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A Message from Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard

June 26, 2020 | Local News | By: Donna Barnett

Following the Governor’s announcement on Wednesday that face coverings are required throughout North Carolina, local officials met this morning and agreed that for consistency and to eliminate confusion amongst the public, Dare County’s face covering requirement is now aligned with the Governor’s Executive Order 147. In the video, Woodard points out that there is community-wide [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke passenger ferry service funding clears General Assembly

June 25, 2020 | Local News | By: Peter Vankevich | From The: Ocracoke Observer

Perhaps few were surprised on April 28 when the N.C. Department of Transportation announced that it canceled its 2020 contract for the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry. Financial woes and a pandemic were a bad combination for it to resume this year. Then word got out that the North Carolina General Assembly was working on legislation [...] Local News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of June 25

June 25, 2020 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities, closures or cancellations, and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of June 25 include the following: Seashore Updates To recreate responsibly, Cape Hatteras National Seashore [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Biscuits

June 25, 2020 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks?SPCA?pet of the week, Biscuits, courtesy of their latest video produced?by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Biscuits, and the many other Outer Banks pets currently up for adoption, visit the Outer Banks?SPCA?website at?https://www.obxspca.org/, or their Facebook page at?https://www.facebook.com/obxspca/

A Message from Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard

June 26, 2020 | Local News | By: Donna Barnett

Following the Governor’s announcement on Wednesday that face coverings are required throughout North Carolina, local officials met this morning and agreed that for consistency and to eliminate confusion amongst the public, Dare County’s face covering requirement is now aligned with the Governor’s Executive Order 147. In the video, Woodard points out that there is community-wide [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke passenger ferry service funding clears General Assembly

June 25, 2020 | Local News | By: Peter Vankevich | From The: Ocracoke Observer

Perhaps few were surprised on April 28 when the N.C. Department of Transportation announced that it canceled its 2020 contract for the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry. Financial woes and a pandemic were a bad combination for it to resume this year. Then word got out that the North Carolina General Assembly was working on legislation [...] Local News |  Full Article

Original 1871 Lighthouse Fence Foundation Exposed at Old Lighthouse Beach

June 28, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 1

Segments of the original brick fence foundation that bordered the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse were exposed during a recent wave of erosion, and are currently visible to beachgoers at the Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton.The clusters of brick and stone were first installed in 1871, a year after the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built, and although parts of the fence foundation were removed in order to move the structure in 1999, a section of the fence was left underground, and remained generally invisible to the public. Last week, a section of the beach was "scarped," or eroded, leaving behind a three-foot sandy cliff, as well as patches of brick and stone that once served as the base for the wrought-iron lighthouse border. “These footers and capstones were left buried under the sand, and were exposed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and other storms since,” says John M. Havel, Cape Hatteras L[...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of June 25

June 25, 2020 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities, closures or cancellations, and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of June 25 include the following: Seashore Updates To recreate responsibly, Cape Hatteras National Seashore [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

N.E.S.T. adds $2,500 to reward for information in death of sea tur ...

June 12, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

The Outer Banks Network for Endangered Sea Turtles has added another $2,500 to the reward leading the to the identity of the driver who ran over and killed a nesting loggerhead sea turtle in Frisco on Memorial Day. Along with the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance, the reward for information in the turtle’s death is [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

A Beachcomber’s View: Sea Pottery

June 27, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kristin Hissong

Many have heard about the beautiful pieces of broken glass that the ocean transforms into seaglass, as hunting for these beach treasures has been increasing in popularity all over the globe. Beachcombers have started scheduling vacations to historical glass-making areas such as Italy, which is credited for inventing cobalt blue glass, or coastal fishing communities like Japan, which is famous for their aqua blue glass fishing buoys, or areas like Puerto Rico, where sea glass can be found in an abundance of rainbow colors because of its natural landscape, as well as the country's history of merchants and war. One of my favorite beachcombers that I follow is opening an Air B&B in Scotland to serve the needs of this increasing passion. A passion that is growing along the Outer Banks as well. Seaglass has a sister, and sea pottery is her name. Sea pottery can be from a broken plate, pit[...] Island Features |  Full Article

Portuguese Men-Of-War Dot NC Beaches

June 9, 2020 | Island Features | From The: Coastal Review Online| 1

by?Robert Michelson The Portuguese man-of-war, a blue-crested float attached to a dark mass of tentacles, has been spotted in large numbers on beaches during the past several weeks at Fort Macon State Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Wrightsville Beach and elsewhere along the North Carolina coast. Found in the Atlantic, Pacific, where they’re called “blue [...] Island Features |  Full Article

NC Seafood Featured in New Poster Series

June 8, 2020 | Island Features

Written by North Carolina Sea Grant’s communications director Katie Mosher North Carolina Sea Grant has released a new series of downloadable seafood posters designed for retailers that showcase kitchen-tested recipes from?Mariner’s Menu, the program’s seafood recipe and resources site. Designed by former intern Hayden Stephens, who will graduate this month from Leesville Road High School [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Resilience Bigger Part of Plan to Save NC 12

June 1, 2020 | Island Features | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review Online

This is the fifth installment in a continuing series on climate change and the North Carolina coast that is part of the?Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines?reporting initiative. Twenty-seven years ago, an interagency panel of bureaucrats, politicians and scientists gathered for the first time in Atlanta, Georgia, to study how to save a North Carolina coastal [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Ray Gray Classic Draws Big Crowds and Big Support for Surf Club WI ...

April 29, 2019 | Watersports | By: Sarah Rich

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School Surf Club was out in full force at the first annual Ray Gray Classic at the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site on Sunday, and the inaugural event attracted a big crowd of spectators and surfers. The club’s teacher-sponsor, secondary school teacher Clayton Tiderman, formulated the event after multiple requests from [...] Watersports |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: The impact of Covid-19 on the real estate market

May 11, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

As you might expect, the most frequently asked question that my Realtor colleagues and I are hearing these days is – “What impact are the COVID-19 related restrictions having on the Hatteras Island real estate market?” This article is intended to provide some insights into the answers to this question. To begin the discussion, we first need to identify which restrictions are having the most significant ramifications for the island’s real estate market. I think there would be very little disagreement if the restrictions on non-resident property owner and visitor access to Dare County were pinpointed as the most important factors influencing the day to day conduct of the real estate business. To establish a common understanding of the time frame that we are analyzing, non-resident visitor entry into Dare County was prohibited on March 17. Three days later on March 20, non- resident[...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate:Protecting your funds during a real...

March 2, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

Each year, real estate agents are required to take eight hours of continuing education classes in order to maintain their active broker licenses. The first four hours usually focus on topics that the North Carolina Real Estate Commission considers currently important. The second half of the training offers information on elective subjects. This year, one [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Outer Banks property owners shocked by tax revaluation, but expert ...

February 28, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Many Dare County property owners got a shock when they received their seven-year tax revaluations this week. Property assessments for some went up as much as 80 and 90 percent, sparking worries about what coming real estate tax bills might look like. The alarm, local real estate experts say, is unwarranted. At least right now. [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

REMINDER: Deadline to renew current commercial/for-hire fishing licenses extended to July 31

June 25, 2020 | Fishing

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has extended the deadline to renew current commercial and for-hire fishing licenses by one month in response to COVID-19. Fiscal year 2019-2020 commercial fishing licenses, for-hire fishing licenses, and permits issued by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries with an expiration of June 30, 2020 will remain valid until July 31, 2020. This extension does not apply to fiscal year 2018-2019 commercial fishing licenses that expired on June 30, 2019. These license holders must purchase a fiscal year 2019-2020 license by June 30, 2020 to remain eligible to purchase a fiscal year 2020-2021 license. The extension also does not apply to Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses or Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses. Recent legislation pertaining to COVID-19 authorized state agencies to delay until Aug. 1 the renewal dates and associated fees for licenses and pe[...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Biscuits

June 25, 2020 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks?SPCA?pet of the week, Biscuits, courtesy of their latest video produced?by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Biscuits, and the many other Outer Banks pets currently up for adoption, visit the Outer Banks?SPCA?website at?https://www.obxspca.org/, or their Facebook page at?https://www.facebook.com/obxspca/

North Carolina Coastal Federation Selected Three for Stewardship A ...

June 17, 2020 | Community News Brief

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is honoring three graduating high school seniors with the 2020 Coastal Stewardship Award. Henry Ferrell of Wilmington, Ella Harlacher of Swansboro and Dylan Gray of Hatteras have been selected to receive the annual award for their accomplishments and activities that make them great coastal stewards. The federation launched the Coastal [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Ocracoke Preservation Society Plans Virtual Fig Festival for 2020

June 17, 2020 | Community News Brief

The annual event will celebrate Ocracoke Island’s “Sweetest Tradition” with a week of online videos of cooking demonstrations, interviews, music, and village walk-abouts. Join in for raffles, online vendor sales, and a Virtual Fig Cake Bake-Off! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ocracoke community will celebrate the summer’s fig bounty in a new and innovative way [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Judith V. Mason

June 25, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLLS — Judith V. Mason, 86, died June 21, 2020, at Spring Arbor in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Ms. Mason was born March 9, 1934 in Rochester, NH to Walter and Marion Abbott. While attending the University of NH, she met Richard Van Lunen, and they were married in 1953. Together they had [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Donald John Seko

June 24, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Donald J. Seko, 74, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, gained his wings on Friday, June 19, 2020, surrounded by his devoted wife and loving children. Don was born July 1, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he spent his childhood years terrorizing his older sisters, as any good little brother should [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Jacqueline Vannote Midgett

June 24, 2020 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Jacqueline Vannote Midgett, 90, a resident of Peak Resources – Outer Banks in Nags Head, and formerly of Manteo, died Sunday, June 21, 2020. Born on July 28, 1929, she was the only child of the late James Vannote and Carrie Evans Vannote. She was raised in Manteo, NC and was a graduate [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Jerry Dewayne Stokes

June 23, 2020 | Obituaries

July 6, 1960 – June 16, 2020 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Jerry Dewayne Stokes, 59, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at his home. Jerry loved the Outer Banks which had been his home for most of his life. He met his wife, Debi at the Avalon Fishing Pier where they [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Margaret Emma Kozeniewski Evanoff

June 23, 2020 | Obituaries

December 6, 1925 – June 18, 2020 KITTY HAWK — Margaret Emma Kozeniewski Evanoff, 94, of Martins Point, Kitty Hawk, NC died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Born December 16, 1925, she was the fifth daughter of the late Sofia and Samuel Kozeniewski. Margaret was raised in Conshohocken, PA where she [...] Obituaries |  Full Article