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OBX Food Trucks on the Menu

Given the favorable consensus among those speaking at the March 19 Dare Board of Commissioners meeting, opening the door to food trucks seemed like an idea whose time had clearly come.

So, following a public hearing on the issue, the Dare Commissioners unanimously amended zoning ordinances in unincorporated portions of Dare County to allow food stands and mobile food units for the first time.  
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Help Needed to Repair Steeple that Toppled During March Storm

The early March nor’easter caused damage all across Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, but in the town of Rodanthe, one of the storm’s local impacts was impossible to miss.
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Storm Debris Pick-Up Scheduled For Ocean View Drive Area in Avon

Storm debris removal for residents and property owners along the Ocean View Drive area in the village of Avon is scheduled for Monday, March 26. Residents and property owners along Ocean View Drive must have all items placed on the side of the road, in the right of way, by 6 a.m. that morning. Be sure not to block driveways, or obstruct utility lines and mailboxes when placing items roadside.
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Avon Celebrates St. Baldrick’s Day with a Cool New Venue and Plenty of Cheers...WITH SLIDE SHOW

What’s more fun than shaving your head for a great cause?

Doing it with strobe lights… And maybe a St. Patrick’s Day brew or two.   Read more

New Bonner Bridge 65% Complete per NCDOT March Update

Despite recent weather-related challenges, work on the new Bonner Bridge continues to progress, with approximately 65% of the project completed, per the most recent update from the NCDOT.
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Ocracoke Passenger Ferry Expected to Open in Four Months

The debut of the new “Ocracoke Express” passenger ferry service is roughly four months away, which puts the grand opening date around mid-July, per a recent update on the project from the North Carolina Ferry System.
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Settlement Orders Bridge Builder to Pay $10.35 Million for Blackout

Businesses, renters and residents who lost power last summer after a transmission line was cut during construction of the new Bonner Bridge would be able to claim part of a $10.35 million fund under a preliminary settlement filed in federal court. 
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Next Round in the Drilling Fight

Despite numerous requests for additional hearings and an extension of the deadline, the 60-day comment period on the Trump Administration's proposal for expanded offshore drilling came and went, as expected, at midnight on March 9. 
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Pea Island Visitor Center Reopens after March Storm Damage

The Pea Island Visitor Center reopened on Thursday, March 15, after more than a week of efforts to get the site clear of sand and debris, and to make needed repairs after an early March nor’easter pounded the area.
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With Weather Delays, it’s Down to the Wire for Hatteras Inlet Dredging

It’s getting down to the wire for a dredging project in Hatteras Inlet to be started and completed by month’s end, but members of the Dare County Waterways Commission are keeping their fingers crossed that weather will be more cooperative by the weekend.
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Storm Produces Some Soundside Flooding Before Leaving the Outer Banks

March’s second coastal storm produced minor to moderate soundside flooding late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, but NCDOT reports that N.C. Highway 12 remains open throughout the islands.
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N.C. Highway 12 Open on Both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

The NCDOT reported that N.C. Highway 12 is now open on Ocracoke Island between the Pony Pens and the Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry Terminal. The highway also opened in between Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge at around noon, and has remained open for the duration of the afternoon.
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UPDATE:  Coast Guard, Partners Monitoring Stray Cargo Container Response Off Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard, NOAA and Environmental Protection Agency are monitoring the tracking and assessment of approximately 76 stray cargo containers about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet Saturday.
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Nine of 74 Lost Shipping Containers Spotted

Of the 74 huge steel containers that fell from a cargo ship near Oregon Inlet during the weekend nor’easter, as of Wednesday afternoon, all are still floating in the ocean somewhere off the coast.
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Missing Shipping Container Carrying 3,000 Kilos of Sulfuric Acid

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that 3,000 kilograms of sulfuric acid was in one of the containers that fell from a cargo ship passing offshore of the Outer Banks over the weekend.
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Alligator River Bridge on U.S. 64 to Close for Repairs March 14-21

Beginning Wednesday, March 14, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties for one week. The closure will allow crews to complete major renovation work on the bridge’s swing-span drawbridge.
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Highlights from the March 5 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of Hatteras Island-related issues at their March 5 meeting in Manteo.
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Buxton Beach Nourishment Project Complete

The Buxton Beach Nourishment project was completed on Tuesday, February 27, with 100% of the 2.6 million cubic yards of sand deposited on the 2.9 miles of Buxton beach.
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Lady Canes Fall Short, but Islanders Celebrate a Spectacular Season

The Lady Canes ended their 25 game undefeated streak on Tuesday evening in a tough fourth round playoff game against the Pamlico County Hurricanes, but islanders are brimming with pride at the impressive run that took the Canes deep into the playoffs. 
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Lady Canes Leave for State Playoff Game with a Storm of Support...WITH VIDEOS

On a chilly Wednesday evening, fans braved the cold and lined N.C. Highway 12 throughout the island to cheer on the Lady Canes as they departed for their Tuesday Regional Semifinals game against Pamlico County. 
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CHSS Operating Two Spirit Buses To Support Lady Canes In Playoff Game

Cape Hatteras Secondary will be taking two spirit buses to support the varsity girls basketball team in the 4th round of the state playoffs against Pamlico County High School on Tuesday, February 27. 
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Lady Canes Continue Undefeated Season with 52-45 Victory over Roxboro Community

The CHSS Lady Canes brought the crowd to its feet on Saturday night with a 52-45 win over the Roxboro Community Bulldogs. The Lady Canes now advance to the fourth round of the 2018 Women's Basketball Championships - 1A with an upcoming Tuesday game against Pamlico County.
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Bringing the Heat: Lady Canes Move on to 3rd Round of State Playoffs

The halls of Cape Hatteras Secondary School echoed with anticipation last night as the Lady Canes prepared to take on the Tigers of Creswell High School.
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Teamwork and Talent: CHSS Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team Qualifies for States

It is no secret that because Hatteras Island is so far off the map geographically, Cape Hatteras Secondary School often struggles to excel athletically. Though, from time to time, teams may have success in the conference, going beyond is often a rarity. While CHSS has produced many talented athletes and teams over the years, few have been quite as successful as this year’s girls’ varsity basketball team.
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CHSS Girls Basketball Team Eyes Conference And State Championships

As Morgan Fairbanks takes a break from practice inside Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s modest gym, she talks basketball with fellow team captains Caroline Gray and Savannah Scarborough. 
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NCDOT Schedules First Oregon Inlet Closure for Wednesday

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled the first "safety zone" closure of the Oregon Inlet navigation channel for Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
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‘Don’t Drill!’ Reverberates in Raleigh

The first buses from the coast rolled in a little after 3:30 p.m. and about a hundred New Hanover and Brunswick County residents disembarked, chanting “Protect our coast.”

Through a Monday afternoon drizzle, more than 400 coastal residents joined by dozens of others from around the state, shuttled between dueling events showcasing the worries and possibilities surrounding oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 
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Board Candidate Ed Danko, Dare County GOP Part Ways

Ed Danko, a candidate in the upcoming Republican party primary for an open at-large seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, has resigned from the local party organization amid a controversy involving the candidate and a local business.
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NC Ferry System Implements Size, Weight Limits on Pamlico Sound Routes

Due to shoaling issues and low water depths in Big Foot Slough, the North Carolina Ferry System is temporarily implementing size and weight limits on vehicles using the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes. 
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Local Efforts are Leading to New Substance Abuse and Mental Health Center in Hatteras Village

There’s an old saying that “it takes a village,” but sometimes a strong individual can get the ball rolling to make a big mark on the community.

Plans are in the works to install a new substance abuse and mental health services center in the former medical building in Hatteras village, and many of the parties involved credit the development of the fast-moving plans to a Hatteras local, Wendy Stowe Sisler.  Read more

New Pea Island Bridge Officially Named the “Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge” at Tuesday Afternoon Dedication

The former patchwork bridge that extended across a small section of Pea Island never had an esteemed name.

Built in a hurry after 2011’s Hurricane Irene cut an inlet where a portion of N.C. Highway 12 used to be, the bridge was technically known as the Pea Island Internment Bridge, and was affectionately referred to as the “Lego Bridge” or “Tinker Toy Bridge” by locals and visitors who got used to the rickety ride at 25 mph speeds.  Read more

Dare County Waterways Commission Make Imminent Plans for “Crunch Time” Dredging

Members of the Dare County Waterways Commission made imminent plans at their February 12 meeting to speed up dredging in Hatteras Inlet in order to accomplish as much as possible before the March 31 deadline.
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Outer Banks Community Names Daniel Pullen 2018 People's Choice Artist

After tallying over 200 nominations, Dare County Arts Council announces that Daniel Pullen has been selected as the 2018 People’s Choice artist. 
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Tess Judge Announces Run for N.C. House Democratic Nomination

On Monday morning, Kitty Hawk resident Tess Judge (D) announced that she is seeking her party’s nomination for the North Carolina General Assembly representing N.C. House District 6 – which covers Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Pamlico counties. 
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Filing Opens for 2018 Election Season in Dare and Hyde Counties

On Monday, February 12, the local 2018 Election Season begins in earnest as filing opens in Dare and Hyde counties for a wide array of positions.
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Local Groups and Organizations “Rally” to Oppose Offshore Drilling in North Carolina

The recent federal government proposal to open up the North Carolina coastline to oil / gas exploration and seismic testing has generated waves on both a local and statewide level, with many organizations stepping up to ensure that coastal residents are represented in the ultimate decision.  
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Cooper Warns Zinke of Lawsuit Over Drilling

The federal government and Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration remain on course for a legal battle over the push to open the East Coast to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.  Read more

Local Officials Join Governor to Voice Opposition to Offshore Drilling in Meeting with Secretary Zinke

In a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on offshore drilling and seismic testing, Governor Cooper underscored North Carolina’s opposition to both. Cooper was joined by elected officials and stakeholders from coastal North Carolina, including Dare County Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodard, and stressed the threats both offshore drilling and seismic testing pose to North Carolina’s coastal economies and tourism industry.
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Bonner Bridge Update: Bonner Bridge Closer to Connecting as Lego Bridge is Dismantled

Crews at the northern end of the Bonner Bridge project are steadily making their way south to meet the work underway of what will be the bridge’s new navigation zone, per the latest update on the Bonner Bridge project.
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Dare County Sanitation Department Conducting Residential Large Household Pick-Up

The 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 more