Here at OBX Beach Access, will be doing our best to keep the most current, up-to-date beach nourishment information posted. As work begins and progresses throughout the year, we hope to share exactly which beach access locations are being affected at any given time. Thereby allowing beachgoers current information before heading out with carloads of people, coolers, and gear. Please feel free to comment and/or offer any other info that we may miss. Here’s to our future bigger beaches!

UPDATES

• August 2017 –

Town of Southern Shores

2,500 feet of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to 44 Ocean Boulevard at a cost of 1 million dollars.

Complete


Town of Kill Devil Hills

2.6 miles of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to Prospect Avenue at a construction cost of 8.4 million dollars.

Complete


 Town of Kitty Hawk

3.58 miles of shoreline, from the Southern Shores to Kill Devil Hills town lines at a construction cost of 18.2 million dollars.

August 22, 2017-Update

Great Lakes has completed pumping operations from the Luke/Bennett Streets subline and will be pumping the next load from the Hawks Street subline.  They are relocating their equipment to the Hawks Street subline area at this time and there may be heavy machinery and equipment traversing the beach between the two areas.  The areas of the beach that were constructed from the Luke/Bennett Streets subline will be open by this afternoon.

The Hawks Street active construction area is approximately 200 feet south of Hawks Street and extends 300 feet north of Hawks Street.  The Hawks Street beach access is currently closed.  Once the dune is built in this area, pedestrians will be able to walk along the constructed dune to the nearest open beach areas.

 Pumping of the pad at Hawks Street will take approximately a day to pump before pumping north to tie into the area constructed from the Luke/Bennett Streets subline.

The next public meeting regarding Beach Nourishment will be held on Wednesday, August 30th at 1:00 pm at Kitty Hawk Town Hall.

August 17, 2017-Update

Great Lakes has flipped the pipe and is now pumping to the south near Luke street.  The active construction area is 200 feet south of Bennett and extends to 500 feet south of Luke street.
They are also currently removing the subline near Byrd street and will be installing it this afternoon near Hawk street.

August 15, 2017-Update

Great Lakes is currently pumping 300 feet south of Maynard Street in a northward direction. They are pumping from the Bennett/Luke St subline.  Once they reach the completed beach at Fonck street they will flip and pump south from the same subline.

The active construction area is from approximately 200 feet north of Maynard Street to 100 feet north of Bennett Street. The beach access at Maynard Street is currently closed to the public. Pedestrians are able to access the nearest open beach by walking along the crest of the dune.

There is a public meeting tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at Kitty Hawk Town Hall,  101 Veterans Memorial Drive.  The contractors and engineering staff will be on hand provide a project update and to answer questions.

August 9, 2017 -Update

Great Lakes is now pumping approximately 200 feet south of Byrd Street  The active construction area is from approximately 800 feet south of Kitty Hawk pier to approximately 600 feet south of Byrd Street. Additionally, beach access at Byrd Street has been closed to the public. Pedestrians are able to access the nearest open beach by walking along the toe of the dune.

Sublines are in place in Kitty Hawk near the Hilton Garden Inn, between Luke and Bennett Streets and near Lillian Street.

To view the project map, please click here:  Project Map

There will be a public meeting on August 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm.  The project contractor and engineers will be on site to answer questions and provide updates.  The meeting will be held at Kitty Hawk Town Hall, 101 Veterans Memorial Drive in Kitty Hawk.

August 4, 2017 -Update

Great Lakes continues to pump north into Southern Shores.  They are currently pumping approximately 800 feet north of the Kitty Hawk Pier.  The active construction area is from 200 feet north of the pier (16 Pelican Watch Way) to 1200 feet north of the pier (20 Ocean Blvd). Pedestrians are able to access the nearest open beach by walking along the toe of the dune.  The subline at Helga Street in Kill Devil Hills was relocated yesterday to between Luke and Bennett Streets in Kitty Hawk.  The subline at White Street is being relocated today near Hawk Street.  For the latest Beach Nourishment Video, follow this link:  More Beach To Love – Video Update August 4, 2017 For more information and the project map please visit www.morebeachtolove.com


Hatteras Island – Buxton

2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at a cost of 22.1 million dollars

Wednesday, August 23, 2017   2:00 p.m. -Update

Due to the upcoming marine forecast, the cutter dredge C.R. McCaskill will be leaving Buxton on Thursday, August 24 to ensure safety for the crew and equipment.  Since the dredge is likely to be be offsite for at least seven to ten days, Weeks Marine has decided to utilize this downtime to have the U.S. Coast Guard’s mandatory dry dock inspection performed. The dredge will sail to Charleston, SC for a two week dry dock period and then return to Buxton to resume work.

The hopper dredge R.N. Weeks is scheduled to arrive in mid September and the current plan is to operate both dredges (the McCaskill and the R.N. Weeks) until the project is completed.

Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Sunday, August 20, 2017  4:00 p.m.-Update

A swing motor broke on the dredge today and has prevented the dredge from pumping. A new motor is expected to arrive on Monday, August 21 and Weeks Marine hopes to resume pumping on Monday evening, August 21, after the motor is repaired.

On Friday, August 18, the dredge had its most productive pumping day since the project commenced. It pumped for nearly 20 hours and was able to dig 66,000 cubic yards.

The fenced construction zone has been consolidated to approximately 1,000 ft.

Thursday, August 17, 2017  1:15 p.m. -Update

The cutterhead dredge C.R. McCaskill resumed pumping Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m.  Work in the section of beach just north of the subline has been completed. Weeks Marine will grade the newly nourished beach and open it to the public later this afternoon.

Also this afternoon, crews will flip the pipeline and begin working south towards the village of Buxton. It is expected to take 20 to 24 days of full pumping production to finish the south side of the project from the current landing point.

As work moves through Buxton, beach goers in the project area are advised to use caution, stay out of marked off work zones, and adhere to instructions and signs posted by construction crews on site.

As reported previously, a second subline for a hopper dredge was installed last Friday approximately 5,000 feet north of the existing subline; however, the arrival of a second dredge was delayed.  Weeks Marine estimates that the hopper dredge R.N. Weeks should arrive and be able to start pumping sand in the second week of September.

At this point, approximately one third of the project has been completed.

The project map will be updated later today, once the new construction zone is designated.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017   12:00 p.m.-update

Weeks Marine has worked intermittently over the last few days, as marine conditions allowed. With Hurricane Gert forecasted to pass offshore, high waves are expected today and tomorrow.  Weeks Marine is closely monitoring the weather. Once work resumes, work will continue in the section of beach just north of Buxton for approximately twenty four hours of pumping and then work will proceed south from the subline towards the village of Buxton.
The second subline for a hopper dredge was laid on Friday, August 11 approximately 5,000 feet north of the original subline. The arrival of a hopper dredge has been delayed and the anticipated arrival date will be announced once the updated mobilization plan has been determined.
The next update will be issued when pumping of sand resumes.

Thursday, August 10, 2017    2:00 p.m.-Update 

Weeks Marine resumed pumping sand this morning around 9:30 after two days of being shut down due to weather. The current marine forecast looks favorable for pumping the next several days.

The cutterhead dredge McCaskill will work on filling a 900-foot section of beach just north of Buxton during the next five days of pumping and will then proceed south through the village of Buxton.

In the meantime, Weeks Marine will be setting up a second subline approximately 5,000 ft north of the current subline.  A second dredge – a hopper dredge – is scheduled to arrive in Buxton next week, weather permitting.  Once the second dredge arrives and passes the Army Corps’ on-site pre-dredging inspection, pumping will start from the newly placed northern subline and proceed south.

August 7, 2017 1:30 p.m.-Update

Coastal Science and Engineering (CSE), project manager for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project, provided a detailed update at the Dare County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Monday morning, August 7. CSE discussed production improvement measures that are being considered to expedite construction. They reported that Weeks Marine is hoping to bring a second dredge and will work through inspections and other requirements in an effort to bring the ‘B.E. Lindham’ hopper dredge on site in the next 10 – 15 days.

To view the PowerPoint presentation from CSE, click here.

Video of the presentation will be posted on MoreBeachtoLove.com as soon as available.

The next update will be issued as soon as work on the project resumes, or sooner if updated information becomes available.

August 7, 2017 7:30 a.m. -Update

The dredge was able to work through the night but had to shut down this morning around 7:00 a.m.  The rising sea conditions came earlier than predicted. Operations are expected to resume on Wednesday, August 9.

August 6, 2017 7:30 p.m.  -Update

Dare County has received confirmation that the dredge resumed operations Sunday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. Work is now moving north of the current landing pipe to complete a section of beach between the previous landing point and the current landing point (just north of Buxton)  to bring it to the full design volume. Once that section of beach is completed, pumping will resume to the south through the village of Buxton.

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• July 2017 –

Town of Southern Shores
2,500 feet of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to 44 Ocean Boulevard at a cost of 1 million dollars.

Change in Beach Nourishment Schedule – Nourishment of the Kitty Hawk/Southern Shores beaches is now scheduled to commence in early August. Given the haul distance from Borrow Area A to KDH is significantly shorter than the distance to KH, GLDD is strongly considering constructing KDH before they do Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores. The shorter distance is more conducive to the smaller dredges and they want to maximize their production while the Dodge and Padre are on site.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
2.6 miles of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to Prospect Avenue at a construction cost of 8.4 million dollars.

 

 

 

 

July 26, 2017- Update

There will be a public update meeting on the northern beach, beach nourishment project on Wednesday, July 26th at 1:00 pm in the meeting room in the Administration Building, 102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Rd.  Officials from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, APTIM coastal engineering firm, and state and local representatives will be present to provide general updates on the project schedule and progression, to discuss turtle relocation trawling, and to answer any questions.

July 19th, 2017-Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 5,2017-Update

Beach nourishment has been completed in the Town of Kill Devil Hills from Landing Dr. to Prospect Ave. and Helga St. to north Kill Devil Hills Line. Active construction is South of Second St. to approximately 1527 South Virginia Dare Trail.  East First Street has limited beach access; patrons will need to walk out of the construction area to the south. Wreck diving is discouraged. See progress here.

Town of Kitty Hawk
3.58 miles of shoreline, from the Southern Shores to Kill Devil Hills town lines at a construction cost of 18.2 million dollars.

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2017-Update

While the Beach Nourishment contractor is currently working on completing the project in Kill Devil Hills, they plan on installing a section of subline pipe at the northern most house in Kitty Hawk, 5317 N Virginia Dare Trail, next to the Hilton Hotel property.

This is the subline pipe they will be using when they have completed the Kill Devil Hills project, anticipated sometime in mid August.  Once pumping begins in the area, the contractor plans to pump north into Southern Shores and then switch and pump South.  Please note that activity and schedules are always subject to change.

July 13, 2017-Update

The Liberty Island has finished pumping their last load at the White St. subline and is now headed to Norfolk for scheduled maintenance.  All equipment has been removed from the area.

They are fencing off a small area in Kitty Hawk where they will be pushing up the starter dune. The current closure is at the top of the beach between 3319 N. Virginia Dare Trl. and 3409 N. Virginia Dare Trl, in the area of East Sibbern St.  Everything north of 3409 N. Virginia Dare Trl is open at this time.

Throughout the weekend, there may be additional temporary closings in the area of Sea Dunes Condominiums to East Sibbern St. to work on the dune.  Pedestrians need to heed posted signs and construction barriers.

July 5, 2017-Update

Great Lakes has constructed a subline near White Street and began pumping on July 3rd.  They are currently pumping from White St, southward.  The active construction area is between 3719 and 3637 N Virginia Dare Trail.  There is also some equipment being stored between 3612 N Virginia Dare Trail and Tateway Road.  The portion of the beach from Tateway Road to the Kill Devil Hills line is open and pumping operations are complete. Piping does remain on the beach with sand walkovers.

Hatteras Island – Buxton
2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at a cost of 22.1 million dollars

 July 26, 2017-Update 

Weeks Marine has announced that construction resumed Tuesday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. and work will move to the south towards the village of Buxton. An area of newly pumped sand beach north of the new construction zone has been opened to the public. To view the updated project map that shows the current construction zone and the area of beach that been completed, click on the Buxton Project Map below.

 

 

 

July 16, 2017 Update

The dredge CR McCaskill has returned to Buxton and crews are in the process of anchoring, getting all systems operational, connecting the pipe and subline and flushing the lines. If all goes as planned, pumping of sand will begin late this afternoon or evening. Construction will move to the north.

 July 5, 2017 Update

With rough sea conditions forecasted later this week, Weeks Marine has announced that that the dredge C.R. McCaskill will travel to Norfolk to ensure safety. The McCaskill is expected to return next week and resume operations by Wednesday, July 12.  Travel time to Norfolk is approximately two and a half days. While there, the dredge will undergo routine maintenance.

Approximately 10% of the project has been completed thus far and the project manager representing Dare County reports that the sand being pumped from offshore is excellent quality.

• June 2017 –

Town of Southern Shores
2,500 feet of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to 44 Ocean Boulevard

June 12, 2017 – Update

Change in Beach Nourishment Schedule – Nourishment of the Kitty Hawk/Southern Shores beaches are now scheduled to commence late July or early August. Given the haul distance from Borrow Area A to KDH is significantly shorter than the distance to KH, GLDD is strongly considering constructing KDH before they do Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores. The shorter distance is more conducive to the smaller dredges and they want to maximize their production while the Dodge and Padre are on site.

Hatteras Island – Buxton
2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

June 19, 2017 Update

Due to rough seas, pumping for the Buxton beach nourishment project did not begin on Saturday, June 17. Weeks Marine reports pumping is now estimated to begin midweek, weather permitting.

The starting point for the project, where subline connects with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Once pumping operations begin, crews will begin building a pad around the landing point of the subline. Once the pad is completed, construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and proceed south. When the resource protection area is no longer in place, work will resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

June 15, 2017 Update

At the pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, June 14, Weeks Marine announced that the pumping of sand for the Buxton beach nourishment project is now estimated to begin on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Representatives from the company reported that resources are now in place for the start of the project. An 8,000 foot subline (30 inch steel pipe) was submerged toward the borrow area on Sunday, June 11. The dredge C. R. McCaskill was towed towards Buxton on June 13 and is currently positioned offshore of the project area.

The starting point for the project, where subline connects with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Once pumping operations begin, crews will begin building a pad around the landing point of the subline. Once the pad is completed, construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and proceed south. When the resource protection area is no longer in place, work will resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

Town of Duck
1.7 miles of shoreline, from Oyster Catcher Lane to the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility

JUNE 29, 2017- Update

Completed!!  Here is a video of the completed project.

JUNE 19, 2017- Update

The Liberty Island is working to pump north until they mobilize to Kill Devil Hills. The current construction zone for this site is between approximately 131 and 151 Bufflehead Dr.

The Dodge and Padre Islands continue work north of the Dianne St. subline with GLDD anticipating completion of this section very soon. When completed, they will flip the shore pipe and begin working to the south of Dianne St. This active construction area is between approximately 101 Bufflehead Rd. and 118 Trinitie Dr. While the entire constructed dune in this area is open for foot traffic, please continue to use caution and obey all signage.

JUNE 18, 2017- Update

The Liberty Island construction zone has been slightly extended to between 135 and 159 Bufflehead Rd. The Dodge and Padre Island construction zone has been slightly extended to between 123 Dianne St. and 119 Sea Tern Dr.

JUNE 17, 2017- Update

The Liberty Island completed the southern boundary late this afternoon. They will now flip the shore pipe and head north from the Widgeon St. . Subline until it is time to mobilize to Kill Devil Hills. The new construction area is from approximately 141 Bufflehead and 155 Bufflehead.

The Dodge and Padre Islands are making progress pumping north to meet the work completed earlier this week. The new construction zone for them is between approximately 123 Dianne St. and Trinitie Dr.

JUNE 16, 2017-Update

The Liberty Island is still pumping to the south and expected to complete that end by tomorrow. They will then flip the shore pipe and pump north from the Widgeon St. subline until ready to mobilize to Kill Devil Hills. The active construction zone for this area is approximately between 123 Spindrift Ln. and the FRF boundary.

The Dodge and Padre Islands continue making progress working north at the Dianne St. subline. Their active construction zone is between approximately 123 Dianne St. and the north end of Quarterdeck Dr. Beach goers in this area can walk along the constructed dune to the open beach. Please use caution and obey all signage in the area. Please be aware that the subline is still in place at the Ocean Bay Blvd. access. Please stay clear of the fenced off area.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
2.6 miles of shoreline, from the Kitty Hawk town line to Prospect Avenue
June 16, 2017-Update

Congratulations to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock and project engineers CB&I – the first sub(merged) line for beach nourishment is in!  I’ve attached the following pictures to make them easier for ya’ll to share.  The first subline is located landward of the surfline at the Helga Street access, which is the staging area for Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project; a second subline will be installed soon more towards the south end of the project, in the vicinity of Coral and Landing Drives.  Additional sublines will be laid as the project progresses.

June 9, 2017 -Update

There has been a major change in the beach nourishment schedule for the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ project.  Great Lakes Dock and Dredge (GLDD), the beach nourishment contractor, will begin nourishment dredging in Kill Devil Hills in late June or early July.  Completion of the Kill Devil Hills project is now anticipated to be in mid-August.

The overall nourishment project began in Duck in May, and GLDD has been operating three dredges to pump sand onto the beaches.  Originally, two of the three were to be relocated to another area away from the outer Banks during the month of June.  GLDD now anticipates that the Dodge and Padre Island Dredges will be available to stay on the Outer Banks until early to mid-July.  In order to maximize the production of these to dredges, they will construct the portion of the project closest to the offshore borrow area, which is Kill Devil Hills.

The bid package for the overall beach nourishment project, Duck/Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills, did not specific the order in which construction would proceed to allow Dare County the ability to maximize cost savings that could be achieved through scheduling flexibility.

GLDD will begin mobilizing in Kill Devil Hills immediately to prepare for dredging anticipated to begin in the coming weeks.  The company intends on landing a subline, which is a large steel pipe that leads out to the dredge from onshore, in Kill Devil Hills sometime early next week.  The Helga Street beach access remains GLDD’s staging site for the Kill Devil Hills’ project.

• May 2017 –  

Town of Duck
1.7 miles of shoreline, from Oyster Catcher Lane to the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility

May 29, 2017 Update

The Dodge Island dredge arrived on-site and began pumping operations around 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 28. The Dodge Island will be pumping south for about 24 hours to build a pad to store equipment before switching the shore pipe to work north from the Ocean Bay Blvd. subline while the Liberty Island continues working south near the Widgeon Dr. subline.

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May 9, 2017 Update

The Town of Duck Beach Nourishment project is anticipated to begin dredging operations around May 20th. Please note that this is still a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) is now anticipating the use of three dredges (the Liberty Island, the Dodge, and Padre Island), rather than one, for the Town of Duck project. It is estimated that all three dredges will arrive prior to the end of May, though it is unclear which will arrive first.

Once the Liberty Island arrives, the current plan for this dredge will be to begin at the southern end of the project where the subline comes on-shore near Widgeon Drive and will work to the north. The Dodge and Padre Island dredges are expected to begin at the northern end of the project near Ocean Bay Blvd. working to the north to the end of the northern taper.

GLDD has also conducted the pre-construction survey of the beach fill area, which is expected to be submitted within the week. As additional information is received, updates will be made available via the Town’s website, social media handles, and e-news.

GLDD and Coastal Planning & Engineering, contractors for the Town of Duck project, will present project and schedule updates at the Town Council mid-month meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a recording of the presentation will be available on the Town of Duck’s YouTube channel and website www.townofduck.com.

Hatteras Island – Buxton

2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

May 25, 2017 Update

At a pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 24, Weeks Marine announced that the pumping of sand for the Buxton project is now estimated to begin in mid-June.

Representatives from the company reported that the subline for the project is en route and scheduled to arrive early next week. Once in Dare County, the subline will be assembled (approximately 8,000 feet of 30 inch steel pipe) and laid in place underwater. The booster pump, necessary to pump sand to the north end of the project area, will also soon be en route. The C.R. McCaskill, the cutter head dredge assigned to the project, will arrive once the subline has been placed.

The starting point for the project, where offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and move south until the resource protection area is no longer in place and work will then resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

May 8, 2017 Update

Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, has announced the first day of pumping has been postponed from the originally projected date of May 21 to sometime within the last week of May.

The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine has announced project construction will initially proceed to the north of the starting point.

The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

• April 2017 –  

(schedule below provided by Dare County Shoreline Management)

Hatteras Island – Buxton

(2.9 miles of shoreline from the “Haulover” north of Buxton to the oceanfront groin at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse)

April 24, 2017 Update- Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, plans to begin mobilizing equipment and pipes in early May. Equipment and pipes will be stored near the south end of the project area at the decommissioned US Coast Guard Base.

The first day of pumping sand is anticipated to be around May 21. The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine is coordinating with the National Park Service to finalize their plan regarding whether pumping will initially proceed to the north or to the south.  The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

• March 2017 –

See the upcoming, slated schedules for each town in Making a Sand Investment (via My Outer Banks Home, Spring 2017)