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Town Board Meeting September 2019:

Hurricane Dorian, short term rental, renewable energy. The Story

Letters: The Spandrel Says Goodbye:

Condo association rules against business. Letters To The Editor

The Hurricane Dorian Gallery:

Reader submitted photos. The Story

The Hurricane Dorian Film Festival:

The Film Festival For The Hurricane Accosted. The Story

Surge Forecasts - Three Sources:

How high will Dorian's water's reach. The Story

Greens Creek Challenge 2019:

Twenty-six years of Challenge in the Creek. The Story

Docking ~ Getting Underway:

Leave Your Slip Without Scaring The Marina. Captain's Blog

Les Evans, 1929-2019:

Husband, Father, Sailor, Engineer. The Story

Bow to Stern One Design Regatta 2019:

Five classes, 50 plus sailors. The Story

Mister August 2019 - Lucky:

When Lucky is more than a name. Pet Of The Month

Minnesott Beach & Its Future:

A resident's view on a recent decision. Letters To The Editor

Whittaker Creek Dredging - Raising The $:

Tracking The Fundraising Progress. The Story

Minnesott Beach Votes No On Acquiring Golf Course:

Three votes against, one abstaining. The Story

What is a Service Dog? A reader writes in.:

Service Dogs. Emotional Support Dogs. What does it all mean?. Guest Columnist

Ralph Kudart, 1953-2019:

Former Owner Of Sailcraft Service Boatyard. The Story


Cleaning the street, seeking a way forward. The Story

Mister July 2019 - Baloo:

A new name & a new life. Pet Of The Month

SV Seraphina Dismasted:

8 crew aboard, 2 masts go down, no one gets hurt. The Story

Croaker Festival 2019:

Marines, Firemen, Tractors, & a Funnel Cake. The Story

Croaker Festival Regatta 2019:

FJs and Sunfish at Croaker Fest. The Story

Town Board Meeting July 2019:

Paving update, audits completed. The Story

Mister June 2019 - Titan:

From pound dog to yachtsman. Pet Of The Month

Amron Takes Her Leave:

Elvis has left the building. The Story

Hope Regala Raises Record Amount for Clinic with a Mission:

Over $140k raised to help those in need. The Story

Birds in the Boom:

A nest is inadvertently launched. The Story

New Generator Installed at Town Hall:

Emergency power by crane. The Story

Ol' Front Porch Music Festival Quilt:

Mysterious quilt up for bid. The Story

Town Board Meeting June 2019:

A new budget, curbing & gutter, Cycle NC. The Story

S/V Misto Circumnavigates:

Around the globe in 2 1/2 years. The Shipping News

Dancing at Silospalooza 2019:

7 years of pizza, live music, and dancing. The Story

Gypsea Stories: Prinses Mia:

Video Aboard the Prinses Mia with Martijn. The Story

Aircraft Crash near Cherry Branch Ferry:

Marine Corps responds. The Story

Town Board Meeting May 2019:

Vehicle awarded, public hearings set. The Story

Treasures for Sale at the 2019 Town Wide Yard Sale:

Shark suits and sewing machines. The Story

Janet Adkins, 1928-2019:

A life filled with art. The Story

MV Sea Glass:

Pushing the limits. The Shipping News

Duck Pond Dragon Returns Post-Florence:

An Oriental icon restored. The Story

2019 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

Power boats, coastal cruisers, and an electric boat. The Story

SV Florence Clara is visiting. Her home port is St. Louis, MO.

Tuesday September 17, 2019

12:25p Another one? Yeah. That Invest 97 has sprung to life as Tropical Depression Ten. And it is forecast to become a named storm by tomorrow, and reach hurricane strength in about 3 days.

It will get named Imelda. A storm with a shoe fetish. A storm that begins with the dreaded letter “i”.

When you first check out the NHC forecast track, it doesn’t look comforting:

But there is some better news. The initial longer term computer models all have Imelda turning north before she gets too close:

click track images for larger view

It’s too early to be comfortable or confident that turn will happen. But it’s what we’ve got right now.

Tropical Depression Ten Tracking Chart
Tropical Depression Ten Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Tropical Depression Ten Public Advisory

10:11a Harborfest for HeartWorks returns September 27 – 29. Funds raised at the weekend event help HeartWorks provide counseling, day care, after school and all-day summer programs for over 450 at-risk children and their families in and near Pamlico County.

Friday night a casual BBQ dinner, live music from Saltwater Gold, and a 50/50 raffle start the weekend. Saturday’s gala has an open bar, dinner catered by The Chelsea in New Bern, live music, and live and silent auctions. Register for one night, both nights, or bring your boat to Grace Harbor for the full weekend.

Monday September 16, 2019

8:48a TownDock crew on maneuvers this morning.

Basically, Humberto is a hurricane and heading east and away. Sorry, Bermuda.

Invest 97 will likely become a real storm in a couple days, but conditions will steer it northerly – not getting near the US east coast. Again – sorry Bermuda.

Sunny & near 90 today. Mid week, autumn visits. Sunny & 75 Wednesday.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook
Tropical Storm Humberto Tracking Chart
Tropical Storm Humberto Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Tropical Storm Humberto Public Advisory

Sunday September 15, 2019

9:10a There is sad news this morning. Last night Carolyn Casey passed away. She was 72.

Carolyn was born in Dawson’s Creek, May 27, 1947. Carolyn met her future spouse, Ben Casey, in 6th grade at Arapahoe Elementary School. Carolyn spent much of her life in Missouri, but moved back to the area in 2005. She and Ben married in 2007. Carolyn Casey retired from Pamlico Community College as an English & Humanities instructor. She had served as a Minnesott Beach Town Commissioner.

A memorial will be planned in the future.

7:27a From the TownDock archives… an alternative fog horn.

7:22a It’s foggy out there.

TownDock Legal informs us this is not to be used for navigational purposes

Saturday September 14, 2019

3:22p Tonight’s Low Country Boil is sold out. Now that’s no reason to pout.

There’s BBQ. Damn good ‘Cue most would say. This is Jim, Bill & Bill – the pig smoking crew hard at work today:

That pig is getting served up tonight in a Sound Rivers benefit at New Village Brewery.

3:15p The forecast today was 10-15 knots from the northeast on the Neuse. Mom nature may have provided a bit more. The Oriental Cup Regatta had plenty of air, and a choppy Neuse. Word is a few boats dropped out due to seasick crews.

The boats that raced made speed in those brisk conditions. Tonight the regatta is celebrated at a Low Country Boil at O’Town – that dinner SOLD OUT – over 130 expected. The awards will be part of tonight’s dinner.

2:58p Award winning artists Janet Jaworski & Stephen Moore are both part of an Artist’s Reception today til 5p at Village Gallery. You’re invited.

8:15a Hey sailor. It might (40%) rain today, but it isn’t likely until after 3p.

Nice air forecast for the Oriental Cup. On the Neuse 10-15 knots from the northeast.

8:08a It’s busy out there:

Storm 9 became Humberto late last night. Humberto is staying at sea – from out perspective.

If you’re in Bermuda, that won’t be the popular opinion.

Invest 96 has about given up. The future Invest 97 (that orange area above) will be the next one to keep an eye on.

Tropical Storm Humberto Tracking Chart
Tropical Storm Humberto Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Tropical Storm Humberto Public Advisory
Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook

Friday September 13, 2019

4:58p It is now officially Tropical Depression Nine. It is expected to strengthen to Tropical Storm Humberto Saturday.

The forecast track has moved more easterly and away from the US east coast.

Tropical Depression Nine Tracking Chart
Tropical Depression Nine Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Tropical Depression Nine Public Advisory
Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook

2:54p And now… Invest 96. It’s the more westerly disturbance. Too early to tell much about ultimate track or power. For now, it’s more or less pointed at Puerto Rico & the Dominican Republic, with a 50% chance of becoming a storm in the next 5 days.

You can help out Town Hall – and your town – by not driving on South Ave past Lou Mac Park (where it is being worked on) or on Mildred St between 1st Ave and South Ave. The only folks that should be on Mildred are those that are staying at River Neuse Suites or that live in that block.

Be cool, and there will be a spiffy newly paved South Ave soon. South Ave was damaged by Hurricane Florence a year ago.

11:18a A bit more clarity on the track of future Storm Humberto. The track from the 11a update:

click image for the big track view

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is expected to get crowned as a tropical depression or storm later today. The above does show the storm may reach category 1 hurricane strength, but that would be mid-Atlantic as the storm travels east and away from our shores.

It is not such good news for Bermuda.

11:02a There are events a-plenty to carry you through the weekend.

The Oriental Cup Regatta begins tonight at 5p with check-in and registration conveniently located at the Tiki Bar. Sailing in the race and a low country boil dinner happen Saturday. Breakfast and a Bloody-Mary wake-up call Sunday.

Dank Burrito food truck, noon to 7 today at New Village Brewery. Check out the menu here.

Sample the wines and have a look around at Nautical Wheelers’ Sip N’ Shop today from 2-6p. There’s live music tonight at the Red Rooster; Saltwater Gold acoustic start playing at 7p.

Saturday, is the rescheduled artists’ reception at the Village Gallery for Janet Jaworski and Stephen Moore from 2-5p.

New Village Brewery hosts the ‘Cue for the Neuse fundraiser – with whole-hog BBQ and live music – starting at 5:30p Saturday.

Sunday, Marsha’s Cottage and the Oriental Women’s Club team up to host a fashion show at the Women’s Club. The models of Oreintal will show off the latest from Marsha’s Cottage from 4:30 – 7p. Tickets are available at Nautical Wheelers and at the door.

For the first time in its history, The Silos is open on Sunday. Doors open at noon. With 2 big screen TVs (just for the games) and a new Sunday-only menu full of football-watching-food, you can stay until the last team leaves the field.

More football Sunday? Football on the big screen from noon – 7p at New Village Brewery, plus a community potluck buffet.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

9:15a Mid 80s for the weekend, a 30% chance of rain both days. Saturday’s Oriental Cup Regatta has easy 5-10 knot winds forecast.

Re the Cup, you’ll see registration buttons at the top of this page. Lots of folks will be at the Oriental Cup Low Country Boil Saturday night at O’Town. You can still register. Chris Daniels tells TownDock.net that he can make a lot of that boil.

9:01a Friday the 13th. What could go wrong?

OK, there’s this stormy thing brewing. The Bahamas are getting tropical storm level winds & wet today and Saturday, something so not needed a week after Dorian.

The forecast track of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is rather Dorian~esque. But this system has two things more positive (from our location) about it.

Almost all the computer models show it touching or coming near Florida, and then heading northeast and offshore. The models are not suggesting an east North Carolina visit. The forecast also keeps this storm below hurricane strength.

Mister Potential Nine will likely be declared a Tropical Depression later today, and get named Tropical Storm Humberto Saturday.

There’s more brewing on the Atlantic. Too early to speculate beyond keep an eye on it.

The disturbances marked in orange and yellow are not yet developed enough to have been named as an Invest.

Thursday September 12, 2019

5:22p Another tropical system is with us. Invest 95 near the Bahamas has been declared Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.

Rather tentative naming, but the forecast indicates this will become Tropical Storm Humberto. It will rain on Florida, then taking an odd hook east back out on the Atlantic.

We may well get wet from Nine/Humberto. A visit as a hurricane appears unlikely.

The links:
Tropical Cyclone Nine Tracking Chart
Tropical Cyclone Nine Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Tropical Cyclone Nine Public Advisory

3:47p Friday night is coming. You have a few options. Nautical Wheelers is hosting a Sip N’ Shop from 2-6p at their Oriental location. Come in, sample their wine and take a look around.
Two Italian wines are on offer: Garganega Frizzante and Dolcetto D’Alba.

Then you can head over to the Pamlico Partnership for Children’s Low Country Boil tomorrow at Whittaker Pointe Marina. There’s live music and a silent auction – all to benefit early childhood education in Pamlico County. It starts at 6p. Buy your tickets right here.

1:56p Did Hurricane Dorian move your dock? Dawn Hines may have found it.

Behind 405 Midyette I have an extra dock that hurricane Dorian washed up against my dock. Does the owner of dock this want to retrieve missing dock? Dawn Hines 404-345-4739 at 405 Midyette.

10:32a George Beckwith, owner of Down East Guide Service, talks local fishing with TownDock.net.

Listen to find out how many fishing guides come to Oriental, and what’s happening with Red Drum & Speckled Trout in area waters.

7:55a A Hurricane Dorian damage assessment, town hall signconcerns about wind and solar energy prohibitions, and a short term rental on Vandemere. September’s Town Board Meeting report covers the meetings before and after Hurricane Dorian. Read it here.

Temps in high 80s again today.

5:55a Invest 94 isn’t going to be a storm… the disturbance has dissipated. But Invest 95, in the southeastern Bahamas, looks like it will. A 70% chance of forming in the next 5 days. From NHC:

A tropical depression is likely to form as the system moves northwestward at 5 to 10 mph across the Florida Straits and southern Florida, and into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This disturbance will likely produce periods of locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds across the Bahamas through Friday, and across Florida during the weekend.
Invest 95 doesn’t appear destined to become a “big” storm. Where is it headed? Probably (this is an official probably semi~maybe) Florida and then the Gulf, but… Invest 95’s future track is yet uncertain. The computer models are all over the place:

click track images for larger view

Names coming up next this season: Humberto, Imelda and Jerry.