Monday, July 28, 2014
HATTERAS, N.C. -- The tourists flocking to North Carolina's Outer Banks right now know that the joys of summer there -- the gorgeous beaches, the wild horses, the views of the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras -- come to an end as the season fades. But they may not know that the place itself is disappearing from the map. Under the combined effects of storms, development, and sea-level rise, portions of this narrow, 200-mile island chain are collapsing, says Stanley Riggs, a coastal geologist at East Carolina University in Greenville. "We're losing them right now," he says. "In the next ten years, it's going to be awful." In an area of Hatteras Island between Avon and Buxton, the beach has receded about 2,500 feet in the past 150 years. That portion of the island has narrowed to just 25 percent of its original width, according to Riggs. In Buxton and Rodanthe, and farther north in Nags Head, houses and hotels once solidly on land stand on spindly stilts in the surf. State Highway 12, the only road to Hatteras Island, repeatedly has buckled and washed out during storms. It briefly closed after Hurricane Arthur made landfall July 3. The erosion is set to worsen as sea-level rise accelerates around the world because of global warming. As that happens, coastal communities everywhere will face the same wrenching decisions that confront Outer Banks inhabitants today—and that are causing enormous fear there, says Michael Orbach, professor emeritus of marine policy at Duke University's marine lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. What's at stake for locals is not just summer fun but a way of life and an entire economy that is now based on tourism. "All these effects that people have been talking about for years are now actually starting to be seen," Orbach says. "And they realize that we don't know what to do about it." >> Read More
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NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Along the Inner Banks and Outer Banks of North Carolina, you can climb a lighthouse, spot a black bear or while away the afternoon on the sands of some of the East Coast’s most beautiful beaches. There is something magical about the land of sunken ships, pirate tales and wild horses that roam the shoreline. Even the names of places evoke a time of swashbucklers and legends. Alligator River. Kill Devil Hills. Chocowinity. Nags Head. Mattamuskeet. While the Outer Banks have become a tourist mecca, with a Wings store every few miles along Highway 158 in Dare, there are also massive national wildlife refuges, protected seashores and conservation areas that hug the waterways. There, red wolves and bald eagles have a world almost to themselves. Exploring the IBX and OBX (Inner Banks and Outer Banks, for those unfamiliar with the lingo) usually involves water. Hop in a canoe, board a ferry or drive the sleepy, swampy roads in search of North Carolina’s wild scenery and mystery. >> Read More
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Monday, July 21, 2014
HATTERAS, N.C. -- To the relief of beach access proponents, the Outer Banks is not included in a new rule that established critical habitat areas for loggerhead turtles on nearly 700 miles of shoreline in southeastern states. The designation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides another layer of regulation to management of protected species, and is in place on beaches within Cape Hatteras National Seashore for piping plovers. As the northernmost range for nesting sea turtles, the Outer Banks was not part of the proposed rule. But in their comments, environmental groups had asked for the designation to be expanded to Outer Banks beaches as a proactive measure to ensure population diversity and resilience.
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The Mid-Currituck Bridge came close to being built. A plan was in place to pay for construction through a private-public partnership. All that remained was for the state legislature to provide $24 million in gap funding to hold contracts in place until construction could begin. But funding was never provided, the private partner has the option to withdraw, and a Record of Decision, the final step for a project first proposed more than 25 years ago, has been put on hold. So now, the fate of the Mid-Currituck Bridge is more in doubt now than it has ever been. Funding for the bridge was a casualty of the Strategic Transportation Investment Law (STI). The Mid-Currituck Bridge was intended to link the mainland with the northern Outer Banks and relieve the huge weekend traffic jams that plague the Wright Memorial Bridge into Dare County. Without it, travelers to Corolla will continue to cross the Wright Memorial Bridge, then loop north on two-lane N.C. 12. >> Read More
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
by Stacy Menzies
President, Happy Fix (www.happyfix.com)
In life, as in business, it’s always important to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going. Sometimes it's just a natural progression, sometimes events force consideration. This summer has been challenging. Both of my kids are away, one at college, the other at a summer program. We’ve also had several close friends experience devastating losses and challenges that nobody should have to encounter. Last weekend, our sweet dog who was 14, was euthanized. It was the right decision but no less sad and painful for our family.
As I processed these events, I asked myself, “How can you find a silver lining in negative events? How do you Happy Fix things that are by their very nature, unhappy?” Not easy questions and really, a challenge to what we embrace at Happy Fix. This idea that you should choose happiness can be hard sometimes. It can go against all of your instincts. The notion that you could ” Celebrate the Great” in the face of things that are really hard is counterintuitive.
Yesterday, I came across an interview with Jessica Ekstrom. Jessica runs a company called Headbands of Hope. Jessica interned with a wish granting organization during college. She was struck by the fact that kids who are being treated for cancer and have lost their hair, love to wear headbands. She took money set aside for a study abroad trip to Spain and started Headbands of Hope. For every headband purchased, the company donates one headband to a child with cancer AND $1.00 to Pediatric Cancer Research.
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Monday, July 14, 2014
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- With a hurricane bearing down on the North Carolina seaside vacation mecca known as the Outer Banks, State Bureau of Investigation agent and troubled mother-of-three Michael Francis battles personal demons and real-life danger to solve a brutal politically charged murder case. “OBX” is the debut novel by North Carolina author David Dean Menzies featuring Agent Michael Francis and her struggles to piece together a puzzle involving a serial killer, an attempt on her life, a break-in and shooting at her home, drug ring and cover-up by local law enforcement and government officials. In the midst of unexpected and confusing romantic overtures from a suspect in the case, Michael is forced to deal with human threats more dangerous than mother nature herself in a climactic ending with an unexpected twist.
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