Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Construction supervisor Kelly Haggard had to raise her voice over the hammering and sawing around the new, four-story beach house on Virginia Dare Trail in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Two trim carpenters, three painters, two plumbers, six electricians, two siding guys and eight pool installers worked at the house across from Avalon Pier. "The work has picked up," said Haggard, sweating along her shoulders and back through a golf shirt. "We're doing really well." Two Outer Banks counties - Dare and Currituck - are seeing good economic times similar to the boom years of the previous decade. Currituck County leads the state with an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent in June, the lowest since September 2008 when it was 3.4 percent, according to figures from the state's Employment Security Commission. The jobless rate was below 5 percent in April and May.
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NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Four new driving trails link cultural and natural heritage sites along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway in North Carolina, and a new kayak network weaves through miles of pristine coastal creeks and sounds. Down East Paddle Trails includes 16 kayak trails, ranging from 2.3 miles to 13.7 miles, and explores coastal creeks, marshes, sounds and shoals of Carteret County’s remote Down East area, the southern arm of the national byway. The four thematic driving trails lead visitors to scenic, historic, recreational and cultural attractions in 21 fishing villages along the byway, including Atlantic, Harkers Island and Ocracoke. They follow the 138-mile Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, beginning just south of Nags Head at Whalebone Junction in Dare County and ending at the North River in Carteret County, just north of Beaufort.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
Happy Fix®, is inviting its growing community of Happbassadors in the Outer Banks and beyond to join the fun with the company’s inaugural “What’s Your Happy Fix?” Snapfest hosted on SnapYeti, the popular online photo contest marketplace. Participants are invited to share a photo of their favorite Happy Fix at www.snapyeti.com/contests/200 and compete for the most votes, with the winner being awarded a free Happy Cap or Happy Tee after the contest ends August 25. “SnapYeti is a great place to bring people together to have fun and promote worthwhile causes, it really fits right in our wheelhouse with regard to celebrating what’s great in life,” said Stacy Menzies, Happy Fix Happbassador-in-Chief.
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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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