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Dare’s occupancy and meals dollars hit record highs

September 20, 2021 | Real Estate | From The: Outer Banks Voice

The tourism dollars continue to flow into Dare County in record numbers in 2021. The July occupancy and meal revenue numbers represented “historic highs,” according to Lee Nettles, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, who recapped the Dare County Tourism Board’s September meeting. When it comes to occupancy collections, the July 2021 figure [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Robert Allen Fink

September 17, 2021 | Obituaries

Robert Allen Fink…Bob to friends and Robbie to family, passed away on September 12, 2021, at the age of 77, at his home in Buxton, North Carolina. Bob is survived by the love of his life and best friend Sheryl, his wife for 53 years. Together, they created a beautiful life for each other, and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Dare school quarantines fall with mask mandate

September 16, 2021 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice | 1

Parents speak out against mandate during public comment Two weeks after mandating universal masking in district school buildings, the Dare County Board of Education received some good news at its Sept. 14 meeting from Superintendent John Farrelly about the declining numbers of quarantines in district schools. At the same time, the board also heard impassioned [...] Local News |  Full Article

Current TV Releases Video Highlighting Dare County’s Essential & ...

September 16, 2021 | Community News Brief

Current TV, in partnership with Dare County, has released a new video titled, “Essential & Workforce Housing in Dare County,” as part of its Destination Dare series for September 2021. The video addresses some of the concerns expressed by area residents and business owners regarding the lack of available housing options within Dare County for [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Video Reminds Residents of Local Substance Abuse & ...

September 16, 2021 | Community News Brief

Dare County is re-releasing a video highlighting the Saving Lives Task Force as a reminder about the resources that are available locally to those who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. In the video, Dare County Commissioner Ervin Bateman discusses the issue of substance abuse in Dare County—which has averaged 13 opioid deaths each [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Sheriff’s Office warns public about recently rep ...

September 17, 2021 | Local News

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office has recently been contacted about several possible scams that have occurred in the Outer Banks area. Per a September 17 public service announcement from the Sheriff’s Office, in these cases, the scammers want to send individuals money through either a cashier’s check or an online payment, utilizing Outer Banks-centric marketplace [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare school quarantines fall with mask mandate

September 16, 2021 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice | 1

Parents speak out against mandate during public comment Two weeks after mandating universal masking in district school buildings, the Dare County Board of Education received some good news at its Sept. 14 meeting from Superintendent John Farrelly about the declining numbers of quarantines in district schools. At the same time, the board also heard impassioned [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County reports highest number of weekly COVID-19 cases since ...

September 14, 2021 | Local News

Dare County released the following update for Tuesday, September 14, which provides details on recent Coronavirus cases, vaccine data, and more COVID-19 information. Dare County COVID-19 Case Update Dare County continues to experience widespread community transmission of the COVID-19 virus and remains in the red category on the CDC’s Level of Community Transmission map. Red indicates [...] Local News |  Full Article

Public comment period open for project to repair the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and surrounding landscape

September 17, 2021 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is preparing a plan for a project to repair the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and surrounding landscape. The public can assist the Seashore in identifying issues, concerns and opportunities to be considered as part of an environmental assessment. The public comment period is 30 days, starting Sept. 17 and ending Oct. 17, 2021. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse repair project is necessary because there are deteriorated interior and exterior elements of the lighthouse that need repair or replacement. There are also missing character-defining features and additional modern treatments that have diminished the integrity of the lighthouse. In addition, heavy visitation to the site, combined with limited formal pedestrian walkways has resulted in patches of bare soil and an unclear circulation route along which to visit the site. Read the public scoping newsle [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Facility improvement project begins next week at Frisco Beach Access

September 10, 2021 | Seashore News

A facility improvement project at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Frisco Beach Access is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 15. The popular beach access is located just south of Frisco, North Carolina. The $896,506 project, awarded to T.D. McGhee Co. from Wilmington, N.C., will include the following improvements at Frisco Beach Access: The existing 44-space parking [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore updates and events for the week of September 6

September 6, 2021 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of September 6 include the following: Seashore Updates Ranger-led educational programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Interruption in water service scheduled for several CHNS facilitie ...

August 31, 2021 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has been notified by the Ocracoke Sanitary District that water service to several Seashore facilities will be interrupted temporarily tomorrow, Sept. 1, due to a water line leak in the northern region of Ocracoke Village. Tomorrow, from 6 a.m. until late afternoon, the following Seashore facilities will not have water [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore events and updates for the week of August 26

August 26, 2021 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of August 19 include the following: Seashore Updates Cape Hatteras National Seashore partnered with Outer Banks Forever and the Outer Banks [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

From the Innkeeper’s Desk: Full Circle

September 19, 2021 | Island Features | By: Janet Dawson

This season was the 50th for our motel. We celebrated in a number of ways, and most recently, held an “end of season” gathering for family, friends, and staff to say thank you for all the support we’ve received during those five decades. Fifty years is a long time in the hospitality business. We work up close and personal with people on a daily basis, and quite often, we find ourselves sharing in some of their most important life celebrations as well. Some are happy, some are terribly sad and poignant, some are filled with hope, and others are shattering. Sitting at the innkeeper’s desk, we witness life unfold in all its beauty and, at times, all its tragedy. If we start at the beginning, we know for a fact that babies have been conceived at the motel. Interestingly enough, when the families come back with the little ones in tow, parents have proudly pointed to little John or l [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Geographer explains origins of Outer Banks place names

August 27, 2021 | Island Features | By: Jennifer Allen | From The: Coastal Review Online | 1

  Bodie Island, Jockeys Ridge, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Monkey Island, Nags Head, No Ache Island, Ocracoke Island – these and Outer Banks place names come with rich stories about their origins, but how many are accurate? Geographer Roger Payne made it his mission long ago to get to the truth. Payne’s interest in the [...] Island Features |  Full Article

The Long Ride

August 26, 2021 | Island Features | By: Kevin Duffus

Too excited to sleep, we set out in the middle of the night. Our heavy, steel-frame, 10-speed bikes were overloaded—tents, sleeping bags, and too many clothes. But despite the weight, the first few miles seemed effortless. Soon, the city’s streetlights receded and, without headlights, we rode down the dusky center line of the rural road [...] Island Features |  Full Article

The Lost Colony cancels remainder of season after cast member test ...

August 18, 2021 | Island Features | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today | 1

  The Lost Colony has canceled the last remaining performances of the season after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came on Facebook hours before its annual Virginia Dare baby night performance, a long-held Outer Banks tradition celebrating the birth of the first English child in the New World with live babies [...] Island Features |  Full Article

A Safe New Way to Sail the Sound

August 21, 2020 | Sponsored | Phillips Boatworks

Fall Sailing Tours from Avon are getting great reviews from Vacationers! For centuries people have been sailing up and down the shores of the beautiful Outer Banks. Known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the oceanside of Hatteras Island, in particular, is not for the inexperienced sailor. I have a replica map of some of [...] Watersports |  Full Article

Dare’s occupancy and meals dollars hit record highs

September 20, 2021 | Real Estate | From The: Outer Banks Voice

The tourism dollars continue to flow into Dare County in record numbers in 2021. The July occupancy and meal revenue numbers represented “historic highs,” according to Lee Nettles, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, who recapped the Dare County Tourism Board’s September meeting. When it comes to occupancy collections, the July 2021 figure of $159.99 million exceeded what had been the July 2020 record-breaking number of $152.25 million by 5%.  For the year to date overall, the 2021 numbers are up 54% from 2020, but that margin is skewed by the closure of Dare County to visitors for several months last year. And despite the problems that restaurants have had in finding and retaining sufficient staff this summer, the July 2021 meals collections were up significantly over the same month last year – a 49% jump to $55.98 million from $37.53 million in 2020. Again, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

In pandemic year, 2020 occupancy revenue exceeds 2019 numbers by 11%

March 12, 2021 | Real Estate | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Some sectors of the local economy suffered a COVID pandemic recession in 2020. But that sure isn’t the case for one part of Dare County hospitality industry. The Dare County Tourism Board has just released its occupancy revenues for December 2020 and the results are clear. The pandemic year turned out to be a boom [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Application period for CARES Act II Fisheries Relief Program closes Oct. 1

September 20, 2021 | Fishing

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding those who wish to apply for assistance from the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act (CARES Act II) Fisheries Relief Program that they must do so by Oct. 1. The financial assistance is available to eligible commercial fishermen and marine aquaculture operators, seafood dealers and processors, and for-hire fishing operators who can document a greater than 35% revenue loss in 2020 compared to the previous five-year average due to COVID-19. North Carolina stands to receive $4.5 million from CARES Act II to provide financial relief through direct payments to fishery-related stakeholder groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is in addition to the $5.4 million in fisheries assistance the state received from the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and distributed earlier this year.Applicants for the [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Current TV Releases Video Highlighting Dare County’s Essential & ...

September 16, 2021 | Community News Brief

Current TV, in partnership with Dare County, has released a new video titled, “Essential & Workforce Housing in Dare County,” as part of its Destination Dare series for September 2021. The video addresses some of the concerns expressed by area residents and business owners regarding the lack of available housing options within Dare County for [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Video Reminds Residents of Local Substance Abuse & ...

September 16, 2021 | Community News Brief

Dare County is re-releasing a video highlighting the Saving Lives Task Force as a reminder about the resources that are available locally to those who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. In the video, Dare County Commissioner Ervin Bateman discusses the issue of substance abuse in Dare County—which has averaged 13 opioid deaths each [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Bonner

September 14, 2021 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Bonner, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Bonner, and the many other Outer Banks pets currently up for adoption, visit the Outer Banks SPCA website at https://www.obxspca.org/, or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/obxspca/

Community Foundation Awards $29,000 in Grants to Five Nonprofits

September 14, 2021 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded grants to five nonprofits during its third-quarter grants cycle. The grants will help preserve our region’s history and culture, support the arts in education, afford scholarships for nonprofit leaders, and address food insecurity, disaster response, and homelessness. Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Rodanthe received a Community Foundation [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Lynda Fayssoux Midgett

September 20, 2021 | Obituaries

December 6, 1943 – September 18, 2021 MANTEO — Lynda Fayssoux Midgett, 77, of Manteo, NC died Saturday, September 18, 2021, at her home. She was born December 6, 1943, in Greensboro, NC to the late Robert Gardner Fayssoux and Viola Kendrick Fayssoux. As a very young child, she and her mother moved to Danville, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

James Eubanks

September 17, 2021 | Obituaries

October 31, 1934 – September 8, 2021 MANTEO — James Eubanks, 86, of Manteo, NC died Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at his home. Brother James Eubanks was born in Durham on October 31, 1934, to the union of the late Bishop Council, Sr. and the late Grace Eubanks. Of this union, three other siblings were [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Robert Allen Fink

September 17, 2021 | Obituaries

Robert Allen Fink…Bob to friends and Robbie to family, passed away on September 12, 2021, at the age of 77, at his home in Buxton, North Carolina. Bob is survived by the love of his life and best friend Sheryl, his wife for 53 years. Together, they created a beautiful life for each other, and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Marilyn Kaufman O’Bleness

September 17, 2021 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Marilyn Kaufman O’Bleness, 79, of Kill Devil Hills, NC peacefully went home to be with Jesus after a short illness on September 15, 2021, with her daughter and son in law by her side. Born in Wartburg, TN, September 20, 1941, to David and Carrie Kaufman, Marilyn was the youngest of [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Constance E. Kelleher

September 17, 2021 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS —  Connie Kelleher, of Spring Arbor Assisted Living, died peacefully September 15, 2021. She was born January 13, 1923, in the Bronx, New York. She was the youngest of six daughters born to Cornelius and Dolores Roche. Connie married James R. Kelleher, Jr., on December 2, 1944, and raised their two children [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Rachel Lee Cockerham

September 17, 2021 | Obituaries

Rachel Lee Cockerham, 29, died unexpectedly Monday, September 13, 2021, in Manteo, NC. Rachel was born in San Diego, California on December 24, 1991, to Wendy and William Cockerham. Rachel is survived by her mother, Wendy of Manteo; her two children, nine-year-old Gabriella (dad Darion) and six-year-old Bryce (dad Noel); her older sister, Kelli (and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article