Beach parking permit approved by county

Beachgoers who wish to park on Currituck County’s four-wheel drive beach this summer will need a county-issued beach parking permit displayed on their motor vehicle. This new permit system was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in an effort to increase safety in the four-wheel drive area, where large numbers of people and vehicles mix on a daily basis during the summer tourist season.

The permit system will be effective from the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day. Key provisions in the policy include:

  • All county residents and property owners may receive a free beach parking permit for each vehicle they own by providing proof of ownership and current liability insurance. The permits will be issued specific to each vehicle.
  • County residents who live north of the North Beach Access Ramp may obtain two additional permits. These permits will not be specific to a motor vehicle and may be used by guests of the resident.
  • Owners of a property located north of the North Beach Access Ramp that is in a rental program may receive two additional permits. These are not specific to motor vehicles and may be used by renters staying at the property.
  • All non-county residents or property owners must pay a fee for a beach parking permit. These permits will be available for purchase from the Tourism Department on a temporary or seasonal basis. Fees will be $50 for a 10-day parking pass and $150 for a seasonal pass.

The new permit system will not apply to county vehicles, emergency vehicles, any government agency conducting beach restoration, scientific research, or animal protection, commercial fishermen, outdoor tour operators when actively engaging in a tour, or hunters who are using state or federal land located within the Currituck Outer Banks.

For information on obtaining your beach parking permit, contact the Currituck Tourism Department at 252-435-2947.

Temporary closure of Waterlily Road in April

Waterlily Road is scheduled to be closed for a brief time period in April to allow the N.C. Department of Transportation to perform maintenance and repair work.

The road closure is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. NCDOT officials expect the work to be completed in less than 24 hours, but have planned for it to possibly last up to 36 hours. In March, NCDOT will place message board signs in the area to alert motorists and residents of the upcoming closure.

Beginning on April 2, Waterlily Road will be reduced to one travel lane as prep work on the site begins.  A portable traffic light will be put in place to help with traffic control.

Currituck County emergency services will have personnel and equipment in place during the road closure to provide proper response to any emergencies that may occur on Waterlily Road Anyone with questions regarding this closure may contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

One-Stop voting schedule approved; View sample ballots

The Currituck Board of Elections approved the One-Stop schedule for the Primary Election.  One-Stop early voting will begin on April 19 and continue until May 5.  During this timeframe, voters may opt to cast ballots for the Primary Election at the Board of Elections office.

One-Stop Voting Hours:

  • April 19 – May 2, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registered voters who do not cast ballots during the One-Stop period may vote on May 8 at their assigned polling precinct.  All precincts will be open on May 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Anyone with questions may call the Currituck Board of Elections at 252-232-2525.

Primary Election Sample Ballots:

Important Dates:

  • March 19:  Absentee voting by mail begins
  • April 13:  Voter registration deadline at 5:00 p.m.
  • April 19:  First day of One-Stop early voting
  • May 1:  Final day to request an absentee ballot by mail
  • May 5:  Final day of One-Stop early voting
  • May 8:  Primary Election Day; Final day to return an absentee ballot by mail
  • May 11:  County Canvass

Candidate Detail Lists:

Several local offices are for election in 2018, including

  • Board of Commissioners, At-Large seat
  • Board of Commissioners, District 3
  • Board of Commissioners, District 5
  • Clerk of Superior Court
  • Sheriff
  • Board of Education, At-Large seat
  • Board of Education, Crawford Township
  • Board of Education, Poplar Branch Township
  • Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Also, the North Carolina State Board of Elections issued the UOCAVA Election Notice  for the Primary Election, which is scheduled for May 8, 2018.


Foster & Adoptive Parenting Information Meeting

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting for the Foster Parent and Adoptive Parent programs in Currituck County.  The Department of Social Services will host this meeting on April 24 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the DSS offices, located at 2793 Caratoke Hwy., Currituck, NC 27929.

Citizens interested in foster and adoptive parenting can meet with social workers to discuss these programs and have all their questions answered.  DSS will also provide information on upcoming foster and adoptive parent training classes.

Please RSVP for the informational meeting by April 13.  A dinner will be served at the meeting.

For more information, contact Tiffany Sutton, Currituck DSS, at 252-232-3083 or

Library display features local African American Civil War soldiers

A special display at the Currituck Public Library in Barco features African American men from Currituck County who served during the Civil War. The display includes names and supporting information of local men who served in the Union Army Colored Troops and Navy.

This information was discovered by Janeth Murphy, professional genealogist and administrative assistant at the Barco library branch. She uncovered these records while researching local history for the county’s upcoming 350th anniversary. For more information, contact the Currituck Public Library at Barco by calling 252-453-8345.

LIEAP application period is now open

Currituck County Department of Social Services is currently accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The LIEAP program helps eligible families with their primary heating expense by providing a one-time annual payment directly to their heating vendor, such as a power, gas or fuel oil company.

Social Services began taking LIEAP applications on December 1, 2017 for households containing a member age 60 and older OR containing a disabled person (receiving SSI, SSA Disability or VA Disability payments) who is also receiving a service through the Department of Aging and Adult Services.

Applications for all other households will be taken from January 2, 2018 through March 30, 2018 unless funds have been exhausted.

Applicants are not required to bring anything with them to apply, however the following items will expedite the application process:

  • The account number (or bill) for their heating vendor.
  • Proof of all income for everyone living in the home.
  • Social security numbers, if available.

For more information or questions, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Upcoming 2020 Census important to Currituck County

The next U.S. Census date is April 1, 2020. Participation by county residents will be important to Currituck County for several reasons, as the data collected influences the amount of federal aid received by the county.

Federal and state agencies allocate hundreds of billions of dollars to local communities each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This funding helps support initiatives such as education, health care, and road infrastructure. Much of this allocation is based upon the Census data.

Statistics and projections help local planners when considering the services necessary to serve a community. As Currituck grows, county staff can utilize Census data as another tool when analyzing the county’s future needs.

During 2018, the Census Bureau will establish field offices and infrastructure it will need to conduct the Census. During this time, field workers will verify addresses of local residents.

If your household is selected to participate in the Census, please respond with accurate information. Submissions will be available in either a paper or online format. Participants will be able to use smartphones to complete questionnaires. All personal information is confidential and by law cannot be shared with law enforcement, courts, immigration services, or anyone else for 72 years.

For more information, visit

Proposal for higher insurance rates heads to summer hearing

Update:  On Jan. 5, NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey set July 23, 2018 as the hearing date to resolve the issue of proposed homeowners insurance rate increases.

The NC Rate Bureau’s proposed a substantial homeowners insurance rate increase. In December, citizens had an opportunity to comment on this proposal and more than 9,000 comments were received by the NC Department of Insurance.

Causey did not accept the new insurance rates, saying that ““We are not in agreement with the Rate Bureau’s proposed increases.”

View the full statement from the Dept. of Insurance here.

A proposal submitted to the NC Department of Insurance (NCDOI) would increase homeowners’ insurance rates by as much as 25% in parts of eastern NC. The proposal also includes requests to increase tenants (renters) and condo insurance policies as much as 40%.

The proposed homeowners insurance rate increase also impacts policyholders with wind only policies such as those written through the NC Insurance Underwriters Association (NCIUA), commonly referred to as the Beach Plan. This filing does not affect policyholders with Dwelling Policies – those that typically cover second homes, vacation rental homes or year-round rental homes.

View the proposed Homeowners Insurance rate changes:  2017 HO Insurance Filing NC 20 CALL FOR ACTION (2)

Online permit feature a success

The Currituck County Planning and Community Development Department provides an easy-to-use online system for citizens to apply for and receive building permits without having to visit a county office.  The “Citizen Self Service” feature was added to the county website in January and has proven to be a success.  So far, more than 400 building and trade permits have been issued through the online system.

Citizen Self Service not only saves the applicant from traveling to and from a county office, but it can also reduce the time necessary to receive a permit.  County staff strives for a 24 to 48 hour review time for each online permit application.  Review time depends on the complexity of the application and county staff continues to work with customers to increase efficiency of the online system.

The focus on providing online access for permits has reduced the need for in-person Express permitting at county offices.  Beginning on September 5, 2017, Express permit applications will only be received at the mainland permit office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  This will allow additional time for staff to process online applications and issue permits more quickly.

Applicants should remember that permits in a VE flood zone cannot be processed as an express permit due to the longer review process. Outside of express permitting hours, citizens can still visit the mainland permit office to receive quality customer service and a standard 3 to 5 day permit review timeframe.

Citizens with any questions or concerns may contact Bill Newns, Chief Building Inspector, at 252-232-6023 or

Currituck Now Recruiting Foster Parents

Currituck County needs Foster Parents! The Department of Social Services is recruiting quality, loving foster families to care for children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. This is a great opportunity to help a child a need.

No experience is necessary and everyone will receive training. Currituck DSS will begin its next Foster Care Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) class soon, so contact DSS if you are interested..

Please contact DSS Social Worker Tiffany E. Sutton at 252-232-3083 or to learn more about the MAPP class and becoming a foster parent.