With skies expected to clear by late Friday, Dare County authorities have ordered tourists forced to evacuate on Wednesday and Thursday to return to the northern beaches. While the order has not been expanded to Hatteras Island, county personnel stated they expect all tourists who left Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck and Manteo to be back on the beach by 4PM today.
A tourist bureau spokesman reminded evacuated guests that they "had signed binding contracts" which, under a penumbra our attorney's assure is quite enforceable, also contracted tourists to spend money at local stores and restaurants. "We expect those guests to honor the last 36 hours of their commitment to Dare County with their wallets".
Our Virginia Beach bureau reports that Dare County "Tourism Truancy" patrol officers were already rousting former Dare tourists who found refuge in Virginia Beach from bars and nightspots starting around midnight, when it became apparent Earl would not do much damage to the northern part of the county. The ex-pat tourists were held under secure guard at a central Virginia Beach hotel and will be escorted to their cars and back to our beaches starting at 1PM today.