Outer Banks Recap
By Kip Tabb –
Over the course of a week, here at the North Beach Sun, we get quite a number of press releases and informational bulletins. Rather than run all of them, here’s some highlight of the information we have received over the past week.
National Park Service News
Changes to Visitor Services in Outer Banks Parks
This one is troubling and disappointing. In the wake of the Congressional budget showdown and ongoing sequester, the National Park Service is cutting back on services and eliminating the temporary structures—the Pavilions at the Wright Memorial Monument, closing some offices on Mondays and Tuesday through March and cutting back on staff.
The Pavilion will be closed to save on maintenance and utility costs.
“We wish we did not have to reduce our visitor services, and we know a lot of people will be disappointed, but we had to make some difficult decisions regarding park operations and priorities,” Superintendent Barclay Trimble said.
NPS Offers Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permits On-line December 1st
Beginning December 1, 2013, the 2014 annual permits will go on sale on-line and in all three permit offices located in the Seashore. The 2014 annual permit can be used during the transition month of December 2013 and is valid through December 31, 2014. Also, beginning December 1, 2013 weekly permits for 2014 may be purchased up to two calendar months in advance.
Beginning December 1, 2013, an ORV permits will be available online by visiting www.recreation.gov.
The cost of an annual permit (valid for the calendar year) is $120.00. A 7-day weekly ORV permit (valid for 7 consecutive days) costs $50.00. For on-line pick-up orders, add $4.50 for processing; for on-line shipping orders, add $11.00 for processing and shipping. Orders must be placed at least one day in advance for pick-ups and 14 days in advance for shipping.
The Dare County Tourism Board Public Meeting for the Outer Banks Event Site
The Dare County Tourism Board will conduct a public meeting to present final master plan concept for the Outer Banks Event Site. Participants are able to view the plans, talk to the design team, and offer input. Your participation is important as we continue to work on the site. The meeting will consist of presentation by design team followed by discussion.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2013 6:00 -7:30 PM
WHERE: Comfort Inn North, 1601 S Virginia Daren Kill Devil Hills, NC
Elizabethan Gardens-A Holiday Made with Care
The Elizabethan Gardens offers two hands-on holiday workshops that hope to take a bit of this stress away.
The Gardens skilled instructors will share with you their tips to create your masterpiece. They provide the base, greening pins and cuttings. You may choose to bring ribbon, ornaments or items from home to make it unique. Class size is limited to 25. Cost for Members of The Gardens: $22, Non-Members: $25. Light refreshments will be served.
For the sweet tooth, a candy-making workshop is melt-in-your-mouth fun with help from The Gardens experts.
Join this delicious workshop to learn how to make sumptuous holiday candies from scratch: peanut butter cups, turtles, bourbon balls and nut clusters. Candy making supplies included. Each participate will take home a dozen of each candy so please bring containers for packing your creations. Class size is limited to 20. Price for Garden Members is $40, Non-Members $50.