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    The Dare Education Foundation Board of Directors agreed to the terms of a $2.25 million, 10-year interest-free loan from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation to build 24 2 bedroom apartments that will be rented for approximately $750 per month.  There will be three buildings, eight apartments per building, located at 109 Veterans Drive in Kill Devil Hills.  These apartments will be specifically built for teachers in Dare County, North Carolina.  With completion expected by August 2008, the housing will be in place for teachers beginning the 2008-2009 school year.  To further assist with this worthy venture, the Town of Kill Devil Hills will waive $148,000 in the project’s permitting fees.

    For further information, contact Amy Montgomery, Executive Director of the Dare Education Foundation, 252-255-5545.

    Elections for a new Town Council were held in early November. Every two years, the entire council is voted into office. Once elected, the council selects a mayor from among themselves. In an effort to attract more interest and to help defer costs associated with their time, this new council will be the first to receive compensation. Now the Town Council, Planning Board and Board of Adjustments all receive compensation for their efforts.

    This season, Duck will benefit from the Dare County Shoreline Commission’s plan to provide a total of 4400 linear feet of sand fencing and/or beach planting in the town. Based on an analysis performed by Duck’s Zoning Technician, Sandy Cady, the Town Council approved a plan to plant approximately 2800 feet and fence 1550 feet. Areas to be affected are spread out throughout the town and were selected based on need with regard to dune height, escarpment (or carving out) of the dunes, recent erosion patterns, and vegetative conditions.

    One of the most exciting aspects of local government is their ability to react to the needs of the community. For example, although a lot of time and effort goes into developing ordinances, Duck has revisited some of these rules after implementation when needed to adjust or improve. Recently, in an effort to target street-front aesthetics and storm water retention, the town adjusted parking allocation on a lot to allow stacking while requiring that parking areas be constructed of permeable surfaces. A drive aisle can be no more than 12 feet wide at the street and the parking area can take up no more than 75% of the lot width.

    Duck has recently adjusted the rules for the use of fill on a lot. Now, leveling of a lot within certain parameters is permissible and select pocket low areas of a lot are able to be filled without counting it towards fill calculations. The height of a structure has been changed to be measured from the tallest roofline of the building to top of the slab or finished grade rather than to the natural grade. These changes have made the placement and construction of a house somewhat easier and height more straightforward to calculate.

    Duck is attempting to be proactive on managing construction in flood zones. New building regulations in the flood hazard V-zones require new construction to be raised two feet above the ground. Height allowance in these areas has also been increased by two feet to correspond to the new requirement.

    Duck is developing a strong sense of community. With the help of dedicated staff and town volunteers, the Town Park and associated events have been an exceptional success; we anxiously await the completion of the soundside boardwalk and other elements of the park plan. There is a desire to engage the entire community, including residents, businesses, and out of town property owners, into the decision making process.  Everyone will get a chance to weigh in on plans for a town hall. The proposed building, still in the very early stages of design, will house the town offices and provide an interior gathering area for many uses.

    Community events are also a way to bring everyone together. Just in October, we had the fantastic jazz festival and a Fire Department picnic to celebrate Fire Prevention week. It has been suggested that a community wide forum be scheduled so that out of town property owners can meet town officials and staff for an open discussion and meeting. Of course, quarterly newsletters and the official web site,, provide updates on a regular basis.

    We’ll see a new look for one of the founding businesses in Duck. Twiddy & Company Realtors, in business since 1978, will be replacing their office with a brand new building. Placed on the same footprint of the existing structure, the new building will have two levels and will provide much needed space for their operations.  The coastal design, with front porch and shuttered windows, is expected to be a lovely addition to the town.

    There’s a lot to be proud of in this small town of Duck.

    The Town of Nags Head is accepting authorization letters requesting the placement of sand fence on the eastern face of the primary dune at residential properties along the oceanfront.  In order to be eligible, the sand fencing must be placed outside (westward) of the “wet sand” beach.  If a property owner is interested in participating in this multi-year project, they must submit a completed authorization letter (see below) requesting, and authorizing, this work to be done at their location.  If a citizen has any questions, they can contact the Public Works Director, at 252-449-4203.

    Funds for this project are being provided by the Dare County Shoreline Management Commission.  The work will begin in early January 2008, and continue in future fiscal years as funds are made available.  Work in upcoming years may also include the planting of beach grass to stabilize dunes created, or enlarged, by the new sand fencing.

    Nags Head Dune Planting and Sand Fencing Project
    Property Owner Authorization

    I hereby give my permission to the Town of Nags Head (hereafter referred to as “the Town”) to erect sand fencing and plant dune grasses on the tract referenced below, on the beach during the duration of the project, commencing January 1, 2008 and ending August 31, 2010. 

    In addition, I have no objection to similar work planned for neighboring riparian owner lands.  I authorize the Town to act as my agent to secure any and all CAMA permits which may be required for sand fencing and or planting of dune grasses for this project. 

    Permission granted herein, to erect sand fencing and plant dune grass, may be rescinded by the property owner at any time by written notice to the Public Works Director. 

    This Letter of Authorization, and any subsequent revocation of this authorization, should be directed to: 

    Public Works Director
    Town of Nags Head
    P.O. Box 99
    Nags Head, NC  27959-0099 

    Site Address:                                                                 PIN:

    Property Owner(s):

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    Twas the week before Christmas and all through our locations, 

    Our staff here at Carolina Designs awaited our guests’ upcoming vacations, 

    The premier rental homes were prepared with the utmost care, 

    In anticipation of our holiday families coming from here and there, 

    The check-in packages adorned with holiday cheer, 

    With all preparations done, the guests will pick them up here, 

    Then with a dash they will go, leaving behind towns of snow and cold, 

    While making memories in the land of pristine beaches, their stories will be told, 

    All cozy they’ll be in front of the fireplace and sparkling Christmas tree, 

    Even though they may be far away, their home away from home is where they want to be, 

    They’ll go holiday shopping in our Mom & Pop and specialty stores, 

    In one of our quaint villages that are located just down the street from their door, 

    When Santa has come, families have exchanged loving gifts, and the children have spent time with their toys, 

    They’ll travel back with great memories of shared love and joy, 

    We’ll see them again, that much is for sure, The Outer Banks has touched their hearts forever more!

    Thanks to our beloved homeowner of #577, Royal Palace, Carolina Designs Realty had an oceanfront palace for our holiday gathering on Saturday, December 15th.  Red Sky Cafe’ had all of the top of the line appliances at their finger tips to prepare a feast for kings for our celebration.  Magic Mike entranced the kids with his special show.  The Thibodeaus handed out gifts to all of the children that kept them entertained while the adults played.  The teenagers had full rein of the ground floor recreation room with pool table, foosball, TV, full size refrigerator, cooktop, dishwasher, icemaker and microwave.    Christmas themed movies ran continuously in the home theater with 13 plush seats for anyone to enjoy.  There was an exchange of gifts, music and joy of being together.  No one left empty handed.  Employee music picks were played and sung long into the night thanks to DJ Robert Brown and his karaoke machine.  Afterwards, many of the staff retired to one of the twelve spacious and amenity packed master bedrooms.

    On behalf of all of us here at Carolina Designs Realty, thank you for such a great party, Art and Monica!  You are the best!

    My family and I stayed in #536 Ocean Pocean at Thanksgiving.  They came in from Mississippi and Virginia.  We enjoyed that house immensely and have already reserved it for 2008.  The house was so well appointed and stocked.  (We are kitchen people and loved the well-stocked kitchen with nice pots – Cuisanart – and utensils!)  And your realty company was the best I’ve rented from in the 6 years we’ve been getting together at Thanksgiving.  From the initial reservations to the key pick-up to the maintenance fellow who came to replace a light fixture that fell down, everyone was efficient, courteous and helpful, traits that are not always common here on the Outer Banks.  Thanks for a lovely vacation and a great customer-service oriented company!    I’ve been singing your praises to anyone who wants to rent a home here.

    Marjorie White

    Aydlett, NC

    Come out to Bonnett Street beach access at MP 11 in Nags Head, North Carolina Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m. to make The Outer Banks Running Club’s Jingle Bell 5K race.  The registration fee of $25 to enter also includes club membership.  There will be a children’s fun run also; no registration fee required for this event.

    To find out more, call 252.441.2431.


    Wreath-Laying Ceremonies Honoring Veterans 

    In honor of all veterans around the world, the American Legion Post 288 of Coinjock in Currituck County will host a special wreath-laying ceremony to honor past and present members of the armed forces.  Post 288, along with more than 200 state and national veteran’s cemeteries throughout the United States, will perform this ceremony in coincidence with the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.

     The Housekeeping Department held their annual holiday gathering to thank all of the cleaners and inspectors that provided exceptional service this year.  Due to the number of attendees, a new venue for their gathering will have to be pursued next year!  A great big ‘Thank you’ was extended to all of the exceptional staff that together helped make a successful 2007 vacation rental season.  Capt Bob’s catered the event and our very own Robert Brown provided disc jockey services for karaoke that kept people singing well into the night.

    We are extremely fortunate to have Deborah Stone, our Housekeeping Manager, Toni Sawyer and Donna King, our Housekeeping Coordinators, working very hard to manage 300+ housekeepers and inspectors to ensure extremely clean and well equipped vacation rental homes. 

    A member of our staff, Michelle Layne, our General Manager, is a certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professional (VRHP). VRHP is a professional association of vacation rental companies that strives to increase the quality, service level, and professionalism of housekeeping to both vacation rental homeowners and vacation rental guests.  We commend our staff for their exceptional service as they work together to bring the highest level of satisfaction to our guests and homeowners alike.

    And minutes from the bridge to the Outer Banks!  This is great news!  Locals and visitors alike now have an ice rink that will be available from December 21, 2007 until March 2, 2008, located just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean!  The first of its kind in this area and in Northeast North Carolina to boot! 

    The Ice Haus Family Ice Skating Center, located inside a tent at the Weeping Radish in Jarvisburg in Currituck County, will offer a wide variety of family fun:

    - Public Ice Skating & Rentals

    - Full Menu & Snack Bar

    - Festive Winter Activities

    - Christmas Hay Rides

    - Christmas & New Years Parties

    - Birthday Parties Packages

    - Small & Large Groups

    - Pictures with Santa

    - Private/Corporate Rates

    - Christmas Lights & DJ

    Call for skate days and times at 252-491-5205.

    Founded in 1988, Carolina Designs Realty manages the finest available for weekly vacation rental homes from Corolla to Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We have been able to attract these vacation rental properties because of our commitment to extremely high standards of customer service and operational innovation.  We have earned the respect and trust of our owners, guests, suppliers and partner vendors.

    Our phone lines have voice mail and we are available at our local or toll-free numbers.  Our office is open 362 days per year, 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    Our inventory consists of the very best vacation rental homes available on the Outer Banks in location, condition, and amenities.  We believe that aggressive marketing and a reputation for quality homes leads to high demand.  With our small company size, this promotes high occupancy for homes in our vacation rental program.  This, coupled with a strong support staff in reservations, housekeeping, maintenance, and administration, leads to an increased bottom line for all. 

    Our goal is to provide excellent property management for a select group of resort homes on the Outer Banks.  The company will limit its growth and strive to represent premium vacation rental homes.  Our small size lends itself to customer service, both for the homeowners and guests.  Carolina Designs Realty strives to give extraordinary customer service and attention to our homeowners and guests.  This includes extremely clean homes, a high level of maintenance, inspections and recommendations for improvements, courteous and helpful employees and accurate bookkeeping with detailed accounting and reporting.

    Detailed information is a key element of superior customer service.  To that end, Carolina Designs Realty uses state of the art technology and also produces many informative, well-designed brochures annually.  Carolina Designs Realty has been a forerunner in embracing the Internet as a means of reaching a wide world of potential guests.  Our renowned website,, offers navigation tools that are simple and easy to use.  It was created and is currently maintained in-house, provides unmatched capabilities for home searches, detailed information, on-line reservations, multiple photographs, and floor plans for each home.  Carolina Designs Realty hosts our own private web server on a dedicated line.

    The information and images are available to each reservationist.  All workstations at Carolina Designs Realty are linked via network to our Property Management System.  This system integrates all aspects of the management of homes, including reservations, leases, accounting, work orders, and other relevant information.

    Whether you find yourself exploring the main attractions or the sand beneath your feet, we invite you to experience our southern hospitality and barefoot informality with a vacation exploring North Carolina’s Outer Banks.