Stormwater Meeting Held 11/21/13

On November 21, 2013 The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosted a Stormwater meeting for the Ocracoke Community.  Like many coastal towns who are experiencing growth, removal of stormwater is a prime concern.  The NC Coastal Federation and Hyde County Government will be working to find solutions. The purpose of the meeting was to identify problem stormwater areas, collect local knowledge about drainage, discuss benefits of stormwater removal and solutions.

November 23, 2013 Stormwater Meeting – Article by Jenny Scarborough for Ocracoke Current

 

Homegrown Handmade

Homegrown Handmade CollageThe Ocracoke Homegrown Handmade Market will continue to open it’s doors every Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the former Community Store until Memorial Day.  The goal of Homegrown-Handmade is to celebrate the island’s creativity and locally grown and of course, locally caught!

Homegrown-Handmade Market

Homegrown Handmade CollageThe Ocracoke Homegrown Handmade Market will continue to open it’s doors every Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the former Community Store until Memorial Day.  The goal of Homegrown-Handmade is to celebrate the island’s creativity and locally grown and of course, locally caught!

 

OWWA 7th Annual Oyster Roast

OWWA will be holding their 7th Annual Oyster Roast on Saturday December 29, 2012 from 2PM to 5PM. Music by the Aaron Caswell Band!  Don’t forget to stop by the Watermen’s Exhibit for local desserts and hot cider afterwards.

OWWA Plants First Cultch

On May 14, 2012 Gene Ballance and James Barrie Gaskill planted the first cultch (oyster shell) on Hyde Bed #78.  Both watermen on the island, Gene and James Barrie wanted to conduct a test run – seeing the best transport method for the soon to be arriving three truck loads of cultch.  They took shells stored from the last two years of the annual OWWA oyster roast and shoveled into stackable totes each holding about two bushels. A total of 66 bushels (33 totes) were planted on Hyde Bed #78.  Read more about OWWA’s oyster restoration project.

OWWA Plants 1st Cultch

On May 14, 2012 Gene Ballance and James Barrie Gaskill planted the first cultch (oyster shell) on Hyde Bed #78.  Both watermen on the island, Gene and James Barrie wanted to conduct a test run – seeing the best transport method for the soon to be arriving three truck loads of cultch.  They took shells stored from the last two years of the annual OWWA oyster roast and shoveled into stackable totes each holding about two bushels. A total of 66 bushels (33 totes) were planted on Hyde Bed #78.  Read more about OWWA’s oyster restoration project.

Island Capacity Building

There are 19 nonprofit organizations and 6 advisory boards on Ocracoke Island. They address needs within the community or play a vital role in the island’s tourism industry. Almost all are volunteer.  As Ocracoke faces mounting regulatory and economic pressures critical decisions require widespread input during development. What measures can be taken to involve more people in making these important community decisions? Is there a need for classes on nonprofit management and compliance? What is needed to help essential organizations ease their work load? It may be funding, space, technical support or finding ways to create jobs out of these nonprofit responsibilities. The Island Organization Survey is being used to generate discussion during face to face meetings. Karen Lovejoy started the process during the winter of 2011 and should be finished by May of 2012. Feedback from the five Ocracoke community meetings held by Saltwater Connections have also included discussion on improving capacity building. The above research will be combined then mailed out by OFI for residents for review and comment.

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