Beach Battle Goes Back To Court

A federal judge has called a hearing for an update on the status of a settlement agreement between environmentalists and beach access advocates over driving on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle scheduled the hearing for Thursday morning in Elizabeth City.

The hearing comes after a committee abandoned its efforts to agree on an off-road vehicle plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore after more than a year of meetings. Now, the park superintendent will devise the plan

A court-sanctioned agreement closed some beaches to pedestrians and vehicles during the nesting months for endangered birds and sea
turtles last year.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:00 PM
    Don't drive on the beach.. Let your "fat donkey walk." A visit is all well and good, but if you are too lazy to walk, stay away..The beach is not a highway, and it was never meant to be.
  • by Mr. Blount Location: Driving on the beach on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    The environment must be maintained at all costs. If it means a few jobs, oh well. We must take care of the sand, and the blue spotted featherless beach bumm. Ah ha, you though I had flipped, didn't ya.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    What this article needs to point out is just how long the "nesting months" for these animals really are, and if these animals are nesting at the same time or if the birds nest in April and the turtles in June. Nobody wants to see a species go extinct, but we still want to have our vacation spots open as well. I think there is just no resolving this issue due to the lack of middle ground between the tree-huggers and the beach-goers. The only way I see to resolve this is to take Brad's advice and have a little Civil War between the environmentals and the Outer Bankers. Just let 'em go at it until there's one side standing and the other is defeated. Based on my experience with environmental types and OBXers, I'm betting they go save a whale elsewhere haha. Besides, it's not like they're trying to make the beach like I-95 or anything, a million cars driving on the sand daily. The seagulls here in Washington don't seem to mind cars at all.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Tim, I have a big feeling that you are right about this. It probably will come down to politics as well, and I say that boyle, (not Boyle) needs to get a freaking life and leave us Outer Banks lovers alone.
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    Agreed, this whole ordeal is an effort for that moron Boyle to get a feather in his hat and possibly get himself a fat cat lobbyist job once the judiciary system figures out he is a moron. Isn't he elected in his position, or appointed? If appointed, by whom? I'd be willing to wager that the environmentalist are kicking back cash to the campaign of who appoints him, or to judge boyle himself. Lower case on purpose because capital letters indicate proper nouns or respect of which boyle in neither!
  • by Brad Location: Winterville on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Someone is eventually going to say 'enough of you liberals and environmentalists trying to take away our freedoms, its time to take action', and that's exactly what is going to happen. Someone is going to take DRASTIC measures. All I can say is 'you asked for it, now you're getting it'.
  • by Sam Location: WIlliamston on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    Those environmentalists need to shut up and do something else with their life. How about find something better to do than to ruin activities for the Outer Banks locals and tourists. Driving on the beach is not going to hurt anything. Let it go and leave us alone.
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