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    Our guest survey is available online! They may access the survey after  Our guests that have checked out can complete the form by logging in to their account. The link for paper surveys will now direct our guests to their account page.

    On July 21st, reported that Lowe’s submitted their site plan for a 159,000 sq.ft. home improvement store on a commercial zoned 12.8 acres between West First Street and West Landing Drive on Route 158 to the Kill Devil Hills Planning Dept.  If approved, this will be the largest retail store in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

    According to the site plan, the store will be 120,587 square feet with a partially covered garden center measuring 38,467 square feet. The parking lot would be paved with permeable concrete, providing a little over 400 spaces.

    We are very pleased with all the photo entries into our Third Annual Photo Contest!  It is such a treat to see our guests enjoying their vacation on the Outer Banks.  It’s easy to enter, just go to our website, and click: 

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    North Carolina Dominion Power reported a grant of $500,000 for alternative energy demonstrations to the North Carolina Aquarium Pier in Nags Head.
    The facility, formerly known as Jennette’s Pier, is under construction and is due to be completed in the spring of 2011.  It will feature environmental education programs, science camps, live animal displays, public events and fishing.
    Wind turbines, solar panels and fuel cells will generate electricity on-site to offset the facility’s power needs.  And visitors will be able to see how these three energy systems will work and the role clean energy plays in protecting our oceans.

    In the travel section on, the Outer Banks of North Carolina was listed as one of the 50 most awesome vacations if you could visit one thing in every state in the U.S.: “50 Awesome Vacations: North Carolina.  The Outer Banks are a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The Wright brothers’ first flight in a powered, heavier-than-air vehicle took place in 1903 on the Outer Banks, at Kill Devil Hills near the seafront town of Kitty Hawk. Explore these islands by renting a beach house…”

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    Safety Education and Aquatic Safety promotes ocean safety through education. Corolla Ocean Rescue lifeguards provide a 2 hour program instructing children ages 6-12 about the ocean, first aid, and physical fitness every Tuesday, starting June 12th through mid-August. The program, provided free of charge, is held on the beach directly across from the Currituck Lighthouse. Park in the public access parking lot and walk over the ramp.  Each participant will receive free goodies and tee-shirts are for sale on-site. 

    Call 252.619.2285 or email Chelsea Hess at to reserve one of two class times: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Beginning October 1st under the General Assembly’s approved budget plan for the upcoming year, the ban on the use of plastic bags will include all retail businesses in Currituck, Dare and Hyde counties on the Outer Banks.  They will be required to use recycled paper bags or reusable cloth bags.  Customers using reusable bags will be continue to receive a cash refund worth the cost of the bags not used in the purchase.   

    The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources will monitor the plastic bag use reduction and report on the ban’s environmental impact in January 2012.  The new law will be enforced by the State Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. 


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    Samantha Chappell, Cyndi Downing, Monica Thibodeau, Jean Sherwood, Helen Cook, and Evelyn McDonald of Carolina Designs Realty in Duck have received their RED NOSES as part of The Outer Banks Relief Foundation’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser. 

    Stop by July 9, 10 or 11th to pick up your RED NOSE for a donation to benefit the Outer Banks Relief Foundation (OBRF), whose mission is to assist our community when health crises arise.

         We are pleased to announce our new website which was launched June 11th. 

         Our new website, while maintaining all capabilities of our original site, incorporates new functionality such as real time availability based on selected search criteria, saved searches and a more dynamic interface – generally making it both easier and faster to find that perfect home. 

         Our inventory of homes may be found by name, property number, area, amenities, location and available week. 

         New guests are now required to create an account to reserve a home or make payments.  Once registered, guests can set up their personal account pages with saved searches and lease history.    Recently viewed properties appear on the home page after logging in.  Property descriptions have been enhanced to give all users easy access to amenities, locations and interactive maps.  

         The website was designed for maximum effectiveness with respect to all of the major search engines, such as Google and Bing.  Our marketing departments efforts, coupled with our search engine optimization, assist in bringing Outer Banks vacation seekers to our booking pages. 

         Please join us in extending BIG kudos to our Technical Staff for designing and engineering our custom site.  As always, we welcome your feedback.