07/19/14

Check In Day Activities

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We know, you’ve waited ALL YEAR for your Hatteras Island vacation and you just can’t wait to get it started. Here are some fun check-in day events and activities that let your vacation begin the moment you hit the Outer Banks.

SUBU Saturdays (Show up and Blow Up) at Watermen’s Bar & Grill in Waves. With live music from 12-3, outdoor dining, and a giant lawn with plenty of room to stretch out after a long drive and let the kids run off some energy, this is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and kick-off your Hatteras Island vacation. Did we mention the food and drinks they serve are amazing? They have a full service coffee bar and strive to use only the very freshest local and regional ingredients.

Welcome Party at the Wreck – just outside the Hatteras Landing Marina. Every Saturday from 12:30 – 4:00, the Wreck hosts a free and family friendly event with Live music, drink specials at the tiki bar and great food.

You can also always hit the beach – the Salvo Day Use Area has showers and bathrooms and shallow waters perfect for wading, and launching a kayak, stand up paddleboard or sailboat. Or spend the day fishing and hanging out at the Rodanthe or Avon piers. Both have parking and refreshments – the Avon Pier has showers and the Rodanthe Pier has a fun oceanfront arcade.

Speaking of watersports, there are a number of places you can rent equipment. Try our friends at Rodanthe Campground and Watersports right on the sound (next to Lisa’s Pizza) where you can enjoy a captained sail, take a sailing lesson or even take out a 16′ Hobie Cat if you know what you’re doing. They also rent jet skis, wave runners, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Mention we sent you and you might just get a discount on your rental.

Day Trips are another fun option. Start your vacation with a ferry ride to Ocracoke and spend the day strolling the village shops and restaurants or rent bikes to see the town. Or take time to check out Manteo – visit the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens, the reasonably priced North Carolina Aquarium with it’s fantastic new Sea Turtle Exhibit or go to Island Farm where you are invited to participate in living history, Roanoke Island circa 1800, complete with live oxen and century old house, barns and outbuildings you are invited to walk (and climb) through.

Try a pottery or beading class at one of our local coffee shops/art studios, do some shopping, or enjoy a late lunch / early dinner at one of our great island restaurants.

Whatever you decide to do, we’re so glad you’re here to spend an entire week on Island Time.

Watermen's Bar and Grill behind REAL watersports has plenty of room for everyone.

Watermen’s Bar and Grill behind REAL watersports has plenty of room for everyone.

You are invited to touch and experience the artifacts on site at Island Farm on Roanoke Island.

You are invited to touch and experience the artifacts on site at Island Farm on Roanoke Island.


07/15/14

Scotty McCreery is Feelin’ It on the Outer Banks

You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy this brand new music video by country music star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. A native of North Carolina, McCreery’s family has been visiting the Outer Banks all his life – he understands the magic of this place.

Directed by Emmy and Country Music Video Award winning Roman White, the team worked closely with the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau to bring the song to life on the Outer Banks – check it out and you’ll be Feelin’ It all summer long:


07/9/14

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Saturday July 12

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With the July date just announced, you can sign up for a once in a lifetime experience to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse under a full moon. The night will be filled with stories of the keepers of old, close up looks of the working light in the lantern room and spectacular views. Watch the newly risen moon as it reflects off the Atlantic Ocean while you stand in the salt air on the balcony.

Saturday, July 12 two tours will be given, one at 8:30 and one at 9:30. Ticket sales will start on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from 8:15 a.m. to 5:40 p.m and tickets must be purchased on site.

Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (11 and under) and seniors (62 and older). Children are welcome on the climb and must be over 42 inches tall and able to climb the 257 steps on their own.

Photo by Chuck Liddy - News & Observer

Photo by Chuck Liddy – News & Observer


07/6/14

Update from Surf or Sound Realty

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Good afternoon from Surf or Sound Realty!

Since the evacuation order was lifted yesterday afternoon, we have been welcoming guests onto the island at our offices and checking families into homes as they are ready. Although many of our homes sustained damage and are not habitable, we have been hard at work preparing the habitable homes for our guests.

At this time all of our homes have been inspected and all guests have received a preliminary contact. We are finishing up secondary contact for guests booked in homes that were inspected late last night. If you are due to arrive this weekend, please have your leaseholder check his/her email inbox for an email update. If they don’t have one already, they should have one within the hour.

Our offices are open as are our phone lines, but the call volume is extremely heavy so please be patient with us as most of our staff is out cleaning homes.

Although it has been a difficult few days we are enormously proud of our staff and thankful for the graciousness of our guests.

Your Friends at Surf or Sound Realty

 

 


07/5/14

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island at 4:00pm July 5

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DARE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Joint Information Center
Phone: 252-475-5655 Web: www.darecountyem.com Twitter: @DareCoEM

July 5, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Control Group Authorizes Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island at 4:00 p.m.

The Dare County Control Group has authorized unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island effective today at 4:00 p.m. At that time, all residents, non-resident property owners, and visitors will be allowed unrestricted access to all of Hatteras Island including the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

In close coordination with NCDOT and other officials, the Dare County Control Group has been working to restore full access to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible. While there are some homes and businesses dealing with serious issues caused by Hurricane Arthur, it has been determined that the general level of conditions and infrastructure services available on Hatteras Island will be able to support unrestricted access as of 4:00 p.m. today.

NCDOT advises that there are pockets of sand and water remaining on Highway 12 in Hatteras Island. They have also established a single lane condition at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe. This lane closure is controlled by a portable traffic signal, which may lead to some delays in this area. Motorists are urged to use extra caution.

 

For those Traveling to Ocracoke Island

Those traveling through Hatteras Island in order to gain access to Ocracoke Island should be aware that Hyde County may have reentry restrictions in place. Ocracoke information is available on the Hyde County website www.hydecountync.gov


07/5/14

Update from Surf or Sound Realty

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Good afternoon from Surf or Sound Realty!

We continue to work very hard to inspect and prepare homes for when the evacuation order is lifted. Currently only Hatteras Island residents and essential personnel are permitted on the island. We don’t yet know when Dare County will enable visitors to access the island, but we expect them to make an announcement soon.

We have begun to contact incoming guests using the leaseholder contact information regarding condition of homes. If your leaseholder has not been receiving any email updates from us, please email us at rent@surforsound.com and provide a better email address for us to use.

Here is the process:

  • We are emailing guests as we learn that the home is habitable.
  • We are calling guests as we learn that the home is not habitable due to damage from the storm. If we cannot reach the leaseholder on the phone, we will follow up with an email.
  • There are a few homes that we are unable to reach due to flood waters and unsafe conditions. Those guests are also being notified via email.

If you are scheduled to arrive this weekend, please do not begin your travels until you learn of the condition of your home and the county’s re-entry plans.

And keep in mind that we will still need to clean the homes. Expect check-in to be delayed a number of hours after access is restored.

We apologize immensely for the interruption in your valued vacation plans and hope to have you all enjoying your beach time very soon!


07/5/14

Re-entry to Hatteras Island for Residents and Essential Personnel only at this time

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DARE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Joint Information Center
Phone: 252-475-5655 Web: www.darecountyem.com Twitter: @DareCoEM

July 5, 2014 11:00 a.m.

The Dare County Control Group has determined that conditions will allow for a staged reentry process for all areas south of Oregon Inlet beginning this afternoon. This includes access for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

Permanent residents and essential personnel of critical businesses will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.

  • Permanent residents must present a valid NC driver’s license with a Hatteras Island address.
  • Essential personnel for critical businesses must present the permit they were issued by their employer who met the stringent essential business criteria as established by Emergency Management. Please keep in mind that no re-entry passes are issued by Emergency Management during the reentry process.

The entry of permanent residents and essential personnel will help provide the infrastructure needed to fully restore all services to Hatteras Island. As soon as access can be provided to everyone an announcement will be made.

CAPE HATTERAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative continues to restore outages on Hatteras Island today. Lee Electrical Construction crews is working to straighten six leaning transmission poles in the Pea Island area. Additional line crews from Edgecombe Martin Electric Membership Corporation arrived on the island this morning to assist with restoration efforts.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Cape Facilities in the northern end of the national parks that have returned to normal hours of operation include:

Wright Brothers National Memorial; the Visitor Center and all grounds
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site; the Visitor Center, all grounds but downed trees remain on many of the trails
Bodie Island Lighthouse and Bodie Island Visitor Center
Oregon Inlet Campground
Ramp 4 is open to Off-Road Vehicle use
Coquina Beach Bathhouse and Lifeguard operation
Coquina Beach Off-Road Vehicle Permit office

Areas that remain closed or only partially opened:

Many facilities on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island remain closed due to access and electrical needs. A few areas have opened to accommodate visitors already on the islands. Those facilities include:

Cape Hatteras Buxton Visitor Center and grounds surrounding the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – (the Lighthouse remains closed to climbing)
Buxton Lighthouse Beach Lifeguard operation
Hatteras Island Off-Road Vehicle Ramps open include: Ramp 27, 30,38,43,44, 49, 55
Ocracoke Island Off-Road Vehicle Ramp 70 and south is open


07/5/14

Update from Surf or Sound Realty

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Good morning from Surf or Sound Realty!

We hope that you enjoyed your Fourth of July holiday. We hope to celebrate it after we welcome all of our visitors back onto the island. In the meantime we are working very hard to inspect and prepare homes for when the evacuation order is lifted.

We have begun to contact incoming guests using the leaseholder contact information regarding condition of homes. We have hundreds of inspection reports to sift through so it is not a quick process, so please be patient with us.

Here is the process:

  • We are emailing guests as we learn that the home is habitable and ready for check-in (once access is restored and the home has been cleaned.)
  • We are calling guests as we learn that the home is not habitable due to damage from the storm. If we cannot reach the leaseholder on the phone, we will follow up with an email.

If you are scheduled to arrive today, please do not begin your travels until you learn of the condition of your home and the county’s re-entry plans.

And keep in mind that we will still need to clean the homes as our cleaners have also been unable to return to the island. Expect check-in to be delayed a number of hours after access is restored.

We apologize immensely for the interruption in your valued vacation plans and hope to have you all enjoying your beach time very soon!


07/4/14

Repairs to NC Highway 12 are Underway

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DARE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Joint Information Center
Phone: 252-475-5655 Web: www.darecountyem.com Twitter: @DareCoEM

July 4, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Repairs Underway for NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

NCDOT is working on Hatteras Island to assess NC Highway 12 and make repairs in an effort to restore access to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible.

The Dare County Control Group is maintaining close contact with NCDOT officials on their efforts to restore access to Hatteras Island. As soon as a determination is made that Highway 12 is safe for passage, officials will assess whether access can safely be provided to all Hatteras Island Villages, and that the necessary infrastructure is in place to provide essential goods and services. At that time a reentry advisory will be announced. Until then, access to and from Hatteras Island on Highway 12 will remain closed. This includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

The Control Group serves as the decision making body for Emergency Management and consists of representatives of Dare County, the Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service, and the Towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, and Southern Shores.

There is no restricted access to the areas of Dare County North of Oregon Inlet including the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo, as well as the unincorporated areas of Martin’s Point, Colington, Wanchese, Roanoke Island, Manns Harbor, East Lake, and Stumpy Point.

CAPE HATTERAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews have energized all of the major village circuits that experienced outages in the wake of Hurricane Arthur. Crews are now working to restore around 325 individual outages across Hatteras Island.

HATTERAS ISLAND WATER SERVICE

The Cape Hatteras EMC has restored normal power to the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Water Plant. Water system demands have returned to normal. The Dare County Water Department would like to thank the residents and visitors for their invaluable assistance in reporting the numerous water system leaks to our water distribution staff which greatly reduced the response time for finding and making the repairs.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Park staff are continuing field assessments this afternoon in all three parks. All facilities remain closed at this time. Further information on re-opening facilities will be disseminated tomorrow.