Outer Banks, northeast N.C. avoid major issues from 2022 hurricane season

While the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered for the devastation in Florida and Puerto Rico, the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina were spared any major issues from what turned out to be an average year for tropical cyclone activity. The season that ended November 30 produced 14 named storms with winds of […]

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Newest member of N.C. Ferry System fleet, M/V Salvo, arrives in Manns Harbor

The newest addition to the North Carolina Ferry System fleet arrived Thursday morning at the NCDOT Shipyard in Manns Harbor. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $22.85 million contract in 2018 to Gulf Island Shipyards of Houma, Louisiana, for construction of two new River Class ferries that can transport 40 vehicles. The M/V Salvo, […]

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NOAA taking comment on proposed 2023 bluefish commercial and recreational limits

NOAA Fisheries is proposing the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommended catch specifications for the 2023 bluefish fishery. These proposed catch limits are largely unchanged from what was previously projected for fishing year 2023, with adjustments to the final recreational harvest limit to account for a 2021 recreational sector overage, and the most recent (2021) recreational […]

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Insurance companies seek massive rate increase for mobile homes in northeastern North Carolina, Outer Banks

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed a request with the N.C. Department of Insurance to increase insurance rates for mobile home policies over the next two years, with the biggest rate hikes in the state again along coastal areas. The NCRB, which represents insurance companies and is not a part of the N.C. Department […]

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Dare County occupancy, meals tax collections through August up 7 percent from 2021… WITH VIDEO

While occupancy and meals tax collections in Dare County were both up more than 7 percent compared to the record totals received in 2021, those numbers may be more reflective of rising prices. And the totals collected in August were down from last year by 9.88 percent for the hotel/motel/vacation rental tax, and 15.03 percent […]

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UPDATED: State Insurance Commissioner objects to rate increase for rentals, sets hearing for April 2023

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced he will oppose a request from insurance companies that cover rental and investment properties for a significant increase in premiums for dwelling policies on the Outer Banks and in northeastern North Carolina spread over the next two years. The N.C. Tribune reported Causey has set an April 17, 2023, […]

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Murphy, Rouzer, Wittman urge NOAA to withdraw right whale vessel speed restriction proposal

Congressmen Dr. Greg Murphy, (R-NC), David Rouzer (R-NC), and Rob Wittman (R-VA) have sent a letter to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration urging them to withdraw a proposed amendment which would expand compliance of the mandatory 10-knot speed restrictions in Seasonal Management Areas. The proposal would impact 15,899 vessels throughout the Eastern Seaboard, resulting in 121,061 […]

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Outer Banks listed as one of world’s best October destinations by Travel+Leisure

The Outer Banks has been featured by website Travel+Leisure as one of the “12 Best Places to Travel in October”. Here’s what Travel+Leisure’s Patricia Doherty had to say: If you missed your summer vacation and still have travel on your mind, you’re in luck. In places like Hawaii, North Carolina, and Europe, the tourist count […]

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Vote now for Coast Guard Marathon as 2022’s best new sports event in U.S.

The 2022 Coast Guard Marathon has been nominated by the readers of SportsTravel and is a finalist for the “2022 Best New Sports Event Award”. Visit Elizabeth City spearheaded a large, synergetic project to create the first official U.S. Coast Guard road race. Given that all other branches of the military have well-established races and […]

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Hurricane season continues bucking forecasts; Tropical Storm Danielle forms in North Atlantic

While forecasters called for above-average tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin, the first three months of the 2022 hurricane season has been one of the quietest in recent history. There has been an uptick in activity over the past few days, with Tropical Storm Danielle forming in the far North Atlantic and two other areas […]

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