Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Dare towns drop lawsuit over state housing funds

October suit had contested law restricting local control over housing regulation
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

With Dare County mandated to return $35 million in housing funds to the state, a suit filed last year by its six towns contesting the conditions attached to that money has been withdrawn. Full story

Jun 8

Dare Housing Task Force Chair Donna Creef is “optimistic” about the prospect for more workforce housing

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
Its creation having been announced late last year, the Dare County Housing Task Force convened its first meeting on Jan. 18, 2024. The idea was to generate more consensus and momentum for a county workforce housing initiative that had floundered—with proposed projects in Manteo, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills derailed by local opposition. Full story

Jun 7

Kitty Hawk becomes fourth Dare County town to ban balloon releases

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
UPDATE: The Town of Kill Devil Hills now reports having a draft ordinance regarding a balloon release ban on the agenda for its July 8 Board of Commissioners meeting. Full story

Jun 5

Early College stirs passions at Dare Board meeting

Dare Ed Board to convene special session on June 5, town meeting to follow
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Several meetings are now scheduled to discuss the plan for a new Dare County Early College after it became a focus of the June 3 Dare County Commissioners meeting, with voices raised in opposition and School Superintendent Steve Basnight offering an impassioned response. Full story

Jun 4

Dare FY 2024-25 town budgets by the numbers

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
It’s budget season for the six Dare County municipalities who are in the process of approving their spending plan for the new fiscal year. Full story

Jun 4

Balloon release ban on agenda for Dare Commissioners

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
The move to ban balloon releases in Dare County, which has been spreading throughout its municipalities, is now moving to the Dare County Board of Commissioners. The first Dare County municipality to enact a balloon ban was the Town of Duck, which did so on April 3. Full story

Jun 1

Rodanthe home collapse becomes a national (even international) story

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The headlines blared from Raleigh, NC to Washington D.C. and from Bismarck, North Dakota to Sydney, Australia. Full story

May 29

DA Cruden says Dare Deputy’s actions were ‘lawful’ in March Colington shooting

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Following the NC State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) completion of its investigation into the incident earlier this month, District Attorney Jeff Cruden has concluded that the Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy who shot a woman in Colington on March 17 is “clear of any wrongdoing in the case.” Full story

May 28

MAY 25
KC and the Sunshine Band hit OBX on May 25

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

Jordan Hennessy threatens to sue Dare Commissioner candidate

Coastal Affordable Housing official blames Katie Morgan for county canceling its housing contract
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Two weeks after the Dare County Commissioners terminated their housing partnership with Coastal Affordable Housing (CAH) and voted to return $35 million in state housing funds, an attorney for CAH principal Jordan Hennessy wrote to Dare Commissioner candidate Katie Morgan accusing her of “false and defamatory statements” and threatening litigation if the matter is not resolved “immediately and satisfactorily.” Full story

May 22

Kitty Hawk Planning Board recommends proposal to let businesses create more worker housing

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
At its May 16 meeting, the Kitty Hawk Planning Board took a step toward potentially making it easier to create more worker housing in the town. Full story

May 20

693 hardy Dare County voters cast ballots in May 14 Republican runoff primary

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
Perhaps not surprisingly, less than 700 Dare County voters (693, according to the unofficial results) cast their ballots in the May 14 under-the-radar second Republican primary, choosing that party’s nominees for lieutenant governor and state auditor. Full story

May 15