“Nights in Rodanthe” house for sale for $1.25 million in North Carolina

The “Nights in Rodanthe” house, the setting of the 2008 movie starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, just went on sale for $1.25 million.

The six-bedroom home sits on the oceanfront just off N.C. 12 in the village of Rodanthe.

“I’m getting calls from Germany already,” said longtime Outer Banks realtor Frank Jakob. “I expect this house to go for more than I’m asking.”

Ben and Debbie Huss of Newton bought the house with the distinctive blue shutters in 2009. The house had to be moved a few hundred yards from a precarious spot at the north end of Rodanthe where the surf washed against the deck steps.

Huss decorated four rooms to match the movie set – Richard Gere’s blue bedroom, Diane Lane’s room with willow tree designs on the wallpaper, the kitchen and the sitting room.

The movie’s interior scenes were shot at a Wilmington studio.

Huss was not getting to stay in the home as much as he wanted and decided to sell, Jakob said.

Huss plans to replace the siding and windows as part of the sale, Jakob said. A billboard about the house goes up next week along N.C. 12. The house consistently earns $125,000 a season in rental income, he said.

Richmond has a Figg span, too.

The Richmond area has a major bridge by the same company that designed the Florida structure that collapsed.

The Richmond area has a major bridge by the same company that designed the under-construction Florida structure that collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people.

Tallahassee-based Figg Bridge Engineers designed the Varina-Enon Bridge, which has carried Interstate 295 across the James River east of Richmond since 1990. The $34.4 million structure was the second bridge the company designed using distinctive center-cable supports. The first was Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a more than 4-mile crossing of Tampa Bay in Florida.

The bridge that collapsed Thursday was near Florida International University in Miami. It connected the school with the Sweetwater community across a busy highway, Tamiami Trail. As of Friday, at least 10 people had been taken to hospitals, and rescue workers still were combing through the wreckage for survivors and victims.

In 2012 a Figg bridge under construction between Chesapeake and Portsmouth collapsed into the Elizabeth River, injuring four. State officials fined the company $28,000 for the collapse.

The company website says that the Varina-Enon span was its first to use large precast concrete sections, moved into place complete, supported by wire cables. The bridge survived a direct hit from a tornado in 1992. The twister later did significant damage in Petersburg.

Standing in Solidarity

Local students join nationwide school walkout in remembrance of Parkland, Florida

At 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, about 90 students file out the front door of Open High School. Some hold signs, some chat with their friends and some walk quietly with hands in their pockets and hoods over their heads. The high schoolers cross Pine Street and line up along Belvidere.

“We’re going to have 17 minutes of silence for each of the individuals who were shot that day,” student Josue Ramirez says to the group.

Ramirez reads aloud the names of the students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who died Feb. 14. He then reminds his classmates to please be respectful of the moment of silence, and a reverent hush falls over the crowd. With teachers and school administrators watching over them, the students stand in silence until 10:17 a.m.

Belvidere Street is relatively busy, and as cars and trucks fly by the kids, dozens honk and wave in solidarity. When the 17 minutes are up, the adults begin shepherding the group back to Open High, reminding them that it’s still a school day.

For 17-year-old junior Josiah Salgado, the walkout is an opportunity to be a part of something bigger.

“That was a little surreal for me. I have never in my life done anything like that for a bigger cause,” he says before returning to class. “I’ve never done anything bigger than me, and that’s really been calling to me recently. Parkland really hit me in terms of my peers and my safety and gun control in general.”

Salgado, who’s compiling a short film about the ongoing student-led movement on school safety and gun control, plans to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington on Saturday, March 24. He thought about sticking around Richmond that weekend for the march to the state capitol, but he feels that the protest in Washington will have a larger impact. He turns 18 in a few weeks, and he can’t wait for his first opportunity to vote. He’s already registered.

“It’s kind of sad, honestly, that we have to be the ones to do this,” Salgado says. “But I think it’s good because it’s going to show that our generation specifically is rising up and taking initiative to fix our problems that we have right now.”

About 10 miles away in Mechanicsville, students at Atlee High School also stand up and walk out of their classrooms. According to 17-year-old senior Kate Dotson, who finished a writing Standards of Learning test in time to join the walkout, teachers directed them to the school auditorium. Many students felt that “was not right,” she says, so part of the group left the building and stood around the flagpole instead.

“It was empowering to stand with people who were not afraid of standing up for their peers and their future, knowing that we were making a difference,” Dotson says.