Maryland man dies in ocean off Nags Head

By on October 3, 2019

A 51-year-old Davidsonville, Maryland man died in the ocean off Nags Head on Thursday, Oct. 3, the second person to lose his life in the waters off Dare County beaches in the last four days.

Nags Head’s Police and Fire and Ocean Rescue Departments responded to a 911 call at approximately 3 p.m. after receiving a report of a man floating face down in the ocean near the 8300 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. Members of Nags Head Ocean Rescue brought the man to the beach where CPR was administered. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful, and he was later pronounced dead.

The incident is under investigation and the exact cause of death is unknown at this time. Red “no swimming” flags were not posted on Nags Head’s beach today. The town of Nags Head’s thoughts are with the man’s family after this tragic event.

On Monday, Sept. 30, Dr. William Lapenta, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction drowned in the ocean off Duck.


Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi ( for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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  • h barr

    How could the Town of Nags Head NOT put out Flags?!? I got an alert on my phone and my computer from Dare County. ****** DIDN’T THEY?

    This was a GUEST of ours and I feel terrible!

    Who is responsible for putting out these flags? What department?

    Friday, Oct 4 @ 10:42 am
  • Miranda stumler

    The flags were out. They were yellow.

    Saturday, Oct 5 @ 12:15 pm
  • h barr

    Unfortunately, they were not in front of these houses. They were at the Public access & my house has a private access.
    I just think we need to make more of an effort to keep our tourists safe. Yes, I know they are a pain, but they pay our salaries.

    Monday, Oct 7 @ 4:20 pm