Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rare Hawksbill Sea Turtle Nests Found At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. -- Not only was the summer of 2015 a productive year for sea turtle nests along Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but at least two of the nests were made by a rare visitor to the seashore: Hawksbill sea turtles. Seashore officials say that in early September, a record 289 turtle nests hatched south of Ramp 55. One of those nests, according to park biologists, was the southernmost sea turtle nest recorded on Hatteras Island for the 2015 season. Recent DNA results have confirmed that at least two sea turtle nests this season belonged to Hawksbill sea turtles, a park release said.

Ferry Funding at Crossroads

(from WRAL.com)
MANNS HARBOR, N.C. — Workers grinding and chipping old paint and rust away from the hull, decks and inner compartments of the passenger ferry Carteret added to the layer of dust that had settled over the 26-year-old ship the week before Thanksgiving. ​The 771-gross-ton vessel is right at the age when Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin would like to start looking for a replacement. Propped up on blocks inside the massive paint building at North Carolina's state shipyard, the ferry is midway through an overhaul that the U.S. Coast Guard requires of ferries every two-and-a-half years. After thinning steel has been replaced, engines rebuilt, dust washed away and fresh coats of paint applied inside and out, some six months and more than 10,000 hours of labor will have gone into the refit. When the process is finished sometime in the spring, the Carteret will begin moving cars and passengers between the mainland and the Outer Banks again.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Yay! Bonner Bridge Utility Line Work Underway

(from The Outer Banks Voice)
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative has started the preliminary utility work necessary to begin construction of the new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet next spring. “After decades of delays and court challenges, the people of Dare County and North Carolina will finally begin to see construction on the replacement for the Bonner Bridge,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a press release Friday, announcing the start of the power line work. The transmission cable south of Oregon Inlet will have to be moved to allow crews the needed space to begin construction of the new 3.5 mile long span. In order to complete the relocation, the co-op said crews will have to cut the existing cable, resulting in a transmission outage that will last several days.

OBX in Arlington, Virginia?

(from The Washington Business Journal)
ARLINGTON, VA. -- Before you dive into that Thanksgiving feast, you could get your sweet tooth fix with an Outer Banks favorite that's officially open in Arlington. ARLnow.com reports that Duck Donuts has officially opened its Arlington locatio n in the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center, replacing the former Baskin-Robbins. It's the third Duck Donuts location in our area, following Herndon and Fairfax. The company is looking to expand throughout the East Coast, with areas including Newark, Delaware; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bristow and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

New Emergency Limits on Flounder Catches

(from The Outer Banks Voice)
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- After five hours of motions, amendments and haggling over details, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission approved an emergency measure Thursday that will close down most fishing for southern flounder in the state’s sounds after Oct. 16. The restrictions, which are aimed at allowing larger numbers of fish to migrate into the ocean to reach spawning age, were deemed necessary by the Division of Marine Fisheries even though the validity of a 2014 stock assessment was called into questions by a peer review. While the closings will also apply to recreational anglers, commercial fishermen will take a big financial hit because the fall months are generally the most productive for catching flounder with gill and pound nets. The measure, approved as the commission met at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, comes in the form of a supplement to the Fisheries Management Plan. A supplement allows the MFC to act on its own in an emergency without the usual vetting by special committees and public comment that an amendment would require. In this case, however, public comment was invited.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Outer Banks Pilot Survives Crash

(from News Channel 3)
THE OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- What would you do if you got a second chance at life? “There is no way somebody should have survived that,” says pilot Jenny Hawk. It's a question that unfurls in Hawk's mind like the advertising banners she lifted into the Manteo breeze. Jenny earns a living in the Outer Banks sky, tugging airborne ads, giving thrill rides, even teaching people like NewsChannel 3's Mike Mather to fly. She grew her business from a single Cessna into a high-flying fleet of airplanes criss-crossing the barrier islands. And then one day she hurtled out of control, she conceded it was all over. And she prepared to die. She never thought she would survive it.

OBX Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Getaways Available

THE OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- Looking to head out of town this holiday season?  There's no better time to consider a getaway to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The summer season typically highlights the lure of the serene beaches of the Outer Banks's barrier islands. For many others, an off-season vacation during Thanksgiving and Christmas is becoming an increasingly popular option for those looking to spend a week away celebrating togetherness and tranquility. Robert Kissell, Internet Marketing Specialist for Southern Shores Realty adds his perspective on holiday retreats to this east coast beach;  "Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations to the Outer Banks are incredibly peaceful and relaxing….  There are no crowds, road traffic, or typical distractions.  Many businesses remain open to cater to the increase in visitors and there's plenty of holiday events and activities."

Tall Pine Bridge Closed in Southern Shores

SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. -- The Tall Pine Bridge in Southern Shores has closed on Monday, Nov. 16 for a rebuilding project expected to last about six months. Keystone Contracting of Greenville, N.C. has been awarded a $882,000 contract for construction of a new bridge. The town is paying 20 percent, with the Federal Highway Administration covering the rest.

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.