Governor Perdue: Outer Banks Will Be Set For Labor Day

Despite the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene, Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina's Outer Banks will be ready for the last big holiday weekend of the summer.

Speaking in Kill Devil Hills on Sunday, Perdue says almost all the beaches in the state are already open, and that Dare County beaches will follow in time for Labor Day.

Dare County includes some of the hardest hit areas of the storm, including parts of Hatteras Island that are inaccessible because of breaches in N.C. Highway 12.

County Commission Chairman Warren Judge agrees with Perdue, saying the county will be ready for the thousands of visitors expected to come during Labor Day weekend.

But Judge says a tremendous amount of work remains before Dare County is back to normal.

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  • by sami on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    Dave, sounds like you need a vacation. Your snide comments don't help anyone. You just continue to make people feel bad.
  • by Dave Location: VA on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM
    Apparently, the power is on just fine in OBX because there sure are enough of you whining on the internet. It also appears that you don't need to lift a finger at cleaning up any mess that may exist because it appears that the only finger that several of you in the OBX area can lift is the whine finger over your keyboard. It's hard to feel compassion for those, who act so defiant. You might ought to take a look at what's brewing in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa before you lift a finger (from your keyboard). I'm sorry. I meant to say lift a finger to do clean-up. Unless the jet stream moves down to keep this one out in the Atlantic, it looks like it could become a monster since I think I heard them say that it may be at hurricane strength by as early as tomorrow. The tracking models showed it going north of the Carribean. Anyway, good luck with shewing away the tourists. It sounds like the hospitality there is superb. I think I'll just keep giving my money to the locals in Key West.
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      by Helen on Aug 31, 2011 at 08:11 AM in reply to Dave
      Some folks can't "lift a finger to clean" until the water recedes out of their own living rooms.... But we will muddle through somehow. We always do. I just pray that Katia doesn't strike you where ever you are in Virginia because then we will see who does the whining.
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        by OBX Girl on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:29 AM in reply to Helen
        Sorry Dave, I can't hear you over the "whine" of my generator. You do know what those things are, don't you?
  • by stephanie Location: baltimore on Aug 30, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    As a long time visitor to OBX and not a resident (but wish I was) I want to express my deepest concern about Irene and the after effects. I cannot imagine having to clean up and deal with the destruction. I was there last week, had to be evacuated and was heartbroken for having to leave AND for all of the residents and just simply for the impending damage the banks would have to endure. Tourists like myself who come year after year (sometimes twice a year) are not all insensitive to your plight and wish there was something we could do. I hope to get back soon and wish you all well.
  • by hey Location: New Bern on Aug 30, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    they need to send her to Pamilco County and let her live there a couple of weeks with the people who were the most devistated from this storm... Maybe her partying sons can go with her and help these people clean up...and the judge she paid off in New Bern so her son would not face any criminal charges from his boating incident..
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      by wooduck on Aug 30, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to hey
  • by Sam-Tina Location: Greenville on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    Anyone connected with Bev's office please print and give this to her. Bev you are so stupid; most of Eastern NC has just been tragically ruined by Irene and you want touist dollars??? I refused to vote for you this time!!!
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      by uh on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to Sam-Tina
      Many of those affected people depend on tourist dollars.
  • by the learned one Location: enc on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    You cannot go past Bonner Bridge headed south. Bev knows that there have been three new inlets cut through hwy. 12.
  • by Dae Location: Goldsboro, NC on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    We're supposed to vacation in Buxton September 17th and if they'll let us on the island with our travel trailer, we'll be there to spend money where we can!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to Dae
      think: alternate destination. Hwy 12 is in bad shape!!! what's left of it.
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      by OBX girl on Aug 30, 2011 at 07:03 AM in reply to Dae
      Sorry, but Highway 12 is torn to shreds and there are at least 3 new inlets from ocean to sound. Take a look at some of the pictures. Your campground in Buxton is probably not even there anymore.
  • by local cleaner from area Location: columbia on Aug 29, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    if she thinks the beach will be ready for labor day tourist she better get a bucket and a mop its bad enough on aregular wekend with no storm how bad do you think its going to be at time like this try cleaning a 12 bedroom house with fity people standing on the deck asking you every five mins how long before its going to be ready chek in time is four ther here at twelve come on bev lets do some houses by friday.....
  • by Kevin Location: Kill Devil Hills on Aug 29, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    As a local and someone who's family is heavily involved in the tourism industry, I would have to say that letting the non residents back this early was a very poor choice. Just today I was in one of the largest realty companies on the island, and despite having power they were there, answering calls. But they still had not had time to do ANY home inspections, nor have most been cleaned after the prior guest left in a hurry, and yet people were streaming in complaining about why they can't check in. Rest assured the locals are working very hard to make your vacation happen, so show them a little respect. Yes your vacation may have a little hiccup in it, but for many of us, this is our home all year and for some it has been a rough road. SO show a little respect, patience and compassion. We are doing our best to get things back on track as fast as possible.
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      by Sam on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to Kevin
      Unfortunately Kevin most of the tourists are too selfish to see it that way and think everything has to go perfect. Best of luck to your guys and your realty company. Tourism has a major impact down here at the beach.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    She is doing the same thing any other democrat would do... promise things she can't deliver.

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