Hatteras Island’s Map of Treasures

A new project is in the works to find Hatters Island’s very own treasures and organizers hope it will help engage residents and visitors to identify the cultural, business and natural assets on Hatteras Island.
The Hatteras Island Asset Mapping project plans to build an inventory of all of the great things about the seven charming villages on Hatteras Island.
“We might be surprised by the wealth of assets that exist within our cultural and natural landscape,” says Susan West, a Buxton resident involved in the project.

According to the group, cultural assets might be a church, a place where children play, or a place with special significance, such as an old fish camp or where the mail boat docked. A natural asset might be a favorite place to watch sunsets, and a business asset might be a shop that sells locally-produced art or jewelry or locally caught seafood.

“Asset mapping is a fun process,” says West. “And, it helps people strategize about how to sustain and enhance community assets for future generations.”

The Hatteras Island Asset Mapping Project is just getting started. For more information about participating, contact Susan West at ridgeroad@earthlink.net.


ESA Surfing Championship on Cape Hatteras

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) hits the beaches of Cape Hatteras this week for their Easterns – Best of the East – Grand Finals surfing championship September 19-25th. This annual event on Hatteras Island is four decades strong. How do surfers get to compete at the Easterns? Each year the ESA has over 150 competitions along the entire East Coast. Top finishers from the local District levels are invited to advance to one of the three Region competitions. Then the top finishers in those championship events are invited to the The Easterns. Held each September on Hatteras Island, the Easterns are the official surfing championship of the East Coast.
Did you Know? YOU can join! ESA welcomes everyone, boys and girls, men and women. For more information about the benefits of joining, click here: http://www.surfesa.org/content/section/5/27/
In town this week? Don’t miss the ERGO ESA Easterns Party hosted by REAL Watersports. This will be an outdoor event hosted at REAL on their waterfront deck. Bring your family, there will be plenty of surfers of all ages representing the best of the best from all over the East Coast.

There will also be plenty of celebrity appearances including shaping legend Pat Rawson who is flying in from Hawaii for the party!

When: Thursday, September 23rd, 6-10pm

Where: REAL Watersports 25706 Hwy 12, Waves, NC 27982

• LIVE BAND (The Plainfield Project)
• Catered NC BBQ, Full Pig Roast
• Autograph Session
• Ergo Prizes
• Surf Movies on the 10ft Screen
• OPEN to the Public!

“If you missed this event last year, don’t miss it again! Over 700 people turned out in 2009, making this one of our most popular events. 2010 promises to be even better with Charleston, SC band “The Plainfield Project” playing live to an audience of all ages. When Ergo says FREE PRIZES, they mean it. Last year it RAINED FREE LOOT for over 30 minutes!!! Some of the world’s most influential surfers and industry big wigs have already confirmed their attendance. Hope to see you there and THANKS to ESA for calling Cape Hatteras home for the annual ESA EASTERNS Surfing Championships.” – Trip Forman – REAL Watersports

History of ESA – In their Own Words:
The Eastern Surfing Association is the largest amateur surfing association in the world, with a current membership of approximately 9,700 surfers. It was founded in 1967, by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast. Our family oriented programs promote a healthy and active lifestyle. It is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members of the ESA, and actively competing in our program. Two of the original ESA founders, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the association today! The ESA’s activities are organized into a total of twenty-six districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline. Stretching from Maine through the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama and the Great Lakes across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, each district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff.


La Fogatas is Now Open on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is finally serving up a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, with the addition of La Fogatas to its variety of delicious restaurants. Located in Avon village, in the Food Lion shopping center, the restaurant is open year round, delighting the taste buds of both locals and visitors alike. La Fogatas is open 7 days a week, serving both lunch and dinner. The restaurant also provides a children’s menu and carry-out options as well. For a discount on your next dinner at La Fogatas, click here for a coupon and tell ’em that Surf or Sound sent ya! Buenos Dias!


Night Beach Driving Permits Available Beginning September 16th

The National Park Service has announced that night beach driving permits are now available for off-road vehicle use on the ocean beaches between 10pm and 6am. The permits are available from September 16th to November 15th, 2010.
The night driving permit must be read, signed and dated by the driver of the off-road vehicle and must be visibly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. You can download and print the permit from the national seashore’s website at http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm. The permit should be printed in color, if possible.
A hard copy of the permit is available at any Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Center, Whalebone Information Center, the Hatteras Weather Station in Hatteras village, as well as local area tackle shops.
Visitors, be aware that there are sea turtle nest protection areas in effect and please drive with caution. These posted areas are closed to all ORV, pedestrian and pets. For more information, please call the National Park Service at (252)473-2111 ext 148.


14th Annual Chili Cook-off

The Chicamacomico Banks Fire/Rescue is hosting its annual chili cook-off on Saturday, September 18th. The event lasts all day, so bring your family and your appetite! The event will be held in the tri-village at the Cape Hatteras KOA campground on the Rodanthe oceanfront.

In addition to sampling some delicious chili, there will also be hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and homemade desserts! Be sure to check out the raffle prizes and live music! The kids are sure to love all of the children’s games that are planned!

All proceeds benefit the Chicamacomico Banks Fire/Rescue. The fire and rescue is entirely volunteer on Hatteras Island, so come out and support this great cause and show appreciation for those who keep locals and visitors safe!


5th Annual Day at the Docks Celebration

Sea captains extend an invitation to all sailors and landlubbers to join them at the 5th annual Day at the Docks – A Celebration of Hatteras Island Watermen on September 18, 2010. Festivities will begin on the Hatteras village waterfront at 10 am and run until 5 pm, followed by a work boat parade and the annual Blessing of the Fleet.
The day brings local fishing families and tourists together on the waterfront where commercial fishing boats, charter boats, and fishing gear are displayed. Century-old workboats, including a traditional North Carolina shad boat, dock next to modern, state-of-the-art vessels.

Captains and crews will demonstrate the tools and skills working watermen use at sea. Fishermen and visitors are invited to compete in a net hanging contest, a concrete marlin competition, and a survival suit race.

The Chowder Cook-Off is a can’t-miss! Professional and home chefs square-off in a chowder cook-off, and Outer Banks families share their special seafood cooking techniques. Sample them all and vote for your favorite!

Just for Kids! Special activities for children include a fishing contest, fish identification game, blue crab races, a touch tank, and a scavenger hunt.

Exhibits on fishing regulations, boating safety, seafood recipes, and marine resource conservation are in the big tent, while the working waterfront stage features musicians and story-tellers throughout the day.

Hatteras Island offers a hearty welcome and invites you to join in this day long festival of our enduring maritime traditions. Admission is free so bring along the whole family! Lunch featuring fresh local seafood is available at a modest charge.

Keep reading for history about Day at the Docks and the schedule of events for this fun family event!

Did you know?
Day at the Docks has its genesis in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel in 2003 when a surge of ocean water crossed the island, carving a breech and isolating Hatteras Village from the rest of the island. The first people who were able to get back to work were the watermen. The charter group worked out an arrangement to ferry their customers into and out of Hatteras Village for their trips. The commercial group, thanks to the fish dealers’ negotiations, sold its catches when fish trucks were given permission to cross on the emergency ferry.

The community celebrated the “end of the siege” when Highway 12 was rebuilt with a musical evening and a dessert feast in the Hatteras United Methodist Church. One year later they decided to honor the spirit of Hatteras on the anniversary of the great storm with a Blessing of the Fleet and a Dance and Desserts in the village fire station.

Due to its success and based on suggestions from many people in the community, the Spirit of Hatteras Weekend now includes the day-long celebration of the watermen of Hatteras Island in Day At the Docks.


10:00 AM Opening – Hatteras White Doves release, Rev. Dwight Burrus,
blessing for the day, Bob Zentz music – Oden’s Dock

10:15 Children’s Blue Crab races – Oden’s Dock

10:30 Local seafood cooking demo – Irene Dolan, FS1, Cook, US Coast Guard, Station Hatteras Inlet – Village Marina pavilion

Marsh net exploration – marsh just beyond Oden’s Dock

10:45 Welcome from Allen Burrus, Vice-chair, Dare County Board of Commissioners – Willis Boat Landing stage

11:00 The Frisco Jubilee, music – Willis Boat Landing stage

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Chowder Cook-off until 1:00PM – under the tent at Village Marina Motel

Tall Bill – net fishing techniques from his boat, Net Results – Foster’s Quay

11:15 Local seafood cooking demo – Dwight Callahan, Chef, Dinky’s Restaurant at Village Marina – Village Marina pavilion

11:30 Net hanging competition – Village Marina Motel lawn

11:45 Warren Judge, Chairman, Dare County Board of Commissioners introducing Outer Banks Catch – Willis Boat Landing Stage

12:00 PM Seafood cooking lesson – Bud Gruninger, Executive Chef,Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe and North Carolina’s representative in the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board’s “Great American Seafood Cook-off” – Willis Boat Landing stage

12:15 Concrete Marlin competition – Village Marina

12:45 Bob Zentz, music – Willis Boat Landing stage

1:30 Marsh net exploration – just beyond Oden’s Dock

Local seafood cooking demo – Dan and Don Oden, Owners and Chef, The Breakwater Restaurant at Oden’s Dock – Village Marina pavilion

1:45 Karen Amspacher, Director, The Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center, Harker’s Island introducing “Saltwater Connections” – Willis Boat Landing stage

2:00 Seafood cooking lesson – Amy Huggins, Owner, Outer Banks Epicurean,cooking instructor and dedicated promoter of local seafood – Willis Boat Landing stage

Tall Bill – net fishing techniques from his boat, Net Results – Foster’s Quay

START – Children’s Fishing Contest – Hatteras Harbor (sign up before 1:30)

3:00 Survival Suit Race – Oden’s fuel dock

*Local seafood cooking demo – Sharon Peele Kennedy, Harbor Deli at Hatteras Harbor and Beach 104 Radio – Village Marina pavilion

4:30 Awards – Chowder Cook-off and Children’s Fishing Contest – Willis Boat Landing

6:00 Parade of working boats into the harbor

The Joint Island Choir, music – Hatteras Harbor

6:45 Blessing of the Fleet from the Miss Hatteras by Rev. Cory Oliver and original poems from Johnnie Baum, and Dale Farrow, arrival of the memorial wreath and its departure for the sea in Michael Peele’s historic shad boat – Hatteras Harbor

The wreath will be placed overboard in honor of the watermen who “passed the bar” this year and with special remembrance of Hamilton Gray, one of our young watermen, whose mother and grandmother donated the wreath in loving memory of him.

8:00 Lawn dance, live music of the Summertime Blues – Hatteras Village Community Center


Hatteras Island Evacuation lifting Saturday 7:00am – press release

Bulletin Number: 11

Date/Time: 9/3/2010 5:33:09 PM

Re-Entry For Hatteras Island Begins 7:00am Saturday, September 4

The mandatory evacuation issued for Hatteras Island will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4. NCDOT has been working throughout the day to remove sand and standing water on NC Highway 12 from Hurricane Earl.

With the lifting of the evacuation order for Saturday at 7:00 a.m., access for all vehicles will be restored to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras and the ferry dock.

Motorists are advised that although access will be permitted, there may be standing water on roadways throughout the area. Proceed with caution, as it is difficult to determine the water’s depth and can cause brake failure, loss of control, or vehicle flooding.

At noon today, the mandatory evacuation was lifted for the remainder of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet including the Towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, Southern Shores and the unincorporated areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet.

The bridges leading to Dare County are open and no re-entry pass is required.

Trash Pick-up for Areas serviced by Dare County Public Works
Trash pick-up will be done on the regular Monday schedule, which includes the areas of Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Colington, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. Public Works will also be following its normal commercial pick-up schedule on Monday.

The Buxton Transfer Station/Recycling Center will be open Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Manteo Recycling Center at Dare County Public Works will be open Saturday and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tree limbs will be accepted at both Centers in addition to the usual recycling items.

The Manns Harbor Transfer Station will be open regular hours beginning Saturday.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck today lifted the State of Emergency for Hurricane Earl. Roads throughout the Town of Duck are now clear and totally passable. Residential trash will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled collection day, which is Monday, September 6. Commercial trash pick-up is not affected.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
The Recycle Center is expected to operate on its normal schedule Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town of Kitty Hawk has rescinded their proclamation declaring a State of Emergency. The town has no ocean over wash and minor flooding due to rainwater. All roads are open. The recycling center will re-open tomorrow.

Town of Nags Head
The Town of Nags Head reports all routes open at this time. There was a little overwash in South Nags Head and only standing rain water in typical spots on South Old Oregon Inlet Road and South Virginia Dare Trail. There will be no trash collection in Nags Head today. The regular collection schedule will resume Saturday, weather permitting.

Town of Southern Shores
Mayor Hal Denny today lifted the State of Emergency proclamation existing since yesterday due to Hurricane Earl. The Public Works Department will be removing vegetative debris from town streets and rights of way over the next few business days.

National Park Service Outer Banks Group
All park visitor centers and campgrounds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are closed until further notice. The reservation system for Ocracoke Campground has been temporarily suspended. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is closed until further notice. All ocean-side beach access for off-road vehicles is closed until a post-storm assessment can be completed.

Helpful Contact Information

Dare County Emergency Management 252-475-5655 or www.darenc.com
NC Ferry Division 1-800-BY-FERRY or www.ncferry.org
Dominion North Carolina Power 1-888-667-3000 or www.dom.com
Cape Hatteras Electric 1-866-511-9862 www.chec.coop
Tideland Electric – 1-800-637-1079 or 1-800-882-1001 www.tidelandemc.com
North Carolina Road Conditions 1-877-DOT-4YOU or www.ncsmartlink.org
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) 1-877-DOT-4YOU
North Carolina Highway Patrol 1-800-441-6127
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) 1-800-367-7623

Monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials. Bulletins will be issued as needed and available at www.darenc.com and on Government Access Channel 20.