Judge Holds Hearing On Beach Access Plan

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- A national park official has told a federal judge that beach-closing rules for the 2009 bird and turtle nesting season will start next week on the Outer Banks.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore superintendent Mike Murray told U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle on Thursday that some closures will begin March 14 in areas where nesting has occurred before.

Those closed areas will be adjusted as birds and turtles arrive and establish new patterns.

Murray says this season will be the first full year of operations under an agreement between environmentalists and the park service for protection of endangered birds and turtles. Boyle asked numerous questions as Murray discussed the 2008 closures, which were hotly opposed by some outdoors groups and local businesses.

The superintendent was the only witness.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by beach girl Location: washington on Mar 10, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    Well if the beach are shut down I don,t need to go and spent MY MONEY there. Who pay the salary for the park ranger? If you close the beach down lay off the park rangers!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    On all of Americas Money it is said, "In God WE Trust." Well, Whom ever pays the most money will win this issue. It is my belief that the environment truly belongs to God. With my thoughts, the word God should be removed from American money. This is where the word God is used in vane.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 5, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    Whats next? Are they going to try to shut down every inch of the outer banks beaches all year from allowing anybody to take their automobiles out onto the beach? That's what boyle (not Boyle) and some of these other idiots will try to do one day. They need to realize that as bad as the economy is already, this could put a lot o hurting to the Outer Banks locals who depend a lot on business coming from people that go on the beach, whether it's to fish, surf, swim, look for seashells, or just go tanning. Shame on those politicians!
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Ahh good job WITN, you read my comment on the previous article. Now we know the timetable for the "season."
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