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 As of 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014, all restrictions for entry to Hatteras Island are lifted.  Welcome Back Residents & Vistors!  For more details, visit www.darenc.com


Update From Hyde County - 8:00 p.m. July 4, 2014


Information About Electricity, Water, Waste, and Ferries for Ocracoke Island


Hyde County officials have declared a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day until power is fully restored.




Tideland EMC's Ocracoke generator is currently operating. If electric load remains low enough for Tideland's generator expect 2 hours on and 4 hours off for one full cycle.  After that expect 3 hours on and 6 hours off until full power is restored Sunday night.


The generator WILL NOT WORK unless every resident and visitor on Ocracoke practices strict conservation. Please turn off all non-essential breakers including water heaters and air conditioning.  Limit electric demand to refrigeration and fans ONLY.  Ocracoke residents and guests, please do not become complacent about electrical loads while we rely on generator power. If electric loads exceed generator operating capacity we will have to begin the process all over again.




The Ocracoke water plant is operating on generator power.  Please be conservative with water usage until full power is restored.


Trash and Storm Debris:


Trash trucks are expected to arrive on Ocracoke tomorrow Saturday, July 5th to replenish dumpsters at the Ocracoke waste facility. They expect to accept household waste around lunchtime, however space will be limited as the trash compactors cannot operate without electricity.


Chipping will begin Monday morning and continue until no longer needed. Anything smaller than 6 inches in diameter can be chipped on site.  Anything larger than 6 inches in diameter cannot be chipped and will need to be disposed of at the solid waste site.


Access To and From Ocracoke:


Ferry tolls for departures from Ocracoke are still waived and any remaining visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the Island. Visitor access to Ocracoke will be restricted until further notice. The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries will operate on their normal schedule. The Hatteras ferry will operate on demand. Visit NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.


Access to Ocracoke Island today Friday, July 4, 2014 is strictly limited to emergency and infrastructure personnel. In addition to emergency and infrastructure personnel, residents and property owners will also be granted re-entry Saturday, July 5, 2014 if they can produce any of the following documents:

  • Unexpired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag from Hyde County (any color)
  • Expired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag or sticker from Hyde County (any color)
  • North Carolina Drivers License with Ocracoke listed as residence
  • Documentation with proof of owning property on Ocracoke (ie: tax record) 


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ESBY Award Winners Announced


The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Southern Bank,  College of the Albemarle’s Small Business Center, and Malvin Riggins and Company are pleased to announce the ESBY Award Winners for 2014. Awards were presented in several categories Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.


•Solopreneur (1 Employee) – went to Beach Glass Glass Bungalows, LLC


Established in 2012 by owner Cindy Thornsvard, Beach Glass Bungalows specializes in providing a quality vacation experience for Outer Banks visitors by utilizing modern conveniences whilst embracing classic Outer Banks tradition. Cindy Thornsvard  is very active in the community, particularly with the Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, Hands of Hope, and Get Pinked.


Thornsvard’s determination to provide her guests with the perfect vacation experience, complete with fresh flowers, candies and more, demonstrates her passion for the Outer Banks region  and her dedication to ensuring our visitors come back for more. 


•Home-Based Business (3 or Less Employees) – went to KMT Consultants, Inc.


KMT Consultants, Inc. is a firm specializing in all things social, such as brand, project, and reputation management, along with voice creation and web design. Over the past 17 years, the clients of KMT Consultants have included both corporate and government entities. They change and adapt to the current business climate rapidly and remain current on the latest developments in their fields of expertise.


KMT Consultants serves on the Outer Banks Chamber Marketing Committee. They are also members of the Public Relations Society of America Hamptons Roads Chapter and have raised funds for Whalehead, Dare County Arts Council, Outer Banks Hotline, and various other charities.


•Small Business (10 Employees Or Under)  - went to Island Snowball Co.


Island Snowball’s mission is to take the Outer Banks by storm with their delicious shaved ice treats by offering over fifty homemade flavor choices and creative toppings, all homemade with pride, poured over finely shaved ice.


Lauren and Mike Anderson opened their doors in April 2012, and, since then, Island Snowball has grown significantly, raising enough money to donate to churches, schools, and various other organizations. In their third season, they are an official sponsor for the Outer Banks Daredevils and will be a vendor at every game this summer.


Island Snowball Co. has created a sense of family and togetherness with all their staff and love getting to know their customers. They hope to expand their stores and catering department to be able to reach all areas of the Outer Banks.


 •Small Business (10 Employees Or More)  - went to SAGA Construction & Development


In 2006, Saga Construction was established, and in their first year, built three homes with a staff of two employees joining the four partners. Today, SAGA has over 25 employees, 130 subcontractors, 300 vendor accounts and a projection of 30 homes to be built in 2014.


Based on their continued success, SAGA believes in giving back to the community, both in service and monetary support. They have created an in-house community out-reach program and encourage employees to become involved with the economy through charities like Meals on Wheels, Dare Education Foundation, Outer Banks Triathlon, and many others.


SAGA is driven by passion and focused on building quality homes and developments, which deliver value to clients through an enjoyable and rewarding experience. They believe in supporting the Outer Banks community and excel in building homes and communities, thus generating wealth, relationships, and a lasting legacy.


Nominations for these awards were submitted by area business owners and managers. A panel of judges (both local and out of the area) scored applications.


Keynote speaker for the event was Bill Bryan, CEO of the Mount Olive Pickle Company.  Bryan detailed company history and talked about employee packages, community involvement and keys to his company’s success.  Mt. Olive is the second bestselling brand of pickles in the country. Mt. Olive is named for its hometown, a community of less than 5,000 people in Eastern North Carolina.


The ESBY 2014 Awards were an expansion of previous small business awards offered by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. 


“We added Solopreneur and Home Based Categories this year to better reflect the business climate of the Outer Banks, “said Chamber Board Chair Mike Pringle of Seaside Realty. 


The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business membership organization with over 1,060 members in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties. Benefits of membership include marketing, networking and educational opportunities.  Members are eligible for free ribbon cuttings, can participate in group travel programs, can join the Outer Banks Young Professionals, Outer Banks Chamber Ambassadors, and Leads Groups.  A new Leadership OBX will also be available in the Fall. 


Regional Partnership Will Expand Training And Support To Ocracoke Businesses

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Beaufort County Community College, and Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development have formed a partnership to offer business owners on Ocracoke Island entrepreneurial resources for success. Hyde County is excited to helpfacilitate expansion of services from both entities with the goal of providing a consolidated training effort for businesses on Ocracoke.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a regional non-profit business membership organization with 1,000+ members in Dare, Currituck, and Hyde Counties. The Chamber collects major economic data for the region in addition to sponsoring trainings, seminars, and business counselingsessions. With 28 business members on Ocracoke, the Chamber sees this partnership as a way to better serve the needs of the island’s business owners and managers.

Beaufort County Community College’s Small Business Center also offers a variety of services and resources to local business owners including an online training program. Access the training program for free here: https://www.ncsbc.net//DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=1686. The program is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business ownersfree of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.

The Hyde County Office of Planning & Economic Development, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Beaufort County Community College are currently offering online entrepreneurial training with plans to form and offer a more comprehensive entrepreneurial training program to the businesses of Ocracoke in the future. For more information interested individuals can contact Kris Cahoon Noble at knoble@hydecountync.gov 


Vote OBH the Most Beautiful Hospital in America

The OuterBanksHospital is vying for MostBeautifulHospital in America among 73 other hospitals nominated from all around the country.  The list will be narrowed down to the top 20, with voting through June 15th.  So, with the tight time line, go to this web site http://bit.ly/1kRR06O  and vote!  You can vote for your favorite hospital as many times as you want.


We live in one of the loveliest beach communities on earth and are fortunate that our Top-100 Community Hospital so beautifully reflects our beach environment.  See the description below which is included in the nomination.  The winners will be announced on Monday, June 23rd. 


The Outer BanksHospital

Nags Head, NC


The OuterBanksHospital in Nags Head, North Carolina, which opened in March 2002, was created to complement our beach community. The soft shades of blue and yellow reflect our crystal clear ocean and sunny shores. The shutters, which fully open and close, are in keeping with the history of our community.

Our hospital grounds are immaculately groomed and planted with sea grass and azaleas. The wind-and-rain overhang at the entrance is wooden, which also is reminiscent of the beach cottages which originally were constructed here. Additionally, once you enter our hospital, a three story atrium reaches high up to a ceiling of rippling aluminum waves, which also absorb sound. Local patrons and artists have donated art work which depicts our community, adding a touch of both home and gallery to both our waiting and patient care areas. A small aquarium bubbles in the main lobby.

Our landscaping and decor are designed to create a welcoming atmosphere. Patients and visitors alike remark that our hospital reminds them of a resort. Our goal is not only to "look" appealing but also provide the very best “5-star care."




Dear Outer Banks Community Members,


As many of you know, during the busy summer season many international students flock to the Outer Banks as J-1 Work and Travel participants.  The J-1 Work and Travel program is a cultural exchange program overseen by the Department of State and administered by designated sponsors. The students come to the US to experience American culture, practice their English, and work seasonal jobs to defray their travel costs.

Outer Banks ISOP

On February 3, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce hosted a Community Meeting in Kill Devil Hills to discuss the J-1 Work and Travel program and how the local Outer Banks Community can better support international student workers.  From this initial meeting the movement to formally establish an International Student Outreach Program in the Outer Banks gained steam, and the group met in April and May.  The Outer Banks ISOP now includes local business owners, J-1 Visa Sponsors, church members, and local advocates.

We are on hiatus for the summer, but plan to meet again in September.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Erica Harris at eharris@ciee.org<mailto:eharris@ciee.org .

Temporary Social Security Card Processing in Kill Devil Hills

The Social Security Administration office in Elizabeth City will be staffing a satellite office in Kill Devil Hills, with facilities provided by the Dare County, where international students can apply for new social security cards.  The office will be open every Tuesday in June from 9am to 4pm starting next week: June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24.

To schedule an appointment in the office for your employees, please call 1(866)572-2819.  This is the main number for the Elizabeth City Office, and students will need to specify that they would like to sign up for an appointment in Kill Devil Hills

Dare County Recreation Center, 602 Mustian Street Kill Devil Hills NC 27948

For directions, call (252)475-0179


Outer Banks International Student Handbook

The ISOP group has been hard at work to put together a resource guide for the Work and Travel students in the Outer Banks.  We put together a handbook, accessible via Google Drive, here:


The handbook includes information on housing, transportation, beach safety, things to do in the Outer Banks, local laws, and much more!


Outer Banks International Students Facebook Page

Please invite international students to participate in the Outer Banks International Students Facebook page.  This group is monitored by ISOP members.  All posts must be in English, and students can use it to share housing and transportation resources, to meet other students in the area, and learn about cultural events and activities in the area.


Thank you for making the Outer Banks such a great place for international students.  We welcome your involvement, and we hope you have a wonderful summer!


Best Regards,
The Outer Banks International Student Outreach Program