Outer Banks http://wunc.org en Panel Meets To Look At Sea-Level Rise... Again http://wunc.org/post/panel-meets-look-sea-level-rise-again <p></p><p>The panel responsible for studying sea-level rise along North Carolina's coast met Monday in New Bern. It was the first meeting under a new mandate to look at the forecast for sea-level rise for a shorter time period.</p><p>Four years ago the Coastal Resources Commission's science panel issued a dire report saying oceans could rise 39 inches by the year 2100. The state then issued a moratorium on using that prediction for policy purposes. The new guidelines for the science panel call for a 30-year prediction.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:05:09 +0000 WUNC News 39386 at http://wunc.org Panel Meets To Look At Sea-Level Rise... Again Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened http://wunc.org/post/problematic-section-nc-12-will-have-beach-widened <p></p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract for beach re-nourishment just north of Rodanthe. The contract is going to the same Illinois dredging company that re-nourished the beach in Nags Head just before Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, of Illinois.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:32:46 +0000 WUNC News 38685 at http://wunc.org Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar Is Defiant In Hurricane Arthur's Wake http://wunc.org/post/awful-arthurs-oyster-bar-defiant-hurricane-arthurs-wake <div>Hurricane Arthur is continuing its path toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Residents on Hatteras Island are under a mandatory evacuation order. But many other residents and business operators in Dare County are taking a wait-and-see approach to the storm. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Karen Overbey is a manager at the aptly-named <a href="http://www.awfularthursobx.com/">Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar in Kill Devil Hills</a>. &nbsp;She says the hurricane hasn't driven their customers away so far.</div><div> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 38404 at http://wunc.org Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar Is Defiant In Hurricane Arthur's Wake Outer Banks Region Braces For Arthur http://wunc.org/post/outer-banks-region-braces-arthur <p></p><p>Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the coast of Florida, and is headed toward North Carolina. It isn't clear yet whether it will make landfall later this week.</p><p></p><p>Cyndy Holda of the Outer Banks Group of National Parks said local governments and businesses have hurricane action plans in place. However, she said, the Independence Day weekend is an inconvenient time for a storm to hit the beaches.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:16:51 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38288 at http://wunc.org Outer Banks Region Braces For Arthur Broken Flipper, Collapsed Lung; Nichols The Sea Turtle Finally Back In NC Waters http://wunc.org/post/broken-flipper-collapsed-lung-nichols-sea-turtle-finally-back-nc-waters <p></p><p></p><p>In the fall of 2012 a severely injured loggerhead sea turtle was rescued off the coast of North Carolina.</p><p>The loggerhead was brought to the<a href="http://www.seaturtlehospital.org/"> Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Island</a>, and then was transported to North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine where a team worked on her injuries. The team named the turtle Nichols and began to figure out the extent of the damage.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:53:38 +0000 Carol Jackson 36758 at http://wunc.org Broken Flipper, Collapsed Lung; Nichols The Sea Turtle Finally Back In NC Waters Cape Hatteras Recognized As Top 10 Beach, 2014 http://wunc.org/post/cape-hatteras-recognized-top-10-beach-2014 <p></p><p>Cape Hatteras has been ranked as the sixth best beach in the nation by a leading beach expert, Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") of Florida International University.</p><p>Here's the list:</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 11:52:37 +0000 Carol Jackson 36057 at http://wunc.org Cape Hatteras Recognized As Top 10 Beach, 2014 Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org/post/bill-would-create-fund-buy-oregon-inlet <p></p><p></p><p>A new bill introduced in the North Carolina Senate would allow the state to offer to buy or trade the federal government for the Oregon Inlet.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Interior took over ownership of the waterway in 1958. It charges the Army Corps of Engineers with dredging there -- being that it's an important access point for commercial fishermen and boat builders.</p><p></p><p>But state Representative Bill Cook said the feds rarely put up enough money to manage shoaling in the Oregon Inlet.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:46:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35817 at http://wunc.org Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet Coastal Commission Shrinks Scope Of Sea Level Rise Study http://wunc.org/post/coastal-commission-shrinks-scope-sea-level-rise-study <p>The group that implements rules along the North Carolina coast has decided to shrink the scope of a study on sea level rise.</p><p>The Coastal Resources Commission had been considering a&nbsp; study of the effects of sea level rise over the next 100 years. At their meeting Thursday they decided to limit that study to just 30 years, along with&nbsp; updates every five years.</p><p>The commission thought the study would have more weight if it were more limited.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:45:29 +0000 WUNC News 35603 at http://wunc.org Coastal Commission Shrinks Scope Of Sea Level Rise Study Talkin' Tar Heel http://wunc.org/post/talkin-tar-heel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:26:54 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 35134 at http://wunc.org Talkin' Tar Heel Oregon Inlet Is Too Shallow To Dredge http://wunc.org/post/oregon-inlet-too-shallow-dredge <p></p><p>Dredging has been suspended in the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.</p><p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers says the water is too shallow to allow the dredge access to the main channel.&nbsp; Raymond Pugh owns Fin-Nagle Fishing Charters in Nags Head.&nbsp; He said his boat is small enough to get through, but larger commercial fishing boats are having trouble and that's hard on the local economy.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:28:34 +0000 Eric Hodge 34142 at http://wunc.org Oregon Inlet Is Too Shallow To Dredge