WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA?
Weather: Corolla-Sunny, 12 degrees
Duck-Sunny, 13 degrees
- While many people rejoiced that the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge was included in North Carolina’s draft 10-year transportation plan, there’s not been much griping about U.S. 64 being left out. But some are worried that the 55-year old bridge over the Alligator River, which is part of the now unfunded U.S. 64 road-widening project, will continue to deteriorate. “That bridge should be looked at as a separate project,” said Tyrrell County Manager David Clegg. Built in 1960, the 2.8-mile Lindsay C. Warren Bridge is a swing span that opens as many as 35 times a day for marine traffic. It is considered structurally deficient but safe to cross. (OBvoice)
- Records likely to fall next two mornings as bitter cold sets in–The coldest air mass in the last two decades has settled over the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina, with record lows possible on Friday and Saturday mornings. “Record breaking cold temperatures will combine with a northwest wind to produce these dangerously cold wind chill values.” according to the National Weather Service. (OBvoice)
- OBX businesses throw flag on early beer at Panthers games-North Carolina is a state with an abundance of laws controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages. Thus, local business owners were surprised when they discovered that the state had relaxed a law that has long confused visitors and even residents. Retail sales on beer and wine are prohibitedon Sunday until 12 p.m., while every other day sales can start as early as 7 a.m. In 2007, the state made an exception, allowing just one facility in all of North Carolina to sell beer starting at 11 a.m. Sundays. That facility is the Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The exception kicks in any time the Panthers play at home on aSunday. When Joshua Bass, president of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce, discovered the exception, he fired off a letter on behalf of the Chamber to state Sen. Bill Cook, who also represents Dare County. In the letter, Bass says, “While one extra hour of alcohol sales per week may seem to be a small request, many of our tourism-based businesses make the majority of their income in only a few short weeks during the summer. (OBvoice)
- Vacationing arctic birds lure cold-seasoned watchers–Just when you thought the tourists had flown our coop, the Carolina Bird Club came to town recently to get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent migrating species visiting the Outer Banks this winter. Club representative Kent Fiala said 200-plus club members observed 181 species, including the Lapland Longspur and Snow Bunting, spotted at Cape Hatteras Point, which breed mostly in the Arctic. Other spectacular birds that breed in the far north to near-Arctic, such as Dovekie, Razorbill and Little Gull made appearances at Jennette’s Pier, and Iceland Gull graced Wanchese Harbor. (OBvoice)
- · Mother Nature delays Oregon Inlet dredging project-– On Jan. 5, the Dare Board of Commissioners responded to dire warnings about the shoaling problem in Oregon Inlet by authorizing the use of $300,000 from the Dare County Tourism Board’s Long Term Restricted Fund “to help secure matching state funds for immediate dredging of Oregon Inlet.” And after $1.2 million in funding was secured from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Feb. 3, the stage appeared set for work to begin. But unfavorable weather has put the prospect of “immediate” dredging on hold. For now, it’s wait and see — and hope. (Sentinel)