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Town Manager Update

Post Date:07/21/2020

Big announcements this past week by the State of North Carolina have caused trickle-down effects at the local level. Governor Cooper held a press conference and published Executive Order 151. These actions did two things – the Executive Order extended the Phase 2 restrictions another three weeks plus the conference and related guidance gave direction about re-opening schools. With regard to plans here in Dare County, authorities at the school district will be providing information to parents, students, and staff, so please check out the Dare County Schools website for updates. 

The extension of the Governor’s Phase 2 plan into August included restrictions on specified business activities, crowd sizes, and more. Crowd-gathering limitations have led to the modification or outright cancellation of Special Events here in Manteo. The 7th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament scheduled for August 15th will now be changed to a virtual format. Participants will be allowed to catch fish any time between the original August 15th start date and Labor Day (September 7th). Kids will be invited to submit photos of their catch (preferably with a tape measure to show the length), and they will be given special tournament t-shirts in exchange for the picture. No fish tales allowed! 

National Night Out was originally scheduled for August 4th with activities such as music, face painting, and a family cook-out. However, a large gathering of people could put our community members at risk during the current public health situation, so the 2020 event has been cancelled. We expect National Night Out to return to Cartwright Park on August 3, 2021.

 

The continuation of crowd-gathering restrictions into August means that we have lost most of the season for the Downtown Market, formerly known as the Farmers Market, so the decision has been made to cancel this 2020 event. Although the market in Manteo was not one of the "certified farmers' markets" noted in the Governor’s previous Executive Order, it was still a very popular weekly event for locals and visitors alike. The market has many outstanding vendors, and we will continue our promotional efforts on social media and online that support these hard-working people through the season.

 

Speaking of businesses, efforts continue to get the Manteo Business Association off the ground. It had been hoped that we could have a large group meeting during July, but the crowd-gathering restrictions are forcing us to take a different approach with a mix of in-person and online attendance. Listening sessions are planned for July 27th, and there will be three time slots at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00. Up to 10 people per time slot will be allowed in person at Town Hall at 407 Budleigh Street, so please reserve your spot by calling Michele Bunce at 473-4101. For those who can't attend in person, please join us online at any of the three sessions using Zoom. Just send an email to Michele at mbunce@manteonc.gov to get the link. During these sessions, we will share ideas and feedback on issues ranging from cooperative marketing to organizational development. There are a range of activities already underway ranging from advertising that promotes local businesses to free COVID-19 window clings to the Discover Manteo website and social media platforms. Please let us know if you would like your listing updated, and we can even help in getting new photographs on the website. Please contact any business owners you know and join us in building something special!

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