09/13/18

Stay Informed and Avoid Travel if Possible

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Bulletin #7
September 13, 2018 10:38 a.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Stay Informed and Avoid Travel if Possible

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County – a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

It is important to stay informed and monitor information from official sources.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information and safety tips from Dare County Emergency Management and the Joint Information Center.

For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is now restricted. Only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are being allowed access.

Remain indoors and stay off roadways. Driving conditions will quickly become dangerous as flooding occurs from heavy rains and ocean overwash. Some areas of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island are already experiencing ocean overwash. Be mindful of dangerous conditions not only in Dare County, but also outside the area. Visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ for NC road conditions updated by NCDOT.

Those who remain in the county are reminded that emergency personnel may not be able to respond to calls for assistance as winds increase and roadways become flooded. There may be a loss of power or water in some areas of the County. Keep your emergency supply kit close by and be prepared to sustain yourself, your family and your pets for up to 72 hours.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow. Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24. Please be sure your cans are secured, along with any other loose items.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The south end of Kitty Hawk has experienced some ocean overwash. Use extreme caution and avoid Highway 12 if possible.

Town of Nags Head

With the amount of ocean overwash and rainfall that we’re expecting, please remain inside during the event and even in its immediate aftermath. We are expecting flooding on many area streets, with a particular impact on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road.

Town of Manteo

The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17. To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don’t drown. Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage. Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued as needed but no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 13.


09/12/18

Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13

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Bulletin #6
September 12, 2018 4:30 p.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13

Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13 With the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13. There are no planned bridge closures, but access into the county will be restricted to those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors throughout the County remains in effect. Those who have not yet evacuated are encouraged to make final preparations and leave the area as soon as possible. Those who decide to stay are reminded that emergency services may be unable to respond to calls for assistance with high winds and flooded roadways.

Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Do not let your guard down — the track of the storm will continue to shift and slight jogs to the north lead to more significant impacts for our area. It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated information about available emergency shelters in other areas of North Carolina, visit ncdps.gov/florence or download the NC Ready app. Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.


09/12/18

Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Remain – Do Not Let Your Guard Down

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For Immediate Release

September 12, 2018, 10:34 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Bulletin #5
Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Remain – Do Not Let Your Guard Down

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect for Dare County. While the track has shifted to the south and west overnight, do not let your guard down. The storm is forecast to slow down as it reaches the North Carolina coast and the path may change as it makes landfall due to slow movement and weak steering currents. Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will be bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Slight shifts to the north could mean more significant and devastating impacts for our area.

It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors throughout the County remains in effect. Those who have not yet evacuated are encouraged to make final preparations and leave the area as soon as possible. Those who decide to stay are reminded that emergency services may be unable to respond to calls for assistance with high winds and flooded roadways.

Dare County EMS reminds those with home oxygen to have a plan for extended power outages that will render power driven oxygen delivery devices non-functional. Be sure you have an ample supply of portable, non-powered oxygen cylinders at your home to ensure your oxygen supply is not interrupted.  Do not rely on EMS and fire departments for your oxygen needs. Also, ensure you have enough medications for the next few weeks as post-storm transportation routes could be delayed.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

There are currently no restrictions for entering or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry.

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled.  Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Southern Shores

The next trash pick-up will be Monday September 17.

Red Flags are currently up on Town of Southern Shores beaches. No Swimming.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation.  Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits.  Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices are closed through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center, Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House are all closed until further notice.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Due to the continued threat of Hurricane Florence, the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and support offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 noon and remain closed until further notice.

Commercial garbage collections will be limited on Wednesday September 12 and then will be suspended until further notice. Residential solid waste collections have been suspended until further notice – please secure roll-out containers away from the curb. The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 12 and remain closed until further notice.

Town of Manteo

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures.

National Park Service

All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 12 by 6:00 p.m.


09/11/18

Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning Now in Effect for Dare County

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For Immediate Release

September 11, 2018, 5:43 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Bulletin #4

Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning Now in Effect for Dare County

 

A Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours.

 

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours.

It is important for those who have not evacuated to make preparations to leave the area as soon as possible to avoid travel after the onset of strong winds, ocean overwash, rainfall flooding and possible tornadoes that will accompany the storm.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

There are currently no restrictions for entering or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry.

Dare County Administrative Offices will remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Trash collection for the unincorporated areas of Dare County is cancelled for the remainder of the week and regular collection will resume when conditions allow. All Dare County Public Works facilities are closed until further notice.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled.  Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation.  Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits.  Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the week.    Windgrass Circle Park and Sandy Run Park will be closing this afternoon until further notice.

The Kitty Hawk Bath House is also closed.

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property and loved ones.

Town of Southern Shores

Recycling pickup for Wednesday, September 12 is currently anticipated, however please be ready for a change due to driver availability. The next trash pickup will be Monday September 17.

Town of Nags Head

Most, if not all, of South Old Oregon Inlet Road, as well as sections of South Virginia Dare Trail, including the causeway to Manteo, could be impassable due to flooding. Do not go through the barricades. They are in place for a reason.

Town of Manteo

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

Town of Manteo administrative offices will remain closed through Friday, September 14.

National Park Service

All National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

Dare County Schools

All Dare County Schools will be closed through the remainder of the week.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday morning, September 12.


09/11/18

Mandatory Evacuation Remains in Effect for All Areas of Dare County

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For Immediate Release

September 11, 2018, 12:13 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Mandatory Evacuation Remains in Effect for All Areas of Dare County

 

Time to Evacuate is Now

 

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors in Dare County remains in effect. Now is the time to make final preparations and implement your evacuation plan. Many areas along the East Coast are now under evacuation orders, so it is important to leave sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time to travel safely to your destination. Check the route you will be traveling since many inland areas will be impacted.

Hurricane Florence is forecast to remain a dangerous major hurricane and make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday into early Friday. There is still some uncertainty regarding the track forecast, but confidence continues to increase in Eastern North Carolina seeing significant to potentially life threatening impacts, including extreme storm surge with ocean overwash, rainfall flooding, winds and tornadoes. A hurricane watch and a storm surge watch are currently in effect.

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

For those needing assistance with evacuation, Dare County will be making one run to transport individuals to the shelter in Knightdale. To reserve a spot on the bus, you MUST call 252-475-5640 or 252-475-5641 before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Buses will depart  the Outer Banks (Sarah Owens) Visitors Center located at 1 Visitors Center Circle in Manteo at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and from Hatteras Elementary School located at 47500 Middle Ridge Trail in Buxton at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12. If you are travelling with your pet, you MUST have your pet secured in a kennel and your MUST have documentation of required vaccinations. Dare County will provide return transport from the Knightdale shelter when deemed safe and reentry is allowed. To ensure safety of drivers, there will be no additional transports to the shelter after buses leave both locations on Wednesday morning.

For residents and property owners making final storm preparations, there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county. Access into Dare County will be restricted beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. today. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Dare County Schools

All Dare County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 11 through the remainder of the week.

National Park Service

All National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled.  Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office will close at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, until further notice.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head Town offices will be closed for non essential personnel on Wednesday,  Thursday, and Friday, September 12, 13, and 14, 2018. Essential personnel will continue to work and provide critical services.

Pumps are ready to be deployed when and where conditions warrant.

We are still expecting significant rainfall and large surf. Keep in mind that high surf will prevent flooded areas from draining quickly.

Parking is available at Town Park at 415 Health Center Drive. Turn west at Ace Hardware in Nags Head. The park is on the left.

Town of Manteo

Town of Manteo administrative offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at noon and remain closed Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14.

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.


09/10/18

Updated Information from Dare County Emergency Management

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018, 5:35 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Updated Information from Dare County Emergency Management

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

The mandatory evacuation for all other areas of Dare County will become effective at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11. Visitors should evacuate as early as possible, taking all of their belongings and following instructions from their property management company.

Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and property owners making final storm preparations that there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county, and none will be implemented before Wednesday afternoon.

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School  located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Dare County Public Works will collect residential trash on Tuesday, September 11 in  Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo, Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point, and Manns Harbor.  Regular trash collection will resume on Monday, September 17.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 and remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

All Dare County Parks & Rec programs are cancelled until further notice.The Baum Center, Family Recreation Park, the Dare County Center and the Manteo Youth Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.

The Dare County Clerk of Courts Office will be closed Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.

All District Court sessions are cancelled beginning Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.  The Clerk of Courts Office is in the process of continuing all cases and notice of new court dates will be mailed Monday afternoon. Anyone who does not receive a notice by Friday, September 21 should contact the Dare County Clerk of Courts Office to receive their new court date.

All Dare County Schools will be closed on September 11 through the remainder of the week.  Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools released early today in response to the mandatory evacuation.  Additionally, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow evening has been cancelled.

National Park Service

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial have suspended visitor services and closed all of its visitor facilities at 12:00 p.m. Monday.

Town of Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head is making multiple passes for trash and recycling collection on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road, emptying any containers that are placed out for collection. All regularly scheduled collections on Tuesday and Wednesday will not be impacted; however, Wednesday, September 12 will be the last day that trash and recycling will be collected, until further notice. In addition, the bulk item/brush collection yard will be closed until further notice.

The Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market and the Mama’s Black Sheep concert, both scheduled for Thursday, September 13, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Town of Manteo

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Cutoffs for water and sewer account non-payments will be delayed until after re-entry.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued Tuesday morning, September 11. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.


09/10/18

State of Emergency Issued and Mandatory Evacuation for Residents and Visitors Ordered

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

State of Emergency Issued and Mandatory Evacuation for Residents and Visitors Ordered

 

Bulletin #1

A state of emergency has been issued and a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island will be in effect beginning Monday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. This includes all areas of Hatteras Island including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m. This includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo; Roanoke Island; and the Dare County mainland.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday morning and has determined that a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and residents is necessary to ensure safety.  Hurricane Florence is currently projected to be a category 3 or 4 storm at landfall in southeastern North Carolina and may bring life-threatening storm surge to Dare County, along with tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes. Even a small northward shift in the track of the storm could bring devastating impacts to our area.

Everyone in Dare County is encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible regardless of the established time frames. Visitors should take all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to consider traveling westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95. Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare County will help avoid traffic backups and congestion that may prolong evacuation by traveling northbound through the Hampton Roads portion of Virginia. Be sure to check the weather forecast for travel conditions for the route you will be traveling and for your destination.

The state of emergency includes restrictions on swimming due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Bulletins will periodically be issued by the Joint Information Center and the next scheduled update will be no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Due to the current state of emergency, reentry passes are not being issued by Dare County Emergency Management. Non-resident property owners are reminded that permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid through December 30. Permanent residents use a valid driver’s license with a Dare County address for reentry. A current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government issued ID will also suffice. To review guidelines, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

 

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Dare County Emergency Management is the lead role in preparing for and directing response to major emergencies and disasters , both natural and man-made within Dare County. The Department of Emergency Management is the local community based equivalent of the NC Division of Emergency Management Agency at the State level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Federal level. It works closely with all agencies (public & private) before, during and after emergencies/disasters to provide the coordination of comprehensive protection of lives and property.

Dare County Emergency Management has a full-time staff that receives specialized training in many varied fields. Like other public safety officials, staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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05/29/18

Hatteras Island Beaches Win More Accolades – Dr. Beach names Buxton #6 Beach in the Country!

Miles of pristine uncrowded seashore regularly land Hatteras Island beaches on top 10 lists and this year is no exception. Dr. Beach just published the 2018 results for the country’s top beaches and Buxton Lighthouse Beach came in at #6!

Dr. Beach is Dr. Stephen Leatherman – Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia. He developed 50 criteria to rate each beach and since 1991 his top beaches list, released each Memorial Day weekend, has become very popular.

Buxton’s Lighthouse Beach adorned with the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, was lauded for having “the best surfing on the U.S. East Coast” and it’s good swimming beach with lifeguards. Also noted were the excellent surf fishing and dynamic coast.

U.S. News and World Report Ranked Cape Hatteras #1 Best Beach in North Carolina. Some of the spectacular features that landed Cape Hatteras at the top of the list include:

• 70 miles of unspoiled beaches
• Black and white striped lighthouse – climb at night during a full moon
• Catch a glimpse of sea turtles during nexting season
• Off-road vehicles are allowed on the sparsely crowded sands

It’s no secret that Cape Hatteras Beaches are the best – if you haven’t already, book your premier vacation home today.


05/23/18

Our Beaches are Wide Open – Come Enjoy Memorial Day Week on Hatteras Island!

Hatteras Island Beaches are Wide Open

Besides all of the fun amenities offered in your premier vacation home, there is a lot to do to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, this upcoming Memorial Day Week! For a full list of events check out our event calendar.

H2OBX waterpark opens for the season Saturday, May 26th – if you haven’t purchased tickets be sure to get them through Surf or Sound to get the best rate available!

Rock the Cape’s Island Art Show will be held from 10:00 – 4:00 on Monday, May 28 in Rodanthe at the Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo community building. Admission is FREE and ALL are welcome to this indoor / outdoor community event. Over 25 local artists will be on site vending their goods~ this is your chance to meet & support them!

On Monday, May 28 culinary arts arrive to Rock The Cape, for the first time since its inception, with A Taste of Hatteras. From 5pm-10pm, guests that attend A Taste of Hatteras can enjoy delicious island-inspired cuisine from a variety of local restaurants. The event will also feature a concert on the sound, headlined by The Joey Harkum Band from Maryland. Virginia Beach based reggae band SoPoz and local Hatteras band Blurky’s Quirky Friends and Hatteras musician Steve Vang will also be playing at A Taste of Hatteras. 

The Cape Hatteras Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including beach recreation, off-road vehicle (ORV) use*; surf fishing, boating, and piers; lighthouse climbing; interpretive programs with a park ranger; hiking; kayaking; watersports (surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, etc.); and wildlife viewing.

Programs with a Park Ranger
Over Memorial Day weekend, there are many opportunities to participate in ranger-led programs. The following is a listing of programming being offered this weekend:

  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climbing, daily from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
  • Barrier Island Dynamics, 10:30 am to 11:00 am. How do people, plants, and wildlife adapt to barrier island geologic change? Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion.
  • Cape Hatteras Light Station Talk, daily from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. 
  • Fish with a Ranger, Monday (Memorial Day) from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. We have poles, you bring the bait. Pre-register in person at the Hatteras Island Museum (or call 252-475-9622) this Saturday.

*Currently, there are over 25 miles (more than 90%) of Off Road Vehicle beach routes available to enjoy. Over the last several years, the park service has worked to improve access and constructed multiple new ORV ramps. While one area at the southernmost tip of Cape Point is currently closed to protect shorebirds, ORV users can still access a large area towards Cape Point and north of Ramp 43. And the miles of beaches in front of the villages are wide open for non-motorized activities, along with 20 more miles spread across the Seashore. For daily beach access updates check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 


02/23/18

Spring and Summer Photography Classes with Daniel Pullen

Family vacation memories – finally catching the big one, the sky on fire that time you stayed on the sound, the kids having the time of their lives playing in the waves – no matter how well you can recall these times in your mind, a moment perfectly captured on camera can take you back and help you share some of the most cherished moments of your life.

Are you ready to kick your photography up a notch? Daniel Pullen, Hatteras Island’s very own professional and award-winning documentary photographer is offering a number of classes, workshops and walkabouts this spring and summer. In their fourth year, these classes are professional, fun, non-intimidating and suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers.

Learn how to use camera technique and composition to create timeless photographs that resonate with viewers. In these small group workshops and walkabouts students receive 1:1 instruction and critique, as well as group field work and group discussion. Classes combine in class instruction with field work on Hatteras and Ocracoke Island and range from 2 hour weekly classes, 3 hour photo walkabouts, to 1-3 day weekend workshops.

Head on over to Daniel Pullen’s website to view his incredible work and to see a full schedule of courses and workshops: http://www.danielpullenphotography.com/photography-workshops/

Then, if you haven’t already, book your premier accommodations with Surf or Sound Realty!