Waterways Commission Focuses on Hatteras Inlet Dredging, and Reviews New Digital Navigational Charts

In the midst of a blustery cold front, with a coastal storm headed to the Outer Banks this weekend, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission on Tuesday were worried that the current navigable conditions in Hatteras Inlet would suffer. Part of their concern was focused on the lapsed agreement that has delayed maintenance dredging […]

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Better Beach Data Goal of DUNEX Project

It should be no surprise to science lovers on the Outer Banks that an ambitious and potentially breakthrough coastal project that kicked off this month is centered here at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility, long a hive of scientific innovation and invention. The site, informally known as Duck Pier and officially as […]

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Hatteras Island residents weigh in on post-Dorian reentry at BOC meeting

Storm-weary Hatteras Island residents lambasted the Dare County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Monday about what they said was premature re-entry of visitors to the island after Hurricane Dorian, which earlier this month downed trees and flooded property most severely in Frisco and Hatteras villages. “I woke up Saturday morning still in […]

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With Hatteras Inlet Clear, Waterways Commission Focuses on Emergency Ferry Channel

With 48 vessels participating in last month’s 60th annual Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission on Monday applauded the absence of navigational problems during the June 23-29 event, calling it great news for the village, but also for the county’s advocacy for maintenance of Hatteras Inlet. “We […]

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REPORTER’S BLOG: Remembering the Lighthouse Move

It was the end of 1998, and Hatteras Islanders were dispirited at the prospect of moving the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse one half-mile from its eroding seaside perch. Congress had provided $9.8 million for the project earlier that year, and Buffalo, NY contractor International Chimney had already started preparations for the move. That’s about the […]

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Shoaling at Rodanthe Harbor Emergency Channel Generates Concern at Waterways Commission Meeting

With the Rodanthe Harbor emergency ferry channel dangerously shoaled two weeks from the start of hurricane season, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission on Monday expressed alarm that there are no funds or immediate plans to clear the sand from the water route that would be needed if access to N.C. Highway 12 was […]

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Regan, Mayors Tout Unity Against Drilling

Even as the Trump administration has put its East Coast offshore oil plans on hold, North Carolina’s environmental officials are rallying the forces to prepare a united front against the proposal. “We have to remain vigilant in opposition to drilling off our coast,” Michael Regan, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality, said Wednesday […]

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With Three Dredging Projects at Hatteras Inlet, Commission Examines Issues at Oregon Inlet, Other Sites

With a dredging project at the South Ferry Channel expected to start soon, another of the Rollinson Channel recently completed, and a third planned in the coming months in the Sloop Channel, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission for a change heard more concerns on Monday about waterways other than Hatteras Inlet. Challenges have […]

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