Monday, May 11, 2015

Birds Force Closure of 40 Miles of Driving on Hatteras

BUXTON, N.C. -- A buffer from the beach to the sound is protecting Hatteras Island's first oystercatcher nest of the season, blocking traffic to Cape Point, one of the best fishing spots on the East Coast. If beach driving advocates get their way, that won't be the case much longer. An alliance of groups sent a letter last week to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac saying park staff must shrink the area surrounding sea turtle and shorebird nests and shorten the buffer's duration. Their requests are based on a federal law passed in December mandating those changes by mid-June. "The law says you must allow access," said Jim Keene, legislative director for the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association. The group is affiliated with the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance, which sent the letter.

Man on Cruise Ship off Cape Hatteras Evacuated by Coast Guard

HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued an ailing man from a cruise ship 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras. A statement from the Coast Guard said the Carnival Pride cruise ship requested a medical evacuation for a 47-year-old passenger around 3 p.m. Saturday. An MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Elizabeth City took off around 4 p.m. and arrived at the ship 40 minutes later. Officials say the man was taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. Hospital personnel couldn't provide information on the man's condition on Sunday.

Sun Realty Celebrates 35 Years in Business

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Sun Realty of Nags Head, a premier vacation rental and real estate sales company on the Outer Banks, is celebrating its 35th anniversary on May 15, 2015. At a time when smaller companies are being absorbed by larger corporations, Sun Realty has maintained that 'big company, small office' feel through their seven office locations. Sun marks this milestone with extreme gratitude to its incredible staff, trusted owners, and loyal guests.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

NCDOT Ferry Division Holding Open Houses, Ship Tours

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. -- When the Provincetown III visits the Outer Banks May 4-5, it could be a glimpse into the future of a new type of ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. During that visit, NCDOT Ferry Division officials are offering members of the public a chance to tour the ship for themselves and provide valuable feedback as they study the idea of passenger service between the two villages. The Provincetown III is a catamaran-style passenger ferry that works in the Caribbean over the winter and between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts in the summer. The ship will make a stop in North Carolina on its way back north as part of a state feasibility study into passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke.

Whalehead Club in Corolla Now Operated by County

(from The Outer Banks Voice)
COROLLA, N.C. -- Currituck County has taken over operation of the historic Whalehead Club, which was restored and has been operated by the Whalehead Preservation Trust for more than two decades. The county announced the transition Tuesday, saying in a statement that the tourist attraction will now be operated by the Travel and Tourism Department. Employees of the Trust had managed the old hunting lodge adjacent to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse built by a northern industrialist in the early 20th century under contract after the county obtained it in the early 1990s. The Board of Commissioners voted Monday 7-0 to end the Trust’s handling of day-to-day operations, and has asked the Trust to serve as an advisory board and work on a restoration project involving historical boats that once roamed the Currituck Sound.

Manteo Building for Sale for Just $638,000

(from The Outer Banks Voice)
MANTEO, N.C. -- Dare County’s old administration building in Manteo is on the market for $638,000. Built in 1940, the building was once a hotel and is listed as a historic structure. It now houses the local branch of the Girl Scouts. County Commissioners agreed earlier this month to contract with the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina Inc. to look for a buyer. Repairing the 12,142-square-foot building would cost around $1 million, according to an analysis by the county.

Great Whites Cruising Outer Banks

PAMLICO SOUND, N.C. -- Scientists are tracking two great white sharks very close to the Outer Banks, one of which is swimming in the Pamlico Sound. OCEARCH has tagged and tracks about two dozen great whites to study their migratory routes. They’re trying to learn more about these predators, which in turn will help in conservation. According to satellite data from OSEARCH, a female great white named ‘Genie,’ swam through the Oregon Inlet sometime on April 2. She’s been swimming in the Pamlico Sound since then. Just off the coast of the Outer Banks, another shark, a juvenile female great white named Katherine, was also spotted lurking.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Southport in Running for ‘Happiest Seaside Town’ in America

SOUTHPORT, N.C. -- The tiny hamlet of Southport, on the Cape Fear River just below Wilmington, has been named one of ten finalists in Coastal Living magazine’s list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns. It is the only finalist in North or South Carolina. The unranked list includes beach destinations across the county, from California to Mississippi to New Hampshire. Through March 31, people can vote once every hour for their favorite town to determine which will be named the Coastal Living No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town in America. The winning town will be featured in the July/August issue of Coastal Living, which will be on sale on June 19. To vote online, visit

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Outer Banks Distillery Making Rum

MANTEO, N.C. -- The molasses has been delivered. The tanks and copper pot distiller are in place. The old hardwood floors have been pulled up and concrete poured to support the new equipment. The wood has been refashioned into a beautiful bar where the product of the still will be sampled. Other wood originally used used for beams and joists will be re-worked into racks to hold aging barrels. T-shirts, ball caps, sailing flags and other souvenirs are waiting in the gift shop. All that remains for Outer Banks Distilling to launch its premier product, Kill Devil Rum, are a few final inspections. Expectations are that the distiller will be ready to commence production in two to three weeks, and first bottlings of the regular and pecan rums will follow eight weeks later.