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hatteras lighthouse goes dark

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in news | 0 comments

hatteras lighthouse goes dark

Winter Storms Cause Beacon Blackout at Diamond Shoals. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has gone dark. Winter storms have damaged the lighting system of the iconic guardian of the Outer Banks. Joy Crist, writing for the Island Free Press explains what happened and what is involved in relighting the beacon. “The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been “turned off” for roughly a month now, due to damage from a wave of January storms. Though it was not clear which exact storm caused the lighting issue, (whether it was the early January storm or the...

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beach parking fee in carova’s future?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in local, news | 0 comments

beach parking fee in carova’s future?

Currituck County looks to parking fees to relieve Carova congestion. As the popularity of the 4WD area of Carova has exploded, congestion on the beach has become a significant problem. With paved roads not permitted in the area, the beach is the most heavily traveled part of the transportation network. Sam Walker, writing for the Outer Banks Voice explains what County Commissioners are hoping the fees will accomplish and why they feel it is necessary. “The Currituck County Board of Commissioners appears on the verge of implementing a...

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passenger ferry to ocracoke is making progress

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in local, news | 0 comments

passenger ferry to ocracoke is making progress

Improved service, more options coming soon to Ocracoke/Hatteras Ferry! Soon there will be an additional way to get to Ocracoke– without your car. A new passenger ferry that will leave from Hatteras Island and dock in Silver Lake Harbor should be available by summer. Check out the latest information in the NCDOT press release. “In Swansboro, the beginnings of a ferry’s keel are being assembled. In Hatteras and Ocracoke, crews are preparing to break ground on new parking additions and visitor facilities. And in Manteo, Outer Banks...

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ocracoke shorebird mystery

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in local, news | Comments Off on ocracoke shorebird mystery

ocracoke shorebird mystery

Bird count normal, but shorebirds absent. Whatever the reason may be, bird counters noticed an absence of shorebirds at the annual Ocracoke Christmas Bird Count. Perhaps it was the cold winds blowing across the waters, or the waters of Pamlico Sound much more shallow than normal…or maybe it was just cyclical.  Peter Vankevich writing for the Ocracoke Observer looks at the facts behind the story. “Cold, windy weather at dawn on Dec. 30 kept birds hunkered down for the annual Ocracoke Christmas Bird Count. Nevertheless, 20 or so...

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it’s obx wedding expo weekend!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in do stuff, local, news | Comments Off on it’s obx wedding expo weekend!

it’s obx wedding expo weekend!

The 20th Annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo is January 13th and 14th. Gain access to premier local wedding professionals at the Outer Banks Wedding Assocation’s two-day expo, a perfect event for couple’s seeking any size OBX wedding on any budget! As part of the weekend, attendees tour the most sought after wedding venues on the North Carolina coast, receive discounts at restaurants and hotels, and can take advantage of other perks generously offered by their vendors! Lastly, VIP ticket holders can enter to win a Dream...

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snobx 2018 = an ice and snowpocalypse

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in local, news | Comments Off on snobx 2018 = an ice and snowpocalypse

snobx 2018 = an ice and snowpocalypse

Winter storm Grayson transforms beach communities. The Outer Bank doesn’t get transformed into a winter wonderland very often, but when it happens its magical. Yes the road were bad—ok, worse than bad…almost impassable…and the north wind was cold, but taking the time check out the beach or to walk along Kitty Hawk Bay or around Sandy Run Park revealed a world rarely seen on the Outer Banks. With the wind form the north, the ducks, geese and yes, seagulls, were gathered in Kitty Hawk Bay. The waters were not quite iced over—rather a slushy mix...

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old man winter brings snow, cold to obx

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in local, news | Comments Off on old man winter brings snow, cold to obx

old man winter brings snow, cold to obx

A winter storm is headed for the OBX. As a massive storm forms off Florida, the Outer Banks can expect to see a wintry mix of rain, snow and ice, creating potentially dangerous conditions throughout the area. As the storm leaves, temperatures will plummet, struggling to reach the mid 20s, as Rob Morris of the Outer Banks Voice reports. “A winter storm developing to our south will roll through northeastern North Carolina on Wednesday and continue into Thursday. So far, forecasters say the odds of snow accumulating more than an inch on...

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snowy owls return to obx

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in local, news | Comments Off on snowy owls return to obx

snowy owls return to obx

Elusive raptor returns to NC coast. Snowy owls, with a mind of their own when it comes to migration, are back on the Outer Banks. The elusive bird has been spotted on Ocracoke and Pea Island over the past month. Wildlife experts think this will be a banner year for the raptor, as Peter Vankevich reports writing for the Ocracoke Observer. “Ahoy! Hast thou seen the great white owl?” So cried the ancient man, holding a pair of vintage 1970s green armour-coated 7×35 Leitz binoculars. Returning to scanning the Outer Banks dunes, cane laying on the...

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kelly’s tavern has closed its doors

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in local, music, news, old school obx | Comments Off on kelly’s tavern has closed its doors

kelly’s tavern has closed its doors

After 32 years as a part of OBX life. Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern has been an important part of Outer Banks life for 32, but as November ended the iconic gathering place for locals closed its doors. This blog from Carolina Designs tells a marvelous of what Kelly’s meant to the OBX and why. “Sometime near the end of November, Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head shuttered its doors for the last time. There have been other places that have closed over the years that are iconic Outer Banks institutions, but...

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alligator river bridge to close 1/10-1/16

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in local, news | Comments Off on alligator river bridge to close 1/10-1/16

alligator river bridge to close 1/10-1/16

Traffic will be detoured to N.C. 94, U.S. 264, U.S. 17, and U.S. 158. In need of extensive repairs, the Alligator River Bridge will close for a week in January. Detours will add substantial drive time to anyone traveling from the Outer Banks to Columbia or Williamston. According to NCDOT the closure will last one week. Full text of NCDOT press release below: The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties to all vehicle traffic and boat navigation for one week in January....

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