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UPDATE:  The lighthouse beacon is turning again

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is fixed and its beacon is rotating again. The light stopped rotating on Sunday evening, April 24, for the second time this year.  The beacon got stuck in place in late February and was out of commission for several days until the motor was replaced. 
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The saga of 'As the Lighthouse Turns -- or Not' continues

The beacon at the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has once again gotten “stuck”  and has not rotated since it was first noticed and reported to the National Park Service on Sunday night, April 24.

This is the second time this year that the rotating light has been at a standstill. The first time was in late February, when it remained stuck for several days, was briefly fixed, and then was stuck again until it was finally repaired by the United States Coast Guard.  
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Governor christens state's new dredge

Gov. Pat McCrory joined officials from the Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today in Manns Harbor to officially christen the division’s newest vessel, the dredge Manteo.
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Dare Tourism Board awards event grants

The Dare County Board of Commissioners at its April 18 meeting approved several distributions from the restricted fund that were brought forth and recommended by the Dare County Tourism Board.

Also, at its March meeting, the Tourism Board approved 13 event grant requests from local municipalities and non-profits.  
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Whipping Creek Road wildfire is on the decline

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today in a news release that activity at the Whipping Creek Road fire, which has been burning public and private lands in Dare and Hyde counties since April 18, has been declining for several days.

As of this morning, the fire covered 15,453 acres, mostly in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and was 78 percent contained.  
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Coast Guard performs four separate rescues in Oregon Inlet on Monday

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 people on Monday, April 25, during four separate cases near Oregon Inlet.

The string of rescues began when Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received notification at approximately 3:30 p.m. that a 26-foot pleasure craft had lost power and was drifting toward the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet. 
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Newly reorganized Outer Banks Catch pulls out of Seafood Festival

Citing concerns over the lack of local seafood served at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Outer Banks Catch (OBC) has chosen not to participate in this year’s event, scheduled for Oct. 15.

A letter from OBC Executive Director Sandy Semans Ross stated that, "This action is not being taken lightly," adding that the event's advertising has "indicated that local seafood is the fare of the day at the event. Most of it is not; the public is being misled." 
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Moped owners will soon be required to carry liability insurance

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is sending 26,799 letters to moped owners reminding them about a new law that will require the vehicles to carry liability insurance beginning July 1.
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UPDATE: First round of gypsy moth spraying in Buxton Woods is completed

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has completed the first round of aerial on ground spraying for a gypsy moth infestation in an area of the Buxton Woods maritime forest.

A second round of treatment is scheduled in about 10 days, said Chris Elder, NCDA&CS Gypsy Moth Program manager. 
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UPDATE: Board accepts bid for 2017 Buxton nourishment, sets hearing for sand tax district

It is now official -- there will be no beach nourishment in Buxton this year.

In addition, the Dare County Board of Commissioners has now set a public hearing on its proposal for an expanded service district for Buxton to help pay for the project.  The hearing will be on Monday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. 
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Board decides to expand Buxton nourishment service district

At a special meeting last evening, Dare County's Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to expand the proposed service district that defines the properties whose owners will help pay for a beach nourishment project in north Buxton

This is the county board's second attempt to decide which property owners should chip in for the project, the total cost of which will be about $25 million.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners decided to postpone by a few days a decision on accepting the low bid for the nourishment part of the project, which is $22.15 million from Weeks Marine of Covington, La., but which wouldn't get the project underway until next year -- a big disappointment to county officials and to residents who want the project as soon as possible to protect Highway 12. 
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Hatteras islanders can comment during board meetings via remote video link

Beginning May 2, a remote video link at the Fessenden Center in Buxton will enable Hatteras Island citizens to address Dare County Commissioners during public comment periods and public hearings, and also view County Commissioner meetings live without traveling to Manteo.
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Ocracoke says 'no' to euthanizing mallard ducks

Members of the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association agreed on Wednesday night, April 13, that euthanizing the hundreds of mallard ducks making their home in the village is not the answer to their overpopulation.

The group agreed to explore several conservative approaches to the problem of the myriad of ducks making their home in the “downtown” portion of the village.
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Ferry Division adjusts summer schedules for Ocracoke

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division last week announced two adjustments to its summer season schedules, which will begin May 3 on the popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route and May 24 on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes.
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Dare County has released its second Bonner Bridge video update

On Wednesday, April 13, Dare County released the second of what will become regular and frequent updates for the public on the construction of the Bonner Bridge replacement and the Pea Island Inlet Interim Bridge. 
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Waterways Commission makes recommendations to county board

Dare County's  Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to ask the Board of Commissioners to pursue both a long-term and short-term solution for clearing out clogged channels in Hatteras Inlet.

Several dozen Hatteras islanders, mostly boat captains, attended the commission meeting for yet another discussion of what can be done to give vessels the access they need to deeper water to get them safely between the ocean and Hatteras Harbor.
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Feedback, donations are needed for new Buxton skatepark

On Thursday night, March 3, a second meeting on the new community skatepark on Hatteras Island was held at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.

The purpose of the meeting was to unveil two concepts that had been designed specifically for the Fessenden Center site by Artisan Skateparks of Kitty Hawk and to receive community feedback on the two proposals. 
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