BOEM identifies 6 new areas for Mid-Atlantic wind energy; two are in NC waters

With its newly released report, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has dramatically increased the potential for wind energy from Delaware to Cape Hatteras. The six new areas to be considered are included in a Nov. 14 draft report titled Development of the Central Atlantic Wind Energy Areas. The draft concludes that in those areas, […]

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Lighthouse builder Dexter Stetson laid sturdy foundations

The three lighthouses north of Ocracoke on the Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island and Currituck Beach, built between 1869 and 1875, have withstood hurricanes, nor’easters and the harsh coastal environment, although the Hatteras light was moved landward in 1999 to spare it from the encroaching Atlantic. The trio all share design features that were […]

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From the sand to the sea: Four loggerheads leave their nest on Hatteras

About 100 people or so gathered around Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) Resource officers Ash Keiper-Kintz and Mike Puckett as they carefully reached down into the loggerhead turtle nest and brought eggs to the surface. The focus of their attention was the Aug. 26 sea turtle next excavation at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beach. Physically, the […]

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German U-Boat is centerpiece of WWII Exhibit at Graveyard of the Atlantic

Museum also announces $4.2M in funds for expansion The cutaway model of German U-Boat 522 was the centerpiece of the expanded WWII exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum that was unveiled on the evening of Wednesday, June 29. But the most noteworthy development may have been the announcement by Director for the North […]

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With bridge project, concerns arise about power and communications to Hatteras and Ocracoke

Last week, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management agreed to allow NCDOT to place sandbags at the north end of Rodanthe at Mirlo Beach. The permit is seen as important for the protection of the subdivision from changes in the shoreline that will certainly occur when the sandbags and dunes, and even the road, are removed from […]

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When bridge is complete, part of NC may return to nature

The “S-curves” north of Rodanthe, one of the most troubled sections of the ribbon of highway connecting Hatteras Island with the mainland, may soon be allowed to return to its natural state. Sometime in March, if the weather holds and the North Carolina Department of Transportation meets its schedule, the span informally known as the […]

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NC12 subcommittee cites Canal Zone and Ocracoke as top priorities

After six months of meetings, a subcommittee of the NC12 Task Force has reached a consensus on what areas of the vulnerable road that connects Ocracoke and Hatteras with the northern Outer Banks should be the top priorities for keeping the transportation link open. At its Jan. 13 meeting, the subcommittee focused on five areas of concern: […]

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Bridge will bypass Pea Island, but refuge access to remain

Sometime soon, possibly before spring, the 2.4-mile “jug handle” bridge bypassing the troubled S-curves just north of Rodanthe will open to traffic, and after it does, folks will still be able to access the national wildlife refuge here. The bridge, with a projected 100-year lifespan, is seen as the only practical solution to maintaining the […]

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