But it’s warming up! Come enjoy the beach this weekend!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA?
Weather: Corolla-Clear, 33 degrees
Duck-Clear, 32 degrees
- CURRITUCK — Vacant office space in Lower Currituck is a lingering reminder of the economic recession. While growth in Moyock and the Outer Banks has started to pick up, the middle part of the county has lagged behind, Currituck County officials say. Now the county is searching for a way to jump-start the economy in the county’s midsection.(DailyAdvance)
- Duck has hired an engineering firm to begin designing pedestrian improvements in the town’s village-commercial area, where tensions can run high between strollers and bicyclists during the busy summer season. The Town Council approved the two-year $269,000 contract with VHB Engineering of NC Jan. 5 to move forward with the municipality’s Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan, which has been a long time in the making but finally was adopted late last year. While the plan addresses the entire town, the bulk of improvements are slated for the downtown village area. (OBvoice)
- Coalition gears up for making Outer Banks highways safer–Progress has been made on making Outer Banks roads and highways safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, but much more work is needed. That was the consensus of members of the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition as they held their first monthly meetin in January. (Sentinel)
MANTEO — Helped by clear skies and slick-calm water, fishermen pulled unclaimed crab pots by the dozens out of northeastern North Carolina waters, stacking them up high on racks and decks of crab boats. By the end of the three-day marine debris removal project last month, hundreds of the left-behind or lost metal cages were cleaned from waterways between Ocracoke Island and the Virginia line. (CoastalReviewOnline)
OUTER BANKS WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA?
February 1, 2015
Weather: Duck-Overcast, 40 degrees
Corolla-Overcast, 38 degrees
Going on now!
- Consumer protection officials investigating OBX gas prices–Last week, the county Board of Commissioners approved a letter expressing concerns about gas prices that at times have been 60 cents higher than on the mainland. “We appreciate the quick response from the NC Attorney General’s Office on this matter and look forward to hearing results of their investigation,” Board Chairman Bob Woodard said in the statement. On Friday, prices were averaging about $2.17 a gallon on the Outer Banks. In Elizabeth City, prices were down to $1.94 and in Moyock, $1.99. (OBVoice)
- Three concepts featuring open spaces, children’s play areas, a pavilion and public art will be tapped to create a final plan for Dowdy’s Park in Nags Head. The concepts were presented at an open house Tuesday night led by consultants hired by the town and a committee that has been meeting for a year on transforming the old Dowdy’s amusement park property. (OBVoice)
- First distillery on the OBX set to make bottles of rum–All that remains for Outer Banks Distilling to launch its premier product, Kill Devil Rum, are a few final inspections. Expectations are that the distiller will be ready to commence production in two to three weeks, and first bottling’s of the regular and pecan rums will follow eight weeks later. (OBVoice)
- Controlled burns along sections of Bodie Island in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are planned between Feb. 1 and March 30 as conditions allow. The National Park Service will conduct the burning on about 500 acres east of N.C. 12, from Whalebone Junction south to Old Oregon Inlet Road and on a 400-acre section west of N.C. 12 from Whalebone Junction south to areas that were burned in 2014. Primary goal is to reduce fuel and the threat of damaging wildfire to the 256 houses along the National Seashore boundary. (OBVoice)
Ruth Wyand @ The Blue Point
When: Sun, February 1, 11:30am – 2:00pm
Where: Duck, NC
Alan Ross Karaoke Roadshow @ Jolly Roger Restaurant
When: Sun, February 1, 10:00pm – Mon, February 2, 1:30am
Where: Kill Devil Hills, NC
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