Stories by Island Free Press

Shoaled-up emergency ferry channel unusable for storm season

An update from Steve Shriver of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the emergency ferry route from Rodanthe Harbor to Stumpy Point Harbor reaches a depth of only 8 feet maximum -- not nearly enough for the state's boats to use.

Jun 18


More than 5,000 passengers have hitched a ride on new ferry

The Ferry Division receives daily reports on the number of passengers, and has also been keeping track of user feedback during the ferry’s first three weeks of operation. As a result of these comments, the NCDOT will be tweaking the ferry schedule slightly

Jun 15


Back to the drawing board for Hatteras hotel project

The proposal stemmed from a potential hotel development in northern Hatteras Village. Nine conditions included a request for a six-story hotel with a rooftop amenity, as well as an extension of lot coverage for the 5-acre property

Jun 11


Joy Crist: A closer look at the hotel proposed for Hatteras

Currently, the rough plan is to create a six-story hotel with a rooftop amenity – i.e., a top level without rooms, but with ample oceanfront views. The number of rooms is variable, but could be around 100 total rooms in two buildings

Jun 6


Crumbling waterfall park in Rodanthe declared a nuisance

Building inspectors tagged several structures as unsafe prior and noted that there was evidence of people going into the park, based on recent graffiti on the bridge overpass by the old go-kart track.

Jun 3


More than 280 people use passenger ferry on opening day

The N.C. Ferry Division will continue to offer the passenger-only ferry service seven days a week until Sept. 5. The passenger ferry supplements the regular vehicle ferries the state agency operates.

May 23


Hatteras Seashore adds lifeguard service at Frisco Day Use Area

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will add lifeguard services at the Frisco Day Use Area this Memorial Day weekend. The popular beach, located south of Frisco, will be staffed with lifeguards seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.

May 7


Crews have finished taking down the old Frisco Pier

The Frisco Pier removal project began in December 2017, and removal the Pier House itself, as well as the on-the-beach structures and pilings, took just a couple weeks to complete.

Apr 26


Old Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is coming down, span-by-span

The next step is to remove the caps and pilings., which will create an opening in the old Bonner Bridge at deeper water, away from the shoaling in Oregon Inlet, allowing the barges to move from either side of the bridges to collect material.

Apr 11


Video: First section of the Bonner Bridge is lifted away

The first section of the old Bonner Bridge was lifted out of the superstructure earlier this week, and video shared on Facebook by contractor PCL’s Jamison Padgett gives us an up-close view.

Mar 30


Investigation finds wildfire in Frisco was not naturally caused

Preliminary results from the investigation indicate that the fire was not touched off naturally and investigators have ruled out the possibility that it was caused by a discarded cigarette.

Mar 26


Cape Hatteras Seashore bucks national trend with record year

Visiys to National Park System sites across the country were down in 2018 compared to 2017, but the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was one of the notable exceptions with the highest recorded visitation since 2003.

Mar 23