Stories by Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice

KDH Board paves way for additional teacher housing

Approved amendment will allow more units at Run Hill Ridge By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice During its Jan. 26 meeting, the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a text amendment to the town’s zoning map that would pave the way for the expansion of teacher housing at Run Hill Ridge. Full story

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Colington Road project begins on Jan. 31

Work to move from west to east on 4.3-mile roadway Colington Road will see the start of a major facelift on Jan. 31, with some prep work already underway, according to N.C Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials. Full story

Jan 27


Two popular OBX restaurants seek to expand

Planning boards okay new Blue Moon site, additions to Jolly Roger By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Two popular Outer Banks restaurants recently moved forward with their plans to expand operations in the near future. Full story

Jan 24


Another spectacular Hood House — this time for Valentine’s Day

Daryl Hood of Grandy puts his heart into everything — whether it is his work as a builder, feeding the feral cats in the neighborhood or decorating his home for the holidays. Full story

Jan 21


Dare Commissioners to explore zoning amendment to expand ADUs

During its Jan. 18 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners gave the county’s planning staff the green light to begin crafting a zoning text amendment that would allow accessory dwelling units… Full story

Jan 19


Southern Shores Council selects Batenic as new member

Vote occurs without discussion of other candidates With 14 applications in hand, the Southern Shores Town Council quickly voted during its Jan. 18 meeting to appoint Mark Batenic to fill the council seat vacated by Elizabeth Morey, who was elected on Nov. 2 to serve as mayor. The term of the vacated seat expires in 2023. Full story

Jan 18


14 apply for seat on Southern Shores Council

Decision likely to be made next week’s meeting With applications from 14 candidates, the Southern Shores Town Council is poised to select a new member to fill the vacated seat left by former Council Member Elizabeth Morey, who was elected on Nov. 2 to serve as mayor. The term of the vacated seat does not expire until 2023. Full story

Jan 14


Donna Creef to retire as Dare Planning Director

Had worked in county planning since 1988 After more than three decades helping to shape the course of development in unincorporated Dare County, Donna Creef will retire from her post as the Dare County Planning Director on Jan. 31. Full story

Jan 12


Kitty Hawk moves ahead on new public safety facility

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice  At its Jan. 10 meeting, the Kitty Hawk Town Council moved closer to the construction of a facility on U.S. 158 near Bennett Street that will eventually house the town’s Police Department as well as a Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) substation. Full story

Jan 11


Did Manteo pull the plug on Bowsertown project?

Town board denies county request to link to wastewater system By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | Dare County’s proposed essential housing project on Bowsertown Road hit a major roadblock on Jan. 5 when the Manteo Board of Commissioners failed to grant a request by Dare County Manager Bobby Outten to allow the project to connect with the town’s wastewater system. Full story

Jan 6


Dare Board moves ahead on beach nourishment plans

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | At its Jan. 3 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners took another step forward on beach nourishment projects slated for 2022 by entering into a construction contract with Weeks Marine of Covington, LA to pump sand onto the beaches of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Full story

Jan 3


Nettles links Dare County tourism boom to COVID

Visitors Bureau boss also says current visitor levels not ‘sustainable’ As occupancy and meals revenues continued to soar in Dare County, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles says the COVID-19 pandemic has played a significant role in those record-shattering numbers. Full story

Dec 29