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Shelly Island Sandbar Resurfaces - in the Headlines, Anyways

Monday 19 March 2018 at 7:10 pm

In the past week, many islanders were a little surprised to see a familiar former landmark resurface in news headlines across the country, if not in person - namely, the Shelly Island sandbar.

When NASA satellite photos surfaced showing “before and after” aerials of the area in July 2017 and February 2018, it confirmed what many frequent visitors to the Point already knew: the sandbar known as Shelly Island was long gone. (The photos, which were captured by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite, are pretty

impressive, and you can see them here: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id-91813&src-eorss-iotd.)

As everyone likely remembers, the unofficially named Shelly Island sandbar was a huge story in the summer of 2017. News of the island’s sudden appearance was covered by media outlets all around the country, and the world – (there’s even a story or two about it posted on the BBC website.)

In the fall of 2017, after we had a month of hurricanes that either affected or drifted past our area, the former sandbar connected with the Point on one end, allowing 4WD vehicles to access it.

For a few weeks afterwards, a sliver of the farthest section of the sandbar remained disconnected and barely accessible, retaining its “island status,” until it too disappeared. By the beginning of 2018, the end result was a noticeably wider Cape Point, with an interior pond that seemed to come and go at will, and still plenty of enticing shells that came up in waves after winter storms.

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By the Numbers: A Look at National Seashore Visitation Stats Over the Past Year

Saturday 03 March 2018 at 12:11 am


On Thursday, March 1, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac gave a presentation to community members at the Fessenden Center on visitation patterns in the past year.

And while it’s a well-known fact that 28% of statistics are made up, there were plenty of surprises and numbers that stood out in the overview of the 2017 season.

The meeting was lightly attended, likely due to the impending storm that rolled in with the arrival of the weekend, and which is currently creating a big salty lake in our yard even as I type this.

So for folks who could not attend in person, here’s a look at how the past year stacked up in multiple arenas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and what these numbers could mean going forward.


There were a total of 3.12 million visits in 2017 at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS), the Fort Raleigh Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

CHNS visitation was up 1% in 2017 over 2016, with roughly 2.5 million visitors.

There were 65,000 overnight camping stays in the four campgrounds within the National Seashore.

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