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The Front Porch

Welcome to Bald Head Island

This is a unique barrier island community where we strive to live in harmony with nature. This fragile barrier island contains four ecosystems comprised of beach front, dune ridge, maritime forest and the marsh.   As a community, we strive to live in harmony with each other and our island visitors, respecting the land and our way of life. This is a secluded island where each person must take responsibility for their own well-being.  We encourage you to enjoy your time here.  Be a part of a special place!

 

YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT!

 

EMERGENCIES

  • Always call 911. Let us come to you.
  • Paramedics/Firefighters/Police are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • An island medical clinic is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm.

FIRE SAFETY

  • Know your street address in addition to your house name.
  • No fireworks.
  • Monitor open flames of candles and cigarettes.

ROAD SAFETY

  • Licensed drivers only.
  • No driving while impaired.
  • All traffic laws strictly enforced; top speed is 18 mph
  • Approach and pass bicyclists with caution.

BEACH PRESERVATION & SAFETY

  • Use only designated beach accesses. Stay off dunes ($500 fine).
  • Leave the beach as you found it. Remove furnishings and fill in holes.
  • Walking on stabilized sand groins and rock jetties is prohibited.

WATER SAFETY

  • Swim at your own risk. There are no lifeguards.
  • Know how to swim out of an undertow.
  • Be aware of rip currents.
  • Note beach access number for emergency response. Call 911 for emergencies.

BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

  • Helmets are required for those 16 years old and younger.
  • Ride bicycles with the traffic; walk against the traffic.
  • Bicyclists are subject to the same rules of the road as other vehicles (Stay to the Right).

PET SAFETY

  • Any dog on the beach from sunset to sunrise every day during Turtle Season (May through November) must be leashed.
  • Pick up after your dog.
  • Place IDs on all pets.

WILDLIFE

  • Do not feed, approach or harass alligators ($500 fine) or any other wildlife. Never approach a sea turtle (up to a $100,000 fine).
  • Report unusual animal behavior to 911.
  • Acquire a salt water fishing license before fishing in marsh or ocean. (http://www.ncwildlife.org/)