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Bill That Includes the Repeal of the Outer Banks’ Plastic Bag Ban Approved by N.C. Senate

A Senate bill focused on environmental deregulation changes, which includes the repeal of a 2009 law that bans the use of plastic shopping bags by Outer Banks retailers, was approved on Monday night by the N.C. Senate in a 31-17 vote. The bill now moves on to the House.
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Bag Ban Repeal Among Bills on Fast Track


Facing a key deadline later this week, legislators last week began a full-on push to move several bills affecting the coastal region, including a controversial repeal of the plastic bag ban in place on the Outer Banks since 2009. 
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Cell Phone Malfunction Leads to Temporary Evacuation at CHSS

On Wednesday, April 26 at approximately 10:45 a.m. in a classroom located in the downstairs high school hall of the Cape Hatteras Secondary School, a student dropped a cell phone causing the cell phone battery to emit fumes.
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Coast Guard rescues 2 aboard sailboat south of Cape Hatteras

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people aboard a sailboat 13 miles south of Cape Hatteras, Tuesday.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington received notification that the 43-foot sailboat Nanette had a fouled propeller due to heavy weather conditions and was requesting assistance at 6 a.m.
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Buxton beach nourishment project on track for an early summer start


The Buxton Beach nourishment project is slated to being in the next few weeks with a tentative start date of May 21.   Read more




Dare County Water Department Assures Avon Customers Their Water is Safe for Drinking

The Dare County Water Department is assuring customers in the village of Avon that their water is safe to drink following odor complaints on Sunday evening. 
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Severe Weather Threat Expands for Coastal North Carolina

Flash Flood watches have been extended further east and north, covering the coastal plain and southern coastal counties, per the 5 p.m. April 23 briefing from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office. The flash flood watch now includes Carteret, Craven, Pamlico, Pitt, and Beaufort counties, and the heaviest rain threat will be from Onslow and Duplin Counties to the west. 
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Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes to Run Limited Schedules Due to Shoaling

Due to critical shoaling in the federally-controlled channel at Bigfoot Slough, the North Carolina Ferry Division will run a limited schedule on its routes between Ocracoke, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island beginning Saturday, April 23.
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State coastal commission will meet on April 26-27 in Manteo

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission will meet April 26-27 in Manteo to discuss issues such as the living shoreline general permit, a land use plan for Perquimans County, and repairing and protecting dunes. 
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Ocracoke School needs SB15, Sen. Cook promises support

If the North Carolina General Assembly’s  Senate Bill 15 is not passed it could result in a loss of  4.5  teaching positions for Ocracoke School, according to an announcement released Friday by Hyde County. 
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NCDOT Public Meeting set for April 27 in Rodanthe

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in April to present a design modification to the Design-Build contract that has been proposed at the southerly landfall of the bridge over the Pamlico Sound between N.C. 12 in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Rodanthe. 
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Cisco the Shark Hangs Around Hatteras Island

Cisco, an 8’ 7” immature white shark and one of the stars on the global shark tracker website http://www.ocearch.org, has been pinged - or tracked - several times in the past 24 hours in the Hatteras Island area. In fact, on April 14 at 10:38 a.m., Cisco made a virtual appearance adjacent to the town of Buxton, where he was pinged in what appeared to be the Pamlico Sound.
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New Update Video Released on the Progress of the Bonner Bridge

A new Bonner Bridge progress video was released by Dare County on their Government and Education Cannel's Facebook page.

The update chronicles the latest projects that crews have been working on to complete the new Bonner Bridge as well as the Interim Bridge, which are slated to be completed by November 2018. 
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Coastal Towns Brace For Beach Funding Cuts

Coastal North Carolina could be looking into a budgetary abyss if local and state entities don’t adapt quickly to new funding realities.

“With this new administration, it’s not going to be business as usual,” Kathleen Riely, executive director of North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterways Association, said at the nonprofit’s annual meeting held last week. “I cannot emphasize enough, if the state doesn’t have skin in the game, we will be passed over for coastal funds, I can tell you that.”  
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HICF Raises Funds – and the Roof – at 17th Annual Spring Dance...WITH SLIDE SHOWS

The Hatteras Civic Center was hopping on Saturday night, as residents came together to support one of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s (HICF) most anticipated events of the year, the annual spring soiree.  
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Hatteras-Ocracoke Spring Ferry Schedules Begin Tuesday

Just in time for a round of beautiful spring weather, the North Carolina Ferry System will be switching to a spring schedule on Tuesday, April 11.  
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National Park Service Rangers Respond to Report of Fatality Near Ramp 34 in Avon

At approximately 2:00 am on Monday, April 10, National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers responded to a report of an unresponsive male near Ramp 34, just north of Avon, North Carolina. A citizen or visitor walking on the beach early this morning found the victim and called 911. 
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“Local” Legislation Dominates the Conversation at April BOC Meeting

Several bills that are being considered on the state level by the General Assembly were seemingly the primary topic of conversation at the April 3 meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC.)

More than a dozen local residents took to the podium during the public comments section, and the majority of these comments were focused on three new bills that have a direct effect on Dare County.
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Pamlico Sound Ferry Runs Soft Aground Near Ocracoke

The N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry M/V Sea Level ran soft aground in shallow water near Ocracoke Island at approximately 9 a.m. today. The vessel was able to eventually free itself under its own power three hours later. There were no injuries to any passengers or crew members.
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Two Boat Ramp Layouts Considered at Packed Rodanthe Open House

Two possible boat ramp layouts were presented to the public at an open house at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building on Wednesday evening, March 29.
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Coast Guard medevacs man 150 miles off Cape Hatteras...WITH VIDEO

The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship off the North Carolina coast Tuesday.

Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 915-foot Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas at about 4:40 p.m., that a 70-year-old male passenger was experiencing pains in his abdomen. 
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Matthew Removed from Atlantic Storm Names List

2016 was the last year that we’ll see a Hurricane Matthew.

The name Matthew, along with the name Otto, has been retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, of which NOAA's National Hurricane Center is a member. 
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Coast Guard medevacs man near Hatteras Inlet

Coast Guard medevaced an injured 19-year-old man near Hatteras Thursday.


Watchstanders at Station Hatteras Inlet received notification Thursday morning that a crew member aboard the 75-foot fishing vessel Little Jesse had suffered injuries to his shoulder and arm.
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Lycett Named Social Services Director for Dare County

Chuck Lycett has been named Dare County’s new Social Services Director, according to Health and Human Services Director Jay Burrus. 
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UPDATE: Whale washes ashore south of Avon

As of Monday afternoon, the juvenile humpback whale had washed back into the ocean, so no necropsy is planned at this time.

Whale washes ashore south of Avon


A deceased juvenile humpback whale washed up on a Hatteras Island beach on Friday, March 17, at about 2:00 p.m.

The whale measured approximately 29’ ft. long, and washed ashore a mile south of Ramp 38, in between the towns of Avon and Buxton. 
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Tribute to Irene Nolan featured on Radio Hatteras...WITH AUDIO

A tribute to the life and influence of Island Free Press editor and co-founder Irene Nolan was broadcasted on Radio Hatteras on Sunday, March 5th, during the time slot of her regular “To The Point” radio show. 
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A Tribute to Irene from Island Free Press Photographer and Friend, Donnie Bowers

Like many of our readers, friends and family, I was shocked and saddened by the passing of Irene Nolan. I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Irene since 1999. We met during the lighthouse move when she was the editor of the Island Breeze. 
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Remembering Irene, the voice of Hatteras Island


Irene Nolan, the dedicated co-founder and editor of The Island Free Press, covered the news on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands as thoroughly and as professionally as if it were a big-city newspaper.  It was never just her job; it was her mission and her passion.

Nolan died Friday, March 3, at a Norfolk hospital, with her family at her bedside. She was 70.  
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