09/12/11

Visitor Re-entry for Southern Villages Begins Thursday via Ferry

Bulletin Number: 35

Date/Time: 9/12/2011 5:50:50 PM

Visitor Re-Entry for Portions of Hatteras Island Begins Thursday – See Important Details Below

VISITOR RE-ENTRY FOR AVON, BUXTON, FRISCO AND HATTERAS VILLAGE BEGINS ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 AT 7:00am VIA FERRY SERVICE FROM SWAN QUARTER OR CEDAR ISLAND —

Visitor Re-entry for Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village begins on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m. via ferry service from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island. Visitors traveling to these Villages will only be allowed to enter the island by ferry service originating in Swan Quarter or Cedar Island through Ocracoke to the ferry docks at Hatteras Village. Visitors will not be permitted on the emergency ferry route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe.

The ferry route from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island requires a reservation and there is a fee for a portion of the trip. To make a mandatory reservation, call 1-800-293-3779 (press 2) or online at www.ncferry.org Visitors are encouraged to make ferry reservations as soon as possible for both their departure trip AND return trip.

EMERGENCY FERRY SERVICE FROM STUMPY POINT TO RODANTHE

The emergency ferry, from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe, will continue to operate for critical personnel, insurance adjusters, vendors carrying essential commodities, residents, and non-resident property owners ONLY. Due to the heavy traffic demand this places on the Stumpy Point to Rodanthe ferries, visitors will not able to be accommodated on the emergency ferry route at this time.

Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., the Ferry Division will give boarding priority on the emergency ferries to vehicles carrying essential commodities. Commercial vehicles are urged to use the overnight ferry trips in order to avoid congestion.

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR RODANTHE, WAVES, SALVO VISITORS

Visitors with upcoming travel plans for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo are advised that visitor re-entry will not begin until a future date, sometime after Thursday, September 29.

Visitors with travel plans to Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo over the next couple of weeks should seek accommodations elsewhere in Dare County, north of Oregon Inlet. If you need help finding lodging, contact the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau at 1-877-629-4386 or visit www.outerbanks.

IMPORTANT RECOVERY INFORMATION – Online 24 hours per day at www.darenc.com

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