Stories by Island Free Press

GoFundMe page started for replacement of iconic attraction

Update: Photographer Wes Snyder has announced a GoFundMe page to finance a new Frisco UFO structure. Full story

Nov 6


Pirates invade Ocracoke Island for Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press
After being canceled in 2019 and 2020, (and edited in 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic), pirates invaded Ocracoke Island in full force for the 2022 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, with many swashbucklers reporting that it was the island’s biggest Jamboree yet. Full story

Oct 31


Miss Katie’s public debut is a historic milestone, with a resonating namesake

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press. The Miss Katie made her public debut at a full-day event on October 13 that included tours of the 156-foot-long vessel, capped off by a Christening Ceremony with Senator Richard Burr’s wife, Brooke Burr, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne. Full story

Oct 15


Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative wraps up work on the Jug Handle Bridge

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press While the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently began the final phase of the Jug Handle Bridge project – removing the pavement from a two-mile former section of N.C. Highway 12 – the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) also celebrated a corresponding milestone this week. Full story

Oct 10


Day at the Docks is returning in September for the first time since 2017

The annual Day at the Docks (DATD) festival is returning to Hatteras village after a lengthy hiatus, with a wide array of both familiar and brand-new events on the two-day schedule. Full story

Aug 29


Portion of Rodanthe street closed to allow oceanfront homes to be moved

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) adopted a resolution to permanently close a paved portion of Seagull Street in northern Rodanthe at their September 6 meeting, allowing homeowners in the immediate area the ability to move their homes westward, and away from the ocean. Full story

Sep 7


2022 is the second-busiest sea turtle nesting season in recorded history for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press | With a total of 373 turtle nests recorded along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) as of the end of August, 2022 is a banner year for the sea turtle nesting season, with the second-highest number of nests reported since data collection began. Full story

Sep 1


Dare County Board approves funds for imminent and countywide TNR program

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved funds to conduct a countywide trap-neuter-release (TNR) program over the next few months, as an initiative to help keep the local cat population manageable for years to come. Full story

Aug 7


Fire reported at Salvo surf shop on Wednesday night

Update: A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the residents and employees who were affected by the Aug. 3 fire at Duck Village Outfitters, which is owned by Bob and Tanya Hovey. Full story

Aug 3


Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry to resume service

The Ocracoke Expresspassenger ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will be resuming service today, August 3,  with the 1 p.m. departure from Hatteras. Full story

Aug 1


Jug Handle Bridge opening postponed to next week

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press While hopes were high that the Jug Handle Bridge would open to traffic late this week, the opening has been postponed to next week due to a delay in the last steps of the process, which entails paving and adding the permanent lane markings. Full story

Jun 3


NCDOT seeks new study on moving Hatteras-Ocracoke’s South Dock Ferry Terminal to Pony Pens

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Ferry Division is seeking grant funds for a proposed operational analysis of moving the South Dock ferry terminal for the Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicular ferry to a new location near the Ocracoke Island Pony Pens.   Full story

May 6