This community consists of numerous barrier islands separated from each other via ocean inlets that connect the Atlantic Ocean to the various estuaries that divide the islands from the mainland. The community has a maximum elevation of 7 meters at the center, and width averaging only a few hundred meters and at a maximum spans 4 kilometers (Pendleton et al., 2004). The islands stretch down the coast as a narrow strip of land separated by various inlets essentially characterized as one community where tourism is the largest industry followed by commercial and recreational fisheries and the real estate business. The economy relies on the late spring, summer and early fall peak tourist seasons so that locals can accumulate enough money to live in the area in the slower months during the rest of the year. The islands are home to a population of roughly 35,000 people year round (The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, 2016).