To me the diversity of accomadations on OBX has been its great appeal in recent years, say since the mid 80s. You have the huge homes in Currituck County (although I have to say that the Pine Island development leaves alot to be desired from an aesthetic point of view)all the way to the motel rooms of Nags Head, and everything in between.
But with the popularity of OBX, and the increasing property values and property taxes, change as you talk about is sure to come. It has ruined many parts of the New Jersey shore. Huge oceanfront homes are being torn down in NJ and rebuilt with larger homes.....same as I see being done in Whalehead.
I would hate to see more high rise hotels....they should be zoned out.
I am surprised that the developers are going for homes rather than bigger motels/hotels.
It is truly sad to see the mom and pop motels disappearing and taking with them a segment of the population that may not be able to experience the beauty of OBX. In addition, the retro, 50s style motels are part of the fabric of the OBX that is being lost forever.
I believe that the Towns of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head should take another look at their current zoning plan....maybe some sort of local historic district should protect things that can never be replaced....maybe like Nags Head did to protect the classic Nags Head cottages.
I hope the OBX never becomes another Virginia Beach, or Myrtle Beach, or Hilton Head.....don't get me wrong, those places are OK, but we don't need another one here.