Residential in character, with homes set amidst a maritime forest and canals intersecting streets, Southern Shores is unlike any other town on the Outer Banks. Incorporated as a municipality in 1979, it owes its existence to the vision of one man and his son.

A contract to dredge the swamps was signed – permits for dredging at the time were not necessary – and work moved quickly. The dredged swamps are now the canals that are one of the defining features of Southern Shores.

How Southern Shores Is Administered
Although Southern Shores is governed by a town council, has its own police department, fire department and performs all the functions of an incorporated town, many of the day to day functions are administered by the Southern Shores Civic Association and the Chicahauk Property Owners Association both of which are run by volunteers of the town property owners.