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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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Highlights from the June 4 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of Hatteras Island and Outer Banks-related issues at their June 4 meeting in Manteo. 
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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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