02/14/17

Top Five Reasons to LOVE Hatteras Island

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Top-rated, Pristine, Uncrowded Beaches

Anyone who has visited falls in love with the Outer Banks, and anyone who has discovered Hatteras Island’s beaches has a whole new level of love and appreciation. Hatteras Island consists of 70 miles of national seashore. Comb pristine beaches for an array of unique shells, scan the horizon for a pod of dolphin or take a refreshing dip in the warm, salty waters of the Atlantic. However you choose to enjoy it, you’ll have plenty of room to spread out, take in the beautiful views and breathe the fresh salt air.

7 Unique, Charming Villages

Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras –  each has special activities, restaurants, markets, shops, history and character. Locally-owned restaurants offer unique menus and an inviting atmosphere, no chain restaurants here. From seafood and sandwiches in a casual setting to creative entrees and southern coastal cuisine served with a smile, village restaurants won’t disappoint. Whether you’re into fishing, boating, kiteboarding, horseback riding or a spa experience – there’s a village on Hatteras Island that’s waiting to serve you.

Beach Houses

A great majority of accommodations on Hatteras Island are vacation rental homes. Typically rented by the week, they offer family and friends the fun of living together at the beach in a fully-equipped house! With room to spread out many of these homes offer fun amenities like hot tubs, private swimming pools, theater rooms, gourmet kitchens and beautifully-appointed great rooms with big flat screen televisions, gas fireplaces and panoramic ocean, sound and village views. What’s even better, divided among family members, these amenity-filled homes can be less expensive than an ordinary hotel room.

Dog Friendly Beaches and Homes

Dogs love to stretch their legs in the sand enjoying walks (and runs) along our miles of coastline. Some dogs even love swimming, in the Atlantic or the calmer waters of the Pamlico Sound. Many local restaurants allow dogs on their patios and porches and there are hundreds of dog-friendly vacation rentals to accommodate your favorite pet!

Family-friendliness

The Outer Banks is consistently lauded as one of America’s top beaches for families. Besides the beach, the ocean, and the shallow warm waters of the Pamlico Sound – there are tons of activities that make Hatteras Island family-friendly. Weekly events and kids days in season at Kitty Hawk Kites stores, Luaus at Koru Village, ice cream shops, putt putt golf, arcades and tons fun casual dining spots, families find plenty to do together on vacation. Have fun fishing together at the Rodanthe Pier or Avon Fishing Pier or take a stand-up paddleboarding lesson at REAL WatersportsVacation rental homes are the perfect place for gathering the whole family together to prepare dinner, play board games, swim in your private pool, have fun in the game room or watch a family movie on the big screen in a real theater room.

What are you waiting for? Check out our selection of 440 premier vacation rental homes and start counting down to a vacation your whole family is sure to LOVE!


01/27/17

Surf or Sound Realty Donates to Hatteras Island Food Pantries

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Surf or Sound Realty President and CFO Melvin Stone with Ray and Claire Schaaf who run the Hatteras Island Food Pantry

After Hurricane Matthew, many Hatteras Island residents relied on donations from the local food pantries. This, added to the fact that some residents have a harder time finding employment during the winter months, and food pantries are in still in need of supplies and donations. Surf or Sound Realty  collected 308 pounds of food to donate to the local pantries and matched the food donation, dollar for pound,  with a check for $308 to the Hatteras Island food pantry to help residents in need get through the winter months.

Hatteras Island Food Pantry is a community-wide organization that helps families on Hatteras Island with emergency assistance. 100% of donations are used for this purpose.

“We wanted to do everything we could to help the community and thought that by announcing our matched monetary donation we might increase participation this year, it worked!” said Ann Wood, Vice President of Marketing for Surf or Sound Realty. Surf or Sound Realty’s Avon and Salvo offices also serve as year round drop-off locations for local food pantries. Weekly rental guests are encouraged to donate any unopened non-perishable food at the end of their stay, and many are more than happy to help.

Monetary donations for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry can be made payable by check to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.


01/10/17

Travel Channel’s Destination of the Month is the Outer Banks

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is January’s destination of the month on the Travel Channel. Broadcast internationally, this means viewers from all over the world are getting a glimpse into the secret many loyal visitors have known for generations – a vacation on the Outer Banks is one of the best ways to make lasting memories. From early morning walks along the un-crowded sandy shoreline as the sun makes its first appearance over the horizon, to staying up late into the night for deep conversations, breathing the salt air and gazing into the star filled skies, few places can match the beauty of the Outer Banks.
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Recent press for the Outer Banks is as hot as the July sun with another recent mention in Travel and Leisure as one of the 18 best cities in America for solo traveling. Add this to the annual awards typically bestowed like U.S. News and World Report’s “#1 Family Beach Vacation” and the Outer Banks – Hatteras Island especially – is a sure bet for vacation fun! Don’t wait – book your family vacation today and start your countdown to fun-filled days in the sun.


11/17/16

Surf or Sound Realty Announces $1 Food Pantry Donation for Every Pound of Food Collected in Their Offices Through December 31

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The smell of turkey roasting, the sound of the football game playing in the background and the chatter of family that hasn’t gathered for many seasons, this time of year brings many warm memories. Like many places, some Hatteras Island residents have a hard time putting food on the table, especially this time of year as tourism slows. This year in particular saw residents suffering losses from Hurricane Matthew, many losing almost everything and working to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Local food pantries relying solely on donations, are working hard to successfully meet the demands of residents throughout the winter months.

In response to this need, Surf or Sound Realty’s offices in Avon and Salvo are not only serving as community collection points for the Hatteras Island food drive as they have done for many years, but this year they are upping the ante. To help encourage donations, Surf or Sound Realty has announced that it will donate $1 for every pound of food donations received at their offices from November 21 through December 31, up to $500. All donations will go directly to a Hatteras Island food bank to support the local residents.

“I’ve lived here for 18  years and I know how appreciative the community is of these donations. Many residents go unemployed through the winter and can use every bit of help they can get,” explains Marcia Laricos, Event Coordinator and Assistant to the Property Manager at Surf or Sound Realty. “We are hoping that we receive more food donations this year by rallying for the cause.”

Monetary donations for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry can be made payable by check to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations for Lifeboat Community Church can be dropped off at 27563 Highway 12 in Salvo, or by mailing checks to Lifeboat Community Church, P.O. Box 84, Salvo, NC 27972.


11/14/16

Hatteras Island is Becoming a Popular Wellness Destination

Hatteras Yoga, Warrior Two at Sunrise - photograph by Daniel Pullen

Hatteras Yoga, Warrior Two at Sunrise – photograph by Daniel Pullen

A healing seashore atmosphere, two new yoga studios, professional massage therapists, and fresh local food markets in most of its seven villages are allowing vacationing guests to escape the hustle and bustle of their urban and suburban lives and nourish their mind and body on island time. “The island has a very calm, relaxed energy. Our clean air and water, bright, starry skies and vibrant sunsets set us apart from other commercial wellness resorts.” explains Cena Jennette, who returned to her native Hatteras to raise a family after years living, and teaching yoga in cities all over the East Coast and California. She opened Hatteras Yoga Studio in 2015 and has been overwhelmed by support from both the local yoga community and visiting yogis from all over the world. Vacationers don’t just stumble upon the studio while they’re here; they get away with the intention of practicing; bringing with them their favorite yoga mats, open minds and infectious energy. The influx of health-focused visitors allows for international guest instructors at the studio, who in-turn energize the local community. One of Hatteras Yoga’s most popular offerings is private yoga sessions on the beach or in a guest’s private vacation home. “They’re a great way to celebrate upcoming weddings, milestone birthdays or to just spend time really connecting with loved ones in a peaceful place.”, said Jennette.

Hatteras Saltworks

Another newly forged business on the island, Hatteras Saltworks, creates local sea salt by gathering clean, nutrient-dense sea water at the intersection of the Labrador and Gulf Stream currents just offshore. While most sea salt manufacturers bake or boil their water, Hatteras Saltworks’ unique solar evaporation technique may take over 45 days, but it allows for optimal nutrient retention. The result is a soft, flakey product. “Clean air, solitude, salt water everywhere – and a natural beauty that can only be found on an isolated sand bar…” are all reasons to appreciate life on Hatteras Island, according to Hatteras Saltworks co-owner and operator Brian McMahon.

There’s something nourishing about eating food raised in the wild, and local seafood markets are the place to get just that. A true family affair, Harbor House Seafood Market in Hatteras is run by Vicki Harrison and her husband Robert. Their passion for seafood and the culinary arts is evidenced in the carefully prepared meals and sides you can purchase alongside the local fresh-caught seafood in their market. Their children Graham and Alana both work in the market preparing food, helping customers and fishing inshore and offshore to provide the store’s inventory. If you don’t know how to cook something, don’t worry, just ask Vicki. She will describe preparation in such mouth-watering detail, you’ll rush out with your stomach rumbling (if that hasn’t already happened from the rich smell of crab cakes cooking when you walk in the door).

A week-long stay in a premier vacation home offers access to amenities like hot tubs, private swimming pools, saunas, and outdoor gathering spaces for taking in the sea air, sunrises and sunsets. Surf or Sound Realty has the largest number of oceanfront homes on Hatteras Island and has been providing premier vacation homes for wellness-seeking vacationers since 1978.


10/13/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Unrestricted Access to All Areas of the County by Saturday; Recovery Efforts Continue

October 13, 2016 4:00 p.m. 

There is currently unrestricted access to all areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet and for the Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. Beginning Friday, October 14 at 7 a.m. access restrictions will be lifted for Frisco. Beginning Saturday, October 15 at 7 a.m. access restrictions will be lifted for all areas of Dare County, including Hatteras Village.

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs. Also, please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

For updated information regarding access to Ocracoke Island, visit hydecountync.gov.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that the Frisco Campground will open at 7:00 am on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Dare County Schools

Cape Hatteras Schools only will operate on a 2-hour delay on Friday, October 14.

Dominion North Carolina Power

Dominion North Carolina Power continues to work on restoration of power in the area.  Dare County had 24,750 customers affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Dominion territory. We still have 117 customers out.  Some of these are in areas that are still flooded and we are unable to restore service at this time.  We will communicate with those customers that are in areas waiting for the water to recede.  Thank you for your patience in this trying time.

Town of Southern Shores

The projected start date for the Town’s FEMA debris collection contractor is Monday, October 24th. Property owners with debris generated as a direct result of Hurricane Matthew should place the debris in the right-of-way of a public street closest to the point of generation. To the extent possible, keep debris off the pavement and on the shoulder of the public street. As this is a FEMA regulated pick-up, debris may not be picked up from a private street, lane, or parking lot. Storm-generated debris from any property located on a private street must be transported to the right-of-way of a public street to guarantee pick-up. This applies to private streets, lanes, and parking lots owned by a homeowners association.

Debris must be placed in separate piles according to type:

  • Vegetative debris (consists of tree parts, limbs, branches, leaves, etc.) DO NOT BAG LEAVES
  • Construction and Demolition debris (consist of shingles, siding, boards, wallboard, destroyed/flooded furniture, etc.)
  • White goods (destroyed/flooded appliances)

Town, County, and State officials continue to be aware of the flooded streets, including NC Highway 12,  in Southern Shores, as well as flooded streets and roads in all parts of Dare County and other Towns. Due to high rain fall and high water table at the time of the storm, the large areas of standing water will most likely continue to slowly recede and dissipate. Caution and slow speed is urged when driving through standing water.

The Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) rule 7H.2500 emergency permit has been activated for replacement of structures in the estuarine system (piers, bulkheads, etc), reconstruction of dune systems, and maintenance dredging within man-made canals/ditches filled in by Hurricane Matthew. Emergency permits may only be issued by the NC Division of Coastal Management Office in Elizabeth City by contacting 252-264-3901.

If a structure is considered imminently threatened, a property owner may obtain an exemption approval for beach bulldozing or importing sand from the Town’s Local Permit Officer (LPO), (252) 261-2394, ext. 4)

Rescheduled Flu Clinic

The Flu Clinic that was canceled at the Baum Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM.

Notice to Private Well Owners in Dare County

If flooding has occurred around your well, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services recommends that you have your water tested. Until tests on samples indicate water is safe, please use the following precautions:

  • Boil water for at least five minutes at a full rolling boil before drinking, cooking, making ice or using for hygiene purposes (such as bathing, brushing teeth, etc).
  • Infants under six months and pregnant women should not drink boiled water, because boiled water could concentrate harmful nitrates. It is recommended these individuals drink bottled water, if unavailable, boiled water is preferred over untreated drinking water sources.

Continue these precautions until results on samples taken since the flooding show the water is safe. Private well users should contact the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division for more information at 252.475.5003 or 252.475.5080.

Debris Collection for Unincorporated Areas of Dare County

Dare County Emergency Management and Public Works are working with contractors to establish the schedule for storm debris collection and prioritizing debris removal based on areas that can be safely accessed. A schedule for debris removal will be announced as soon as available.

For now, residents of impacted areas that can safely do so, are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way.  The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the easement, ditch, utility pole or sidewalk. Residents should separate the debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • WHITE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Only loose debris will be collected, bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way.

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice.

The County contractors will make multiple passes through the impacted areas.  If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter impacted areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled. The County urges all residents to make personal safety a top priority, and only set out debris if it is safe to do so at this time.

FEMA Information

Dare County is working with the State of North Carolina to provide information to ensure that everything is in place to pursue FEMA disaster assistance for individuals who have suffered loss. Even though eligibility for individual assistance has not been determined for Dare County, you may go ahead and complete a FEMA application to speed up the process once eligibility for assistance is determined.  For information on FEMA programs and to apply online visithttps://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Documentation for Past Travel Restrictions

Visitors to Dare County and the Currituck Outer Banks requesting documentation of past travel restrictions for insurance purposes may visit www.darenc.com/hurricanematthew to download necessary documents. Documents will be updated as travel restrictions are lifted.

Updated Information

Bulletins will continue to be issued as needed by Dare County Emergency Management. From this point forward, each of the agencies participating in the Joint Information Center will release their information independently.

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10/13/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Updated Entry Information for Hatteras Island

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October 13, 2016 9:45 a.m.

Access to Hatteras Island

The Dare County Control Group met Thursday morning and has established the following entry guidelines for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island –

  • Frisco – Visitors will be allowed access to the village of Frisco beginning 7 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016.
  • Hatteras Village – Visitors will be allowed access to Hatteras Village beginning 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Visitors were allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and most areas of Buxton beginning 7 a.m. this morning.

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs. Also, please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

For updated information regarding access to Ocracoke Island, visit hydecountync.gov.

Debris Collection

Details regarding storm debris removal will be announced as soon as available. Dare County Emergency Management and Public Works are working with contractors to establish the guidelines and schedule.

Damage Assessments

Initial damage assessments indicate that approximately 4,000 properties throughout Dare County were impacted by the storm with an estimated $40 million in damages. These numbers will likely increase as damage assessment teams continue working in the field.

FEMA Information

Dare County is working with the State of North Carolina to provide information to ensure that everything is in place to pursue FEMA disaster assistance for individuals who have suffered loss. Even though eligibility for individual assistance has not been determined for Dare County, you may go ahead and complete a FEMA application to speed up the process once eligibility for assistance is determined.  For information on FEMA programs and to apply online visithttps://www.disasterassistance.gov/

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10/12/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Updated Entry Information for Hatteras Island

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Bulletin #13
October 12, 2016 10:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has worked diligently to clear sand and water from NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and has indicated that conditions will soon allow for safe travel.

All Hatteras Island volunteer fire departments and emergency service personnel are working closely with Dare County Emergency Management to ensure that the necessary resources and infrastructure are in place in preparation for the arrival of visitors.

Based on current conditions, the Dare County Control Group has determined that visitors will be allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton beginning 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Previous restrictions remain in place for areas south of  Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras Village. Residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of businesses with proper reentry passes will be allowed access.

It is important for visitors coming to unrestricted villages check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs. Please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

Once the ferries from Hatteras Village to Ocracoke Island are operational, Hyde County officials have indicated there will be restricted access to Ocracoke Island. There will be no access for visitors to Ocracoke Island until further notice from Hyde County officials. Only those with proper identification as outlined by Hyde County will be allowed access to the ferry dock once ferries are up and running.

Please keep in mind that there is still sand and water on roadways and motorists should proceed with caution. Go slowly through standing water because creating wake will cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties.

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10/11/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Restrictions Continue on Hatteras Island; Visitor Access is Open For Areas of Dare County North of Oregon Inlet

October 11, 2016 9:30 a.m.

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and has lifted all restrictions for areas of  Dare County north of Oregon Inlet, effective immediately. Restrictions remain in place for Hatteras Island.

Access North of Oregon Inlet

There are no restrictions currently in place for areas north of Oregon Inlet (Duck, Southern Shores, Martins Point, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, and the Dare County mainland).

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some homes were impacted and require repairs. There are also some areas still without power.

Please proceed with extreme caution in areas where there is sand, standing water on roadways and emergency crews are working. At the current time, crews are actively working on the causeway between Roanoke Island and Nags Head and on Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores.

Again, it is important to drive slowly through standing water because creating wake will  cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties. Power crews and NCDOT staff will be on  roadways working diligently to restore power and clear roads so please be courteous and patient to ensure their safety.

Restricted Access Remains for All Areas of Hatteras Island

Due to conditions that continue to exist on Hatteras Island, Priority Three Entry remains in effect for all areas of Hatteras Island. Access is limited to residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of businesses with proper reentry passes.

Dare County Emergency Management and local officials will continue to monitor conditions on NC Highway 12 to determine when it is safe to allow entry for visitors. NCDOT crews are working to clear sand and water in the area between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe. There are significant impacts in the villages of Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village that are also being addressed.

 

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10/10/16

Dare County Emergency Management Announcement Regarding Priority 3 Entry for Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses

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For Immediate Release 10/10/2016

Non-Resident Property Owners will be permitted entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet effective 2:00 PM today. This includes the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Nags Head, Roanoke Island and mainland Dare County.

Non-Resident Property Owners must show the “North of Oregon Inlet” reentry permit that was mailed to them by Emergency Management or have a current Dare County property tax receipt, which can be obtained online at the Dare County website www.darenc.com.

Non-resident employees of businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass. For information regarding re-entry passes and procedures for Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

HATTERAS ISLAND – ACCESS INFORMATION

Restrictions for access to Hatteras Island remain in place. At this time, access is permitted only for the following – – –

Priority One – Essential Personnel – (Utilities, Government, Medical Personnel)
Priority Two – Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses
Hatteras Island Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses will be allowed access to Hatteras Island effective 7:00 AM, Tuesday, October 11 with proper identification.

Non-Resident Property Owners will need to show their “South of Oregon Inlet” reentry permit or have a current Dare County property tax receipt. Non-resident employees of businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass.

Important Safety Notice For Those Accessing Hatteras Island – Use extreme caution traveling between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe due to large amounts of sand and water on NC Highway 12. NCDOT is working to address the situation. Until conditions improve, travel in this area should only be attempted in high profile 4-wheel drive vehicles.

We realize visitors are anxiously waiting to receive notice to enter Dare County. It is important for Dare County Emergency Management and local officials to ensure that infrastructure and services are in place to properly accommodate guests. Updates regarding visitor reentry will be announced as soon as a determination is made. No announcements are expected before Tuesday afternoon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County and across North Carolina, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877.368.4968. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

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