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Monday, May 18, 2015

Early Bird Ferry

The early bird catches the worm….or the ferry to Ocracoke in this case.

The NC Ferry System has moved to its summer schedule, which will now include 32 round-trips from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island each day. NCDOT is encouraging visitors wanting to explore Ocracoke Island to hit the ferry lines as early as possible to avoid the long peak-time ferry lines that can have visitors waiting in line for hours to board the ferry.

“We’ve always suggest visitors try to avoid the peak times of the day when traveling between Hatteras and Ocracoke,” said Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hess. “This year, we’re coming right out and saying it: The best way to get out of the ferry lines is to travel early, travel late, or travel between Friday and Monday. We have years of data to back that up.”

After years of research, NCDOT discovered that ferries departing Hatteras prior to 9am and ferries departing Ocracoke prior to 2pm have little to no wait for cars waiting to board the ferry. In general, visitors wanting to head over to Ocracoke Island will start packing into the Hatteras ferry lines around 10am. On Ocracoke's side, lines will start to stack up around 3pm with visitors ready to head back to Hatteras Island.

“People still want to go to Ocracoke, and they should go to Ocracoke,” said Ferry Divistion Director Ed Goodwin. “By adjusting their schedule just a little, they can spend less time in a ferry line and more time in Ocracoke. And that’s what vacation should be about”

We want all of our visitors to be able to spend as much time as possible exploring Ocracoke and less time waiting in the ferry line. By leaving just little bit earlier, visitors will be able to do just that.

For more information on the NC Ferries, please visit the following links:

You can also follow the NC Ferry Division on Twitter @NCDOT_Ferry. 

For ferry reservations, please call 1-800-BY-Ferry.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Weekend on Hatteras Island

Spring has sprung on Hatteras Island and we are getting ready for Easter! For our guests who will be visiting Hatteras Island over the Easter holiday, we have listed some family friendly activities to check out.  

April 3rd @ 6 a.m. - Avon Fishing Pier Opens @ Avon Fishing Pier - The pier is open for the season! Kids are able to fish for FREE from the pier all Easter Weekend.

April 3rd @ 10 a.m. - Island Art Show @ Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo Community Center – Local artist will be on site vending their goods! BBQ sandwiches will also be for sale. A portion of food sales will go to benefit Hatteras Island Meals.  

April 4th @ 2 p.m. - “Hoppy” Easter Celebration @ Pangea Tavern - Hop on over for a kids Easter egg hunt and photo ops with the Easter Bunny!

April 6th @ 10 a.m. - Hatteras Realty’s 9th Annual Eggstravaganza @ Hatteras Realty Avon Office– Easter egg hunt for all ages, cookies, activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Weekly activities and art classes taking place at The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Studio 12 and Sandcastles Gallery are now listed on the Hatteras Realty Event Calendar. Check out all weekly events and other happenings here: http://www.hatterasrealty.com/justforfun.htm

Island shops and restaurants have started to open up too! You can check out all the hot spots to eat and shop on our visitor’s guide, http://www.hatterasrealty.com/concierge/. Make sure to call ahead for seasonal hours. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

George A. Kohler Shipwreck

Navigating the waters off the coast of Cape Hatteras can be a difficult feat, even for the most experienced sailor. Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Hatteras Island’s coastal waters are well known to be the home to thousands of ships lost at sea. One of the last great shipwrecks to fall upon our beaches was that of the George A. Kohler.
Hailing from Baltimore, the G.A. Kohler schooner was headed down to Haiti when it was caught in a hurricane, during August of 1933, just off the shores of Cape Hatteras. With high winds, the G.A. Kohler was not able to escape the force of the hurricane and ran aground on the beach about 4 miles south of Salvo. With the area being hard to reach by rescuers, the ship’s crew members and other passengers were stranded on the ship until the hurricane passed. Coastguardsmen from the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and Gull Shores were able to rescue everyone from the ship once the high winds had subsided.

The ship, on the other hand, was unable to be rescued. The G.A. Kohler was stranded on the beach for the next 10 years. During that time, islanders were paid to salvage what they could off of the boat. Items like desks, chairs, and other small furnishings were sold off. Captain George Hopkins sold what was left of the ship for $150 and during WWII the haul of the ship was finally burned for its iron fittings. The charred remains were left on the beach to be covered by the sands of time.

Occasionally the remains of the George A. Kohler are uncovered by high winds or storms and can been seen lying near the ocean before it is covered up again.

The George A. Kohler wreck is located just north of Ramp 27, on the stretch between Avon and Salvo.

Fun Fact: Pieces of the G.A. Kohler were used to help build the Salvo Assembly of God Church (now the Lighthouse Church) in 1938.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Management Efforts to Comply with Recently Passed Legislation

National Park Service News Release
CONTACT: Cyndy M. Holda, Public Affairs Specialist, 252-475-9034 or 252-473-2111

Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Management Efforts to 
Comply with Recently Passed Legislation

Superintendent David Hallac announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) staff began the process in early January of reviewing and complying with recently passed legislation in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act related to the Seashore.  The legislation provides 180 days for the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the State of North Carolina and in accordance with applicable laws, to review and modify wildlife buffers and designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around buffers to allow access to areas that are open in the Seashore.  It also requires a public process to consider, consistent with management requirements at the Seashore, changes to the Seashore’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) special regulation as it relates to morning opening of beaches, extending the length of fall and spring seasonal ORV routes, and modifying vehicle free areas.  The Secretary of the Interior must report back to Congress within one year after the date of enactment of the Act.  “The schedule is ambitious but we will do our best to utilize input from the public, our experienced staff, and the assistance from other State and Federal agencies, to implement the legislation,” stated Superintendent Hallac. 

The Outer Banks Group plans to use a four-step approach:
1) Review the best available science on wildlife buffers, in coordination and consultation with State and Federal agencies, to consider modifications to buffers currently used by the Seashore and possible new ORV corridors.  We anticipate making any proposed modifications available for public input and review later this spring.
2) Launch a series of public discussion meetings in late May/early June to gather and consider input on morning openings, extending seasonal ORV routes, and modifying vehicle free areas and to develop a plan to implement appropriate changes.
3) Review the current beach access construction projects schedule for possible reprioritization towards those projects that provide vehicle access points in critical areas. 
4) Report back to Congress by December 19, 2015.

Assistance to Seashore park staff will be supplemented by NPS employees from the Southeast Regional Office and in consultation with other Federal and State agencies who share mutual responsibilities and management of natural resources. 

In addition, the Seashore will post updates to the park webpage at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/parkmgmt/2015ndaact.htm

with accomplishments to date and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the process.  Updates via press releases will be issued every two weeks or as significant progress is made.  
For general information on the Outer Banks Group national parks, visit www.nps.gov/caha, www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/fora; Twitter: @CapeHatterasNPS, @WrightBrosNPS, @FortRaleighNPS; or call 252-473-2111. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Events on the Island

Hatteras Island is gearing up for the holiday season. This year the island will be hosting holiday events from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and you do not want to miss out on all the fun!

Here are a few events taking place over the holiday season:

Surfin’ Turkey 5k & Puppy Drum Fun Run: Held on Thanksgiving Day, this race takes you through the historical village of Hatteras. Racers start and end at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. After the race everyone is welcome to stay for a hot pancake breakfast and enjoy cold beer provided by Carolina Brewery. Race starts at 8 am! For more information and registration details, click here.

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade: The annual parade will flow through Hatteras Village on December 13th at 2pm. Residents and visitors are invited to line the streets of the village to see this year’s parade floats and see a special appearance from Santa! After the parade a reception of fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate is provided at the Hatteras Civic Center.

HICF New Year’s Eve Party: Bring in 2015 island style at the HICF New Year’s dance. Local band Raygun Ruby will be rocking the night away with a mix of their favorite 80’s tunes. Heavy appetizers will be served and folks 21 and up are welcome to bring their own mix of cocktails (beer, wine & liquor). There will be a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. Tickets: $20/person or $35/couple. Dance starts at 8pm. For more information, please visit www.hicf.org.

Check out additional holiday events happening on the island by visiting Hatteras Realty Event Calendar.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day at the Docks: Seafood Throwdown 2014

Chefs from two of Hatteras Island’s most popular restaurants will display their seafood cooking skills in a Seafood Throwdown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Day at the Docks in Hatteras village. 

This year's chefs will be Seth Foutz from Ketch 55 Seafood Grill in Avon and Eric Gill from Breakwater Restaurant in Hatteras. The chefs will have one hour to prepare dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed at the start of the event. Each dish will be scored on taste, originality, presentation, and use of the entire fish by a panel of judges.

Foutz came to Ketch 55 Seafood Grill via a long line of family cooks, a love of the water and an education at a renowned culinary school in Ireland.  His philosophy is that a plate of food, whether simple or fancy, should be inventive and use the fresh bounty from the sea and land.  He lent his considerable expertise to dining establishments at ski resorts, beach resorts and a fishing resort in Alaska, but considers Avon and Ketch 55 to be his home.

Gill brings passion, skill, and creativity to the table. He develops flavors unique to his background and elevates food while keeping it accessible. He has over 12 years of cooking experience as a short-order cook, line cook, and executive chef. He graduated, alongside his sous chef John Short, from the Culinary Institute of Virginia in 2014.

Hatteras Realty's very own Bob Barris (Bobby Fillet) will be emceeing the event along with the owner and founder of Outer Banks Salt and Out Banks Epicurean, Amy Huggins Gaw.
The special seafood ingredient will be provided by Jeffrey's Seafood and fresh produce will be provided by The Conetoe Family Life Center of Edgecombe County.
The Day at the Docks Seafood Throwdown is sponsored by NC Sea Grant, NC Watermen Foundation, and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Additional information about Day at the Docks is available at: www.dayatthedocks.org.
Photo: Day at the Docks Facebook Page 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beach Nourishment for Rodanthe NC

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC of Oak Brook, Ill. for the beach nourishment project north of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island to protect this vulnerable stretch of Highway 12. The Corps of Engineers is administering the contract for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The contractor will use two dredges to expedite the project, which is expected to be completed around mid-September, weather permitting. 

“I want to thank all of the agencies involved in completing the required process to begin this vitally important repair work,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “Protecting our coastal roadways through re-nourishment projects like this one are is necessary for the safety of our citizens and visitors, to support our tourism industry and to keep our residents connected to jobs, education and healthcare.”

The project is designed to provide several years of protection before a long-term project is completed for the stretch of Highway 12, locally known as the “S-curves” where storms, including hurricanes Sandy and Irene, resulted in severe beach erosion along the road in Dare County. 

“We offer sincere thanks to Secretary Tata and Governor McCrory for their steadfast support throughout this process,’ said Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners Warren Judge.  “In addition, we thank the men and women of NCDOT for all they do for Dare County each and every day.” 
The schedule for the project is very dependent on weather and all work going smoothly. The approximate schedule is as follows:
  • By July 16, preliminary work is expected to be completed and installation of the pipeline from the sand source in the ocean onto the beach begins. 
  • The first dredge is scheduled to be on site and working around July 16. 
  • The second dredge is currently scheduled to arrive the first week in August and will help accelerate work. 
  • The project could be complete by mid-September. 
  • Once the project is complete, the contractor will begin de-mobilizing its equipment, which will take several weeks. 
The Federal Highway Administration approved Hurricane Sandy emergency relief funds to pay for this project.

For more information about NC 12 projects, visit the NCDOT 12 website.