Monday, April 28, 2014

Eastern Carolina had some nasty weather affecting Elizabeth City, Washington and the Outer Banks last week.  Talk about lightening, holy cow!  It was like a consistent lighting flash throughout the storm. read more.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Southern Shores canal dredging is finally complete! After a 4 year project to deepen the 7.5 miles of canals that run through Southern Shores, residents can now enjoy deeper water and easier access to the sound.  read more

Monday, April 14, 2014

A legislative task force is speeding up to meet a May 1 deadline for a notion on the potential state takeover of Oregon Inlet and adjacent land on the Outer Banks in Dare County.

The Army Corps of Engineers last week rushed to get a shallow-draft dredge in place to start clearing the inlet, which had become nearly impassible after the Corps spent $7 million three months ago to open a 15-foot deep channel. Plans are to bring in progressively larger dredges after that to open it back up to navigation ahead of the spring and summer fishing seasons. read more

Friday, April 11, 2014

No More Flood Insurance?

Preliminary data shows that 2/3 of properties in Dare County could be removed from the 100 year flood plain.  FEMA still needs to approve these flood maps, but should they be approved, the Outer Banks could see a cost reduction associated with carrying flood insurance (which is required if there is a loan on a property).  This could have a positive affect to the Outer Banks real estate values to boot. read full story...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Updated preliminary flood-zone maps proposed for the Outer Banks unexpectedly roll back high-water areas like an ebbing tide, relieving thousands of beach homes from requiring flood insurance and potentially saving owners thousands of dollars.  See Article