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REMINDER: NOAA seeks public input on evaluation of state coastal ...

September 25, 2020 | Local News

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management will host a virtual public meeting as part of the federal performance evaluation of the North Carolina Coastal Management Program and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment regarding the operation and implementation of the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Thursday Reopening of N.C. Highway 12 “Likely” per NCDOT

September 24, 2020 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

10:45 A.M. UPDATE: N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands will open to traffic at noon, per a Thursday morning update from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT). With limited ocean overwash from the overnight high tide cycle, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced that a Thursday reopening of N.C. Highway 12 was [...] Local News |  Full Article

UPDATE: Trash collection again rescheduled

September 23, 2020 | Community News Brief

Unfortunately due to the uncertain road conditions residential trash collection for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras on Thursday Sept 24th has been cancelled.  The next collection for these areas will be Monday, Sept 28th.  At this time we anticipate residential collection to take place in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon on Friday Sept 25th. Any cancellation due to road [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Paint a Happy Outer Banks Inspired Home Office

September 23, 2020 | Sponsored | Ace Hardware

Westlake Ace Hardware now carries Benjamin Moore premium paints in its 138 stores nationwide. Since 1883, Benjamin Moore has remained a top premier paint brand for do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike, offering customers high quality and more than 3,500 premium color options. As part of the partnership with Benjamin Moore, Ace Hardware is now the largest independent hardware retailer [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Tuesday’s high tide brings another round of significant ocean ov ...

September 22, 2020 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Hatteras and Ocracoke islands were battered with another round of coastal flooding on Tuesday, with ocean overwash occurring several hours before and after the 12:00 p.m. high tide. Significant ocean overwash was reported throughout the islands in northern Hatteras village, Buxton, Avon, Rodanthe, Pea Island, and northern Ocracoke Island. Several vehicles became stuck in deep [...] Local News |  Full Article

Thursday Reopening of N.C. Highway 12 “Likely” per NCDOT

September 24, 2020 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

10:45 A.M. UPDATE: N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands will open to traffic at noon, per a Thursday morning update from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT). With limited ocean overwash from the overnight high tide cycle, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced that a Thursday reopening of N.C. Highway 12 was [...] Local News |  Full Article

Tuesday’s high tide brings another round of significant ocean ov ...

September 22, 2020 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Hatteras and Ocracoke islands were battered with another round of coastal flooding on Tuesday, with ocean overwash occurring several hours before and after the 12:00 p.m. high tide. Significant ocean overwash was reported throughout the islands in northern Hatteras village, Buxton, Avon, Rodanthe, Pea Island, and northern Ocracoke Island. Several vehicles became stuck in deep [...] Local News |  Full Article

Large venues in N.C. can open at 7% capacity, per Gov. Cooper anno ...

September 22, 2020 | Local News | 1

Some North Carolina small businesses that have experienced extraordinary disruption to their operations due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic may benefit from a $40 million relief program to help offset fixed costs like rent, mortgage interests and utility bills, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy – powering our [...] Local News |  Full Article

Public comment period open for the CHNS Sediment Management Framework Draft Environmental Impact Statement

September 18, 2020 | Seashore News

The National Park Service (NPS) seeks public review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sediment Management Framework at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore). The 45-day comment period begins today, September 18, 2020 with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register and ends on November 2, 2020. A sediment management framework at the Seashore is necessary to address impacts and provide timely response for park partners that seek to nourish beaches in the face of increased storm events and projected sea level rise. The framework will include when, where, and how sediment management actions may be permitted at the Seashore. The framework will also include mitigation measures to avoid and minimize negative impacts that may be associated with sediment management activities. The draft EIS analyzes alternatives, including the n [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

24-hour ORV access starts Sept. 15, and other National Seashore up ...

September 11, 2020 | 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 10 include the following: Seashore Updates On Monday, September 7, the Museum of the Sea reopened [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Museums at Cape Hatteras National Seashore sites set to reopen

September 4, 2020 | Seashore News

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and consistent with North Carolina’s “Safer at Home Phase 2.5” executive order, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are reopening three indoor facilities. The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends length of 2020 lifeguard s ...

September 2, 2020 | Seashore News

As a result of increased late summer tourism to the Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will offer lifeguard services through the end of September at three lifeguard beaches. This year’s lifeguard season, originally scheduled from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, is extended through Wednesday, September 30 at Coquina Beach Access (Bodie Island), [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

New “Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest” Program Launched by Outer Ba ...

August 27, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has launched a new “Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest Program,” per a recent announcement. Starting on Thursday, August 27, Outer Banks fans can symbolically adopt a sea turtle nest within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and receive an official adoption certificate and information about [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Island Living: Adventures in Online Dating on Hatteras Island

September 25, 2020 | Island Features | By: Elaine Hooper

Maybe it’s years of social isolation. Maybe it’s my age catching up to me. Maybe it’s another bizarre facet of the 2020 Curse whose despotic thumb we are all living under. Whatever the reason, dating on Hatteras Island is the most difficult thing I have ever tried to do. Since my social circle mostly involves close relatives, animals, and happily-attached couples, I am trying to find that special someone via online dating. Let me tell you, it is slim pickings. Where are all these “hot singles near me” I see touted on the ads for all the dating apps? Is my definition of “hot” off, or do the developers not grasp the meaning of “near?” Sure, in the grand scheme of things, Norfolk isn’t all that far from Salvo, but for enjoying a spontaneous, romantic dinner for two, it may as well be Kuala Lumpur. My list of ideal traits is not exactly extravagant, either. Single male, 3 [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Design Phase Underway for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Restoration Project

September 17, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist | 1

Initial steps are being taken to give the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse a well-deserved restoration from the inside out, and the first portion of the project – the design phase – is already underway, per an update from the National Park Service. Built in 1868-70, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has understandably suffered some wear and tear [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Disaster, Parks Funding In COVID-19 Relief Bill

September 8, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kirk.Ross | From The: Coastal Review Online

The North Carolina General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a new coronavirus relief package that also includes hurricane, tornado and earthquake assistance. In a brief, two-day session, the legislature passed Thursday the 52-page bill by wide margins in both chambers, clearing the Senate first in a 44-5 vote and followed by the House, which approved the bill 104-10. The [...] Island Features |  Full Article

North Carolina Aquariums welcome guests back September 14

September 4, 2020 | Island Features | From The: Outer Banks Voice

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island Following North Carolina’s move into Safer at Home Phase 2.5, the North Carolina Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island are excited to announce that they will welcome guests back beginning Monday, Sept. 14 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of guests [...] Island Features |  Full Article

July occupancy revenue sets record, meal money lags

September 23, 2020 | Real Estate

Here’s more evidence of the strength of the tourism boom this summer. The July 2020 occupancy revenue numbers released from the Sept. 17 Dare County Tourism Board meeting show $152.3 million in occupancy revenue that month. Not only is that a huge 37% increase from the July 2019 numbers, it is a single-month record for Dare County. And despite the two-month shutdown of the county to visitors earlier this year, 2020 occupancy collections are already up 3% year-to-date over 2019. Even the usually low-keyed Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles described those results as “unbelievable.” It is a different story, however, when it comes to meals collection this summer. Due largely to capacity restrictions resulting from the need to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was $37.5 million in meals collections in July 2020, which is 21% lower than the July [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Paint a Happy Outer Banks Inspired Home Office

September 23, 2020 | Sponsored | Ace Hardware

Westlake Ace Hardware now carries Benjamin Moore premium paints in its 138 stores nationwide. Since 1883, Benjamin Moore has remained a top premier paint brand for do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike, offering customers high quality and more than 3,500 premium color options. As part of the partnership with Benjamin Moore, Ace Hardware is now the largest independent hardware retailer [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Federation Receives Marine Debris Removal Grant from NOAA

September 18, 2020 | Fishing

The North Carolina Coastal Federation will be removing large-scale marine debris in the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound with a grant award from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. The federation will coordinate the project in partnership with Dare County and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The major goal of this NOAA Marine Debris Program supported project is to remove at least 20 abandoned and derelict vessels that currently harm important habitat such as oyster reef, submerged aquatic vegetation, shallow subtidal and coastal wetlands in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary. Division of Coastal Management staff identified numerous abandoned and derelict vessels and other large-scale marine debris that negatively impact different habitats within Currituck Banks and Kitty Hawk Woods component of the N.C. Coastal Reserve. “The Division is lookin [...] Fishing |  Full Article

UPDATE: Trash collection again rescheduled

September 23, 2020 | Community News Brief

Unfortunately due to the uncertain road conditions residential trash collection for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras on Thursday Sept 24th has been cancelled.  The next collection for these areas will be Monday, Sept 28th.  At this time we anticipate residential collection to take place in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon on Friday Sept 25th. Any cancellation due to road [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Finance Department Receives Award for Excellence in Fi ...

September 22, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Dare County Finance Department has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. At the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Sept. 21, 2020, Chairman Bob Woodard presented the award to Finance Director David Clawson and Assistant Finance Director Sally DeFosse for [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Registration Now Open for Dare County Parks and Recreation Fall Ac ...

September 21, 2020 | Community News Brief

Registration is now open for a variety of Dare County Parks and Recreation programs and activities scheduled for the fall season. Available activities for children and adults at the Northern Beach Division include Youth Soccer, Youth Gymnastics, Kids Garden Club 1 and Kids Garden Club 2, Kickball Club, Smart Start Soccer, Disc Golf Club, Smart [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Cheryl K. Roberts

September 18, 2020 | Obituaries

Cheryl K. Roberts, 75 died September 16, 2020 in her residence. Mrs. Roberts was born January 17, 1946 in Braddock, Pennsylvania to Ann Helen Krivjanski. Cheryl was a high school graduate of Swissvale High. After high school, she married her late husband, Robert Roberts, in 1965 and they would have celebrated 55 years together this [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Destiney Dawn Akers

September 18, 2020 | Obituaries

Destiney D. Akers, a life-long resident of many hearts as well as Kill Devil Hills, NC and Portsmouth, VA, died unexpectedly on September 16, 2020 at the age of 32- just nine days from turning 33. Destiney is survived by her parents, Susan Renee Belvin and Dallas Griffith; her husband, Andy Coder; her children, Avah [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

John R. Wilding, Jr.

September 15, 2020 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD — John R. Wilding, Jr. passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020 in Nags Head, NC. John was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on February 20, 1944 to the late John and Helen Wilding, Sr. John retired in 1985 as a chief in the Navy. John is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wilding [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Carl Edward Clever, Jr.

September 15, 2020 | Obituaries

November 17, 1966 – September 11, 2020 WANCHESE – Carl Edward Clever, Jr., 53, of Wanchese, NC died Friday, September 11, 2020. Born in Germany on November 17, 1966, he was the son of Bonita Lee Perry Clever and the late Carl E. Clever, Sr. A commercial fisherman, Carl was known as “Mr. Fix-It”. He [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Richard Dwight Holland, Jr.

September 15, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Richard “Dick” Dwight Holland, Jr., 85, of Kill Devil Hills, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Dick was the only child of the late Richard Dwight Holland, Sr., and Lucy Hanbury Holland of [...] Obituaries |  Full Article