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Event grants available from Tourism Development Authority

Grants are available from the Currituck County Tourism Development Authority for community groups, non-profit organizations, and local tourism-related businesses. These Event Grants assist local groups who plan events to attract visitors to Currituck County. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for individual organizations and businesses.

Event Marketing assistance grants are also available. Funding levels for these grants are based on the size of the event.

Local organizations and businesses can find complete information and applications for grants on the Tourism website. The deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2024.

The Currituck County Tourism Advisory Board will hold a special meeting on April 22 in the Historic Courthouse conference room, at 5:00 pm, to allow Event Grant applicants to present their grant requests.  For more information, contact the Tourism Department at 252-435-2947.

County updating regional hazards plan

Currituck County is working with Dare County and other partners to update the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2024. This plan helps local communities stay prepared for various types of emergencies and ensures all jurisdictions in the Outer Banks remain eligible for federal disaster assistance funding. It also provides an opportunity  to identify hazard risks, understand vulnerability, and develop ways to proactively mitigate risk.

Joining Currituck and Dare counties in this effort are the towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, and Southern Shores. The project group also receives input from local businesses and citizens, as well as the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Citizens are invited to attend two public meetings currently scheduled to learn about the plan and provide input on hazards, risks, and mitigation opportunities. These meetings are as follows:

  • April 22 at 5:00 pm, at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center, 570 Airport Road, Manteo, NC, 27954
  • April 23 at 5:30 pm, at the Public Safety Center, 125 College Way, Barco, NC, 27917

 

NCDOT to perform Hwy. 168 study in Moyock

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced that it will conduct a safety analysis of Highway 168 in Moyock. The study area will encompass a five mile stretch from the North Carolina/Virginia border to the railroad crossing on Hwy. 168 south of Moyock.  NCDOT hopes to identify possible safety improvements to the highway such as increased shoulder widths, traffic signal improvements, and pedestrian accommodations.

Read the NCDOT announcement here.

 

Household hazardous waste collection in April

Currituck County residents and property owners may safely dispose of paint, pesticides, fertilizers, and other dangerous materials at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

The Public Works Department, in partnership with EcoFlow, Inc., will provide a safe method for citizens to dispose of unwanted hazardous materials. Along with the hazardous waste collection, a shred truck will be on site for paper document disposal. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office will collect unused prescription medicines.

This special event is free for all county residents and property owners. It will be held from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at two collection sites:

  • Currituck County Public Safety Center, 125 Community Way, Barco, off of Highway 158 (Shortcut Rd.)
  • Southern Outer Banks Water Plant, 734 Ocean Trail, Corolla

Anyone with questions about this event may contact the Public Works Department at 252-232-2504.

Examples of Accepted Items:

  • Aerosols, antifreeze, household batteries, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, alkaline and acidic cleaners, pool cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, caulk, mercury, thermostats, florescent light tubes, adhesives, wood fillers, paint thinners, and oil-based paints.

Unacceptable Items include the following:

  • Latex paint, commercial waste, explosives, ammunition, radioactive material, smoke detectors, asbestos, biohazardous waste, syringes, or needles.

EcoFlow, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any waste deemed unsafe to handle or unsuitable for collection.

Public input sought for stormwater manual update

The Currituck County Planning & Inspections Department seeks public input as part of its process to update the county’s Stormwater Manual and Ordinance. Staff will receive comments and suggestions from citizens through an online survey.

Please use the QR code to access the survey. The survey will be available through April 30, 2024.

The current Stormwater Manual can be accessed online here. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 252-232-3055.

Primary Election results available online

Results for the March 5, 2024 North Carolina Primary Election are provided online by the NC State Board of Elections. The election results dashboard shows the results for all races including local, state, and federal contests.

Users can search results by county, contest, or office. Anyone with questions about local results may contact the Currituck County Board of Elections at 252-232-2525.

Proposed Homeowners Insurance Rate Increase Denied by State

Update:  February 6, 2024

The North Carolina Department of Insurance denied the proposed insurance rate increase made by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. A hearing on this issue has been scheduled for October 7, 2024.  Read the news release from the NCDOI here.


January 24, 2024

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners encourages all local property owners to submit public comments to the state government in opposition to a proposed rate increase to homeowners insurance.

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed a request with the North Carolina Department of Insurance for a statewide average increase of 42.2 percent to homeowners insurance rates. The Currituck County Board of Commissioners strongly opposes these proposed rate increases, which would have a significant financial impact on citizens, and has sent an official letter to Mike Causey, NC Commissioner of Insurance, explaining the Board’s stance.

For Currituck County, if the request is approved, homeowners insurance rates would increase by 45.1 percent for properties located in beach communities (Territory 110) and by 33.9 percent for properties located in inland areas (Territory 130). 

For example:  Based on an insurance coverage of $200,000,  the rate increase would be $4,220 for a property in the beach area and $1,775 for an inland property.

Submit public comments to the North Carolina Department of Insurance:

  • Public comments may be submitted by email to 2024Homeowners@ncdoi.gov by February 2, 2024
  • Public comments may be mailed to:  Kimberly W. Pearce, Paralegal III, 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201. Comments submitted by mail must be received by February 2, 2024.

The complete 2024 Homeowners Rate Filing by the NC Rate Bureau can be accessed here.

Grant-funded project bringing more broadband access to Currituck

A Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grant is funding a project to provide broadband Internet access to 2,430 homes and businesses in Currituck County.

Brightspeed is utilizing a $4 Million GREAT grant from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office to connect 2,314 households and 116 businesses in Currituck County to broadband service. These locations can be viewed in the online map at https://www.nconemap.gov/pages/broadband.

The grant agreement requires that construction begin by April 2024, with 10% of locations completed by October 2024 and 100% of locations completed by April 2025.

The GREAT program, established in 2018, aims to provide broadband access to unserved areas in North Carolina. The Currituck County project was included in a round of grants announced in August 2022 and required a $2.3 Million match, paid by Brightspeed. The project does not require any funding from Currituck County.

Brightspeed has quarterly reporting requirements on its progress to the NC Department of Information Technology. In its most recent update on Dec. 31, 2023, Brightspeed reported that 48% of the project’s network engineering and design work has been completed.

Tourism Department receives Impact Award

Currituck County’s Moyock Welcome Center and Corolla Visitor Center, on Friday, January 19, 2024, received the NC Coast Host Tourism Impact Award for the Northern Coast at the organization’s annual meeting hosted by Elizabethtown/White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, Elizabethtown, NC.  The Tourism Impact Award recognizes organizations, groups and individuals that have made a significant contribution to tourism in North Carolina and its visitor economy.

NC Coast Host is a membership organization that represents the counties, towns, attractions and lodging east of I-95. The organization provides members with visibility through marketing on the website, www.coasthost-nc.com, coop advertising, networking and sharing of best practices.

Accepting the award is Nancy Garris (center left), visitor relations specialist at the Corolla Visitor Center, and Robert Smith (center right), visitor centers supervisor.

County employees recognized for service time

During Currituck County’s annual employee and retiree Christmas Luncheon on December 22, 2023, several county staff members were recognized for achieving a service time milestone during the year. Each year, service pins and certificates are awarded to employees who reached a five-year increment in their employment with Currituck County.

The following county employees were recognized for achieving a career milestone in 2023:

35 Years

  • Sandra Hill, Finance

30 Years

  • Donna Keene, Public Works

25 Years

  • Audra Doxey, Detention Center
  • Richard Lane, Fire-Emergency Medical Services

20 Years

  • Davett Stoner, Communications
  • Lucy Cardwell, Information Technology Services
  • Swany Dudley, Sheriff’s Office
  • Nathan Capps, Sheriff’s Office
  • Kevin Corbell, Sheriff’s Office
  • Matt Beickert, Sheriff’s Office
  • Elizabeth Gettens, Social Services
  • Donald McLawhorn, Water

15 Years

  • Donald McRee, Jr., Administration
  • William Grandy, Animal Services
  • Eric Gillen, Communications
  • Jeffrey Gearhart, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Tammy Flowers, Register of Deeds
  • Joseph Rein, Sheriff’s Office
  • Christopher Saunders, Sheriff’s Office
  • Jesse Taylor, Sheriff’s Office
  • Wesley Alcock, Sheriff’s Office
  • Juston Cartwright, Sheriff’s Office
  • Dawna Leigh, Social Services

10 Years

  • Bryan Roberts, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Charles Fleetwood, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Rayanne Trader, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Thomas Harrell, Cooperative Extension
  • Dawn Hamilton, Senior Services
  • Latesa Moore, Senior Services
  • Joshua Maurer, Sheriff’s Office
  • William Tice, Sheriff’s Office
  • Jerome Barnett, Sheriff’s Office
  • Henry Smith, Sheriff’s Office
  • Thomas Voorhees, Sheriff’s Office
  • Kristen Harris, Social Services
  • Kaye Beasley, Tourism
  • Jay Walmsley, Water
  • Gary Corbell, Water
  • William Orgsbon, Water

5 Years

  • Taylor Rolling, Communications
  • Ashley Knowles, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Bernard Joyce, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Geoffrey Pickett, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • John Robinson, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Joshua Morris, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Michael McClain, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Matthew Shoemaker, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Keith Storf, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Elliott Ritz, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Frank Vaerewyck, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Richard Labounty, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Patrick Cole, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Kristin Jennings, Fire-Emergency Medical Services
  • Billy Caudle, Cooperative Extension
  • Ella Skinner, Cooperative Extension
  • Chris Blaha, Cooperative Extension
  • Janeth Murphy, Library
  • Clark Bedsole, Public Works
  • Linda Jones, Public Works
  • William Edwards, Sheriff’s Office
  • Nathan Capps, Sheriff’s Office
  • Jeremiah Hunter, Sheriff’s Office
  • William Davis, Sheriff’s Office
  • Ryan Royall, Sheriff’s Office
  • Sherry Harris, Soil and Water Conservation
  • Heather Corbell, Water
  • Joshua Hagadorn, Water