Closed Section Of Ocracoke Island Beach Expanded

The section of Ocracoke Island beach closed for pre-nesting of shorebirds has been expanded after five signs marking the closure were vandalized.

The National Park Service says the signs were vandalized Monday.

That section of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was closed to protect anticipated breeding areas of shorebirds.

The Park Service said the 2-foot-by-2-foot wooden posts were broken off at the ground, and vehicle tracks were evident at three of them.

Under the terms of a court agreement signed in April 2008, vandalism of fencing requires a 50-meter expansion of the closed area.


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  • by Zach Location: kitty hawk on Mar 26, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    im a local and i drive on the beach, alot. yes there is some ppl that drive stpuidly and they are warned and they stop these people who screwed up are just dumb. as far as the guy who thinks that hes gonna get ran over when hes layin out needs to get over it, he wont get hit. in the summer time go to the beach in kdh, nags head, or kitty hawk there is no beach driving. even right now there is no beach driving in nags head and kitty hawk so anyways everybody that thinks we need to stop driving on the beach is dumb because obviously they havent even driven on the beach before, its a great way to go fishing or just have fun and go for a drive. the piping plover little stupid birds are back so open the beaches up AND DONT CLOSE THEM AGAIN
  • by Mr. Blount Location: beach blanket bingo on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    Ok . . . Everybody off the beach. If you want to see the beach call us and we'll send you pictures. If I cant drive on the beach, you shouldn't be allowed to lay your body on beach. You dont know what that hawaiian tropic tanning oil might be doing to the beach, it might be changing the molecular structure of the sand. STAY OFF THE BEACH!!!!! Thank God for us environmentalists, because we care about the stuff that you dont have time to.
  • by Daisy Location: Bath on Mar 26, 2009 at 03:26 AM
    People wake up. The more damage you do, the less beach we're going to have access to. Keep right on and there won't be any beach to conveniently drive on or enjoy.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    To: the Truth Location: islander...The truth is on the other side of the mirror that you are looking into. You wouldn't know the truth if you fell into a pile of it...
  • by vet Location: USA on Mar 25, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    I grew up on the beach, and I have seen all you "Donkeys" destroy it. I could care less about the local economy. Beaches were not made to drive on.. So, find you selfish little butt another hobby. Join the military, there is plenty of sand to drive on over there. We will not miss you..
  • by theTruth Location: islander on Mar 25, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    J Gville: you probably have never even seen a beach in person. You have no idea of what the locals are doing and you dont care. You just want to save a bird even it means the local economy suffers. Stay in Gville with the rest of the rednecks and stay out of things you have no knowledge of.
  • by James Location: OBX on Mar 25, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    J in Greenville. There are many many places to go layout that does not allow orv's. There is limited area's that allow orv's on them. We have lost over half of the places that allowed orv's. Most of the places closed now you are not even allowed to walk on. So you must not know what you are talking about!!! If you did you might be upset that your tax money is paying for the NPS that you are now not allowed even visit. The Nation Parks should be open to all who wish to visit them. So please inform yourself before opening your mouth about something you are not informed on. Yes most of us locals are fighting this closure and will continue to. We are doing petitions and fighting this in court. Many have spent countless hours trying to negotiate for free and open beaches. So tell me that we are not gripping!!!
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    TheTruth, you dont know me, dont talk to me that way. I grew up at the beach. You are probably one of the ones that are making them close off more beach because you cant keep your stupid truck off of the prohibited area. Im sure the "locals" arent griping as much as you are. Stop pretending you ARE ONE. Now get back to the story.
  • by theTruth Location: islander on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    J Gville...stay inland...you have no idea of what this stupid no access rule is doing to the locals. Keep your stupid comments to yourself.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    The beaches aren't getting SHUT DOWN. I dont mind people driving on the beach but it starts to get pretty aggravating when you cant really lay anywhere because you haveto walk through nasty black sand from nasty tires. They really need to stick with the MAIN areas to drive on the beach, NOT in front of condos or houses. So yes, Eastern NC IS beaches but SOME people would like to be able to actually SIT on those beaches. My argument is I guess with people driving all over the place.
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