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    Archive for June 2007

    Due the joint efforts of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Dare County Emergency Management, the Dare County 911 Center for real time traffic images, as well as the public via the Internet, have access to the new Traveler Management Information System.  The system consists on 17 cameras placed throughout the heaviest traveled areas on the Outer Banks.  Two camera hotspots are one in Southern Shores at Route 12 and Sea Oats Trail and one at Route 158 west of Whalebone Junction.  There are four cameras located at the US158/NC168 interchange in Barco all the way to the Currituck County line right before the Wright Memorial Bridge.

    According to Jerry Jennings, Acting Division Engineer for NCDOT, the cameras give the public the opportunity to view traffic conditions before venturing out on roads.  They provide data regarding routine traffic, as well as congestion caused by tourist traffic.



    Curbside collection    

    96 gal. green roll-out/yellow lid

    May-Sept. = Saturday    

    Nov-Apr. = Wednesday

    Contact if needed:    

    232-2504; ext. 241



    Curbside collection    

    96 gal. Blue roll-outs

    Mondays Year Round    

    no later than 5:00 a.m. on pick-up day

    Contact if needed:    


    Exception:  Nantucket & Georgetown Sands have the recycling roll-out in the dumpster locations.
    Southern Shores
    Curbside collection
    96 gal. Maroon/red roll-outs
    Mondays Year Round    

    no later than 5:00 a.m. on pick-up day

    Contact if needed:    

    261-2394; ext. 221



    Kitty Hawk/Dare County Recycling Center Located at the Dare County Boat Ramp on Bob Perry Road (off Kitty Hawk Road) 9:00am-3:00pm Monday -Saturday Contact if needed:    


    Kill Devil    



    Recycle Center located at 701 Bermuda Bay Boulevard, off Colington Road 8:00am-4:00pm Monday -Friday     

    8:00 am-2:00pm Saturday

    Contact if needed:    





    Recycling Drop-Off Centers are located at:
    TOWN HALL – 5401 S. Croatan Hwy. 8 am – Sunset
    PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY- 2200 Lark Ave. 7am–3:30pm Monday thru Friday
    Contact if needed:    

    441-1122 or


    On Saturday, June 30, 2007, the 1st Annual Rip Current Awareness Day sponsored by The Eena Project will be held at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head, North Carolina, across from Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  Many organizations, including Beach 104 radio station, will be there to talk about rip currents and water safety.

    Because rip currents account for 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards and Carolina Designs Realty would like to promote a safe swimming experience for all of our guests, The Eena Project was permitted to provide an information magnet on all of our vacation rental homes’ refrigerators and a video explaining how rip current activity can occur in our oceans.

    Michelle and Steve Koles founded The Eena Project in memory of Steve’s 32 year old sister, Kristina (Eena, as his 2 year old son called her) who drowned as a result of a rip current.

    Beginning Tuesday, June 26th and continuing through Saturday, August 4th, the North Carolina School of the Arts is offering weekly afternoon and evening shows as part of the Summer Performance Festival at the outdoor soundfront pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park as well as on the deck of the Elizabeth II ship.  A variety of music and instrument selections are offered at each show and are sure to please.  These performances are free to the public and appropriate for all ages.

    The North Carolina School of the Arts was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the school opened its doors in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina in 1972. More than 1100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.

    For directions and more information about Roanoke Island Festival Park, please call 252.475.1500.

    Corolla               Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:15 p.m. at Currituck Heritage Park at the Whalehead Club; live music begins at 6;00 p.m.  For more information, call 252.453.9040.

    Duck                  3rd Annual Fourth of July Parade starts at 9:00 a.m.  Community Celebration at the Town Park following the parade with live music.  For more information, call 252.255.1234.

    Kill Devil Hills      Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at the Avalon Fishing Pier at Milepost 6.  For more information, call 252.449.5300.

    Nags Head           Fireworks start at 9:25 p.m. at the Nags Head Fishing Pier at Milepost 11.  For more information, call 252.441.5508.

    Manteo               Patriotic Tribute with music, dancing, games, apple pie baking contest, decorated bike contest, wacky hat contest, all beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Manteo Waterfront.  At 7:30 p.m., a special ceremony to celebrate the “twinning” of Manteo and Youghal, Ireland at Roanoke Festival Park;  Pops concert at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at dark.  For more information, call 252.475.1500.

    North Carolina Law prohibits the possession or discharge of any pyrotechnic that explodes, spires, or propels themselves through the air.  The law is specifically stipulated in North Carolina General Statutes 14-410 and 14-414.  Violation of this State Law is a Class 2 Misdemeanor.  During the July 4 Holiday, please be aware of this State Law and do not be surprised if you are visited by a law enforcement officer if you explode, spire, or propel fireworks. Instead of running the risk of being cited for violating a North Carolina Law, please enjoy one of the rganized, licensed, and legal fireworks displays being planned by various local governments in the area. 

    If you are planning an upcoming family reunion or corporate retreat on the Outer Banks, you may want to consider two vacation rental homes that are located next to each other.  Carolina Designs Realty manages many homes that are next door to each other or across the street for each other in all of the areas that we manage from the tip of Corolla to South Nags Head.

    If you are interested in finding out the availability and location of these vacation rental homes, simply give us a call at 800-368-3825 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Reservations Specialists.  We are available seven days a week 362 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    After many years of being listed as one of the best beaches in America, Ocracoke Island, an island south of Hatteras Island in North Carolina and only accessible by ferry, was named this year as #1 by Dr. Beach, i.e. Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research.

    Dr. Beach considers the United States’ 650 beaches on 50 criteria that include sand quality, water cleanliness, the number and size of waves, presence of wildlife and pests and human use and impacts.

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina has over 72 miles of the most gorgeous, undeveloped expanse of natural beaches in the country that encompasses Bodie Island to the north, and Ocracoke Island at its southern boundary.

    If you have the opportunity, especially if you are vacationing on the Outer Banks, to attend the Annual Whalehead Club Arts Festival, you will really enjoy this event!  In its 6th season, over 100 professional artists show their wares in this outdoor art show.  Local musicians provide the music heard throughout Currituck Heritage Park.  The vast areas of beautifully landscaped grounds offer food concessions by area vendors.   There’s plenty activities planned for the children.  This is an all day event, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on both days and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.  Admission is free to the public.

    Residing on 39 acres of land, this 21,000 sq.ft. estate with Art Nouveau architecture, Tiffany lighting fixtures, copper shingled roof and five chimneys located Currituck Sound has withstood inclement weather and many reconstructions since 1925.  In 1992, Currituck County purchased the badly deteriorated Whalehead Club in the interest of historic preservation. Today, the Whalehead Club is an intricate part of Currituck Heritage Park.   Find out more by calling 252-453-9040.

    Richard Rostant, one of our Maintenance Technicians, had the opportunity of speaking with the guests that vacationed in #387 La Vita Bella the week of May 12th.   Here are some of the comments they made:

    “Carolina Designs is the best company they have had the pleasure of dealing with for their vacation rentals…They love the houses and more importantly how we maintain them…They love the customer service that we provide…And best of all, they have been renting with us for a number of years now and can’t see themselves with any other company…they always recommend us to their friends.”


    Sally Markham comes to Carolina Designs Realty from BD&A where she has been a sales broker for four years. As a broker, Sally has become knowledgeable about all aspects of our real estate market. Having preformed her own 1031 and owning vacation rental homes, Sally is keenly aware of all the nuances involved in investing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Sally will walk you through the steps of ownership in a smooth and friendly fashion, and help you find your dream home.

    Sally is a retired school librarian and holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC, Chapel Hill and a masters from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

    Sally is looking forward to the opportunity to help you with any real estate need on the Outer Banks.