Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It’s is Halloween week here on Hatteras Island and the island has great family friendly activities for all to enjoy! 

Thursday, October 29th
Halloween Moon Over Hatteras Haunted Trail @ Hatteras Civic Center - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Walk through Sea Breeze Trail and see what really lives in the deeps woods of Hatteras Village. Park at the Hatteras Village Civic Center and be transported to the trail. Cost is $5 per person. Kids under 5 are FREE! Concessions are also available.

Friday, October 30th
Hallowine 2015 @ Lee Robinson’s General Store - 5pm - 7pm
Join us as we explore tasty reds to warm your bones and tasty brews. All wines and beers will be fall and Halloween themed! Enjoy cocktails and snacks while you browse the store.

Zombie Dance Party @ Turner’s High Moon Bar - 9pm
Join us Halloween Eve for a Zombie Dance Party with DJ Berry Wells. Dress in your finest zombie attired and head over to High Moon for a night filled with creepy fun and dancing. Contest with prizes for best zombie costumes!

Saturday, October 31st – Halloween!!
Trunk or Treat Family Night @ Heritage of the Faith Family Church - 5pm - 8pm
You are invited to a FREE, family friendly, scare free trunk or treat! Night activities include games, cake walk, cupcake walk, chili, hot dogs and lots of candy!

Trunk or Treat @ Koru Beach Klub - 6pm - 8pm
Volunteers will have their cars decorated with a "theme" and kids can walk in a safe environment to "trick or treat" together.

Midnight Monster Mash Halloween Party @ Pangea Tavern - 8pm
Pangea Tavern will be hosting their annual Halloween Party. Costume contest with cash prizes! Come on and join the spooky fun dance party.

Halloween Costume Party @ Turner’s High Moon Bar - 8pm
Turner’s will be hosting a Halloween costume bash! Come dressed in your best costumes and dance the night away to live music by Ruth Wyand.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

22nd Annual Hatteras Island Food Drive

The 22nd Annual Food Drive under way!

Throughout the rest of the year, Hatteras Realty will be collecting donations at both Avon and Hatteras Village office locations. Donations of unopened non-perishable food items, personal care products, house-hold cleaning products, and animal food/litter are accepted. 

Help us restock the Hatteras Island Food Pantry by dropping off items to one of our office locations. 

Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated. If you live off-island or do not have time to shop, please consider making a tax deductible monetary donation. Checks can be written to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920. For more information or any questions, please contact food drive organizer Linda Browning at 252-995-3662. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin Update #3

The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service.  Confidence has increased significantly with the forecast track of Hurricane Joaquin and it is very likely that the storm will move northeast, well away from the North Carolina coast.  NO evacuation orders for Dare County are anticipated.
Regardless of Hurricane Joaquin moving well off the coast, a flood watch, coastal flood advisory AND high surf advisory are in effect.  Heavy rain associated with an upper low and frontal system will bring an additional 2 to 3 inches of rain through the weekend.  Given the already saturated ground, flooding is expected in some low lying areas and roadways.  Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.
Anticipated wind impacts have lessened and while no tropical force winds are expected, the area will experience sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph. Sunday evening into Monday.  Minor coastal flooding with high surf and ocean swells will occur.  The threat of ocean overwash has diminished but cannot be ruled out in areas that are highly vulnerable.  There is the possibility of some soundside flooding.
A high threat of rip currents remains in effect and ocean swimming conditions are hazardous.  Please stay out of the ocean.
It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and monitor local weather forecasts. For the most up to date information regarding road conditions along NC 12, visit the NCDOT NC 12 Facebook Page at facebook.com/NCDOT. For other road conditions, call 1.877.DOT.4YOU or 1.877.638.4968, or dial 511.
Dare County will continue to monitor the storm and provide additional updates if needed.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin Update #2

Dare County officials are closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Joaquin. The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service. With current forecast uncertainty, the Control Group will meet again on Friday morning, October 2 when the storm’s track and impacts for the Outer Banks are more accurately known.
A flood watch is in effect for Dare County through Saturday evening with 4 to 7 inches of rainfall expected. Based on the current forecast, tropical storm force winds may reach the area late Saturday evening bringing high winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents. Soundside flooding is also a possibility as the storm passes through the region.
It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and begin taking necessary steps to protect property such as securing loose outdoor objects and boats. Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.ncready.org.
Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and provide periodic updates about Hurricane Joaquin. The next scheduled update will be Friday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m.
To receive e-mail alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter.

From NPS:
The Outer Banks Group National Parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, have begun the initial implementation of the Group’s Hurricane Plan in anticipation of the approach of Hurricane Joaquin. 
In anticipation of this weather event, the National Park Service will begin closing facilities effective noon today, Thursday, October 1, 2015.

  • All NPS campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet will begin closing at noon today, Thursday, October 1, 2015 and remain closed until further notice.  The Ocracoke Recreation.gov campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. 
  • Silver Lake Marina NPS rented docks will begin closing at noon today, Thursday, October 1.
  • Ocracoke, Hatteras Island and Bodie Island NPS Visitor Centers will begin closing at noon today, Thursday, October 1 and then remain closed until further notice.  Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will be closed Friday, October 2.  All previously scheduled evening programs are cancelled as of Thursday, October 1 until further notice.
  • Climbing at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at noon today, Thursday, October 1 and remain closed until further notice.  All park special programs scheduled have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Climbing at the Bodie Island Lighthouse will close at noon today, Thursday, October 1
  • All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2 and remain closed until further notice.
  • The Buxton, Ocracoke, and Bodie Island Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices will close at noon on today, Thursday, October 1.

Hurricane Joaquin Update #1

The current National Hurricane Center forecast has the storm moving north and potentially affecting our area later this week and over the weekend. The exact track of the storm is still uncertain as can be seen in the vast variety of models. The path will get easier to predict as the storm continues to move North. Currently the track seems to be shifting to the East and shows it passing us offshore, however, the potential event is still several days out and forecasts can vary greatly.

We are closely monitoring the situation and at this time have not had any type of official bulletins or advisories issued by our County officials. As we get better information we will keep you informed.

If you have a reservation beginning this weekend, we ask that you monitor the weather updates from the national hurricane center at www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and darenc.com for any county bulletins. If any advisories are issued we will update our blog and Facebook pages with the released information. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's 12th Annual 5k Fun Run

Join the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation for it’s 12th Annual 5K Fun Run on October 10th. Runners and walkers of all skill levels and age are welcome to join in on the fun and help raise money for this great cause. 

Registration will start at 9 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m. Participants will follow the 5k (3.1 miles) course through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores neighborhood, beginning and ending at the Sun Realty Avon Office parking lot. After the fun run, food, live music and awards will be happening in the parking lot. All spectators and participants are welcome to join. 

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winders for men, women, boys under 12 and girls under 12. Everyone will be given a participation award once crossed the finishing line.

How to register:
Register online at https://hicf.webconnex.com/HICFFunRun 
$30/adults, $20/children under 12
Registration includes a HICF 5k T-shirt

Pick up a registration form at:
Blue Pelican Gallery in Hatteras Village
Buxton Village Books in Buxton
Dixon and Dixon Law Office in Avon
Island Convenience in Rodanthe

You may turn in forms via mail (P.O. Box 442 Hatteras, NC 27943) or during registration time at the race. 

Make sure to wear pink! The person who is the most "pinked out" will win a special prize.

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an all-volunteer group, provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island. Founded in December 2000, the group's primary goal is to raise funds to offer financial support for patients to help them pay for medical costs not reimbursed by insurance and to pay for travel expenses for themselves and their caregivers to medical centers for cancer treatment.

For more information, please visit www.hicf.org

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friendly Reminder: Beach Laws for Pets

Everyone loves vacationing at the beach, including your pets! The beaches (ocean and sound side) of Hatteras Island welcome pets and their owners to come and enjoy the beauty that the island has to offer. To help keep our beaches clean and insure the safety of others, the National Park Service has issued leash laws for all of the Outer Banks.

As a friendly reminder to all of our guests and pet owners, the National Park Service has issued the following statement:

“Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff asks for visitors’ cooperation in protecting wildlife and other visitors by observing leash laws and by cleaning up after your pets. 

Federal regulations in the National Seashore require that dogs be crated, caged, on a six-foot leash, or otherwise under physical restraint. During the summer months, dogs are prohibited on designated swimming beaches such as Coquina Beach, Buxton Beach or the Ocracoke Day Use area.  

Recent observations of dogs off-leash in the Seashore have resulted in verbal and written warnings and citations. "Unleashed dogs are known to have serious impacts on park wildlife and can be a nuisance or threat to other visitors while enjoying the beach,” stated Superintendent David Hallac. “This is an issue that we take very seriously, especially now in our high visitation period and during wildlife nesting season.”

Park rangers can ticket dog owners $125.00 for each unleashed dog and $125.00 for each dog entering a posted closure for first offenses. Repeated offenders could face up to a maximum fine of $5,000.00 and/or 6 months in jail. Tampering with threatened and endangered species or their habitat requires a mandatory appearance in federal court with possible fines of $25,000 and incarceration of five years. Threatened and endangered species nesting at Cape Hatteras include both shorebirds and sea turtles.

Park visitors also need protection from roaming dogs.  Not everyone welcomes a strange, wet dog charging up to them or their small children while swimming or walking on the beach. Many children and adults are afraid of unfamiliar dogs. Even a “friendly” dog that “would never bite” can act unpredictably towards strangers. A leashed dog is seen as much less of a threat by most people and will allow everyone to have a pleasant experience on the Seashore. Park staff would like to take this opportunity to thank those responsible pet owners who comply with park regulations.” 

For additional information, questions or concerns, please contact the National Park Service at 252-473-2111 or visit www.nps.gov/caha.

Looking for a pet friendly vacation rental on Hatteras Island? Visit Hatteras Realty's Pet Friendly Homes for a fully list of pet friendly homes at the beach!