Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

July occupancy collections surge over $200M mark

But record numbers don’t mean record visitors By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice. The July 2022 occupancy revenues just reported by Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles surged over the $200 million mark to set an all-time record. Full story

Sep 21


In survey, 89% say Dare lacks affordable housing

Drug and alcohol concerns also prominent in responses By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice The results of a survey of county residents in the newly released Dare County 2021-2022 Community Health Needs Assessment reveal overwhelming concerns about affordable housing in the county and identify drug and alcohol misuse as a major issue. Full story

Sep 14


A controversial shooting, a cop back from the brink

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | Thirty-two years ago, with the Indianapolis Police Department, Scott Haslar killed an unarmed Black robbery suspect. In a new book, the Manteo resident provides his revealing and painful perspective to a complicated story. Full story

Sep 13


Over the Wright Memorial Bridge, gas prices fall

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | A review of gas prices in some Dare County and Currituck County towns seems to reveal what one observer called a “magic line” drawn right after the Wright Memorial Bridge. Full story

Sep 12


Facing murder charge, Shayne Michael Perry found guilty of earlier assault

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | Shayne Michael Perry, the man charged with the Aug. 14, 2022, murder of William Jeffrey Bowlin, was found guilty on Sept. 8 in Dare District Court of a January 2022 assault against Bowlin’s daughter Olivia. Full story

Sep 9


Three Dare towns to approve resolutions seeking stronger beach hole measures

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | The efforts of Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon to crack down on those who dig big beach holes and do not refill them should get a boost this week when three Dare County municipalities approve a resolution asking the state legislature to pass tougher enforcement measures. Full story

Sep 5


NC Elections Board denies Hanig’s effort to remove Jordan from ballot  

By 3-2 vote, Democrat remains candidate for District 3 NC Senate seat  By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | After about an hour of debate and discussion on Sept. 2, the North Carolina Board of Elections ruled against Republican Bobby Hanig’s challenge to the candidacy of his Democratic rival Valerie Jordan on residency grounds. Full story

Sep 2


NC Elections Board and Rules Commission at odds over rules for election observers

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice A dispute between the North Carolina Board of Elections (NCBOE) and the North Carolina Rules Review Commission over partisan election observers this fall is highlighting tensions over possible Election Day activities and generating national and even international headlines. Full story

Sep 5


NC Board of Elections to hear Hanig’s challenge to Jordan on Sept. 2

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | The North Carolina Board of Elections has announced that Bobby Hanig’s challenge to the candidacy of Valerie Jordan is on the agenda for a remote meeting of the board, beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 2. Full story

Aug 30


TOBH’s Sloan discusses patient wait list process  

Plan to start scheduling appointments in mid-October

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | In an Aug. 26 video, Outer Banks Hospital President Ronnie Sloan announced the pending arrival of a nurse practitioner (NP) for the new family practice location in Nags Head and offered a few more details about the process for establishing primary care through the wait list phone line. Full story

Aug 28


No plans yet for Kelly/LIDL Nags Head site 

New owners still in discussions, mulling options By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice | One of the new owners of the property that once housed Mike Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant &Tavern in Nags Head says the company “do[es] not have any plans as of now,” for the site, and that they are reviewing a range of options including combined commercial and housing uses as well as a project that is solely housing. Full story

Aug 25


Congressman Murphy proposes jetty feasibility study for Oregon Inlet

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice On the day that Dare County welcomed the arrival of the dredge Miss Katie, District 3 U.S. Congressman Greg Murphy announced that he had filed legislation to authorize a feasibility study on constructing a dual jetty system to address chronic shoaling problems at the Oregon Inlet. Full story

Aug 19