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    Cape Hatteras was named as the #4 “Best Beach in America.”

    Dr. Beach’s annual ranking was released today.  Dr. Beach, America’s Foremost Beach Expert, has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches since 1991.

    Fifty criteria are used to evaluate beaches, which include water and sand quality as well as safety and environmental management. Dr. Leatherman is an internationally known coastal scientist who has published 16 books and hundreds of scientific articles about storm impacts, erosion, and ways to improve beach health and safety.

    1. 1. Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York (NATIONAL WINNER)
    2. 2. Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida
    3. 3. Coronado Beach in San Diego, California
    4. 4. Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
    5. 5. Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
    6. 6. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
    7. 7. Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    8. 8. Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, South Carolina
    9. 9. Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii

    Visit to find out more!

    Every year, our guests can submit their favorite photo to enter Carolina Designs Realty’s 2010 Photo Contest.  In October, we have a drawing for a chance to win a cash prize of $250.  Please submit your high resolution photos by email in JPG or GIF format to  or drop them off at our office or mail to:

    Carolina Designs Realty

    1197 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949

    Please include your name, address, phone number and email.  Your personal information will be kept confidential.  Drawing will be held on September 30th. All photos will be considered to be featured in our 2011 Vacation Rental Catalog.


    Take a look at who you would have shared your favorite sandy spot on the Outer Banks shoreline last weekend.  These horses had the same idea you did frolicking in the surf and laying around on the beach!


    In a special article in the Travel Section today of the email edition The Baltimore Sun, the Outer Banks is showcased for having an incredible amount of shoreline available for many different vacation styles, active and relaxing. 

    Our island is known for being considered among the best beaches in the world and this writer shares personal favorites in what to do and where to go.  Our family friendly stretch of paradise offers the best of the best in restaurants, outdoor activities, nature, cultural events and museums.

    2010 Relay For Life of Dare County/Outer Banks, NC
    May 15, 2010 at First Flight High School
    Carolina Designs Realty
    Relay for Life in memory of Arthur Thibodeau, the former president of Carolina Designs Realty. Your legacy will continue, we think about you every day. Love and miss you Captain.
    From the website -
    “Fighting cancer is a team effort. The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone.”

    To commemorate our beloved Mary O’Neill, the “Heart” of Carolina Designs Realty who passed away in 2006, we gathered for a potluck lunch with a “purple” theme. May was her month and purple was her favorite color.  

    Mary was an inspiration to us all.  Since the ‘80’s, Mary’s enthusiasm and zest was instrumental in molding our company into becoming a top competitor in the management of elite vacation homes offered on the Outer Banks today. Anyone who was fortunate to know Mary recognized that she was special. 

    Mary’s dedication and hard work helped the company become the success it is today.  We honor Mary for all she brought to Carolina Designs Realty and all she meant to each of us.  We love you, Mary!

    The Outer Banks Voice reporter Rob Morris submitted an article last week about the potential for a 2.46 acre, 18,500 sq. ft. open air market with 89 vendors on the site of the abandoned Foreman’s building in Kitty Hawk, NC.  The Kitty Hawk Farm ‘N Flea Market is offering space for organic and small farm growers, antique dealers, artisans and families with collectibles to sell. 

    Foreman’s left the property around 2003 and 2004. The southern portion of the property was developed as Hooters restaurant.  Developers of the project include Alan and Carol Giese, who own the Beach Bread Co. in Kitty Hawk. The property is owned by Jim Perry.  There is a public hearing scheduled for June 7 to discuss plans for the project.   

    Kitty Hawk Town Council will have to approve an amendment to its zoning ordinance that would allow an open air market of that size, and then issue a conditional use permit.  The town’s Planning Board declined to recommend approving the zoning amendment, expressing a number of concerns, including its size and potential noise.  Several of the board’s concerns are addressed in the zoning amendment.

    “Thank you for everything you do. My family and I rented By Grace #225, for Bike Week and it was absolutely perfect. All of my children are grown and I now have a couple of grandchildren. Other than Christmas, it is rare that we all get together. This was the first time in two plus years. All but one of my five children either rides or are involved with someone that rides, so Bike Week is a great for us. The combination of the location and floor plan of the house contributed greatly to our wonderful vacation experience. The beauty of the area combined with the hospitality of all the local people and businesses also were major factors in our vacation being awesome. All of my children agree that this vacation was comparable to the Disney stuff we did with them when they were young! Thanks again.” 

    Carmack Family of Wilmington, NC 

    An event sure to please the avid gardener, nature enthusiast or homeowner reading their outdoor spaces with fresh annuals and décor, The Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden located adjacent to the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center at 300 Mustian Street in Kill Devil Hills hosts an outdoors Coastal Gardening Festival on Saturday, May 15th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendors, plant sales and children’s activities.

    The Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden was created to be an outdoor classroom providing horticultural education, memorial acknowledgment and enhancement of the properties. The goals are to test and display labeled plantings and planting practices that are suitable for our coastal climate, and to provide a garden for the viewing pleasure of all citizens and visitors of Dare County.

    For all the details, contact 252.473.4290.