Ferry Division, Waterways Commission work to establish new route for ferry traffic in Hatteras Inlet

Faced with increasingly dangerous conditions in Sloop Channel, the North Carolina Ferry Division has sought an emergency declaration to address safety for ferry traffic in Hatteras Inlet. Now it appears likely the Army Corps of Engineers will soon be able to provide the necessary work. “We heard you loud and clear,” Bob Keistler, Army Corps […]

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Pipeline dredging in the Hatteras Ferry Channel unlikely this winter

Pipeline dredging in the Hatteras Ferry Channel is not expected to happen this winter while agencies continue to seek solutions to funding shortfalls and dredge material disposal complications, a state ferry division official recently informed the Dare County Waterways Commission. “We’re told it’s on hold until we can figure things out,” Catherine Peele, planning and […]

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Permitting the dredge Miss Katie to do more work in Hatteras Inlet may be delayed

A relatively low-key meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission, held Monday, Aug. 14 in Buxton, turned testy midway when members learned that permitting the local dredge Miss Katie to do more work in Hatteras Inlet might be delayed until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes a new inlet management plan. Commissioners reacted with […]

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Murphy assures Dare board: Corps will do study if funded

Dare County commissioners voted last month to provide about $1.5 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of a beach nourishment project in Rodanthe, where five oceanfront houses since 2020 have succumbed to the sea, with more still at risk. North Carolina 3rd District Republican Rep. Greg Murphy told the county that the […]

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Waterways Commission hears updates on Hatteras Harbor and Avon Harbor dredging projects

Outer Banks mariners will see not only a new Coast Guard aid to navigation chief, but there will also be a new 49-foot buoy tender boat patrolling the waterways instead of the 55-foot vessel that had been used to maintain channel markers. Introducing himself at the Dare County Waterways Commission meeting on Monday evening in […]

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Climate peril, insurance, sand costs: No easy fix in Rodanthe

Even with the might of government, it can be difficult to force people to remove their houses that are at risk of falling into the ocean. More and more, it’s also proving to be difficult for homeowners to find property insurance that would adequately cover, or proactively prevent, that risk. But a Federal Insurance Office […]

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After 200th celebration, Ocracoke Light set for restoration

As islanders and National Park Service personnel have been busy in recent weeks preparing to celebrate Thursday the 200th anniversary of the Ocracoke Lighthouse, the beacon stands as a stoic symbol of the very island itself: sturdy, enduring and vulnerable. For those not already on the island, the Ocracoke Light Station 200th anniversary event set for 1-2 p.m. Thursday […]

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Waterways Commission focuses on future Hatteras Inlet, Avon, and emergency ferry route projects

With crisis conditions in Hatteras Inlet becalmed for the time being, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission are keeping a keen eye on the horizon to forestall planning kinks while turning its attention elsewhere to long-discussed projects in Avon Harbor and the Stumpy Point emergency ferry harbor. During a low-key commission meeting on May […]

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N.C. Coastal Resources Commission approves septic rule changes, flood disclosure

From CoastalReview.org Advocates say would-be homebuyers and current oceanfront property owners in North Carolina have long needed clearer rules and updated information as climate change increases the risks of damage and flooding. Two unrelated, but long-sought actions taken last week by the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission seek to clarify two persistent issues: septic systems […]

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