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Acting Ferry Division director urges islanders to support passenger ferry and the Dredge Report

Acting Ferry Division Director Jed Dixon said Monday he thinks the advent of passenger ferry service in 2018 will be a shot in the arm to Ocracoke’s economy.

“There are no boats hidden out there; that’s all we have,” Dixon said during the monthly meeting Feb. 13 organized by Hyde County with Ferry Division officials. “This is something I really think is going to help you guys.”  
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Updates on Upcoming Inlet Dredging Presented at Waterways Commission Meeting

The Dare County Waterways Commission met on February 13 at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to review updates on the steps required for the upcoming dredging project for Hatteras Inlet. 
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New Video Released on Bonner Bridge Progress

Dare County released a video on February 3rd that outlined the progress of the Bonner Bridge replacement project to date. 
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Community Meetings on FEMA Mitigation Grants for Home Elevations

Dare County will be applying for a FEMA Mitigation grant to assist homeowners with elevation of homes that are built below base flood and might have previously flooded. 
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Rodanthe Bridge Lawsuit Raises Concerns About Bonner Project

It is unclear whether a recent lawsuit challenging construction of the “jug-handle” bridge in Rodanthe could potentially delay replacement of the Bonner Bridge.  
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Challenge filed in federal court to block Rodanthe bridge

A group of Hatteras Island property owners and residents have filed suit in federal court in an effort to block the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to build a 2.4 mile long bridge over the Pamlico Sound to bypass northern Rodanthe. 

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Nebraska firm picked to look for Burgess’ successor

The Dare County Board of Education will tap a national firm to head up the search for a new superintendent to replace Sue Burgess, who has been at the helm of Dare County Schools since July of 2000. 
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Beach Pharmacy in Hatteras will remain open during ongoing repairs

Though making a recent move to close on Saturdays due to financial reasons, the Beach Pharmacy in Hatteras plans to remain open for its scheduled 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday hours, despite being in the midst of a building overhaul. 
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Ed Goodwin out as N.C. Ferry Director

Ed Goodwin is no longer the N.C. Ferry director, Tim Hass, communications officer, confirmed this yesterday. No more details were provided.

Jed Dixon has been named acting director of the division, according to Hass, who said Dixon has been with the ferry division for 14 years, has served as a captain, a superintendent, and most recently as deputy director. 
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Initiative to Create Hatteras Village Multi-use Pathway Moves Forward

At the Dare County Board of Commissioners retreat held Jan. 27, Hatteras Island Commissioner Danny Couch asked for and received unanimous support to send an amendment to the Hatteras Village Community Center District charter to the General Assembly.
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Bigger paychecks to start within weeks

Ten days after being presented with a salary study showing that 38% of the county workforce was below the “recommended minimum salary rate,” the Dare County Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to raise county worker pay that will cost nearly $3.7 million over a two-year span.

 Those raises will start with the pay period running from Feb. 12 to 25, with the first paychecks including the increase to be distributed on March 3. Read more

Pay study recommends increases for at least 38 percent of county employees

At the Jan. 17 Board of Commissioners meeting, the final Classification and Compensation Study from outside contractor, Springsted, Inc., was presented to the commissioners by John Anzivino, senior vice president of the Richmond office.

The headline in the report is sure to get the attention of the county's workforce. Anzivino said the study effectively found that 38 percent of Dare County employees fell below the recommended minimum pay grade.    Read more

Dare GOP selects retired Nags Head businessman to succeed Boswell

A retired Nags Head businessman, who is also treasurer of the local Republican Party, is in line to replace former commissioner Beverly Boswell, who resigned from the county Board of Commissioners on Jan. 3 to fill the District 6 N.C. House seat vacated by Paul Tine.

Since Boswell is a Republican, it fell to the local Republican Party Executive Committee to recommend a replacement to the Board of Commissioners. The committee met Monday night and chose Rob Ross from a field of six candidates.
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Vendors are  not all that happy about paying fee for ferry

Vendors to Ocracoke have been purchasing passes to get into the priority loading lane for Ocracoke docks since Jan. 1, but they’re not all that happy about the $150 price tag per pass.
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Preliminary flood maps explained at packed Hatteras Island meeting

Roughly 50 members from the Hatteras Island community – which included Realtors, business owners, surveyors, local insurance companies, and other professionals – attended a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12, all about the new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (or FIRMs) that were introduced on June 30 of last year.

The meeting, which was held by N.C Emergency Management in conjunction with staff from the Dare County Planning Department, was structured to provide an overview of the procedures guiding the new FIRMs’ development, as well as to answer questions from the island community about how local residences and businesses would be affected.
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NCDOT awards contract for north Rodanthe design-build bridge

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a design-build contract to construct a new bridge at Rodanthe. The winning design-build team is Flatiron Constructors, Inc., of Broomfield, Colo., who submitted a bid of $145,336,271.
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Federal highway agency approves north Rodanthe bridge

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Record of Decision on the proposed "jug handle" bridge in north Rodanthe that will bypass the frequently overwashed S-curves and Mirlo Beach area.   
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County, state closing in on interim solution to Hatteras Inlet shoaling

The long-sought interim solution to shoaling in Hatteras Inlet is close to happening, but members of the Dare County Waterways Commission are anxiously aware of the looming close of the window of opportunity.

An agreement between the county and the state is approaching approval, meaning that a persistent navigation problem will finally be addressed in the inlet’s Connecting Channel between the Ocracoke South Dock and the Inlet Gorge.
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