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Buxton Beach Nourishment Update

Weeks Marine has announced the change of pumping directions over the course of the next week.  An anticipated weather delay may cease pumping operations this weekend for the Buxton project.
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Overnight Closures of Bonner Bridge July 24-25


As work on the Bonner Bridge replacement project moves into its next phase, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be closing the bridge several times during the overnight hours between 11 p.m. July 24 and 5 a.m. July 25.    
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Cooper Vows to Lead Offshore Drilling Fight

Flanked Thursday by mayors of a half-dozen eastern North Carolina communities, Gov. Roy Cooper cited the threat to the “robust coastal economy” from proposed offshore drilling and seismic exploration for oil and natural gas off the state’s coast and pledged to lead the renewed fight against it.

During an appearance at Fort Macon State Park, Cooper framed his opposition in terms of protecting the state’s coastal environment and economy that it supports from the “unacceptable risks” offshore drilling and exploration could bring, risks that the governor said would outweigh any benefits to the state.     
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Highlights of the Dare County Board of Commissioners July 17 Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners met on July 17, and a number of Hatteras Island-related topics were covered on the 16-item agenda.  
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Swimming-Related Fatality Occurs Off Beach in Frisco, North Carolina

At 12:33 pm today, the National Park Service, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County EMS, and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of CPR in progress on an adult male on the beach in Frisco, North Carolina.  
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U.S. Navy Disposes of an Unexploded Ordnance on Southern End of Hatteras Island

Yesterday, the National Park Service contacted the U.S. Navy regarding a potential World War II era unexploded ordnance.
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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


Battle for the Atlantic: Offshore drilling foes gear up for another fight

The reaction was swift and loud on the Outer Banks and along parts of the Atlantic coast last week after the Department of the Interior’s announcement that a 45-day public comment period had started for the Trump Administration's new five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program.
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Four Rescued in Pamlico Sound off of Avon

On Wednesday afternoon, July 12, the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad responded to a call of two sunken boats in the Pamlico Sound off of Avon.

The call came in at 5:19 p.m. from central dispatch. Per Jack Scarborough, Chief of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, a spouse of one of the people on board called 911 and reported that the boats had sank off the coast of Avon.  
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Ocracoke restaurants, stores will begin earlier Sunday alcohol sales this weekend

With the Hyde County commissioners’ passage Monday night of the “Brunch Bill” ordinance, Ocracoke restaurants and retail outlets will need less time on Sundays to watch the clock before alcohol sales may begin.  
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Request Approved for Improvements to Support a NCDOT Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry

The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan submitted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to construct improvements to support a Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry.

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was recently signed by Stan Austin, the Director of the Southeast Region of the National Park Service, completing the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act processes which began earlier this year.
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Contract Awarded for Construction of State's First Passenger Ferry

Passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village is a major step closer to reality this week. On Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $4.15 million contract to Armstrong Marine Inc. of Port Angeles, Washington, for construction of a 98-passenger catamaran-style ferry. The vessel will be built at Armstrong Marine's eastern shipyard in Swansboro, North Carolina.
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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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Passage of New Bill Paves the Way Towards Hatteras Village Multi-Use Pathways

A joint press conference was held on Monday, July 3, by Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell to announce the passage of House Bill 415, which addresses the proposed formation of multi-use pathways in Hatteras village.  
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Bag Ban Inching Closer to Being Repealed

On Tuesday, June 27, the state Senate approved House Bill 56 by a vote of 33-15. The Bill, which is titled as an “Act to Amend Various Environmental Laws” includes a repeal of the current Plastic Bag Ban for the Outer Banks in Section 10(a.)    Read more




Fire Destroys Remains of Former Down Under Restaurant...WITH VIDEO AND SLIDE SHOW

Local firefighters worked well into the early morning hours to extinguish an accidental fire that occurred at the former site of the Down Under Restaurant in Rodanthe.  
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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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