Two Charged With Breaking Beach Driving Rules

National Park Service officials say two people have been cited for entering an off-limits area of a North Carolina Outer Banks beach that was closed to protect endangered birds and turtles.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that the pair was spotted Thursday by a ranger inside a pre-nesting area on the east side of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.

Paul Stevens with the Park Service said the juvenile and 18-year-old males were from Minnesota and said they were trying to chase fish back toward their boat. He didn't release their names.

Each of them faces a fine of $150.

The pre-nesting area is one where birds are expected to establish nests. The areas were put into place March 14.


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  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Apr 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Well its April and the false environmentalists have started again. There has been another act of vandalism perpetrated by the "protectors". I hope everyone knows that those claiming to be environmentalist are the ones doing the vandalizing in an effort to get full closure. I'd like to camp out with no vehicle inside the dune line of one of those enclosures, that is the only way the tree huggers are going to get caught. That should be enough of a shock to that joke of a judge boyle (no caps on purpose) to vacate this idiotic injunction.
  • by beach driver Location: kitty hawk on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    MOVE THE BIRDS
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Mar 24, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Have you noticed that everyone who complains is either a yankee, a transplant yankee, or someone who lives there and is selfish and wants it all to themselves. ie-artie. I disagree with fed up, that is not the manner to approach the situation so it is my sincerest hope that you comment in jest. What if I think you shouldn't live on a barrier island artie, i bet you would be defensive about that. The people who drive on the beach responsibly actually provide a service to the environment. A couple like these two idiots need to be made an example of. Driving on the beach the RIGHT way does not hurt anything. But just like everything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
  • by fed-up Location: Aurora on Mar 24, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Personaly I think every sporteman, every fisherman, every camper, and everyone else who cares about there God given rights, should gather at Hatteras Beach and proceed to drive up and down the beach in a very organized manner and refuse to stop for any park ranger, who by the way can drive when and where he wants to. And if any tree-huggers show up they should be tossed into the sea.
  • by Mr. Blount Location: beached on Mar 23, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Oh..No! the little grains of sand will never be in the same spot. We'll never recover...Bahh-Hahh!!!!!!
  • by Artie Location: Salter Path on Mar 23, 2009 at 03:50 PM
    To all you evil, selfish, destructive people of nature, No one should drive on the beach....NO ONE...
  • by Nick Location: Farmville on Mar 23, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    What a couple of idiots! Chasing fish with you vehicle back towards your boat!??? LOL! I've never heard of such a thing. They should get a fine for just being STUPID! I weep for the youth of today. They probably couldn't read either. IDIOTS!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    Just do what big industry does; pay your fine and keep on walking. Enjoy those 5 eyed fish coming out of the Pamlico. Do they shut down Onslow beach where the Marines train to protect turtles and birds? Where is the consistency?
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Mar 23, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    I am going to have to agree with kat and wilma. The whole beach driving deal has gotten out of hand. However, events just like this is what has given the environmentalist a foot to stand on. And once again, visitors from the north. Its not a matter of didn't know, they didn't care. I agree community service would be an excellent choice. By inconveniencing the out-of-staters by having to be HERE to complete their "punishment" it will entice other to not make the same mistake. Also if records are kept you will find that it would be a win win. The ones that make the mess and cause the problems will be the ones to clean it up. Also, the community service needs to be at least 24hours. That will generate business because they will have to stay to complete their sentence. Driving on the beach DOES NOT hurt anything when done responsibly and most of us fighting to continue to do so do just that. Its the morons like these two that need to be made an example of. 150 bucks- a joke!
  • by kat on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    Environmentalists just go too far sometimes. Closing that beach off to driving has probably put a loss of money to the area due to people finding other places to go. Thus, less jobs. When protecting the environment comes before people having work there is a problem or when the reason is just ridiculous anyways like in this case (where they saw one turtle and closed the beach down to driving a while back). The environment may need protecting but we need people working more. Not that I think what these kids were doing is right I do think that beach shouldn't be closed off. I also think people should quit trying to keep PCS Phosphate from being able to mine more land which would CREATE more jobs. Sorry but the environment comes second to people feeling secure. We all know what happens when people start to lose everything and it is NOT always good.
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