Stories by Island Free Press

For first time in years, Cape Point was accessible all summer

Though Cape Point was technically closed for almost two hours in July when unexploded ordnance washed ashore on the Shelly Island sandbar, the beach otherwise remained open for ORVs.

Oct 16

Optimism, lingering questions at Dare waterways meeting

A survey conducted Friday showed little change to the dredged areas of Hatteras Inlet since the last survey was performed on Sept. 20. Current funding should cover at least one more cycle of maintenance dredging at Hatteras Inlet.

Oct 11

Hatteras Medical Center shuts down without warning

The clinic, which opened in 2012, announced it was closing immediately, but no reason was given for the decision. The office will be open Monday and Wednesday through Nov. 8 to help with medical record transfers.

Oct 11

Storm rearranges new island off the Point on Hatteras

Maria has rearranged the sandbar, which became an item of national fascination after it appeared off Cape Point earlier this year. One end now connects to the rest of the Point, and the other is isolated and noticeably offshore.

Sep 29

Irma builds bridge between Hatteras Point and Shelly Island

The part where Shelly Island is connecting is at the southwest corner, or the westernmost part of the sandbar, although it appears as if the entire formation is noticeably closer to the rest of The Point.

Sep 20

Hatteras Island nearly a ghost town after Saturday evacuation

Hatteras Island wasn’t quite a ghost town on Saturday afternoon after a 6:00 a.m. evacuation of visitors, but it certainly didn’t seem like a typical July atmosphere either.

Jul 30

Is the ‘Shelly Island’ sandbar starting to connect to Cape Point?

Recent visitors to the new sandbar that has grown off the edge of Cape Point were surprised to discover that the unofficially named “Shelly Island” has grown -- and has grown quite a bit.

Jul 25

Four rescued in Pamlico Sound after boats sink off Avon

The call came in at 5:19 p.m. from central dispatch. Jack Scarborough, chief of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad said a spouse of one of the people on board called 911 and reported that the boats had gone down off Avon.

Jul 14

17-year-old still missing in rough surf off Rodanthe

Two teenagers swimming in the ocean south of the Rodanthe Pier Thursday afternoon were pulled out into the ocean, apparently by a large breaking wave. One made it back to shore, but the other was still missing at dark.

Oct 13

Latest repairs have Cape Hatteras Lighthouse flashing again

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beacon is rotating once again. Grinding bearings in a motor installed in February were blamed for the latest problem that had the airport-style beacon frozen in place Sunday night.

Apr 28

For GOP in Raleigh, it’s payback time for Dare County

The North Carolina General Assembly is proposing a sweeping change in the way sales taxes are funneled back to the state's counties and cities. And it's a change that would be crippling, scary, a game-changer for Dare County.

Jul 26

DOT claims payments to idle contractor are ‘confidential’

The construction site of the new permanent bridge over the inlet opened by Hurricane Irene in 2011 is a mess. The road is torn up. It's an eyesore as the new tourist season gets underway.

Jun 14