DARE Co., N.C. - Dare County officials said they have received reports of fliers being placed, in some cases illegally, on cars with out-of-state license plates.
They said this has been reported in parking lots and at residences throughout the county. "The flier sends a hateful and negative message and Dare County said they do not condone the action or message. The flier claims to be on behalf of Dare County residents, but that is not the reality," officials said.
The flier, provided by a News 3 viewer said in part, "We do not care if the local, state or federal government declares it safe to enter Dare County, it is not safe to be anywhere other than your primary place of residency during these times. Return to your homes. You are not here during the season to work with us. You are not here in the off season to struggle with us. You do not weather the hurricanes and floods with us."
Non-resident property owners and visitors are an integral part of the community, officials added.
Next week, property owners will be welcomed back and with time and as conditions allow visitors will also eventually be welcomed.
"The whole of our community is greater than the sum of its parts. Together, Dare County’s year round residents, property owners and visitors are what make it such a truly special place," the Sheriff's Office said on social media. They added, "Tensions and stresses are high, but now is the time to act with compassion and kindness. Please respect your neighbors and visitors to Dare County, and create a warm and welcoming environment that is familiar to those who love and support our community."