A number of people have been asking about the Community Store. Many of our readers know that the store has been closed since spring. According to the Ocracoke Foundation's July, 2012 Newsletter, "since 2008 [the Foundation] has been working with the Trust for Public Land and the Senseney Family on a way to preserve and protect...the Community Square."
In 2010 the Foundation began negotiations with the Hutcherson family to include the Zini and Lola Williams house (across the street) in the project.
The Foundation's goal is to purchase these properties, honor existing leases, locate a tenant for the Community Store, and renovate and improve the properties and the site. Several new possibilities may include adding improved public restrooms, a dedicated boat pump out, and a community kitchen. Other goals include providing long term working waterfront access, open availability for public use, a model for improved environmental practices, and a space for community events.
Money, of course, is an issue. According to the Foundation's Newsletter, "the recent North Carolina legislative cut in funds which historically were available for communities such as ours will make the effort to purchase complex."
There is wide public support for the Foundation's efforts to save this important Ocracoke property from development. You can read about the project at http://www.ocracokefoundation.org/. Click on "Preserving a Piece of our Waterfront" for more information.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072112.htm.