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shelly island = newest obx landmark

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in local, news, old school obx | 0 comments

shelly island = newest obx landmark

New island attracts fishermen and the curious. Dynamic, beautiful, ever changing–all of that is on full display as a new island is forming off the Point at Cape Hatteras. Writing for the Virginian Pilot, Jeff Hampton gives the details and tells the story. “The Outer Banks has a new attraction this summer: an island. It’s a mile long and three football fields wide and it’s just off the tip of Cape Point, the world-famous surf-fishing site near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. “Yeah, isn’t it crazy?” visitor Janice Regan said. “It was...

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80 years great theater=the lost colony

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in local, news | 0 comments

80 years  great theater=the lost colony

A beautiful setting and great acting make for a perfect night of theater. The pace is a bit faster for modern audiences, the special effects are more special, but playwright Paul Green’s The Lost Colony has stood the test of time remarkably well. Writing for the Outer Banks Voice, Kip Tabb reviews the play, examining the compelling moments that create great theater. “The fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island may never be known, but the telling of its story makes for great theater. When Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul...

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secret service train in obx waters

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in local | 0 comments

secret service train in obx waters

Never certain what skills they will need to protect a president, the Secret Service trains in water rescue. Jeff Hampton, writing for the Virginian Pilot, followed a day of training on a Kitty Hawk beach. “Cole Yeatts shouted instructions to 10 Secret Service agents gathered on the beach under the afternoon sun – nine men, one woman, all lean. They were learning another way to save the president of the United States. “Who are we looking for and what are we looking at?” Yeatts asked. “Victim and …?” “Waves,” answered an agent....

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nourishment plan rearranges schedule

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in local, news | 0 comments

nourishment plan rearranges schedule

Kill Devil Hills then Kitty Hawk in new beach nourishment plan. Not all dredges are created equal and two of the three dredges that will be pumping sand from the ocean to Outer Banks beaches will be available earlier than anticipated. Dodge Island and Padre Island operate better closer to shore, so Great Lakes Dock and Dredge, the contractor flipped the Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk nourishment schedules, according to Sam Walker writing for the Outer Banks Voice. “The contractor for the $38.5 million beach nourishment project along...

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high speed passenger ferry for ocracoke

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in local, news | 0 comments

high speed passenger ferry for ocracoke

NCDOT awards contract for Hatteras-Ocracoke passenger ferry! Ocracoke Village is ideal for walking around town, riding a bike or maybe renting a golf cart. But the only way to get there (excepting flying or boating) has been to take the car ferry and get off at the docks, ten miles from the village. That’s about to change. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has committed to a high speed passenger ferry directly connecting Hatteras and Ocracoke at Silver Lake. Details are in this press release from NCDOT. Contract Awarded...

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obx beacons of the coast

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in local | 0 comments

obx beacons of the coast

Five lighthouses and five stories of the OBX beacons of the coast. Each of the lighthouses that line the coast of the Outer Banks has its own tale to tell. Michelle Wagner, reporting for OBX Beach Access, weaves a bit of the story of the beacons of the shore into a wonderful piece of writing. “If I stand along the shores of Colington Island on a clear night, I can see the light from Bodie Island Lighthouse flash across the dark sky above the Albemarle Sound. Reaching 19 nautical miles, the 1,000-watt First order Fresnel lens turns on...

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100 years=outer banks surfing history

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in local, news | 0 comments

100 years=outer banks surfing history

Did Hawaiians bring surfing to the Outer Banks? Who was the first surfer to ride the waves on the Outer Banks? Now one is sure, but the history goes back almost 100 years and maybe more as Jeff Hampton writes in the Virginian Pilot. “Outer Banks surfing bloomed in the 1960s and flourishes today, but its start goes back almost 100 years , with a direct link to Hawaii. Two curators with the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort have compiled a history in words and pictures of North Carolina surfing. One of the authors, Ben Wunderly,...

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navy solves case of trash on obx beach

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in local, news | 0 comments

navy solves case of trash on obx beach

U.S. Navy moves quickly to find why garbage from USS Whidbey Island came ashore in KDH. When smelly compressed plastic discs filled with garbage began washing up on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, it was apparent it had come from a naval ship. As the Navy Times reports, the Navy investigated and found a sailor serving on the USS Whidbey Island, an island-class dock landing ship commissioned in 1985, was the culprit. “The residents of a small North Carolina beach town were less than amused when foul-smelling plastic disks of the...

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where to eat what on the obx

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in do stuff, local | Comments Off on where to eat what on the obx

where to eat what on the obx

Steamed crabs to cappuccinos highlighted in Baltimore Sun list. We love this list the Baltimore Sun put together of some of the best places to grab a coffee or take someone special out for fine dining. With all the great eateries on the OBX we could certainly quibble with some of the choices or about places left off the list, but it’s still a good list that includes some choices from Corolla to Hatteras Island. We especially like Necla Rader’s Outer Bean Juice and Java as an awesome healthy and vegetarian choice. “Barbecue:...

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the outer banks drifts west

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in local, old school obx | Comments Off on the outer banks drifts west

the outer banks drifts west

The fascinating geologic history behind life on a sandbar. The shifting sands of the Outer Banks are doing more than just shifting beneath our feet. This blog from Carolina Designs does a great job of telling the story behind the westward drift of the Outer Banks. “As land masses go, the Outer Banks is a pretty recent addition to the earth’s geology. There are a number of theories about how and why they formed, but no consensus. There is consensus, however, on their age— estimates put their formation somewhere between 4000-5000 years...

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