Dare sets record with June 2020 occupancy dollars

Data reflects tourism boom in a pandemic (Dare County Tourism Board) The June occupancy and meals data released by OBX Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles in his recap of the Dare County Tourism Board’s August meeting provides additional empirical evidence that since the county re-opened for visitors on May 16, tourism here has been […]

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Cooper expected to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Update: In advance of whatever decision he may announce tomorrow, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order today extending till Oct. 2 the current restriction on restaurants selling alcohol after 11 p.m. Appearing to confirm that there will be an easing of COVID-19 related restrictions, Governor Roy Cooper’s press office issued a statement on Aug. […]

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In LeeAnn Fletcher’s wake, a determined campaign to keep the focus on her case

The ground-floor room in Mary Ann Fletcher’s Southern Shores home feels like a makeshift shrine to her daughter, with burning candles and a large photograph of LeeAnn Fletcher highlighting the setting.  Trisha Cahoon, a first cousin and close friend of LeeAnn’s, begins the conversation by replaying a roughly six-minute 911 call made on the morning […]

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Dare County agrees to classify NRPO’s as resident property owners in future health emergencies

At a special morning meeting on July 6, the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a settlement in the case of Bailey v. Dare County that would, in future public health emergencies, classify non-resident property owners the same way as residents and allow them the same entry into the county. In that lawsuit, brought […]

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New Hatteras business group puts out welcome mat

Megan Vayette says she was among those “embarrassed” by some of the expressions of ill will directed toward non-resident property owners and Outer Banks visitors during this COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. So, she “got the ball rolling,” on the creation of the new (about a week old, actually) Hatteras Island Business Association, which currently has about […]

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Cooper voices concern about a shortfall of medical protective equipment

During remarks at his 2 p.m. briefing on Friday April 3, Governor Roy Cooper focused on the state’s problems trying to obtain enough personal protection equipment for its frontline health care workers. “This is a bad situation, folks,” Cooper warned. “We’ve gotten just thirty-three percent of what we’ve asked for [from the Strategic National Stockpile] […]

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Dare Sheriff’s deputies ticketing checkpoint cheaters

Virtually every day, on social media and elsewhere, rumors and stories surface about people finding ways to circumvent the restriction on non-residents and non-resident property owners entering the Outer Banks. Conversations with Dare County and Currituck County officials, many of them private, produce a general consensus that there can be little doubt that some people, […]

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“Extreme circumstances” required to allow non-resident owner into Dare County

Dare County can approve an exception to its current restrictions on non-resident property owners entering the county. But it is one that would only apply to “something dire,” according to Dare County Manager Bobby Outten. This issue emerged into public view on March 21 when the Nags Head Board of Commissioners called an emergency meeting […]

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