12/11/12

Jackets for Jersey

A little over a month since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, Cape Hatteras Secondary School DECA students are joining together to raise money to go towards the purchasing of coats and jackets for students at a school in Pine Island, New Jersey. While many residents in the Northeast continue to suffer the devastating effects of Sandy, a 6th grade teacher in Pine Island is reaching out for help.

DECA students are seeking local support from businesses and individuals, while planning a few fundraisers to help raise money for the cause. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Attn: Evan Ferguson – DECA, P.O. Box 948, Buxton, NC 27920. Please be sure to write Jackets for Jersey in the memo. Businesses and individuals who make a donation will be mentioned on the Jackets for Jersey Facebook page, as well as the DECA publication for the state of North Carolina.

Local DECA students are planning to travel to New Jersey on January 17th to present the check to Pine Island students.


11/8/12

So Long Sandy!

If you’ve never been through a hurricane, the feeling is somewhat difficult to describe. There is a heightened sense of awareness. Obviously, Hatteras Island has experienced many devastating, dangerous storms but this storm was not “ours”. This storm delivered the biggest blow to the people of the Northeast; New Jersey, New York and numerous other communities along the northeastern shores. Our heart and sympathies go out to those affected by this storm.

Hatteras Island did not fully escape Sandy’s lashing. However, as storms go, you will hear many locals say, “This could have been a lot worse”. In the wake of Irene, the storm that hit our area just over a year ago, many homeowners and locals alike are grateful that it wasn’t.

The charity that our visitors bestow upon us year after year and storm after storm should not go without mention and cannot be more appreciated. It is such a comfort to know that when stranded out here on the sandbar, there are people on the other side trying with all their might to come to our aid, lend a hand and pitch in to get Hatteras Island back to its former beauty.

Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks community, even though still confronting the challenges of Sandy ourselves, has sprung into action and is sending aid to those friends in the Northeast, that have so many times sent aid to us. This is the very fabric of Hatteras showing her true colors. Gratitude, charity and hard work to shelter everyone from the wind and the rain of times like these. We will continue to offer help as long as it is needed.

Click here to view a collection of our Hurricane Sandy photos!


09/19/12

Arrr you Arrrmed with pirate lingo? International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! Today marks the 10th Anniversay of International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It’s only fitting that we acknowledge Blackbeard’s stint in the waters off of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands by amusing ourselves and our friends by talking like a pirate instead of ye ol’ landlubber!

On June 6, 1995, friends John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) began using pirate lingo while playing a game of racquetball and were having so much fun that they then decided to parlay this phenomenon into a new world holiday. The date Sept. 19 was chosen because it was Mark’s ex-wife’s birthday, and the only date that came to mind at the time, besides Christmas and Superbowl Sunday, which were obviously already taken.

The first seven Talk Like a Pirate Days were celebrated amongst Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy and their closest friends. The two friends soon realized it would be a great idea to spread the word of this fine day and make it official. National humor columnist, Dave Barry, received word of the holiday and paid homage to it in a 2002 column. Avast! Talk Like a Pirate Day started gaining international appeal!

HOW TO TALK LIKE A PIRATE
Check out this list of terms and phrases and be sure to partake in International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Ahoy!- “Hello”
Avast!- Stop and give attention or used as a sense of surprise. “No way!”
Aye- “Yes, I agree.”
Arr!- There are many meanings such as, “Yes.” “I agree.” “I’m happy.” “I’m enjoying…”
Shiver me timbers!- An exclamation of surprise, as when a ship hits something causing everything to shake.
Heave ho!- “Give it some muscle and push it!”
Thar she blows!- Signifies a whale sighting.
Shipshape- “Cleaned up and under control.”
Touch and go- Refers to briefly running aground, or two ships coming aboard to transfer mail or passengers, both risky propositions.
Pipe down- Most 18th century ships had a lights-out rule, indicated when the bosun’s pipe sounded. Even pirate ships had a set time when those who were not on watch were expected to go to bed.
Mind your Ps and Qs- Refers to tavern keepers who would extend credit to sailors and would keep track of how many pints or quarts of ale their customers consumed.
Batten down the hatches- Saying used to let everyone aboard know to put everything away on the ship and to tie everything down because a storm is brewing.

Now, that ye ol’ pirate vocabulary is in shipshape, go out there and spread the word of this fun-filled holiday!


09/18/12

Possible Suspensions or Delays on Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route

Below is information provided to us by the NCDOT today regarding possible suspensions or delays on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route. Please use the contact information at the end of the press release below if you are planning to travel this ferry route over the next few weeks.

RALEIGH — Travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays, load weight restrictions and possible suspensions due to extreme shoaling of the Hatteras Inlet channel for the immediate future.

A threat of severe weather when a cold front moves through Tuesday, wind-driven tides and the narrow channel situation has created a safety issue that requires constant monitoring by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division.

The inlet was side-cast dredged back in May to address an immediate need and is slated to be pipeline dredged in several weeks by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Visitors to our area need to be apprised of the situation,” stressed Deputy Ferry Director Jed Dixon. He is calling upon local residents, businesses, restaurants, motels and vacation home rental agencies to assist in spreading the word.

Because of the shoaling issue, the Ferry Division today is running only its smaller Hatteras Class boats, which draw less water and are easier to maneuver in the shallow passage.

For up-to-date status on the situation at Hatteras, travelers can sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry or call the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353 for updates.

*** NCDOT***


06/20/12

Beach Access Legislation Passes in the House of Representatives

With the first day of summer upon us, we were ecstatic to hear that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4094, a bill to restore reasonable access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

The bill, introduced by our Congressman, Walter Jones, was approved yesterday, June 19th, and passed in a 232 to 188 vote. H.R. 4094 was included in a package of bills grouped together under H.R. 2578, known as the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. The bill proposes the reinstatement of the Interim Management Plan that was in place prior to the restrictive consent decree and ORV Rule implemented by the National Park Service.

We can’t get too excited yet because before this can occur, the companion bill in the Senate needs to pass and then President Obama needs to sign it.

The 2008 consent decree imposed rigid and severe beach access restrictions that have hurt the local economy and limited the Superintendent from utilizing an active managment approach that would better help wildlife at the seashore.

Chairman Warren Judge, who testified before a Congressional subcommittee urging the passage of H.R. 4094, stated, “It will provide reasonable recreational access in a way that utilizes science based resource management for shorebirds and turtles.” Judge added, “H.R. 4094 represents a true win-win situation for both people and wildlife.”

A companion bill has been sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Burr and Senator Kay Hagan. Senate bill 2372 will be the subject of a Congressional hearing next week.

We are very grateful to our Congressman, Walter Jones, and all of you who have exerted time and energy to this cause. Thank you!


05/25/12

Cape Hatteras is ranked as one of America's Top Ten Beaches!

Dr. Beach has just released his list of America’s Best Beaches and Cape Hatteras has made the cut for the Top Ten, for another year in a row! This year Cape Hatteras comes in at #10! (In previous years, the rankings have been as follows: #5 in 2011, #4 in 2010, #7 in 2009, and #8 in 2008.)
Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (Dr. Beach), Director and Professor of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, travels up and down the coastline each year in search of the absolute best beaches in America. He evaluates each site using 50 criteria, which range from beach condition to water temperature, to sand softness and color.
Being a strong contender in America’s Best Beaches, does not surprise those of us who live and breathe Cape Hatteras! Whether you live here, visit here, or long to visit our shores, you know from the moment you arrive, that you’ve reached paradise! From our clean, uncrowded beaches to the best surf on the East Coast, to world-class fishing and adventure! Cape Hatteras has it all while still managing to hold on to the small island charm that everyone cherishes and loves.
Dr. Beach describes Cape Hatteras as:
“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing. Hurricane Irene in 2011 cut a few inlets through Hatteras Island so travel down to the Cape will be slowed.”
So if you’ve never visited Cape Hatteras, start making plans to head this way! We’d love to share one of America’s Best Beaches with you and help you enjoy an unforgettable vacation! On your way through, stop by Surf or Sound Realty and say HI!


05/22/12

WE ARE #1!


U.S. News and World Reports has ranked the Outer Banks as the Top Family Beach Vacation in the USA!
It’s official! The Outer Banks is the place to come to truly vacation!
Miles and miles of vast, unspoiled beaches await you on this slender stretch of barrier islands. There is beauty around every bend and twist, whether it’s Corolla’s wild horse population, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There is something to pick everyone’s interest and invite you to explore the #1 Family Beach in the USA!
Experience world-class fishing, as well as the #1 surfing and kiteboarding destination on the East Coast. The Outer Banks also abounds with rich history and exciting exhibits!
Relax, explore, adventure, and immerse yourself in the Outer Banks! Afterall, we’re #1!
See you in the Outer Banks!


05/18/12

The 1st Annual Shorebreak 5K and Tide Pool Fun Run

On Monday, May 28th, you will have the opportunity to make history by partcipating in Hatteras Island’s 1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and Tide Pool Fun Run! Come one, come all!

Feel free to walk, jog, or sprint the 3.1 mile scenic loop through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon. The 5k will start at 8am at the Oceanfront Pavilion of the Beach Klub in Avon. The Tide Pool Fun Run will begin immediately following the Shorebreak 5k at 9am on the beach.

This event is a fundraiser for the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition Program.

Registration is $35 and $25 for ages 18 and under. The fee includes a goody bag, t-shirt, medal, age group winner prizes, and a post-race party for adults 21 and older. The fee for the Tide Pool Fun Run is $10 and includes finisher medals and a t-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund on the web.

Come out and support our local community and each other during this Memorial Day weekend event!


05/17/12

Gearing UP for Memorial Day week festivities!

No matter what you’re gearing up for, whether it’s surfing, kiteboarding, some of the world’s best fishing, or just a fun time on the beach, the OBX delivers!
Memorial Day week on the OBX will prove just how “geared up” everyone is to get this season rolling and off to an eventful start!
We’d love to see you at one or all of the holiday week events, so go ahead and mark your calendar and we’ll see you there…or on the beach!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 25th & May 26th (10am-6pm)

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT will also be selling plates of BBQ on May 26th, so stop by and grab a bite for lunch and support this worthy cause!

Endless Summer Weekend
May 25th-May 28th

~Join Robert August and son in their quest for the best waves Hatteras Island has to offer! Admission is FREE! There will be a surf party with LIVE music on Saturday night, and a special showing of the 1966 original film, “Endless Summer,” on Sunday night, as well as demos and autograph sessions. Both events are located at REAL Watersports, 25706 Hwy 12, Waves. For more info contact 252-987-6000 or visit them on the web.

Outer Banks Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts
May 26th (9am-5pm) & May 27th (9am-4pm)

~This crafty festival will be held rain or shine at the Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Kills, behind the Kill Devil Hills Post Office. Be sure to stop by and support our talented local artists and browse their wares!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 26th

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and The Tide Pool Fun Run
May 28th @ 8am

~All are welcome to run, walk, or jog the scenic 3.1 miles through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon! The Shorebreak 5k will begin at 8am followed by The Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach. Come support each other and our community! All proceeds from this event go towards the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition program.
Click here to sign up!

REAL Summer Concert Series
May 26th-Performers TBA
May 28th-The Wilders
May 31st-Soul Rebel

~Enjoy free live music at REAL Watersports in Waves, from 6-10pm!

Banjo Island Bluegrass Concert and Jam Session
May 30th

~Travel down to Red Drum Pottery in Frisco for a fun night of entertainment by an assortment of talented local musicians or bring your own instrument and be apart of the entertainment! Show starts @ 7! $5 admission, which includes snacks and a drink served during intermission.

OBX Paddle Palooza
June 1-3rd

~Bring the entire family to Frisco Woods Campground to enjoy a day of stand up paddleboard races for all ages and experience levels! The races get underway early Saturday morning, June 2, so don’t forget to register early! Online registration closes @ 8pm, Friday, June 1 and on-site registration closes @ 8am, Saturday, June 2! Come and join the fun and see what the paddleboard craze is all about! For more information on this event visit the sponsor’s webpage.

Dare Day
June 2nd

~Starting @ 9am, enjoy a beautiful day in Manteo’s downtown historic waterfront! Dare Day is an annual celebration of the people and history of Dare County. There will be enterainment and demonstrtations provided. Admission is FREE! Come enjoy a day full of exploration and learning!

Enjoy your week and thank you for visiting The Outer Banks!


05/11/12

Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Service Update

Currently, the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry service is still having difficulty due to shallow water conditions in the Hatteras Inlet channel. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, dredging is scheduled to start early Saturday, May 12th to attempt to alleviate the situation.

Because of temporary suspensions or size and limit restrictions on ferry runs, the Ferry Divion of NCDOT has added two additional departures from both sides of the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route for this weekend in order to accommodate travelers.

There will be a 7am and 1pm departure from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke, in addition to the regularly scheduled 10am and 4:30 departures. From Ocracoke to Swan Quarter, there will be a 10am and 4pm departure, in addition to the regularly scheduled 7am and 12:45 runs.

The Ferry Division will continue to monitor the channel and could possibly extend extra runs. Reservations must be made for the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry and can be made by calling 800-BY-FERRY and pressing “2” or by visiting NCDOT on the web.

Updates are available by calling the Hatteras ferry terminal at 252-986-2353 or by following NCDOT Ferry on Twitter.
Safe travels!