Residents and officials speak against ferry tolls at Ocracoke and Hatteras

Ocracoke and mainland Hyde residents who attended a hearing last night on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to toll the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry were overwhelmingly against putting a toll on their only free access to their homes. “A toll on the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry would devastate our local economy,” said Chip Stevens, owner of Blackbeard’s Lodge, […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission tackles observer program funding, spotted seatrout, shrimp issues

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will submit a report to the legislature that proposes to fund the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Observer Program through commercial fishing license fee increases. The commission endorsed the plan, which was brought forward by the commercial fishing industry and has the support of the Division of Marine Fisheries and […]

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Sand woes: Emergency nourishment delayed again; ferry channel still being dredged

There’s too much sand in the Hatteras ferry channel and not enough on the beach in Rodanthe, and state and federal officials are working on both ends of Hatteras Island to address the issues. An emergency beach nourishment project near the S-curves in northern Rodanthe is no longer considered an emergency by the federal government, […]

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