika virus. 
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Dare Board of Education has new leader

There was an orderly and amiable — but perhaps not so subtle — changing of the guard at the leadership level of the Dare County Board of Education last week.

With only new board member David Twiddy dissenting, Bea Basnight was elected chair of the seven-member board at a July 20 meeting, replacing Ben Sproul, who had led that body for the past three years. Sproul, a close ally of Superintendent Sue Burgess whose name was not placed in nomination, cited a career change and commuting as a key reason for his decision not to seek the chairmanship.
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Close Encounters of the manatee kind reported at Hatteras Landing....WITH VIDEO

Visitors to the boat docks that border Hatteras Landing got an unexpected surprise on Friday afternoon, July 22, when a visiting manatee which had been rumored to be hanging around the area made an appearance.

The manatee was first spotted on Tuesday, July 19, and made intermittent appearances around the soundside of Hatteras village on the days that followed. However, many visitors and locals who frequent Hatteras Landing attest that its Friday afternoon visit, which corresponded with the afternoon return of several charter boats, was the most impressive. 
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71-year-old man drowns near Frisco Pier

A 71-year-old visitor drowned this afternoon while swimming near the Frisco Pier in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

National Park Service chief ranger Boone Vandzura said that a 911 call was received at 3:24 p.m. that a person was in the water in distress in a rip current. 
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67-year-old man drowns off Ocracoke

A 67-year-old man drowned Thursday afternoon while swimming off the beach on Ocracoke Island.

Boone Vandzura, chief ranger for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, said the victim and a younger man were swimming off Ramp 70 near the airport.  They were about 60 yards offshore past the breakers, he said. 
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Ocracokers have questions about passenger ferry feasibility

Passenger ferries look to be in Ocracoke’s near future, now that the governor has signed the state budget with $3.65 million included to build new fast ferries and the infrastructure needed to operate them between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.  

But many questions remain in the community about whether the service, which would charge $15 round-trip per passenger, is a realistic answer to persistent challenges with ferry traffic and the associated decrease in tourism to the island.
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