Sep 28

Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Announces 2023-2024 Leadership OBX Class

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Lead Program Sponsor, Outer Banks Health, are pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Leadership OBX class.  Full story

Baltimore-based Klein Enterprises buys Southern Shores Marketplace

Klein Enterprises, a vertically integrated investor, developer and operator of diversified real estate holdings, announced on Sept. 19 the acquisition of the Southern Shores Marketplace located at 5539 N. Croatan Hwy., Southern Shores, N.C. Full story

COA invites local businesses to join in Fall Festival

The College of Albemarle is hosting a Fall Fest on Oct 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the COA-Dare Campus and we would like to invite your company/organization to participate. Full story

National Park Service accepting bids on contract to build Cape Hatteras National Seashore employee housing in Buxton

The National Park Service is accepting bids on a federal government contract to build new Cape Hatteras National Seashore employee housing in Buxton, North Carolina. Interested businesses have until 5 p.m. Oct. 2, 2023, to submit bids via the System for Award Management ( website. Full story

Charter and Disney announce deal, restore programming to Spectrum customers

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
Right before the 8 p.m. kickoff of the Aug. 31 Utah-Florida college football game on ESPN, Charter Spectrum cable viewers saw something strange. The screen went completely dark. Full story

Dare County Tourism Board Recap – August 2023

Lee Nettles, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau recounts highlights from the August 2023 meeting of the Dare County Tourism Board. Full story

OBX Visitors Bureau hires Schwartzenberg as Community Engagement Manager

Long-Range Tourism Management Plan Central To New Staff Position
The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce Jeff Schwartzenberg has joined the organization in the newly created Community Engagement Manager role. Full story

Currituck officials seek to address Carova beach traffic, parking

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Concerned that traffic and parking on the beach in the 4WD area of the Currituck Banks is becoming unmanageable, Bob White Chair of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners (BOC) asked board members to think about how the county could address the issue at the Aug. 7 commissioners’ meeting. Full story

Support the 40th Anniversary NC Lions Club Visually Impaired Persons Fishing Tournament  

The North Carolina Lions are inviting Outer Banks businesses and individuals to support the 40th Annual North Carolina Lions Visually Impaired Persons Fishing Tournament, October 16-18, 2023, through sponsorships in the 2023 Souvenir Program. The full-color program will… Full story

Weeping Radish to open in new Manteo location 

No current plans to re-open at former Grandy site
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

The Weeping Radish, which first opened its doors in Manteo in 1986 and then sold its Grandy operation to Sumit Gupta in 2021, has announced that it is soon opening a Weeping Radish Taproom in the new Firetender Restaurant in the Hotel Manteo. Full story

Visitors spending in Dare County rose by 8% to nearly $2 billion in 2022

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
An Aug. 18 report from the N.C. Department of Commerce that found record visitor spending in the state in 2022, ranks Dare County No. 4 in tourism dollars, with Currituck County coming in in the 14th spot. Full story

Kim Martin, the creative spirit behind KM Creations  

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
Kim Martin opened her Avon bakery, KM Creations, in November and already has made hundreds of cakes, plus fresh bread, cookies, pies and a wide variety of pastries. “If people ask for something, I make it because you don’t get any experience if you don’t make something,” says the 55-year-old Frisco resident. Full story

Corolla Wild Horse Fund appoints new CEO  

Chris Winter has significant executive experience in nonprofit world.
The Corolla Wild Horse has announced the appointment of Chris Winter as its chief executive officer effective the end of the last month. Full story

Three NCDOT Projects Win Regional Awards

Three N.C. Department of Transportation projects recently received regional 2023 America’s Transportation Awards along with others in neighboring states. The Southern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, or SASHTO, chose this year’s regional winners… Full story

The Outer Banks Chamber ‘s What’s Your Why Campaign

The Outer Banks Chamber recently launched a campaign called What’s Your Why and here’s what some of the members shared about their experiences with the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. Full story

Dare County pitches 46-unit housing project to Manteo Commissioners

By Kip Tabb  |  Outer Banks Voice
As Dare County struggles to create workforce housing, the impact of high-density housing on local communities continues to be at the forefront of municipal concerns. Full story

Duck approves measure defining ‘drug paraphernalia sales’ 

Amendment may still require judgment calls by Town staff
By Mark Jurkowitz   | Outer Banks Voice

With an apparent eye toward the increasing number of businesses that sell the products, the Duck Town Council voted unanimously on Aug. 2 to approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that defines “drug paraphernalia sales” to help determine how much of these products a business would be allowed to sell. Full story

Proposal to restrict e-bikes fails in Nags Head

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
An effort to restrict the use of e-bikes in Nags Head ran into headwinds at the Aug. 2 Board of Commissioners meeting when several town commissioners indicated they had mixed feelings about the idea. Full story

Corolla Light becomes OBX’s second social district

Designation effectively legalizes longtime practice
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

With the passing of a Corolla Light Social District at the July 17 Currituck County Commissioners meeting, the county codified a longtime practice of serving alcoholic drinks to customers from the Corolla Light Oceanfront Grille for consumption on the beach. Full story

‘We wanted to find something special’ 

The iconic Kill Devil Grill has new owners
By Mark Jurkowitz  |  Outer Banks Voice

The new owners of the iconic Kill Devil Grill say they are not going to alter the restaurant’s impressive formula for success. Full story