News from The Ocracoke Foundation

 Village Restrooms : On Wednesday October 12, 2011 OCBA voted to partner with OFI and hire John Williams with PN Projects out of Wilmington, NC to provide a report on the best options for addressing Ocracoke’s lack of public restrooms within the village. Mr. Williams is a soil scientist with experience in developing environmentally friendly and innovative wastewater solutions along the coast. His research will detail options, cost to install and long term maintenance costs. Once the initial research is complete a meeting will be called to review and to discuss locations and potential sources of funding. Check www.ocracokefoundation.org/villagerestrooms to follow progress. OCBA, OFI and Saltwater Connections have partnered to provide funds for preliminary research.

 

Community Square

 

Since 2008 OFI has been working with owners of the Community Square on a way to protect and preserve an important part of island heritage. It is the desire of the Senseney Family to sell to OFI provided the property is preserved and must be for “community use” in perpetuity. Meetings will be held this winter to gather input on ways the project can best support the community. The Community Square Project has the potential to bring together key elements like long term waterfront access, open availability for public use and enjoyment, a model for improved environmental practices, a space for community events and a source of dedicated funding.

 

Community Planning Workshops Continue

 

Come for a Pot Luck Dinner on November 14, 2011 to meet Saltwater Connections Resource Team interviewers who are on the island specifically to hear from people on topics that are important for the sustainability of our island community. Meetings will be held all day November 14 and 15, including evenings. A review of the workshops held last May and March as well as research compiled by Duke University summer intern Courtney Pickett is planned during the dinner. The Resource Team will be comprised of “experts” from fields identified as needs from earlier workshop discussions: economic development, historic preservation, affordable housing, governance, tourism development, wastewater, conservation, sustainability and recreation. Stay tuned for Community Planning Workshop emails and posters. The workshops are part of a regional initiative through Saltwater Connections. The Saltwater Connections project has been funded by the NC Rural Economic Development Center to develop a regional, sustainable economic development plan. Resource Team visits have been completed in all villages of Hatteras Island and are planned for Down East Carteret County in January 2012. To learn more visit www.saltwaterconnections.org

 

Oyster Restoration

 

OWWA and OFI are very happy to report that a permit to restore Hyde County Oyster Bed #78 has finally been received! According to Gene Ballance, this particular bed was preferred because it has remained stable since it was first mapped by Francis Winslow in 1886. The permit covers an area just over one acre. Ocracoke watermen will be meeting to begin making plans for storing and placing shell.

 

Affordable Housing

 

Data on the island’s existing housing situation is complete. The primary focus this past summer was recording four areas of housing: year-round rental, year-round owner occupied, vacation cottage and vacation home. Information was then recorded by Brian Pompeii and converted to a digital map using GIS technology. Having real data in hand will allow us to present our concerns statistically in hopes of acquiring assistance towards achieving a solution. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday November 3rd to review maps, discuss concerns and possible avenues for action.  Visit www.ocracokefoundations.org/affordablehousing for a copy of the housing map.

 

 Local Foods

 

Late last spring a movement to obtain organic, locally grown vegetables on the island was initiated. Since that time a CSA (a term for a farmer who organizes, delivers and sells weekly shares of fresh seasonal produce) Nicole Spruill of Coastal Farmers has been delivering locally grown every Wednesday. To learn more email csa.ocracoke.cfco@gmail.com Thanks goes out to Kevin and Laura Hardy for doing the research and work it took to initiate this movement! Funding was received from the Saltwater Connections Project through the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.

 

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