At Dare meeting, officials stress need to evacuate

Speaking at the Dare County Commissioners meeting on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 3, Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodard and County Manager Bobby Outten urged residents to heed the mandatory evacuation order that goes into effect at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The county’s visitors have been told to evacuate on Tuesday. Reviewing the evacuation […]

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Dare Board hears proposals for ‘essential housing’

Dare County’s initiative to encourage more reasonably priced housing for year-round workers is more than a year old. But the search for exactly what to call it continues on. In June 2018, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce made a presentation to the Dare County Commissioners asking them to consider zoning changes, including allowing accessory […]

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New report says Dare and Currituck counties among most flood-threatened in U.S.

A new report finds that the state of North Carolina—as well as Dare and Currituck counties—rank near the top of U.S. locations when it comes to building new homes in areas potentially threatened by flooding. Produced by the research group Climate Central and the real estate company Zillow, the report, titled “Ocean at the Door: […]

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“Housing Crisis’ Sparks Concern at Dare Board Meeting

The Dare County Commissioners’ decision this week to renew the agreement to pay the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce $35,000 for economic development and diversification work became an occasion to raise alarm bells and a call to action about the county’s daunting “housing crisis.” The lack of sufficient workforce housing has been one of the […]

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Meet the Candidates

BY MARK JURKOWITZ The Outer Banks Sentinel The conventional wisdom is that no one really pays attention to fall elections until Labor Day arrives and the tourists leave. And with the Nov. 6 balloting only two months away, the local campaigns are certain to heat up. The last time there was a similar even-year election […]

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In a move that seemed to surprise many, Sue Burgess, the powerful and longest-serving superintendent of the Dare County Schools, announced on Jan. 11 that she will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. In a brief statement, Burgess gave no reason for her departure, but noted that she had been “fortunate to […]

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