Driving Restrictions In Effect Along Outer Banks Beaches

Summer beach driving restrictions near villages along the North Carolina Outer Banks are going into effect.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore closes beaches in front of villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands as a safety measure during the summer season when people walk and lounge on the sand.

Seashore Superintendent Mike Murray said the annual closures will start Friday.

Beach driving will be banned on Bodie Island in the Coquina Beach area.

Driving also is banned on Hatteras Island on beaches fronting Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon.

Other Hatteras closures include beaches around Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

On Ocracoke, beaches are closed to driving in three areas.

The closures are along with restrictions that are in place to protect endangered birds and turtles.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 15, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    I agree with "Me", or ride a bike. If you just have to kick up sand/dirt drive in someones tobacco or corn field.
  • by JC Location: eastern NC on May 15, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Beach Guy - If you understand why these rules are in place then why are you complaining about them? The beach is not closed - It is closed to vehicles to protect people's safety. It would not make sense to ban vehicles in the winter when very few people are on the beach. Don't worry the beach isn't going to be closed - Just closed to vehicles.
  • by someone Location: NC on May 15, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    I really don't think the towns make money off of people driving on the beach and no they are not closing the beach, just keeping vehicles from ruining it for everyone else.
  • by Beach Comber Location: Cape Hatteras on May 15, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    If you want to drive on the sand just join the Marines, Lord knows they need you! they drive in the sand plenty!!!
  • by Beach Guy Location: Greenville on May 15, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    I understand these rules and why they are being put in place. But to me it seems like we are being punished. If the beach's are going to be closed, then in needs to be in the winter. Not during the summer time!!! Especially when these beach towns are making a ton of money off all these people that enjoy "Driving On The Beach"!!! If this keeps up, then they will close all the beach's before it's all said and done with. Makes absolutely no sense to me.
  • by Me Location: NC on May 15, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Good - Walk and get some exercise.
  • by J Location: Gville on May 15, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    and let the whinning begin.
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