Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

SBI still investigating March shooting by Dare Deputy

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) confirmed this week that it is still investigating the shooting of a woman by a Dare County Deputy in Colington on March 17. Full story

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February 2024 occupancy revenue drops from previous year 

Overall, 2024 occupancy dollars for January and February down 38%
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Last month, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau reported that January 2024 occupancy and meal collections had dropped 52% and 24% respectively from the January 2023 numbers. Now, newly released February 2024 data show another notable drop in occupancy collections from the previous year. Full story

Apr 22


Dare Housing Task Force to convene special April 22 meeting with state senators

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
Following up on a decision taken at the April 16 Dare County Housing Task Force meeting, that group will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. with State Senators Norman Sanderson and Bobby Hanig. The agenda for the meeting states it is being called to “discuss the housing challenges that are currently affecting the community.” Full story

Apr 19


Dare Housing Task Force wants to incorporate more community voices in the process 

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
Meeting one week after the county commissioners voted to cut ties with its remaining affordable housing partner and return $35 million in housing funds to the state, the Dare County Housing Task Force made several decisions on how to move forward—including one that involves broadening and restructuring the group. Full story

Apr 16


KC and the Sunshine Band hit OBX in May 

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
This spring, KC and the Sunshine Band—which originally formed in 1973 and now features 15 players on stage—will appear with special guests Chairmen of the Board for a VusicOBX show at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Saturday, May 25. Full story

Apr 8


Dare Commissioners vote to end partnership with Coastal Affordable Housing and return $35 million in housing funds to the state

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
After several hours of often-pointed public comments by about 30 speakers at their April 9 meeting, the Dare County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion ending their housing partnership with Coastal Affordable Housing, LLC and asking County Manager Bobby Outten to talk to state officials about returning the $35 million allocated for affordable housing. Full story

Apr 9


Special April 9 Dare Commissioners meeting to make key decision on housing effort

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
The Dare County Board of Commissioners has announced that there will be a special public meeting on April 9 to, in the words of Board Chair Bob Woodard, “make a decision on what direction we’re going to go” in terms of the thus far frustrating and controversy-filled efforts to build more workforce/essential housing in the county. Full story

Apr 3


Family of Justin O’Neal has hired private investigator

Also confirms the Dare Sheriff’s office is investigating the death
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

On Feb. 14, the body of Justin O’Neal was found in a marsh in Rodanthe following a lengthy search. The case has triggered considerable speculation about the circumstances surrounding his death. Full story

Apr 4


Does the recent drop in Dare County meals and occupancy dollars signal a real trend?

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
While recent news from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau that January 2024 occupancy and meal collections for Dare County dropped significantly from the January 2023 numbers (down 52% and 26%, respectively), it raises the question of whether this suggests some significant reversal of the COVID-driven visitor boom. Full story

Apr 2


Treasurer of First Flight Middle School PTO charged with embezzlement

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
A treasurer of the First Flight Middle School PTO was arrested in mid-March and charged with embezzlement in connection with missing funds from the organization. Full story

Apr 1


‘The numbers are cooling off’  

Substantial drops in January 2024 tourism revenues in Dare County
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

While it’s only the first month of the year, the just-released Dare County January 2024 occupancy and meals collections numbers show a significant decrease from the same month in the previous year. Full story

Mar 27


Dare County reimburses housing partner nearly $400K

Coastal Affordable Housing could receive up to $5M for pre-development expenses
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

Amid word that Coastal Affordable Housing LLC is potentially looking at building housing in Kitty Hawk, the company has been billing the county substantial fees for expenses incurred in its thus far unsuccessful efforts to generate such a project. Full story

Mar 22