Since we live here and can’t imagine a better place to be, as far as we’re concerned any season is a good time to visit the Outer Banks. That being said, we must admit that a quick getaway, long weekend or weeklong vacation during the winter months does come with a challenge that other seasons don’t have … where to go for a bite to eat?
With 2013 wrapped up and 2014 in its infancy, it’s the perfect time to bravely predict 2014 happenings on the Outer Banks. This is all simply guesswork and speculation, but as each year winds down, it’s always interesting to think of milestones that will highlight the year ahead.
Bridges Dominate the News
The replacement of the Bonner Bridge is tied up in court, although the state did win the first round. A contract was just awarded for a bridge to replace the temporary bridge at the Irene breach, and construction is scheduled to begin almost immediately. The renovation and repairs to the outbound Wright Memorial Bridge appear to be on schedule and should be completed by May 15th, although winter storms could throw a monkey wrench in those plans. Next fall it will be the inbound span’s turn. Who knows, with all the activity around bridges, maybe the Mid-Currituck Bridge will arise from its moribund state and again become a possibility?
Mark Twain once famously observed, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” This may be reminiscent of how many people feel about the Outer Banks during the winter months but, in fact, that’s far from the truth.
Yes, it’s true that activities have decreased and seasonal crowds have slowed to a trickle, and the title of a popular song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” has recently come to the forefront of my mind. Okay, it’s not cold like in Montana, but for the Outer Banks it’s definitely gotten chilly.
For anyone visiting the Outer Banks in the summer, it seems like a thriving beehive of a community; the beaches are filled with thousands of people, the roads are clogged and businesses are booming. Yet, once the busy season winds down, the Outer Banks is actually a small and tight knit community, and like similar small communities, one can meet some of the most unique and memorable people in day-to-day interactions.
Outer Banks bridges are in the news quite a bit these days. Local news, of course, it’s rare that this rises to the national level. With one of the spans of the Wright Memorial Bridge closed for maintenance until mid-May, and the Bonner Bridge crossing Oregon Inlet leaping a huge legal hurdle, there’s good reason to think about what the bridges mean to Outer Banks life.