Bill approved letting ABC stores open on certain holidays, but have to stay closed on Sundays

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com The General Assembly has approved a bill that makes several changes to laws governing alcohol sales in North Carolina, including letting ABC stores open on certain holidays while having to stay closed on Sundays. The measure that makes a number of other changes to laws governing alcohol sales in the state still awaits […]

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Beachgoers reminded to respect the ocean when on the Outer Banks

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com Just ahead of the busy Fourth of July holiday, officials are reminding Outer Banks beachgoers to give Mother Ocean the respect she deserves, whether they are local or from out of town. Representatives from the various lifeguard services and public safety agencies covering Dare County gathered at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head on […]

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Dare To 55 traffic safety event nets 10 arrests, 75 citations

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com A traffic safety event on Tuesday targeting aggressive driving and driving while impaired in Dare County netted ten arrests and 75 total citations on a variety of charges. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in the Dare To 55 event that ran over an eight hour period. Officers conducted saturation patrols, […]

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Dare occupancy down nearly 25%, meals off over 12% in April

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com The continued “reset” of visitation to Dare County in 2024 was reflected in April’s key tourism-related economic indicators. According to figures presented to the Dare County Tourism Board at their meeting on Thursday, occupancy collections in April were down 24.55% and meals collections were off by 12.25% compared to the previous year. Through […]

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More signs of predicted ‘reset’ in Outer Banks site visitor numbers

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com The long-predicted “reset” of Outer Banks tourism after the Coronavirus pandemic continued to show signs in new data on the number of visitors to the area’s most popular sites in mid-spring. According to the latest report from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the majority of the key sites that track the number of […]

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Ocracoke Express ferry resumes Tuesday after steering repairs

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com A mechanical issue with the state-owned Ocracoke Express passenger ferry has been repaired at the state shipyard in Manns Harbor, and plans are for service to resume on Tuesday. The catamaran-style vessel, which is now in its sixth season, transports passengers via a 70-minute trip between Hatteras Village and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke […]

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