Stories by Coastal Review

On this day: Etheridge becomes Life-Saving Station Keeper

By Joan Collins | Special to Coastal Review
MANTEO — Today is an important time to remember the legacy of Keeper Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers. On Jan. 24, 1880, Etheridge, who grew up enslaved on Roanoke Island and fought with the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, became the first Black person in the nation to command a U.S. Life-Saving Service, or USLSS, station. Full story

Jan 24

Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project needs extra hands

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is asking commercial watermen and women to help in January to find and collect lost fishing gear in sounds along the northern and central coasts. Full story

Nov 15

Cahoon reelected Coastal Resources Commission chair

By Mark Hibbs | Coastal Review Online
This story is part of a new reporting partnership with the Coastal Review Online and the Outer Banks Voice.
The 7-4 vote to reinstate Renee Cahoon came after new commission member Jordan Hennessy’s motion to delay a vote on the chair until after the entire board had been seated. Full story

Nov 9

Scientist urges more Vibrio awareness as risk moves north

Catherine Kozak |
Recent data finds that warming coastal waters from climate change impacts have resulted in Vibrio wound infections spreading north along the East Coast, and those with health issues are urged to immediately seek medical attention if exposed. Full story

Aug 22

Settlement reached in challenge over red wolf management

By Catherine Kozak | Coastal Review
COLUMBIA — Whether red wolves will end up thriving in the wild is still a conservation conundrum, but now the critically endangered species is officially back in the game. Full story

Aug 14

Officials, public celebrate new Jockey’s Ridge visitor center

By Corinne Saunders | Reprinted from
Officials last week celebrated the newly renovated visitor center at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, marking the completion of a $2 million project that ran about a year behind schedule. Full story

Jun 1

Analysis finds wreck on Currituck Beach may be Metropolis

By Kip Tabb | Coastal Review
When 85 men, women and children lost their lives Jan. 31, 1878, as the Metropolis broke into pieces in the Currituck Banks surf, it was the final chapter in the story of a ship that should not have put to sea and, according to new research, may still rest on a Currituck beach. Full story

May 30

Offshore wind developers boost outreach to allay concerns

By Jennifer Allen | Reprinted from
An offshore wind developer has upped its public presence to take on concerns about its proposed project 27 miles off the Outer Banks. Full story

Mar 28

NC coast new home for complex ocean-observing system

Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists and engineers are on their way to deploy test moorings off the coast of Nags Head to better understand conditions before relocating the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Pioneer Array ocean-observing system, which most recently was collecting data about 75 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Full story

Feb 23

1898 Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station must go, but where?

By Catherine Kozak |
The Old Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station is one of the most beautiful historic buildings on the Outer Banks, situated at a dramatic coastal location that would befit a movie setting.  But it’s got to go. Full story

Dec 28

Carbon capture project proposed for ocean waters off Duck

By Catherine Kozak | It was flashback to high school chemistry class for some, but Duck residents were up to the challenge last week at an information session about a carbon capture demonstration project proposed off their beach. Full story

Nov 22

Coastal management staff to draft revised septic setbacks

State rules on where septic tanks can be located on oceanfront properties are likely to change in the coming months. Full story

Sep 16