DARE COUNTY: Some Hatteras Residents Can Return Home Starting Sunday

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Dare County officials say residents of Hatteras Island will be able to return to their homes in stages during Labor Day weekend.

A statement from the county Thursday said the first stage of re-entry is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The staged re-entry goes alphabetically by resident and hometown and starts with the villages of Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco. Officials say utility service and other infrastructure in those villages makes returns to them possible.

As conditions improve in the island's other villages, their residents will be able to return.

Hurricane Irene damaged Highway 12 over the weekend. Since then, supply ferries have been running to Hatteras Island but tourists and residents who evacuated have not been able to get there. Some 2,500 people rode out the storm.

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  • by Island Resident Location: Avon on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    I'm trying to figure out if there is by any chance a checkpoint anywhere along the part of 64 between Columbia and Manteo. I know that stretch is notorious for checkpoints and with that sinkhole down near Englehard, it's impossible to go that way. My brother is trying to get from the island up to Raleigh and does not have a license, and does not know yet if he has to go up there by saturday morning. Can somebody let me know?
  • by wildbill56 Location: Virginia on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    Speaking as a tourist who visits 3 to 4 times a year, I would have no problem paying a toll.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:53 AM in reply to wildbill56
      Thank you
  • by feed up Location: enc on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    I think a toll should be put up on highway 12 to pay for all the inlets that are being washed in by these storms instead of tax payers having to do it or the fed gov.
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      by Tim on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:50 PM in reply to feed up
      feed up huh? In case you don't know, that area is a tourist destination that brings in alot more tax dollars for this state than what it receives.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to Tim
        you need to do the math on the taxes and how much it cost to rebuild EVERYTIME!!!!
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          by Tim on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:41 PM in reply to
          The cost of repairs are 10 million according the Gov. Perdue. The Dare county web site list just the occupancy tax (5%) at 14 million. State sales tax (4.75%) 13 million. These numbers don't include food & beverage taxes, associated business taxes such as gas & income taxes from the local econemy. Maybe you should check your numbers.
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      by Russ on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to feed up
      I think we should cut off welfare. Nothing but a complete waste with no positive return what so ever.
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      by Sam on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:16 AM in reply to feed up
      Well if they do that, then they should make an exception to the ones that have to go on the island as part of their job doing business. Russ has the better idea. They should cut off these bums on welfare instead of making a toll on the Highway 12 Bridge.
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      by feed up with people like you on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:13 AM in reply to feed up
      This is Bev Perdue's comment on the situation, and for once, I agree with her “There are going to be those around the country saying ‘why are you investing in that road again?. “ she is quoted as saying. “Until we can find a better way to move people on and off there, they’re North Carolina citizens. They pay their taxes, and they've got to have a highway or road or bridge to travel on the same as the rest of us.” With this being said; people along the Outer Banks pay a great deal more taxes than the rest of the state. Why should they have to pay a toll to get to Walmart? How you like to do that?
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        by G on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to feed up with people like you
        My grandparents in New Jersey have to pay a toll to cross the bridge to get to their house on the beach, and they live there full time.
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        by Sam on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to feed up with people like you
        Amen! That's infringing on the rights of the citizens of Hatteras Island, and even several other OBX residents.

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