Stories by Island Free Press

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


Jug Handle Bridge will open in mid-May at the earliest

The Jug Handle Bridge will open in mid-May at the earliest due to damage to one of the bridge’s expansion joints, per a recent update from N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Communications Officer Tim Hass. Full story

Apr 27


Frustrations mount at Waterways Commission meeting as dredging plans are altered

By Catherine Kozak | Island Free Press | Even with just a virtual view of the Monday evening meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission, it was clear from members’ facial expressions that their usual level of frustration at resolving persistent navigational issues in Hatteras Inlet had increased. Full story

Apr 15


CAT 5 Jeepers donates 100 Easter baskets for Dare and Currituck County children in need

By Island Free Press | The Outer Banks organization CAT 5 Jeepers has created and donated 100 Easter baskets for children in need in Dare and Currituck counties, which will be available at the Dare County and Currituck County food banks from April 9 until April 15. Full story

Apr 11


Dredging to occur in the channels of Hatteras Inlet this coming week

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press | The US Army Corps of Engineers’ sidecaster dredge, the Merritt, will arrive in Hatteras on Saturday, April 2, and is expected to conduct up to 21 days of dredging in the troublesome Connecting Channel, (or South Ferry Channel), per multiple reports. Full story

Apr 2


Details of 2022 Avon and Buxton beach nourishment projects outlined at public meeting

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press Dare County officials, as well as representatives from contractors Coastal Science & Engineering (CSE) and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDDC), provided an overview of the upcoming beach nourishment projects in Avon and Buxton at a Thursday evening meeting at the Fessenden Center. Full story

Mar 27


Two juvenile white sharks pay a visit to the Pamlico Sound

Island Free Press | Two juvenile white sharks named Sarah and Tancook were recently tracked in the Pamlico Sound, per an update from the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker. Full story

Mar 25


South Ferry Channel’s aids to navigation temporarily discontinued due to excessive shoaling

Island Free Press | The U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet announced on Tuesday that the configuration and maintenance of aids to navigation in the South Ferry Channel in Hatteras Inlet will be temporarily discontinued. Full story

Mar 23


First-ever “Run the Rodanthe Bridge” race will likely be held in April

Joy Crist | Island Free Press Organizers of the first-ever Run the Rodanthe Bridge 5-mile and 5K race, which will be held at the new Jug Handle Bridge once it opens to the public, recently stated that the race will likely be held in early April. Full story

Mar 19


NPS says 11 more Rodanthe homes in danger of collapsing

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press National Park Service (NPS) and Dare County representatives provided an update on the recent Rodanthe home collapse, and the status of 11 additional homes that were in immediate danger, at a well-attended Thursday evening meeting that attracted more than 80 attendees. Full story

Mar 4


Ocracoke passenger ferry lands in Hatteras Village

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press North Carolina’s own “Ocracoke Express” passenger ferry landed in Hatteras village on Wednesday, February 23, after being navigated to the Hatteras ferry terminal from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s terminal in Cherry Point, N.C., where it has been stationed for the past few months. Full story

Feb 24


Hatteras Inlet shoaling hinder Coast Guard, charters

By Catherine Kozak | Island Free Press
With three nasty winter storms in a row recently, it didn’t take long for the newly dredged area in South Ferry Channel to go from smooth sailing to impassable. Full story

Feb 17