Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Blue Point Is Going To Open When ?

Since after Thanksgiving of last year, The Blue Point has been busy with their grand plans of creating (that is improving) a wonderful new restaurant. The challenge that John Powers and Sam McGann had was to design The Blue Point with an updated look while maintaining the casual, diner like atmosphere. Frequent checks on the construction progess has proven that "those two guys" have succeeded in their vision. While having a fresh,new upscale look, the bright red benches and chairs, and the checkerboard tile floor, carries over the look of the "old" Blue Point and continuing the comfortable casual feeling. Diners might not want to leave after savoring the culinary creations by Sam. Well, if that is the case, the folks can just move to the screened in porch off of the dining room.

John and Sam had high hopes that The Blue Point would be open by May 23rd. But, as is expected in any construction project, the finishing takes longer than expected. The staff of the Blue Point is back on scene, pitching in with staining, painting, cleaning, and anything else that can get the job done in order to open. Expected re-opening date now is mid-June.

Want to be one of the first to enjoy the new Blue Point experience? No doubt, when they do reopen, reservations will fill up quickly. They will start taking reservations two weeks before befor the opening date. You can keep an check on the status on their website. The link is on the sidebar.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New Homes . . . A New Look

Over the course of Outer Banks history, the style of vacation cottages and homes has continually changed. A recorded account of these changes can be found in a wonderful book by Marimar McNaughton, Outer Banks Architecture: An Anthology of Outposts, Lodges and Cottages (John F. Blair, Publisher). This is a must read if you are interested in cottage design and history, in the very least.

For many years, the local Outer Banks look has centered on what is referred to as "The Nags Head Style". A focous on that will be in another blog entry. Now, however, a new look is beginning to crop up on the island horizon, and one that cannot be missed when you see the colors. Moving drastically away from the natural weathered look, driftwood gray, or shades of white, bright, fun colors are the attraction in Bermuda Bay, a large, new development in Kill Devil Hills. This is the first large residential development to be built in some time here, and will consist of single family homes, townhomes, and single level condos. The original ads that showed up announced the prices will be "affordably" priced, beginning in the $300,000 range, and up. Unfortunatley, while true affordable housing is desperatley missing from the housing scene on the Outer Banks, this development won't help the situation. For the most part, Bermuda Bay will be marketed for second or vacation homes, and for retirement homes. But, if nothing else, Bermuda Bay adds color and a new style option for those looking to vacation or live on the Outer Banks.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Harris Teeter -- Kill Devil Hills

The last post about Harris Teeter building on the Outer Banks showed a pic of the store in Corolla. This post shows the Kill Devil Hills location under construction. The expected opening date is the first week in August. Many people has asked where is this store located since they hadn't seen it. The building is set well off the road, behind the Eckerd drugs at the KDH - NH line. As you can see from the pic, it is set pretty far back.

The Outer Banks continues to have new stores, hotels, schools, municipal buildings, and other sites crop up all the time. More will be featured in upcoming posts.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Dare County Election Results . . And the Winner Is ...

The NC State primary was held May, 2, 2006. The majority of the candidates were Democrats with no Republican opponent. So, in those cases, whoever won the primary election, will run opposed in November. A few lucky candidates didn't even have a Democratic opponent, so they will virtually win by default.

The following are the unofficial results in the May 2nd primary, in Dare County:

NC State Senate District 01:
Ron Toppin 52%, Hood Richardson 48%; Toppin will be opposed by Marc Basnight(D)

Clerk of Superior Court:
Merlee Austin 61%, Karen Garris 39%; No opposition in November

Sheriff, Dare County:
Rodney Midgett; No opposition in the primary or in November

Registrar of Deeds:
Barbara Gray; No opposition in the primary or in November

Commissioner At Large:
Rex Tillett 61%, Ray Midgett 31%

Commissioner- District 1:
Virginia Simmons Tillett 52%, Robin Mann 30%, Sybil Ross 19%

Commissioner - District 2:
Stan White 48%, Max Dutton 52%
This was the only big upset in this election. Lifelong Dare County resident, long time politico, and current Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Stan White was rejected by the voters in favor of newcomer Max Dutton, Manager of WalMart in Kitty Hawk.

Board of Education - District 1:
Walter Holton 99%, Write-in 1%

Board of Education - District 3:
Margaret Lawler 68%, Jon Kenton 32%

District Court Judge, First Judicial District (Replacing retiring Chief District Court Judge Grafton G. Beaman):
Eula E. Ried 47%, John Flora 30%, Van Johnson 23%
Reid and Flora will face off in November. Eula Reid is an Assistant Disrict Attorney and John Flora is an attorney in private practice.

White national and statewide politics gets much attention in the media, it is the local election that has the greatest impact on the quality of life, character, and services of the county.