Outer Banks Heritage Celebration Kitty Hawk County Style

Come out for 7th Annual Kitty Hawk Heritage Day Festival, fun for the whole family, on Saturday, September 29th at the Promenade from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There will be a free shuttle ride from Walmart that day.  Beginning the celebration, there will be a 5K race at Barrier Island Station at 9:00 a.m.  Enjoy a day of music, crafts, games such as a rock wall, face painting, kite making, beading, and even a puppet show.  There will be artist selling their wares throughout the beautiful grounds of the Promenade.  Learn from exhibits on police protection, fire departments, US Coast Guard, the National Park Service and more.  Explore the Outer Banks heritage of fishing, wildlife, boating, crabbing, and surfing.   For additional information, or to become a Heritage Day volunteer, contact Sandy Hawley at 261-3552.

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Get Artrageous on the Outer Banks

This event is great fun for the entire family!  The 18th Annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza festivities begin Saturday, October 6th at the Dare County Parks & Rec fields off Mustian Street in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Enjoy the various activities to participate in – kids activity centers, artist booths selling their wares, and musicians to entertain.  There will be a special children’s auction hosted by Steve “The Dream.”  Vendors will be selling dishes from many of your favorite Outer Banks restaurants.

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15th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes

The Outer Banks Home Builders Association’s (OBHBA) will sponsor the 15th Annual Parade of Homes presented by 24 of their builder members.  Beginning Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7th 26 exquisitely constructed homes situated from Corolla to Hatteras Island covering 90 miles of our beautiful coastline will showcase the skills and craftsmanship of our local builders.  Builder members as well as many vendors and local Realtors® will be on-site each day until 6pm to assist you with any questions you may have regarding new products, practices, designs and furnishings.

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Saving the North Atlantic Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales, a mere 300 currently in existence, have been listed as “Endangered” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  If this species is to have a future, it is imperative to prevent any mortality from occurring.  During November 15th through April 15th, these whales gather in the waters off the Southeast U.S. to reproduce, designating this spot as the “calving area for breeding.”  Historically, entanglement in fixed fishing gear has been one of the main threats for this species.  The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), governed by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, is mandated to reduce incidental injury and death of marine mammals in commercial fishing operations.  Therefore, a ruling effective July 25th places a permanent annual restriction on all gillnet fishing from November 15th through April 15th in the Southeast U.S.

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Currituck County Gears Up for Hurricane Season


“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”


In accordance with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) prediction for 2007 as an above average hurricane season, Currituck County, North Carolina, officials get in gear prior to June 1st which marks its beginning.  The county’s Emergency Operations Center provides extensive cross training for many county officials in accordance with the National Incident Management System’s (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) in order to meet any and all demands required in the case of an man-made or natural emergency situation.

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In Loving Memory

Alfred DeMars                    1954 to 2007

 Our staff at Carolina Designs Realty regrets to inform you that one of our very valuable employees, Alfred DeMars, a.k.a. “Al”, has passed away very peacefully.  Since 1993, Al was a very special member of the family here at Carolina Designs.  In fact, Al would tell you that he was the President of our company.  He would also tell you he looked like Tom Cruise, especially with his sunglasses on.  Alfred brought out the best in all of us; he knew that he was dear to our hearts and a great asset to all.  When he was not pampering us by doing nice things for us, he was watching over the office, making coffee and tending to all of our office needs.  Al coordinated the paperwork needed for check in packets, sent out the lease packets, kept up with important supplies, and assisted with the monthly statements.  He was chosen “Employee of the Year” every year!  You will remain in our hearts forever, Al.

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Way To Go, Elaine!

The 2006 Inaugural Outer Banks Marathon & ‘One-Hill-Only’ Half Marathon happened rain and shine this weekend, Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th.

The race consisted of both runners and walkers. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau sponsors the event.  Our very own Elaine Breiholz, a member of our technical staff, ran the marathon that began in Kitty Hawk and continued along the Albemarle Sound, swept the outskirts of the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, went through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest to the huge sand dunes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park, crossed the Washington-Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island, to the finish line in Festival Park in Manteo.  We are so proud of Elaine, she ran the race in less than 3 hours.  Way to go, Elaine!

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Outer Banks Motocross

Elizabeth City is just a short drive away from the Outer Banks and its home to one of the regions best dirt racing tracks – Elizabeth City MX.  Kids and adults of all ages can learn to ride a motocross bike at this well known track.

For more info goto www.ecmx.comŠ


To:  The Staff of Carolina Designs Realty

This is just a little thank you note from The Minority Police Officer’s Association of Portsmouth, VA to say how much we enjoyed #921, The Sea Spirit on 4/8 – 4/15 2006.  Your company provides quality service, exceptional customer service, hassle-free check-in and check-out experiences, and great locations for a home away from home experience.  Carolina Designs turned ordinary into extraordinary in just 1 week, and we just wanted to say how appreciative we are. Again, thank you and we will see you next year for #290, Caribbean Oasis.  Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!

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What does customer service mean to Carolina Designs Realty?

A warm smile and helpful attitude at the front counter and on the phone displays our gracious southern hospitality typical of what you’ll find on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We have a true passion to help people.  Here at Carolina Designs Realty, our goal in doing business with you is to keep it as hassle-free and as gratifying as possible.  Our superior customer service is geared to be pleasant, productive and personalized; we pride ourselves for our rapid responsiveness to any and all issues that may arise.  In today’s market, it is vital to know how your customers experience value and then deliver it to them on those terms.  We believe that we have a strong understanding of the needs of our customers, which in turn leads to increased customer loyalty and retention, positive word of mouth advertising and free notification of potential service problems.  Back in 1999, the legendary US business guru, Fred Reichheld, exclaimed “It is not how satisfied you keep your customers, it’s how many satisfied customers you keep.”  Bill Gates has stated that: “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning”.  A bad experience is often more memorable than a good one and consumers tend to remember when they’ve been treated poorly more often than when they’ve been treated well.  Treating others like you would want to be treated goes a long way.  Customer Service must come from the heart.

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