Donna Creef to retire as Dare Planning Director

Had worked in county planning since 1988 After more than three decades helping to shape the course of development in unincorporated Dare County, Donna Creef will retire from her post as the Dare County Planning Director on Jan. 31. Creef’s career with Dare County began in 1988, shortly after she graduated from East Carolina University. […]

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Nettles links Dare County tourism boom to COVID

Visitors Bureau boss also says current visitor levels not ‘sustainable’ As occupancy and meals revenues continued to soar in Dare County, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles says the COVID-19 pandemic has played a significant role in those record-shattering numbers. But he also acknowledged the need for more gradual tourism growth, noting that […]

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Dare BOE votes to uphold school mask mandate

Move comes after several hours of public comment After more than two hours of public comment addressing everything from the district’s mask mandate to the national controversy surrounding Critical Race Theory, the Dare County Board of Education voted 5-2 at its Nov. 9 meeting to continue requiring face coverings for students, employees and visitors in […]

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Housing units proposed at Hatteras Island Plaza

Dare Commissioners approve Nov. 15 hearing The owners of Hatteras Island Plaza in Avon have submitted a request for a zoning text amendment that would pave the way for the demolition of the vacant RC movie theater at the shopping center and replace the building with multi-family structures. The Dare County Board of Commissioners, during […]

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Dare County Board of Commissioners approves food truck expansion

The Dare County Board of Commissioners, in a 5-0 vote, approved a zoning text amendment on Oct. 19 to allow business establishments in the unincorporated areas of the county to have up to five mobile food trucks on their property. Previously, the ordinance only allowed one truck per property. Pangea Tavern owner and Koru Village […]

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‘I think we are going to see increases here’

New FEMA flood insurance system means bigger local premiums Effective October 1, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has implemented a new rating system called Risk Rating 2.0 to determine how much policyholders must pay in premiums. And while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hails the new rating system as a more equitable one […]

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DNCR Secretary Reid Wilson tours Outer Banks

Says funds for some local projects depend on budget outcome North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) Secretary Reid Wilson spent two days on the Outer Banks this week visiting DNCR’s sites while in town for this year’s Surfalorus Film Festival, which is being sponsored by DNCR’s North Carolina Aquarium and hosted by […]

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