Category Archives: River Dunes

‘Wet-down’ christens new substation

RIVER DUNES –Pamlico County relies upon volunteer fire departments – nine total – to cope with all types of emergencies. And, the department tasked with protecting the biggest, most valuable chunk of homes — Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department – christened a three-bay substation Saturday. Alton Spruill, chief of Station 19, praised River Dunes property owners and River Dunes Corp. for their roles in the effort. “River Dunes played a big part in helping with the vision of this substation,” said Spruill. “Everybody who owns property in this area pays a fire di…

River Dunes nabs magazine’s ‘Best Customer Service Marina’ award

Special to the County Compass Grace Harbor at River Dunes’BALTIMORE — Marinalife recently announced winners of the publication’s 4th Annual Best Marina Contest: Saybrook Point Marina, Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, for winning Best Transient Marina and to River Dunes in Oriental voted Best Customer Service. River Dunes offers boaters access to a protected harbor with world-class amenities. Visitors will be impressed with the exceptional customer service this marina offers. They are continuously going to great lengths to ensure that each individual on boar…

Welcome Oriental Dragon Boat Festival!

Friday features ‘Marine Triathlon’ on town’s waterfront Saturday, event moves to River Dunes for all-out Dragon Boat racing! Chesty Pullers By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer ORIENTAL – The ‘Chesty Pullers’  are one of six all-Marine Dragon Boat teams that will be competing in the Festival’s two days of competition. On Friday, Oriental will see an all-military ‘triathlon’ like none other, to feature paddle, pedal, and swim events. The line-up includes Dragon Boat time trials in the morning. The hilarious Rickshaw Racing is set for early afternoon, followed by a dram…

Two dozen teams expected for Aug. 9 and 10 Dragon Boat Festival

By Flora Moorman | Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL — This land of dragons welcomes DRAGON BOATS AND DRAGON TAMERS on August 9-10 for the Oriental Dragon Boat Festival. It’s our fourth year for the Dragons splashing and clashing in all the waters of Oriental. The weather last year proved to be almost too much for these amazing long, skinny vessels! Even in the best of conditions, the low freeboard makes for a wet ride. This year we are not trying to outsmart Mother Nature, but we are adding an opportunity to enjoy two days combined with a unique location that enables our teams to have g…

Sewer ban lifted in Oriental

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer ORIENTAL – State regulators have ended a moratorium on new sewer hookups in this waterfront community. Chris Venters, sewer superintendent, announced the good news at a June 20 meeting of the utility’s governing board. The prohibition on any new wastewater flow came last September, and stymied the town’s newest residents, Bill and Lynn Hines, in their plans to build a home. And, the snafu also pushed back the opening of at least one business in town. Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District had no choice but to accept the moratorium after efforts to reh…

Defective sewer pond costs trio of contractors $1 million

  Highly touted infiltration process backfires By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – An engineering firm, a company that analyzes the hydrology of soils, and a construction company will jointly pay Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District a total of exactly $1 million to settle the sewer system’s claims that a much-ballyhooed infiltration pond – near the main entrance of River Dunes – has not, and will never, operate as promised. The large basin, constructed almost six years ago, was supposed to serve as a temporary reservoir, allowing wastewater pumped from a state-o…

Pipe! Pipe! Pump sewage. Pond won’t perk

  And we shan’t get home tonight. Special to the County Compass A large ‘infiltration’ pond — off Orchard Creek Road and across from the entrance to the upscale River Dunes residential community – has failed to work properly. As a consequence, Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District has been forced to upgrade underground transmission lines so that effluent from a wastewater treatment plant near Oriental can be pumped 20 miles westward to a spray field just north of Arapahoe. The $500,000 project should be complete by late March. Thereafter, state regulators will be a…

Ban on sewer hook-ups a concern in Oriental

Chris Venters, superintendent of Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District, met with the Oriental commissioners Tuesday night. Beside him is Debra Khouri, who represents the town of the District’s 11-member board of directors. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer ORIENTAL – Thirty-five years of experience in wastewater treatment came in handy Tuesday night, as Chris Venters, the hands-on superintendent for Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District, explained why part of the sprawling utility is under a moratorium on new hook-ups – while business as usual applies elsewhere in the c…

Fire engulfs River Dunes

  Homes squeezed along marina sitting ducks for fire By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer RIVER DUNES – Horrific, mind-numbing conflagration hit this upscale waterfront community Wednesday night, destroying at least one multi-million dollar home, numerous outbuildings, and for a tense half hour threatened the community’s picturesque one-room chapel – its steeple framed by billowing flames 200 feet high. By press time of this newspaper, authorities were unable to determine if the house, which overlooks the resort’s 28-acre marina, was occupied. Officials suggested one o…
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