Stories by Island Free Press

Board OKs up to $250,000 for Avon beach study

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press At the end of the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on November 4, the BOC agreed to allocate up to $250,000…

Dec 1


Ocracoke Island will reopen to visitors on December 2

On Wednesday evening, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted to allow visitors back on Ocracoke Island on December 2, 2019.

Nov 20


Avon Angler Breaks IGFA World Record for Southern Kingfish

November 13, 2019 | Fishing | By: Randy Bayne | Island Free Press On Monday, November 11, another World Record fish was caught in the waters off of Hatteras Island. Angler Brett Jordan from…

Nov 13


“Island Strong” goes viral: How a group of islanders raised $30,000 in less than a week

By: Joy Crist, Island Free Press How much can a group of storm-weary island ladies accomplish with a good idea, a lot of elbow grease, and a goal to generate as…

Sep 21


MFC Votes to Adopt Southern Flounder Amendment 2 with Additional Changes

By Joy Crist The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) voted 6-3 on Friday morning to adopt the Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, with three additional…

Aug 24


Seashore beaches reopen as nesting season slows

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) recently announced the opening of several popular beaches as shorebird and sea turtle nesting season continues to wind down. 

Aug 16


Chicamacomico calendar is cheesecake for a good cause

2020 is already shaping up to be a steamy year, thanks to 12 brave volunteers of the Chicamacomico Banks Fire & Rescue team who are showing off the goods in an upcoming calendar that will be available for sale in the near future.

Aug 7


CHNS smashes record with 414 sea turtle nests

More than 400 sea turtle nests have been recorded within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS), shattering the previous record of 325 nests, which occurred in 2016.

Jul 31


Emergency ferry channel slated to be dredged in August

After numerous obstacles and setbacks, the pieces are coming together for the emergency ferry channel between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point to be dredged during the first part of August.

Jul 23


Shoaled-up emergency ferry channel unusable for storm season

An update from Steve Shriver of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the emergency ferry route from Rodanthe Harbor to Stumpy Point Harbor reaches a depth of only 8 feet maximum -- not nearly enough for the state's boats to use.

Jun 18


More than 5,000 passengers have hitched a ride on new ferry

The Ferry Division receives daily reports on the number of passengers, and has also been keeping track of user feedback during the ferry’s first three weeks of operation. As a result of these comments, the NCDOT will be tweaking the ferry schedule slightly

Jun 15


Back to the drawing board for Hatteras hotel project

The proposal stemmed from a potential hotel development in northern Hatteras Village. Nine conditions included a request for a six-story hotel with a rooftop amenity, as well as an extension of lot coverage for the 5-acre property

Jun 11