Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

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


Pickup driver in school bus accident hospitalized, charged with Failure to Reduce Speed

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
A Currituck County School spokesperson has told the Voice that “there were no injuries to students or staff” following an accident involving a Currituck Public School bus on the morning of Tuesday, March 19. Full story

Mar 19


Powells Point man charged with meth trafficking

The Currituck County Sheriff’s has issued this release about a Powells Point man arrested for methamphetamine trafficking. Full story

Mar 19


Former Manteo Music Boosters treasurer arrested for embezzlement 

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
The Manteo Police Department has confirmed that Faatimah Gibbs was charged and arrested on March 14 on felony embezzlement charge in connection with the finances of the Manteo Music Boosters, a parents’ group that supports Manteo High School and Middle School music programs. Full story

Mar 15


Two challengers and one incumbent win in GOP primary contests for Dare County Commissioner

Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
With all the county precincts tallied, the unofficial results in the Republican primary battles for three seats on the Dare Board of Commissioners reveal that two challengers prevailed over incumbents while Commissioner Chair Bob Woodard defeated his challenger in the other race. Full story

Mar 5


Woodard versus Hayman for District 2 Dare Board of Commissioners seat

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
(This is the third of three stories about the six candidates in Republican primary contests for the Dare County Board of Commissioners) The Republican primary contest for the District 2 seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners features incumbent Chair Bob Woodard being challenged by Christian Thomas Hayman. Full story

Feb 23


Overman vs. Creef in primary contest for District 1 seat on Dare Board of Commissioners

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
(This is the second of three stories about the six candidates in Republican primary contests for the Dare County Board of Commissioners)
One of the three Republican primary contests for the Dare County Board of Commissioners pits current Board Vice Chair Wally Overman against challenger Carson Creef for a District 1 seat. Each candidate was asked the same five questions. Full story

Feb 22