North Carolina Lawmakers Enable Use of Living Shorelines for Hurricane Recovery

At the suggestion of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the North Carolina General Assembly acted this week to encourage the use of living shorelines along estuarine shorelines as property owners take steps to recover from Hurricane Florence. Lawmakers enabled the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission to adopt a temporary rule to provide a more streamlined […]

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REAL Watersports Gives a Record-Breaking Award to Hatteras Island Youth

On a sunny Friday afternoon, REAL Watersports Co-Founder Trip Forman presented the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF) Board of Directors with a check for the money raised during the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational in 2018. It’s a ceremony that has become somewhat routine over the past three years, however, 2018 was especially notable for […]

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Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Oct. 25 to 28 to Spotlight 300 Years Since Blackbeard’s Demise

By Connie Leinbach The Ocracoke Observer In 300 years since his demise, Blackbeard has become the best-known pirate in history, and the popularity of recent Hollywood movies has created a fanatical interest in the man and his times. Numerous books and competing histories vie for the definitive Blackbeard story: Was he born in the colonies […]

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Blackbeard’s Death: Part Of A Failed Coup?

On Nov. 22, 1718, two small but well-manned sloops commanded by Lt. Robert Maynard of His Majesty‚Äôs Royal Navy approached a ship commanded by one Capt. Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach, Thach, Thatch, Titche, all names attributed at various times to the pirate captain. Blackbeard signaled for the sloops to pass, but they responded […]

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Highlights from the October 1 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a number of Outer Banks-related issues and achievements at their October 15 meeting in Manteo. Topics which pertained to the island and / or the local community included the following.   Board Approves Zoning Amendments to Facilitate Year-Round Housing Following a public hearing at which 10 citizens […]

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