Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oil-Exploring Seismic Blasts Could Soon Disrupt Whale Territory

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway. While federal officials and the oil and gas industry characterize the exploration as benign, Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards said he’s terrified about what the intense sound waves can do to dolphins and endangered North Atlantic right whales, of which only 500 remain. “I just can’t understand how anybody would propose something that’s going to be just a rape of the East Coast, endangering whales and dolphins and turtles and fish,” he said. The seismic surveys are done with compressed air guns that blast as loud as a howitzer under the sea, repeated every 10 seconds or so for weeks at a time. Echoes from the blasts are used to produce three-dimensional maps that help company geologists figure out whether sub-sea rock formations are likely to contain fossil fuels worth drilling. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved opening an area of the Atlantic Coast from Delaware to Florida for the seismic blasts, saying there “has been no documented scientific evidence” that they harm marine mammals. Even among federal scientists, though, there is concern over what such extreme pulses of sound can do to the hearing and communication of whales and other marine life that use sound to locate food and mates, and to keep track of young.

NCDOT Considers Car-Free Ferry to Ocracoke

(from News & Observer)
HATTERAS, N.C. --  A different kind of traffic jam is causing headaches on the Outer Banks, and a different kind of public transit might provide the remedy. We’re talking ferry boats here. Hoping to unclog long queues of summer tourists who wait hours to board the slow car ferry at Hatteras, the state Department of Transportation says it will consider adding a faster, new kind of ferry that would take greater numbers of passengers to Ocracoke – without their cars. Each car ferry now hauls about 30 vehicles to the north end of Ocracoke Island – a 14-mile drive from the village, at the south end. Vacationers who want to skip the line might, one day, park their cars in Hatteras and walk onto a smaller vessel that would take up to 150 passengers to DOT’s other ferry terminal at Silver Lake, in the heart of the village.

Outer Banks Vacation Rental Company Launches Random Giveaway to Delight Beach-Goers

COROLLA, N.C. -- On a beautiful summer day on the oceanfront in Corolla, North Carolina, Southern Shores Realty employees took to the beach in a massive marketing effort to raise awareness of their business and fun-loving spirit. Packed by the hundreds, Katlyn Smith, Crystal Polston and Robert Kissell distributed colorful and classically enjoyable Frisbees to relaxing vacationers out enjoying a stress-free day.  Internet Marketing Specialist, Robert Kissell, who could think of no good reason not to do something so simple and fun, devised the idea.  "It was really a neat way to just get our company's name out to visitors and let them know how much we enjoy having fun and that we value the simple things," says Robert. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Action-Packed Murder Mystery “OBX” Joins KDP Select Program for Amazon Kindle

OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- The action-packed murder mystery “OBX” is now available exclusively for the Amazon Kindle, including the newly released 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage, Amazon’s most advanced e-reader ever, and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20 percent faster processor, twice the storage and new touch interface. OBX follows North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agent and troubled mother-of-three Michael Francis as she battles personal demons and real-life danger to solve a brutal politically charged murder case as a hurricane bears down on the seaside vacation mecca of the Outer Banks.

Theatre of Dare Opens with Spoof on Beach Blanket Flicks

(from The Outer Banks Voice)
MANTEO, N.C. -- The first show of Theater of Dare’s new season comes with a warning. “No kids!” President Don Bridge says with a laugh. “This is definitely NOT a show for children.” Indeed, with its bursts of adult language and hormone-laden characters, Psycho Beach Party is not the type of show kids should be attending. But it is the type of show that the 24-year-old Outer Banks community theater organization is hoping to throw into its lineup on occasion: a little edgier, a little less standard than regular community theater fare. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek spoof of all those Frankie and Annette beach movies of the 1960s,” says director Jimmie Lee Brooks III, “with a little Hitchcock-type psychosis thrown in for good measure. It’s campy, it’s goofy, it’s fun. We think the audience is going to have a great time at this show.” Psycho Beach Party tells the story of Chicklet Forrest (Lauren Taylor), a teenage tomboy in 1960s Malibu whose biggest dream is to become a surfer. Unfortunately, she runs up against an overprotective mother, a male-dominated surf scene and her own multiple personality disorder. One of Chicklet’s personas is an aggressive dominatrix named Ann Bowman, who’s out to rule the world, and render anyone standing in her way hairless.

Massive Shark Feeding in OBX Caught on Camera

OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- A video posted to YouTube shows dozens of sharks on a feeding frenzy close to the shore at Cape Lookout National Seashore off the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. The video was recorded on Oct. 8 by a man on vacation in the Outer Banks who was out fishing when he and another person stumbled upon the feeding frenzy. In the video, you can clearly see sharks attacking other fish with some of the sharks becoming beached by the surf. The video posted on Oct. 13 to YouTube has over 2 million views.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NC's Own Happy Fix® Closing in On Kickstarter Goal

APEX, N.C. -- North Carolina’s happiest startup, Happy Fix®, continues to garner support for its movement of people across the USA making active decisions to celebrate what’s great in life. The positive lifestyle company gained more Kickstarter backers recently and recruited dozens of new Happbassadors (happiness ambassadors) at Eden Riverfest this past weekend. “We're in the last five days of a Kickstarter campaign to take our mission of making active decisions to celebrate what's great in life -- in good times and bad -- nationwide. Funds will be used to develop innovative community programming, new products, designs and public awareness. If the project goal is reached by October 1, Happy Fix will have enough funding to launch these initiatives,” Chief Happbassador Stacy Menzies said.

Extend Summer into Fall in the Outer Banks

(from The Boston Globe)
DUCK, N.C. -- Summer in New England is too damn short. When September arrives, I imagine the earth turning away from all the things I love — warm and humid days, light-filled evenings, water warm enough for outdoor swimming — and begin dreaming about the windswept barrier islands of North Carolina. The Outer Banks, or OBX, is a narrow strip of barrier islands and peninsulas. Beginning in the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach and extending more than 175 miles along much of the North Carolina coastline, it separates the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland. The beaches rival those of the Outer Cape — minus the towering dunes. For those who want to extend summer into the fall, the Outer Banks water and air temperatures are much higher than in New England meaning one can squeeze in extra days of swimming, shorts, and flip-flops.

North Carolina Coastal Federation's 3rd Annual Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil Friday

MANTEO, N.C. -- Come enjoy the bounty of our coastal waters at the Northeast Regional Coastal Federation office for its 3rd Annual Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil. Dine on local fried flounder, steamed shrimp and yummy side dishes from our local fisherman and area restaurateurs while enjoying live music, fun and games. After a hearty meal, take a minute to meet with federation staff and learn about the important things they do to preserve our coast. Bring the kids, tie-dye a t-shirt, play corn hole or maybe jump in a kayak and explore the marsh with Coastal Kayak Touring Company.