Living and Working in Chincoteague

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by delawaredell, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

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    Nov 20, 2009
    I just got job offers at two companies located near Chincoteague Island. I currently live in Newark DE, have a great job in the area, and do love the life I have there, but ever since I lived at the beach for a few summers as a lifeguard, I liked the idea of living in a more rural area, being able to surf before/after work, and maybe during lunch break.
    To me, its a dream to be able to have a good job, making a difference in the world, AND living at the beach. If I can go to work and score waves at the same time, instead itching for the weekends, it seems like a win to me.
    I'm 90% sure I'm going to take one of the jobs, but wanted some feedback on people that live in Chincoteague, or people that have made the choice to change lifestyles so they could live at the beach. Or feedback on if I should live somewhere else, and just work in Chincoteague.
     
  2. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    I didn't know where either of those places were so after a little google mapping, I have this to say... There's nothing like living on a barrier island. It's a unique thing that not everyone gets a chance to do. That being said, you're probably not going to want to hit up any spots other than what's out your backdoor. It seems like from Newark you have a pretty good supply of places to go to within decent drive. Your still pretty close to your people back home if you go to the island too. I'd say go for it! Hopefully you're 91% sure now.
     

  3. Dawn_Patrol

    Dawn_Patrol Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2007
    Chincoteague seems like a cool little town. Been there many times, surfed it a bunch and its a beautful area but the waves are gutless and inconsistent. i see the chinco crew surfing up in OCMD a lot...but they seem to like it down there and i dont blame them. id rather live in a cool place and have to look around a bit for surf than live in a dump.
     
  4. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    When I was young, my dad (coast guard) was stationed In Chincoteague. We lived I'm wallops island, not much around there brother. I live in bear, so I am very versed with newark. Yeah, u will be closer to the beach, but its very different down there. Either way, good luck to ya!
     
  5. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Tell me you were drunk when you posted this...
     
  6. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    I live in Lewes, De. I've never been to Chincoteague, but i know there is not much around the area, so it is going to be quite a culture shock. You might want to get acquainted with the area, before making a decision. I'm guessing the job is with the NASA center down there? If its an awesome job, you have to weight out the different factors...
     
  7. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

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    Nov 20, 2009
    Yes it's with NASA. I'm an engineer and I've found there are not too many engineering jobs in the Delmarva area that are very interesting. Initially I'll be in Dagsboro at a small place my parents and I own, but it's a long commute from there and I'll probably get sick of my parents coming down every few weeks. But it will give me time to explore different places like pocomoke, Salisbury, Berlin, chinco etc before committing to a place to live full time.
    If anyone is part of the "chinco crew" I'd love to talk with you and get connected to that community.
    Oh also, I drive on to assateague from the Maryland side all the time, is the permit the same when you drive on from the Virginia side?
     
  8. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I did refrig repair for a supermarket and did the stores from Cape Charles to Parksley. I could never find access to waves. I was told Assategue(?) was the closest beach break from the south. Need a boat to get to any consistent break. Fisherman's Island is a great place when there's a hurricane. South swell and NE winds brings in long big lefts. I saw a guy catch a wave from the point to under the Chesp bay bridge. there was a boat waiting there and drove him back.
     
  9. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    You'll be a hell of a lot closer than Newark. Permit is the same. Good Luck.
     
  10. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    I imagine most of the people that live down there are with NASA.
    I'd try to find some contacts within NASA to get a hold of.
     
  11. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

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    Nov 20, 2009
    I have been to a couple of the bird sanctuary islands that are there to surf and only caught the surf good once. But I'm excited to explore more of that area with my skiff.

    Yes, I'm trying to talk to some folks at NASA that surf. I'm sure I'll be able to find a few like minded people, but wanted to check it out on here.
     
  12. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    Let me know if NASA needs any surf forecast consulting :)
    Although, I'm sure they have their weather needs taken care of.
     
  13. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Might be worth checking out Snow Hill, Maryland. It seems like a cool town that hasn't been taken over by retirees yet, is within an easy commute to Wallops, near decent waves at Assateague OCMD, etc.
     
  14. jchafard

    jchafard Well-Known Member

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    Aug 10, 2011
    It takes a certain person to live here. Be prepared to see way less people in a day. This place is so desolate aside from the high season and weekends it makes you wonder how people live here at all.

    I love it, however. And the surf has been epic many a time here.... Not to mention OC is a short drive when the conditions call for the drive.
     
  15. brewengineer

    brewengineer Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    I always wanted to visit that area when I lived in VA. I only got to drive through, but didn't stop. It seems like a beautiful and quiet part of the East coast, which is something I like. Good luck to you. Engineering positions on the coast are not easy to find.
     
  16. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

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    Nov 20, 2009
    I grew up in a very small town, and liked it at the time. I am unsure how I will like it now. I've never been to Snow Hill, I'll have to check that out too.
     
  17. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Last century, I was in a supply house I was talking about getting a boat and giving it a go with the owner who fishes. He says it's extremely sharky around there with the fish processing plants and such. told me you can get a whole fish in your boat.
     
  18. Laird's acting coach

    Laird's acting coach Well-Known Member

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    Feb 1, 2012
    I own some property down in that area by Wallops but I have never done anything with it. It is really dead down there especially in the winter. I would give it a go for a couple years but be prepared to have an exit strategy. This is not where you want to set up shop for the rest of your life.
     
  19. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I think getting fresh water will be an issue in the future. In the summer, we go to the ES of Va. to get away from tourons. This year most farms were dried up. from what some farmers told us, there's a moratorium on using ground water for crops since the larger farms have depleted the wells.
    If you ever have time and are on the ES, there's some cool crap on the side roads. If you take you very first right out of the toll there's a butterfly garden. But beyond that, there's an old cannon battery you can explore. there's stairs that you can climb and get a panoramic view of the marsh and ocean. there's tons of critters. there's a boat ramp further down the road if you got a vehicle to access the break at fishermans Island. there's a placard at the battery that said FI was a place they quarantine people before going into port. you sure didn't want to sneeze during that leg of the trip.
     
  20. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

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    Nov 20, 2009
    Well, tomorrow is the last day at my current job and I start work next Monday. Looking forward to moving down. Unfortunately, I had ACL surgery two weeks ago, and the doc says 5 more months til I'm surfing. Kind of puts a downer on the move, but I suppose it will be good for me to concentrate on the new job, especially at the beginning.
    give me a shout if you live in the area and want to grab some brews in the evening, looking forward to making some new friends in my new home.