Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting November 20 Agenda
County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners that
conducts public meetings throughout the year on a regularly scheduled
Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month at 9 a.m.
and the third Monday of each month at 5 p.m. Occasionally this schedule
is adjusted to accommodate holidays and there are a few months each
year when only one meeting is conducted.
- Following are the remaining regularly scheduled meetings for 2017:
• November 20 - 5 p.m.
• December 4 - 9 a.m.
• December 18 - Cancelled
Each regularly scheduled meeting begins with an opportunity for anyone
to make public comments. During this time, you can let your voice be
heard by speaking directly to the entire Board of Commissioners for up
to five minutes on any topic or item of concern. In an effort to
encourage public participation, the Board accepts public comments from
2 locations - Commissioners Meeting Room in Manteo & Fessenden
Center video link in Buxton.
Meetings are held in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room in the
Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in
Click here to view the November 6 Agenda.
Click here to view upcoming and archived meetings.
November classes and activities at the Fessenden Center
Fessenden Center is a multi-generational facility serving all of
Hatteras Island with programs and activities for toddlers, youth,
adults, older adults, and families. Located in Buxton, Dare County
Parks and Recreation programming and Dare County Adult and Senior
Services are both offered through the facility.
The center's staff seeks to provide professionally designed and
supervised programs that benefit all ages and interests in areas such
as athletics, arts, wellness and general leisure programming. Youth
programs include a variety of classes and lessons, as well as team and
individual sports, summer camps, and special events. Adult programs are
also diverse including shopping trips, movies, luncheons, team sports,
fitness classes and speakers covering a variety of topics
The fitness and activity calendar provides a wide range of
opportunities to learn, stay fit, and have fun. There is something for
everyone at the Fessenden Center. The classes are free for Dare County
residents over 55. For residents under 55 or non-residents, they are $3
a class or $15 a month.
Click here for the this month's calendar.
For more information, go to http://www.darenc.com/fessenden or find the center on Facebook.
A Community Conversation on the Dare Public Schools to be held Nov. 16
a unique opportunity to learn and talk about public education in Dare
County. Meet and hear from the new Superintendent of Dare County
Schools. And pose a question to local school officials.
Dare County residents are invited to participate in a unique public
forum on the Dare County Public Schools featuring new DCS’
Superintendent, John Farrelly, and hosted by the Outer Banks Sentinel.
The event will be held from 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 16 at First
Flight High School. It is free and open to the public.
The county’s school system experienced a changing of the guard this
past summer when 17-year Superintendent Dr. Sue Burgess retired and was
succeeded by John Farrelly, who had been serving as Superintendent of
the Edgecombe County Schools. With the help of a national search firm,
the Dare County Board of Education selected the schools’ new leader
from a large and impressive field of 78 candidates.
This public forum is in keeping with the Superintendent’s stated goal
of embarking on a “listening tour” as part of his efforts at community
outreach in Dare County.
The format of the event will be divided into three parts:
The first part will feature a presentation by the Superintendent that
will provide an overview of how the Dare schools are funded, organized
The second part will be a panel discussion with the Superintendent,
another member of the central administration, a school principal, a
teacher and a representative of the Dare Education Foundation. Those
panelists will answer questions posed by Outer Banks Sentinel publisher
The last segment of the evening will be an interactive experience that
will allow members of the audience to direct their questions to the
This is a unique opportunity for parents, and other interested parties,
to hear from and talk with the educators making the important decisions
that affect what happens in our classrooms.
Seven coastal reserve sites to hold local advisory committee meetings in November
Local advisory committees for seven coastal reserves will meet in November. The meetings are open to the public.
Buckridge Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 1
at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, 205 South Ludington St.
Buxton Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Nov.
7 at the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, 48103 N.C. Highway 12 in
Permuda Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m.
Nov. 8 at the North Topsail Beach City Hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court in
North Topsail Beach.
Zeke’s Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m.
Nov. 8 at the Fort Fisher Recreation Area Education Room, 1000
Loggerhead Road in Kure Beach.
Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m.
Nov. 9 at the Kitty Hawk Town Hall, 101 Veterans Memorial Drive in
Bald Head Woods Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m.
Nov.14 at the Bald Head Island Conservancy Auditorium at 700 Federal
Road on Bald Head Island.
Rachel Carson Reserve Local Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Nov.
14 at the NOAA Beaufort Lab, Administration Building, 101 Pivers Island
Road in Beaufort.
committees consist of citizens and representatives from community
organizations, government agencies and non-governmental partner
organizations who provide the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal
Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve staff with guidance and
feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve
division will seek applications from citizens and community
organizations in January 2018 to fill vacancies on the local advisory
committees. Citizens and community organizations serve five-year terms
and bring knowledge and experience representing relevant topical areas,
based on the needs and uses at each site. These topical areas may
include: education, research, commercial use, recreational use,
traditional uses such as hunting and fishing, neighboring property
owners, citizen at large, volunteer, and non-profit community
organization or interest group. Potential applicants are encouraged to
attend the fall 2017 meeting for their reserve site of interest to
learn more about how the committees operate. Additional information
about the local advisory committees is available on the division’s
N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program
protects natural areas for education, research and compatible
traditional uses. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved
more than 42,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites al
Hatteras Island Angel Gift Program Seeks Sponsors, Donor and Applicants
The coalition that implements the Hatteras Island Angel Gift program is
seeking sponsors, donor and applicants for the upcoming holiday
season. The program is provided in collaboration with
individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations committed to
providing Christmas joy for children on Hatteras Island. Dare
County Department of Health and Human Services works with these
organizations to provide referrals, administrative support and identity
family needs, as well as to help protect the privacy of the
Most of the giving is from local businesses, organizations and
individuals. In addition to Donation Boxes and Angel requests
located in businesses for donors to sponsor, monetary and toy donations
are also excepted. Angel Gift volunteers will do shopping after the
cutoff date for donations passes, which is on December 4, 2017.
For those families in need of assistance this Christmas, applications
for Hatteras Island Angel Gift are available to pick up at the Dare
County Department of Health and Human Services Frisco campus,
Hatteras Island United Methodist Church, and local post offices.
Application dates will run from October 4, 2017 - November 3, 2017.
Participants do not need to be a client of the Department of Health
& Human Services to receive Angel Gift. Participants must
live on Hatteras Island, and gifts are provided only for child(ren) in
the custody of the applicant. In person interviews will be
required to verify information and assess needs once completed
applications are submitted. Children 2-14 years of age eligible
for sponsorship. Other children in the home with eligible
children may be included if under 16 years of age and enrolled in
school. For families that have received Angel Gift for three
consecutive years, the application will be reviewed by the committee
and sponsorship is not guaranteed.
For questions regarding the program, or to make a donation please
contact the program coordinator, Linda Oneal, with Hatteras United
Methodist Church at 252.986.2149 or Ashley Jackson at 252.475.9345
Operation Beach Respect Elementary School Art Contest
in the The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association in partnership with
Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore
invite 3rd through 5th grade students from across North Carolina’s
beach communities to submit their best artwork of a clean and healthy
beach. This contest is designed to help create and enhance individual
awareness and stewardship of the coastal resources of the state of
9, 2017 to November 15, 2017. All entries must be postmarked by
November 15, 2017. Winners will be announced on or before December 15,
Who: All individual students in grades 3 through 5 in the school systems of Carteret, Dare, and Hyde Counties.
Respect for our beaches helps keep them clean and healthy. We can all
help by showing Respect for Beaches, Respect for Dunes, Respect for
Wildlife, Respect for Vegetation, and Respect for Others. What does a
clean and healthy beach look like when we help to protect it? All
entries should be designed on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper.
Awards: Three awards will be presented to individual students:
- 1st Place $250.00
- 2nd Place $150.00
- 3rd Place $100.00
- Honorable Mention Awards, Four $25.00
Judging will be conducted by members of the North Carolina Beach Buggy
Association, and staff members of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and
Cape Lookout National Seashore. Decisions of the judges will be
All entries become property of NCBBA and may be reproduced for promoting Operation Beach Respect.
Student Information: On the back of each poster submitted by an individual student, the following information should be placed:
- Student’s name and age
- School and grade
- Teacher’s name, address, and phone number
Mail Entries to:
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association
Post Box 189
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
For more information contact Harry Nash, Past president, chairman art contest, 252-489-901
25th Annual Island-Wide Food Drive is Now in Progress
25th Annual Island-wide Food Drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras
Island Food Pantry is now in progress. Only with your support
will this non-denominational, non-profit outreach be able to meet the
needs of our community and get through the winter, the period of
greatest demand. Whether you donate unopened non-perishable food,
personal care items, cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, kitty
litter, or money, 100% of all donations goes to assist island
Here are this year's convenient drop-off locations:
1. Hatteras Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
2. Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Social Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop box on porch)
3. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (daily 6 am-9 pm)
4. Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 8:30 am-5:30 am)
5. Midgett Realty in Hatteras in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
6. Hatteras Village Public Library (Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:30 am-5:30 pm; Wed. 1-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-12:30pm)
7. Outer Beaches Realty in Waves, Avon, and Hatteras (daily 9 am-5 pm)
8. First South Bank in Buxton (Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-5 pm; Fri. 9 am-6 pm)
9. OBX Attitudes in Food Lion Shopping Center, Avon (Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm)
Do you live off-island or don't have time to shop? Consider
making a monetary donation. No amount is too small, and all are
tax deductible. Checks may be written to United Methodist Men,
the group that manages the pantry, and sent to Hatteras Island Food
Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.
This is the largest food drive of the year and will run through
December 31. If you have questions or would like more
information, please contact food drive organizer, Linda Browning, at
Ocracoke Preservation Society Events
November 7, 2017 Fall
Membership Meeting. Ocracoke Preservation Society will have its 2017
Fall Membership Meeting during which the 2017 Ocracoke Cultural
Heritage Award Recipient and 2017 Historic Home Award will be
announced. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a potluck meal
and fellowship as well celebrate this year’s winners. 6 pm at the
Ocracoke Community Center.
December 2, 2017 Ocracoke
Preservation Society will sponsor the 2017 Ocracoke Historic District
Holiday Home Tour. Come out and join our Historic Home Tour
featuring homes along the British Cemetery Road. Tour several historic
homes, learn the unique history of the home and enjoy some holiday
spirit! The Tour is from 3 -5 pm.
December 5, 2017 Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Wassail
Party. Join in the holiday spirit at the Museum for the Wassail
Party and 2017 Quilt Raffle Winner announcement. Time: 4-6 pm.
January 27, 2018 Ocracoke Preservation Society Silent Art
Auction. Everyone is looking forward to the 2018 Silent Art
Auction where numerous talented artists from all across the spectrum
have donated a work of art to be auctioned off to help support OPS. The
theme is “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes”. We will begin to post the
artwork on our Facebook Page in January where you will have an
opportunity to preview and bid on each piece before the night of the
auction if you are not able to be here in person. Enjoy hors d’oeurves
and beverages while mingling with friends, artists and supporters all
while bidding on these unique works of art. Festivities are from 5-7 pm
at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.
For questions and information please call 252-928-7375 and check keep checking our Facebook page for more information.
Revised October Bingo Schedule At Cape Hatteras Anglers Club
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club in Buxton has revised its Bingo schedule for the month of October.
There will be only one Bingo session in October. It will be held
Wednesday evening October 11 at the Anglers Club. Bingo sessions
originally scheduled for October 4 and October 18 have been cancelled.
Bingo will resume on its regularly scheduled dates in November –
November 15 and November 29. The final Bingo session for 2017
will be held December 13, when all three jackpots will be
Doors will open at 6 pm and games will begin at 7 p.m. Games are
all cash prizes. Soft drinks, snacks, popcorn and candy are
available along with free coffee. Proceeds benefit the Anglers
Club scholarship program for local high school seniors and other island
non-profit organizations. The Anglers Club is located on Light
Plant Road in Buxton. Light Plant Road is directly across Highway
12 from Conner’s Supermarket. The Club is on the left just past
the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative property. Ample parking is
available in the club’s parking area along the left side of the