Jul 3

Dare County Tourism Board Recap | June 2022

Lee Nettles, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau recounts highlights from the June 30, 2022 meeting of the Dare County Tourism Board. Full story

Dare’s housing costs, Hyde’s poverty rate highlighted in new report

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice More than half of Dare County renting households spend more than 30% of their income on rent. More than one-fifth of Hyde County residents live in poverty. And there is one mental health provider in Currituck County for roughly every 2,000 county residents. Full story

44-acre Kill Devil Hills site eyed for housing

Property includes part of disc golf course By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice A 44-acre tract of Kill Devil Hills property located just south of Bermuda Bay and north of the Run Hill State Natural Area is one of a number of sites being eyed for essential housing as part of Dare County’s efforts to address the housing crisis here. Full story

Ami Hill put art on wheels

The entrepreneur challenging the KDH vendor rule By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice Ami Hill is a Kill Devil Hills art entrepreneur who operates under the name of Muse Originals Bus #252 and Muse Markets. She recently was named Business Supporter of the Year by the Dare County Arts Council. Full story

Outer Banks Hospital President Sloan addresses doctor shortage  

Dare Board Chair Woodard critical of hospital board meeting By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice. Saying that “We are compassionate. And we do care,” Outer Banks Hospital (OBH) President Ronnie Sloan told the hospital board of directors at a June 24 meeting that the recent loss of primary care physicians in Manteo was part of a regional and national problem that is directly affecting Outer Banks health care. Full story

Manteo Commissioners discuss ways to ease health provider shortage

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Spurred by the news that Outer Banks Family Medicine-Manteo would no longer serve about 2,400 patients due to a lack of medical providers, the Manteo Board of Commissioners met with a representative of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation on June 24 to discuss ways to recruit and retain private medical practitioners. Full story

Southern Shores, joined by 5 other entities, files Amicus brief in Mid-Currituck Bridge case

On June 23, the Town of Southern Shores announced that it had filed an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in the ongoing litigation over the Mid-Currituck Bridge on June 13. Full story

Pasquotank County gets $4.5M offer for Sentara Medical site in Kitty Hawk, bidder seeks major housing development

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Pasquotank County has received a $4.5 million dollar offer from a housing developer to purchase the Kitty Hawk property it owns at 5200 N. Croatan Highway that was formerly the Sentara Medical Center. Full story

Planned development off Airport Rd. raises concerns

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Plans for a 56-single family home development off Airport Road on Roanoke Island have neighbors concerned and speaking out about the potential impact on traffic congestion, public safety, the environment and flooding. But what they can do about it seems limited. Full story

‘When I read that letter…I was in shock’

Manteo medical practice to no longer provide care to several thousand patients By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Manteo residents John and Pam Buscemi have been patients at what is now Outer Banks Family Medicine-Manteo for the past 35 years. But as of June 23, they and more than 2,400 other patients currently being served at the practice will be forced to find a new primary care physician. Full story

Spring Arbor facility in KDH changes hands

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice The Spring Arbor Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Kill Devil Hills was recently sold to Foundry Commercial by HHHunt Spring Arbor Senior Living as part of a bigger package. Full story

Nags Head Planning Board to hear hotel proposal

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice The Nags Head Planning Board on June 21 will hear a preliminary proposal for a new hotel to be called the Inn at Whalebone. Full story

Dare Board finalizes contract to build about 100 essential housing units

At a special June 15 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize a contract with Woda Cooper, a developer that plans to develop approximately 100 essential and workforce housing units at two separate sites — the county-owned Bowsertown Rd. site on Roanoke Island as well as a site in Nags Head currently under contract by Woda Cooper. Full story

Currituck County eliminates Economic Development Director in FY 2022-2023 budget

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice After several decades of funding, Currituck County has decided to eliminate its Economic Development Department — which consists of one person — in the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year budget. Full story

50 years of flying high on Jockey’s Ridge

The long history of the Hang Gliding Spectacular By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice With a half-a-century-long history, the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular bills itself as the longest running hang gliding competition in the world. Full story

‘Jug Handle’ Bridge opening delayed again

No timetable given for a new start date You might have figured it would be something. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) issued this June 8 release reporting another delay in the long-awaited opening of the ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge, one that had been expected to take place this week. Full story

Nags Head counterfeiting suspect identified as Charlotte woman, held on $55K bond

In an update provided on June 8, the Nags Head Police revealed the identity of the person arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills. She is a 46-year-old Charlotte woman, Matoka Yvonne Springs. Full story

Vendor Ami Hill files suit against KDH

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Attorneys for Ami Hill announced on June 7 that Hill, the owner of #Bus252 art gallery, has filed a lawsuit challenging a Kill Devil Hills ordinance “that requires itinerant vendors to donate 100% of their profits to charity in exchange for the right to sell during the high tourism season.” Full story

Nags Head Police arrest counterfeiting suspect

On June 6, 2022, The Nags Head Police Department Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions intercepted an individual passing counterfeit $100 dollar bills. Full story

Event center plan presented at public meeting

Nettles describes Nags Head site as ‘civic center’ concept  By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice About 60 people gathered for a June 6 public meeting in the Keeper’s Galley Building at Haven on the Banks to hear the details of the proposed $18 million event center that is planned for the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Full story