North Carolina Coastal Property and Boat Slips
|"Here, you have 14 miles of unspoiled, undisturbed barrier beach," said Leatherman, director of Florida
International's laboratory for coastal research. "Where do you find that in the world?"
Ocracoke is at the southern end of the Outer Banks, the fragile chain of barrier islands along North Carolina's coast
known as the "graveyard of the Atlantic." Accessible only by boat or private plane, there are only about 800 full-time
residents of the island where the pirate Blackbeard met his untimely death at the hands of the Royal Navy in 1718.
"People shouldn't come here to play golf, and don't come here for the Hilton spa or something like that,"
Leatherman said. "They're not going to find those things here. What you will find here -- it's like going back in time
with very quaint, small inns. It's my favorite getaway island beach. And it's definitely that."
Ocracoke has been a favorite of "Dr. Beach" for years -- he ranked it No. 3 in 2006 and No. 2 in 2005. By winning
this year, it will be retired from consideration, along with other past champions.
"Obviously, it's a great honor to be put up at the top of the heap," said Julia Howard, the administrator for the
Ocracoke Island Museum and Preservation Society, who has lived on the island for 35 years.
Leatherman ranks beaches on 50 criteria, using a 1 to 5 scale. No beach has ever gotten all 250 points, and
Ocracoke ranked somewhere in the 230s, he said. The sand, for example, isn't lily white, so it lost points there.
He considers only swimming beaches, which leaves out those along the Maine and Oregon coastlines, where the
water is just too cold. Beaches with lifeguards get high points, as do those that balance the natural environment and
the built environment.
"I'm just a stickler for detail," he said. "There's no perfect beach by the rating criteria, but there are so many great
Earning the No. 1 ranking on the "Dr. Beach" list is usually a tourism booster. When the north beach at Florida's
Fort De Soto was named the best in 2005, Leatherman said, the number of hits on a related Web site jumped in
one day from 1,000 to 10,000.
But the remote nature of Ocracoke and its place as part of a national seashore should spare the island's 25-foot
sand dunes, topped by sea oats, from an onslaught of beachcombers.
"When things are inundated with people, it isn't quite the same place any more," Howard said. "We hope people
who do come here would honor our beauty and keep it looking the way it does for a long time."
Bay River, in northern Pamlico County, is providing some of the best waterfront lot opportunities in the Inner
Banks. As one can see from the aerial photos, Bay River is deep, provides great water views and yet, also
gives the boater protection from the pounding winds and waves that can be experienced on the Pamlico Sound....
Vandemere Creek - Vandemere Creek, on the north side of the Bay River, is being developed. A few communities have
been platted and lots sold, and several more are on the way. Vandemere Creek is one of the deepest and most
protected creeks in the area, but with quick access to the Bay River, the ICW and the Sound. When fully developed, this
area will have premium waterfront lots from $300,000 up. There is an opportunity now to acquire some of these lots in
the mid $200,000 range.
'Oriental' At the mouth of the Neuse River on Pamlico Sound is the village of Oriental. Although Oriental is in the far
east area of coastal North Carolina, its name has nothing to do with its location or relationship with the Oriental. The town
was named by the wife of Oriental's founder and first postmaster. She saw the name on the transom name board of a
steamship that sank off Hatteras in 1862.
The name board washed ashore and was displayed in a residence in Manteo where she was visiting. She learned
that the steamship, headed from New York to blockade the Wilmington harbor, was in the service of Union forces
when it sank during the Civil War. Passengers and crew aboard were saved, but the steamship was never
salvaged. Its legacy is preserved in the name of the village now known as the "Sailing Capital of North Carolina."
Back in the 1870s, Louis B. Midyette escaped a gale by anchoring his sailboat in the waters of Oriental. While
there he went ashore, climbed a tree and fell in love with the beautiful landscape and waterfront. When he returned
home to Dare County, Midyette persuaded others to join his family and move to the area. Since that time, sailors
from across the globe have followed "Uncle Lou's" example and have made Oriental "The Sailing Capital of North
Carolina." Today it is estimated that the town is home to 900 permanent residents and roughly 2,700 sailboats,
sport fishing boats and commercial trawlers.
New Bern, North Carolina the ideal vacation spot for sun seekers and history buffs alike. Our two major cities, New Bern
and Havelock, blend the past with the present, beckoning visitors from around the world to sample our rich history.
New Bern, the second oldest town in North Carolina, is situated where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet. New Bern
abounds with history around every corner with over 150 historic landmarks, the magnificent Tryon Palace, Birthplace of
Pepsi and a 157,000-acre national forest.
The centerpiece, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, is the restored home of British Royal Governor William Tryon,
built in 1770.
While in New Bern, visit the Birthplace of Pepsi, The Firemen's Museum,and Bank of the Arts. Stroll through our
downtown filled with specialty shops and restaurants, or relax on a historic Trolley Tour.
For a change of pace, New Bern sailing on our endless rivers is relaxing. Golf at one of the excellent championship
courses in the New Bern and Havelock area. Camp or hike in the 157,000-acre Croatan National Forest.
Recognizing its unique position in North Carolina’s history, Craven County has developed a series of 4 walking tours
focusing on New Bern’s heritage. Self-guided brochures and signage guide visitors as they step back in time. It’s an
educational experience, but, equally important, it’s fun! Plus it allows you to proceed at your own pace aided by
descriptive literature and meticulous research.
Traveling further down Highway 70 East you will find Havelock.Cherry Point, home of the world's largest
Marine Corps Air Station
All new residents who plan to drive must obtain a N.C.drivers license within 30 days of establishing a permanent
residence here. Most newcomers, unless they drive commercial vehicles, will want a Class C license, which permits
operation of personal cars and small trucks. If you drive a motorcycle, you’ll also need a motorcycle endorsement.
North Carolina has switched from four-year to five-year driver’s licenses. Until the change is complete, licenses will vary
in length from four years to eight years. To get a license, apply in person at a driver’s license office and take the vision,
sign recognition and written tests. (It will help to study the Driver’s Handbook available at DMV offices.) When you apply,
present your current out-of-state license or two other accepted forms of ID, as well as proof of liability insurance from an
insurer licensed in North Carolina. You’ll also need to supply your Social Security number. (NOTE: If you are paying for
your license by check, the address on your pre-printed check must match the address on your new driver’s license.)
Pamlico County: For dates and locations call the Greenville DMV at 252-830-3456.
New Bern: Any weekday at the Driver’s License Office, 2106 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, 252-514-4734
MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION
You must register your vehicle before the reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and your former state expires
(usually 30 days). Registration is renewed annually.
To register your vehicle, apply in person at the license plate agency and present your title (unless title is held by a lien
holder) and a valid registration card from your former state. If your title is held by a lien holder, you must provide the lien
holder’s name and address on a state form for title release. You also must present proof of vehicle liability insurance at
or above minimum standards.
Fees due when you receive N.C.registration include title and registration fees and highway use tax. The DMV registration
office will accept a check. You must also get a vehicle safety inspection within 10 days of receiving your N.C.license plate.
This can be done at any state-authorized inspection station. Inspection is required annually.
The state does not levy sales tax on motor vehicles. However, NC counties assess property taxes annually. Your car will
be registered when you receive your license plate and you’ll receive a bill in about three months.
Register any weekday at the License Plate Agency, Lupton's Highway 55 Stonewall, N.C.
NEW CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING:
Pamlico County Building Inspector
Pamlico County Courthouse
202 Main Street, Bayboro
Phone: (252) 745-3861.
Docks & Bulkhead Permits
Pamlico County Building Inspector
Pamlico County Courthouse
202 Main Street, Bayboro
Phone: (252) 745-3861
Emergency Management/E911, 252-745-4131
Pamlico News (Published Weekly)
406 Broad Street, Oriental
Phone: (252) 249-1555
Online at: www.pamliconews.org/pamliconews/
Sun Journal (Published Daily)
3200 Wellons Blvd., New Bern
Phone: (252) 638-8101 Ext. #231
Online at: www.newbernsj.com/
Raleigh News & Observer (Published Daily)
Phone: (800) 522-4205
Phone: (252) 745-5889
NC Hwy. 55, Bayboro, N.C.
Phone: (252) 745-4641
NC Hwy. 55, Alliance, N.C.
Phone: (252) 745-4524
Broad St., Oriental, N.C.
Phone: (252) 249-0454
Phone: (252) 699-6330
Phone: (252) 638-1366
Municipal services within most incorporated towns. Refer to your phone book
for a refuse removal companies if you do not have municipal services.
UTILITIES, PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE
Cable & Satellite TV
Time Warner of Pamlico
84 Gatlin Road, Bayboro
Phone: (252) 745-5842
Online at: www.twceastnc.com
Refer to your phone book for satellite service providers.
Phone: (800) 452-2777
Online at: www.progress-energy.com
Tideland Membership Corp.
10948 NC Hwy. 55, Alliance
Phone: (252) 745-4127
Online at: www.tidelandemc.com
Phone: (252) 745-7346
Jenkins Gas & Oil
Phone: (252) 745-5842
Telephone & Internet Service
Embarq, Residential Customers
Phone: (252) 633-9011
Refer to your phone book for cell service providers.
Pamlico County Water Dept.
102 N. 4th Street, Bayboro, N.C.
Phone: (252) 745-5453
(NOTE: A copy of your deed will be required in order to get service.)
To vote, you must be 18 years or older, a legal resident of the county where you register and a U.S. citizen. You also
must register at least 25-30 days before an election (the exact deadline varies for each election).
Register any weekday at the Board of Elections Office, Pamlico County Courthouse, 202 Main Street, Bayboro, N.C.