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However, our readers may not know that the United States Coast Guard continues to have a presence on Ocracoke. According to http://www.uscg.mil/d5/sectNorthCarolina/StaOcracoke.asp (last modified April, 2015), "Coast Guard Station Ocracoke (small) is located on the southern end of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The station building is a modular structure constructed in the 1970's situated on 1 acre of National Park Service land. Station Ocracoke (small) operates on a seasonal basis and under the administrative and operational control of Station Hatteras Inlet.
"As a multi-mission unit, Station Ocracoke (small) conducts search and rescue, boating safety, law enforcement, and marine environmental protection operations. A boat crew is available 24 hours a day and responds to more than 100 calls for assistance annually. The station's Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes more than 1350 square nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean, one third of the Pamlico Sound, and half of Ocracoke Island. Station Ocracoke (small) also maintains the grounds and upkeep of the famous British Cemetary [sic] on Ocracoke Island."
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a reproduction of a 1960s booklet titled The Great Ocracoke Cat Hunt. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092115.htm.