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Dare to pursue quarter percent sales tax for inlet dredgingAs the crisis at Oregon Inlet persists with the approach of another tourist season, Dare County commissioners passed a resolution Friday to ask the General Assembly to authorize a 1/4 percent local sales tax to help pay for dredging. Unlike previous authorizations, the request, if introduced and approved by legislators, would not require a referendum.

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Down goes the Beacon Motor Lodge: Inn was sold to Va. Firm–Another piece of the Outer Banks that hearkened back to a bygone era started coming down this week, with the demolition of the Beacon Motor Lodge at mile post 11 in Nags Head. The white-and-blue motel was built in 1969 and had 50 rooms, many of which opened onto 450 feet of oceanfront, but it has been closed since the end of the 2013 season. Since we ran a story in December on a Virginia Beach firm purchasing the motel and adjacent property, crews had been slowly hauling away some of the fixtures and other items from inside the rooms. Earlier this month, all the windows were taken out. An excavator began tearing down the structure Wednesday. Often referred to as a dying breed on the Outer Banks, hotels and motels with familiar names like the Carolinian, Cabana East and the Vivianna have vanished from the oceanfront landscape.

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Endless winter set for one last March blast this weekendMarch will give us the cold shoulder this weekend before stepping aside for a week that might actually feel like spring. It will almost be cold enough for snow Saturday morning, but the National Weather Service says that’s highly unlikely. A cold front pushing toward the coast will mean a chance of thunderstorms on and off this afternoon with more rain overnight.

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The Dare County High Schools Annual Art Show will open in the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Sunday, March 29, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

 Don’t forget: Owners Day is April 4th from 10-12

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