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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By: Susan West, N.C. Catch
The team from Eduardo's Taco Stand at the Seafood Throwdown
Every September, Hatteras Island pays tribute to a culture indelibly shaped by commercial and charter-boat fishing at the Day at the Docks celebration on the waterfront in Hatteras village.
The idea for the celebration took root in 2003 after Hurricane Isabel’s powerful storm surge breached the island, rupturing the highway and leaving Hatteras village accessible only by boat for more than two months.
Boat shuttle services and private skiffs carried residents, workers, fishermen, schoolkids, and supplies through Pamlico Sound between Hatteras and other villages on the island. Ferries hauled seafood trucks transporting fish landed in Hatteras to mainland distributors. But the tourism economy in the village ground to a halt.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
New Rules to Ease Sandbag Restrictions
11/20/15 10:45 AMATLANTIC BEACH – Proposed new rules will make it easier for beachfront land owners to build sandbag walls and leave them in place for longer periods.
Fisheries panel places emergency limits on flounder catches
11/20/15 10:45 AMAfter five hours of motions, amendments and haggling over details, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission approved an emergency measure Thursday that will close down most fishing for southern flounder in the state’s sounds after Oct. 16.
Governor: Mid-Currituck Bridge timeline to speed up two years
11/20/15 10:43 AMGov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday construction of the long-planned Mid-Currituck Bridge between the mainland and Corolla could be accelerated by two years due to transportation funding changes in the state budget approved in August.
Beach funding agreement remains elusive
11/17/15 1:27 PMNEW HANOVER COUNTY -- The county commissioners gave no indication Monday which of numerous options they would choose to cover beach nourishment costs if the federal or state governments failed to provide funding for the projects that periodically pump sand onto New Hanover's beaches.
Passengers rescued after ferry runs aground off Hatteras
11/10/15 10:10 AMHATTERAS. — State transportation officials say 23 passengers were taken off a ferry after it ran aground off Hatteras Island.
Rains keeping shellfishing waters closed
11/10/15 10:10 AMSOUTHEASTERN N.C. -- For 61 years parishioners of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown have gathered for an oyster roast on the first Saturday in November. But the 62nd roast won't happen until after the holidays, thanks to heavy rains that have closed local waters to shellfish harvest.
Board OKs Funds for Mid-Currituck Bridge
11/10/15 10:10 AMThe state Board of Transportation has approved $5.7 million to purchase land in Corolla that would become the eastern landing of the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge.
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: Conservation district hosts annual field days
11/10/15 10:09 AMOver 600 fifth-grade students, teachers and chaperones from Beaufort County received some hands-on learning about the environment last week at the Beaufort County Soil and Water Conservation District’s eighth annual Dan Windley Environmental Field Days event.
Living Shorelines Gain New Attention
11/10/15 10:08 AMBEAUFORT – Living shorelines have been given a national stamp of approval in a new federal report that encourages a natural approach to managing coastal erosion.
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