Parts of Hatteras Island Reopen To Visitors For 1st Time Since Irene

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) -- Visitors will be allowed to return to some villages on Hatteras Island for the first time since Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage there.

Dare County officials say the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras will be open to visitors beginning with the 7 a.m. ferry service on Thursday. The villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo will not be open to visitors until sometime after Sept. 29.

The four southernmost villages will be accessible only via ferry service from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island to Ocracoke Island. From Ocracoke, visitors can take a ferry to Hatteras Island.

Visitors won't be allowed on the emergency ferry route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe.

The ferries from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island require a reservation. A fee is charged.

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  • by lifelongresident Location: Avon,NC on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    We really are not ready for the tourist to come back. its been so darn peacefull lately. Ive lived here my whole life and my family and i are natives, and i am not looking forward to the jerks that think they own the place to come back. yes, they will give most work back that was lost from hurricane. but its still really annoying. sorry
  • by Jeff Location: Texas on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Dare County just screwed over a bunch of visitors. The island shouldn't be open to visitors until Hwy 12 is repaired. Visitors with reservations now can't file insurance claims. They must either TRY to get to the island via an overbooked ferry and deal with the current state of the island or cancel their trips and lose their money. The whole thing is a scam to make a quick buck in my opinion. I've been to the island every year but one since 1993. After this fiasco, I will NEVER again rent a property on Hatteras Island!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Hello, folks! I'm a tourista from Ohio, scheduled to visit your sand bar Sept. 24th. More specifically, Avon. Never been there, looking forward to it. So, what are the going to bang us for the ferry ride? Kind of stuck, got to figure the insurance won't kick in if there's ANY way to Avon.
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      by Drive like they own the place? on Sep 13, 2011 at 04:10 PM in reply to
      In the midst of all the devastation--ruined properties and lives forever changed--you're concerned about the ferry toll? You haven't seen the picture have you? If so, you must be the kind of tourist David and Shine were talking about. Ferry fare is $15 each way or you can swim the sound at no charge.
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        by Mark on Sep 14, 2011 at 07:26 AM in reply to Drive like they own the place?
        Let's see, Drive like, 6 people need to attempt to get an extra day off of work, as the ferry is booked solid the day we needed it, so we'll be arriving early. Can we stay with you on that extra day, Drive Like? How about when we check out at 10 a.m., but can't get a ferry until 10:30p.m. You cooking us dinner? I agree with Jeff, we got screwed.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to Drive like they own the place?
        i agree with drive like they own the place.
  • by Drive like they own the place? on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    David, all that to wind up complaining about the way tourists drive? You're kidding, right? And have you considered that quite a few of the visitors are going over to lend a hand?
  • by bluewater on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    They need the tourists back ASAP. Their economy depends on it. The restaurants need customers, the charter boats need charters, the cottages need renters.
  • by David Location: Edenton on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Please Dont allow lots of visitors over there! They still have lots to do! We the people down here in eastern n.c. arnt going to get rich! They Want tax dollars .. (our goverment) wants people down here for their tax dollars! tea.. taxed enough already!! I know you small business owners need customers to make a living but some of these tourist drive like they own this place!
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      by Shine on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:23 AM in reply to David
      Right David - these places use to be fishing villages - now they are tourist villages. Alot to be done there w/o the help of everyone being in the way.

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