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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. Answering the needs of 30,000 year-round residents and a weekly visiting population of 300,000, EMS staff is excited for the improvements to service the ambulances bring for both employees and patients. 
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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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Ferry Division Provides Update on Ocracoke Passenger Ferry Service

The N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry Division today provided stakeholders an update on the Ocracoke Express passenger-only ferry service. 
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Hands Across the Sand on Ocracoke scheduled for Saturday

In early January, President Donald Trump’s administration announced a five-year plan that would invite drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.  So, with the real possibility of offshore drilling off the mid-Atlantic coast looming again, islanders and visitors will once again have an opportunity to show their opposition by participating in Hands Across the Sand demonstration at noon Saturday (May 19) at the Lifeguard Beach. 
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Hatteras Inlet’s Navigable Condition and Emergency Ferry Channel Covered at Waterways Commission Meeting

As the fishing tournament season kicked off this week in Hatteras, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission were relieved that conditions in Hatteras Inlet are finally in good shape. 
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New Mental Health Center on Track for Summer Opening

The new PORT Health office, which will occupy a section of the former Hatteras Medical Center, is getting closer to an anticipated summer opening, thanks to the approval of a three-year lease by the Dare County Board of Commissioners at their May 7 meeting. 
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Town Hall Meeting Focuses on What’s Next for Outage Claims

At a town hall-style meeting was held at the Fire Station in Salvo on Tuesday afternoon for residents and business owners to discuss the outcome of the class action lawsuit against PCL regarding the 2017 power outage.
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Meetings Set to Discuss Power Outage Lawsuit Settlement


The class action lawsuit that was filed as a result of the power outage that occurred on Haterras Island and Ocracoke Island in July 2017 has been settled and has been preliminarily approved by the United States District Court.  
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$10.35 Million Settlement for 2017 Outage Receives Preliminary Approval


The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina overseeing the class action filed against PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. and PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. (collectively PCL) granted preliminary approval to a $10.35 million settlement to compensate businesses, vacationers, and residents of the Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands who were affected by the power outage beginning on July 27, 2017.
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Dare Asks State Lawmakers to Fund Purchase of Hopper Dredge

Dare County is actively pursuing creation of a partnership between the state and a yet-to-be-identified private company to purchase a shallow-draft hopper dredge, with the county paying for its operation in Oregon and Hatteras inlets and other channels.
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Summer Speed Limits in Effect Throughout Island Villages

With the peak of the summer travel season just around the corner, N.C. Department of Transportation crews today changed out seasonal speed limit signs along N.C. Highway 12 in several areas of Currituck and Dare counties.
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Dare, Currituck Schools to Stay Open During Raleigh Rally

Among the thousands of teachers and students expected to rally in Raleigh Wednesday for better pay and working conditions will be about four dozen from Dare and Currituck counties. 
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Brief Power Outages Scheduled for May 15 and May 18

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative has scheduled two brief power outages for Tuesday, May 15 and Friday, May 18, in order to perform maintenance to the transmission system. 
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Dare County to Receive Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Funds

Dare County has been chosen to receive $24,161 of Federal Emergency Food and Shelter funds awarded through the Department of Homeland Security.
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Coast Guard Assist 5 People on Disabled Boat Near Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard assisted five boaters who were stranded approximately 40 miles east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, Saturday. 
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Mosquito Control Board to Consider Tax Hike

The Ocracoke Mosquito Control Board (OMCB) will discuss a possible tax increase at its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Community Center.

Mosquito control on the island funded by a tax assessment on homes, vehicles and other real property of $0.01 per $100 of property value and the board is proposing that be raised to $0.02 per $100 of property value.  
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New Efforts Underway to Save the Salvo Cemetery

Because of a collaboration among island groups and local, state and federal governments, the Salvo Cemetery will be protected from storm-tossed waves of the Pamlico Sound. 
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Taking the Opioid Crisis to Court

On May 7, the Dare County Commissioners voted to proceed with a lawsuit against the nation's three leading drug distribution companies and 22 drug manufacturers — joining more than 400 local governments in 22 states in a suit that is trying to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for the nation’s alarming opioid crisis. 
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Eastbound Wright Memorial Bridge Reopens to Traffic

Today the N.C. Department of Transportation reopened the eastbound side of the Wright Memorial Bridge between Currituck and Dare counties on U.S. Highway 158. However, single-lane closures on both sides of the bridge will continue for the next few days as crews complete lane striping work. The bridge will be completely open for all weekend summer traffic no later than Monday, May 14.  
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Community Honors WWII Sailors at Buxton British Cemetery Ceremony

On Thursday morning, May 10, community members and representatives from multiple national and international organizations and military branches came together to honor the fallen WWII-era heroes that are laid to rest at the British Cemetery in Buxton. 
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Pathway Referendum Passes; Boswell Loses to Hanig

4,134 residents – or 14% - of Dare County voters turned out for the May 8 primaries, and there were some expected results as well as some surprises by the end of Tuesday night.
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Primary Day Arrives


Though many area residents took advantage of early voting at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, May 8 officially marked Primary Day in Dare and Hyde Counties. 
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Highlights from the May 7 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of Hatteras Island-related issues at their May 7 meeting in Manteo.
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Avon Pier Reopens after March Nor’easter Damage

The Avon Pier reopened on Friday, May 4, after finishing repairs which stemmed from a series of nor’easters that occurred throughout the month of March.
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“Graveyard Run” Skate Park Opens in Rodanthe

The new skate park in Rodanthe celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, May 5, and plenty of kids of all ages stopped by to take a test spin.
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U.S. Coast Guard Assists Vessel in Oregon Inlet

On Friday morning at approximately 6 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received a call about a vessel that was taking on water and which was aground in the vicinity of the Bonner Bridge.
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Visiting Whale Makes a Splash in Rodanthe

Beachgoers close to the Rodanthe Pier got a bit of a surprise on Wednesday when a barely offshore whale popped out of the water and put on quite a show. Read more






Former Frisco Pier Parking Area Re-Opens to the Public

While the total removal of the Frisco (or Cape Hatteras) Pier is currently on hold due to the beginning of the sea turtle nesting and hatching season, the parking lot that borders the former structure has re-opened to the public this week. 
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NPS and Partners Educate OBX Residents about Wildfire Risks

The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with a number of other local, state and federal agencies wrapped up a series of meetings this week that aimed to educate the public about wildlife risks along the Outer Banks. 
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NC Ferry System to Enhance Ocracoke Schedule for Fishing Tournament

The N.C. Ferry System will enhance its schedule on Wednesday, May 2 and Saturday, May 5 to accommodate hundreds of anglers attending the 35th Annual Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. 
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Sea Turtle Release on Ocracoke Island Draws a Crowd...WITH VIDEO

Roughly a dozen loggerhead sea turtles that had completed their rehabilitation at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island were released on Ocracoke Island on Wednesday morning.
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Outer Banks Earns Top Spot in U.S. News’ Best Family Beaches in the USA

U.S. News & World Report recently released a series of rankings for best summer vacations in a myriad of categories, and the Outer Banks ranked high on two of the included lists – the Best Beaches in the USA, and the Best Family Beaches in the USA. 
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Bonner Bridge on Track to Open in Late 2018, Per April 24 Update...WITH VIDEO

More than two years after its groundbreaking, the Bonner Bridge Replacement project is steadily moving towards its anticipated opening to traffic later this year. 
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Frisco Pier Operation Uses New Equipment for Piling Removal, but Project May Continue into the Fall

The contractor for the removal of the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier has enlisted some heavy duty equipment to tackle the underwater pilings that remain close to shore, and to adapt to the rough weather that has been prevalent in the past few months. 
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Hatteras Goes Hollywood at Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Spring Dance

The Hatteras Village Civic Center enjoyed a bit of glitz and glamor on Saturday night, as the spacious venue was decked out for the annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s (HICF) Spring Dance. 
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New Re-Entry Passes For Ocracoke Residents to Be Issued in May

All re-entry passes for Ocracoke residents will expire this year, and Hyde County Public Information Officer Donnie Shumate has set up a schedule to renew these passes in May.
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“Cone of Uncertainty” Shrinking, and Other Changes to NHC Forecasting Tools for 2018

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced the changes to its suite of forecasting products for 2018, which are the online tools that forecasters, officials, and the public use to track and gauge the intensity of incoming tropical cyclones. 
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NWS Surf Zone Forecast Resumes for North Carolina Coastline

The National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office announced on April 13 that the Surf Zone Forecast for the beaches from Duck to Surf City has resumed for the 2018 summer season.
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NC on Track to Start Sending Housing Recovery Funds to Hurricane Matthew Survivors Next Month

North Carolina is on track to send the first homeowner reimbursement checks to Hurricane Matthew survivors beginning next month, state emergency management officials said today. Emergency Management officials will brief legislators this afternoon on program spending and other updates related to Hurricane Matthew recovery.
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Governor Roy Cooper Speaks at Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce hosted Governor Roy Cooper as their keynote speaker this morning at the 2018 Economic Summit held at the Hilton Garden Inn. 
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Jones Asks Corps For Additional Resources For Oregon, Hatteras Inlets

Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate additional funding to dredge Oregon and Hatteras Inlets.  In a letter sent to Corps leadership, Congressman Jones highlighted the navigation conditions at both inlets.
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Community Square Renovation to Take Several More Weeks; Visitors Urged to Park in NPS Lot

Parking on Ocracoke is always a problem and it got dicier the last several weeks as the Community Square lot has undergone renovation.

Long needed, the Ocracoke Foundation, which owns the square, in February began the project to upgrade the waste water systems for businesses in the square. 
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After Dredging Deadline Passes, Frustration Mounts about Mouth of Hatteras Harbor

Members of the Dare County Waterways Commission were visibly frustrated at their April 10 meeting that troublesome shoaling at the mouth of Hatteras Harbor was not able to be addressed before the March 31 dredging deadline.
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Blackbeard’s Flag to Fly on NC Ferries This Season

Ahoy, mateys! If ye be sailing for Ocracoke or Bath this year, be prepared to do so under the black flag of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard. The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has teamed up with the NCDOT’s Ferry Division to fly the flag in observance of the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death in 1718. 
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Board Hears Case for Offshore Drilling

The Dare Board of Commissioners listened respectfully to an April 3 presentation advocating for seismic surveys and the possibility of offshore drilling off the North Carolina coast, but remained convinced that it carried an unacceptable risk. 
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Hyde County Adopts Derelict Vessel Rule

Storm-driven tide crashing on to your waterfront yard is bad enough, but Hyde County Manager Bill Rich saw visions of doom when a 45-foot boat in Silver Lake headed straight toward his house.

“It looked like the Titanic was coming through my bedroom,” Rich recounted in an interview last week.
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Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes Return to Published Schedule

After a month-long dredging effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the North Carolina Ferry System is returning to its regular published schedule on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes as of 4:30 p.m. today. All vehicle size and weight restrictions have also been lifted.
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Study Calls for Ferry Route Cuts, Fare Hikes

The reception to recommendations for fare increases and cuts in off-season ferry trips ranged from tepid to ice cold at a legislative hearing here last week.

Members of the joint House and Senate Program Evaluation Oversight Committee said the proposal from the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division, which would double the fares for some state-operated ferry routes and cut dozens of crossings, needs more study and could potentially treat coastal residents differently than other North Carolinians when it comes to the state’s transportation system.
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Ferry Division Adapts Schedule Due to Dredging Concerns on Hatteras Route

Faced with critical shoaling concerns at the northern end of Ocracoke Island, the North Carolina Ferry Division will be adapting its spring schedule on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route to accommodate an emergency dredging effort. 
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Red & White Reopening in 2018 with New Owners

After remaining closed throughout the wintertime, the historic Red & White will reopen for the summer of 2018 with new owners, but locally ingrained roots. 
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Trams Coming to Ocracoke, and Other Updates from the Passenger Ferry Stakeholders Meeting

Funding has finally been secured for trams that will serve customers on the new passenger ferry in Ocracoke village, with the state agreeing to provide up to one-half the operating costs for four years.

“It’s great news,” Hyde County Manager Bill Rich said at last week’s Passenger Ferry Stakeholders Committee meeting in Manteo.  “We are just totally stoked about it.”  Read more