ferry

The state Ferry Division has announced a new route schedule for 2015. George Olsen has more.

Access to locally caught seafood is a hallmark of the coastal region, but it's getting harder to find.  This week on the Down East Journal, why North Carolina's commercial fishing harvest is experiencing a decline.  And, bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year; in yards, in trees and even swimming across the Neuse River.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Carlos Kowalczewski

Bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year, in yards, in trees, and even swimming across the Neuse River.

 Monday, May 12th, riders on the Cherry Branch- Minnesott ferry witnessed something peculiar during an afternoon crossing. 

“We just left Minnesott Beach and as soon as we leave, we always look to the front of the ship.”

Carlos Kowalczewski is a ferry crew man with the North Carolina Ferry Division.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

Crews have begun to repair the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge after it closed Monday due to safety concerns.  In the meantime, emergency ferry routes have been activated to transport motorists across Oregon Inlet.  

Commuting for the 4,000 residents of Hatteras Island has been a headache.  Use of the Bonner Bridge, the only highway connection to the mainland for locals, was shut down on Monday due to safety concerns.  Melissa Herman has lived on Hatteras Island for 30 years.  She works at Blue Pelican Gallery and she says since the bridge closed, business has been very slow.

NC Ferry Division

We speak with crew members of the motor vessel Croatoan who received an honorary award for saving their captain’s life when he unexpectedly collapsed while the voyage was underway.

For more information on how to respond if you find yourself in an emergency situation, go to: http://emergency.cdc.gov/

In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park.  We explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented. 

INTRO – A Federal Highway Administration grant is expected to deliver big savings to the state’s ferry fleet. George Olsen has more.

We explain the new ferry tolls, which are set to go into effect this summer.

Cape Lookout National Seashore is considering ways to facilitate passenger ferry service from Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks, and the lighthouse.

This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for public comment on ways to facilitate ferry service to Shackleford Banks and the lighthouse.  We explore how the project could impact the Down East economy.  And, a growing number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.