Hyde County seeks federal help with dredging Hatteras Inlet, eyes additional real estate transfer tax

Here are some of the important issues that have been covered in recent Hyde County Commissioners monthly meetings. Ferry funding, dredging In their $30 billion, two-year spending plan finalized late September, the North Carolina General Assembly has allocated $74 million to the Ferry Division, up from last year’s $58.5 million. But in 2024-2025, that appropriation […]

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Passenger ferry to Ocracoke resumes but will end July 31

After having been sidelined since July 7, the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry resumed service July 19, but it will only go until July 31 since funding beyond that is uncertain. That was the report from Jed Dixon, N.C. Ferry Division deputy director, at the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association (OCBA) meeting Tuesday evening. Dixon said […]

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Ocracoke Scotch bonnet breaks state record

A Scotch bonnet found by an Ocracoke resident broke the state record Friday night during the North Carolina Shell Club’s spring meeting on Ocracoke. Islander Felicity Gage is an avid beach walker and brought three large Scotch bonnets to the meeting for official measurement. One of hers measured 91.35 millimeters, which beat the previous record […]

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Ocracoke Islanders ask for better emergency services

Ocracoke Island is a resort community and needs good EMT service. That was the message at the Hyde County Board of Commissioners Monday night by islanders Scott Bradley and Ronny Vann O’Neal, the latter of whom related a concerning situation that happened over the weekend. O’Neal explained that an island woman was in pain and […]

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Hyde County budget proposes a 10-cent property tax hike

Hyde County Manager Kris Cahoon Noble is recommending a 10-cent property tax increase, or 0.895 cents per $100 of assessed valuation up from the current rate of .795 cents. The increase will help fund the county’s proposed general fund budget of $15.559 million for 2022-2023, up from $15.357 million last year. The Hyde County Board […]

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Ocracoke Planning Board seeks moratorium on approving food truck permits

The Ocracoke Advisory Planning Board at its April 13 meeting voted to ask Hyde County to put a moratorium for several months on approving food truck applications for Ocracoke. This would have to be approved by the Hyde County commissioners preceded by a public hearing. A meeting of the planning board will be held at […]

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