The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold four public meetings about proposed toll changes on its ferry routes. Times and dates are posted here: https://apps.ncdot.gov/NewsReleases/details.aspx?r=9270.
In 2013 the General Assembly passed SB402 which laid out a process by which new ferries will be purchased. Under the legislation the Department of Transportation must lay out a system-wide tolling methodology, and conduct public hearings in affected communities by March 1. More information is available here: http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/Proposed_Ferry_Toll_Rates.pdf.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the 2013 Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count.
You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012114.htm.