Judge Allows More Vehicle Access On Outer Banks Beaches

A federal judge has given a bit of wiggle room to tight restrictions on beach driving designed to protected endangered birds and turtles on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle has approved additional access to beaches where there are unhatched turtle nests after Sept. 15. Beaches that had been totally closed will be closed between sunset and 6 a.m.

Boyle also has allowed the National Park Service more leeway when closed areas are entered illegally. Old rules said the buffer around a nest would be expanded permanently if the buffer was violated. The new rule is that the buffer can be reduced to its original size if the violator is caught.

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  • by Deborah Location: Dare County Resident on Jun 19, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    Just wanted to say I am a native here on the OBX and I have always loved going out to Oregon Inlet on the beach. I will say just last week I went down that way and just past Salvo there is a number of ramps on the left hand side of the road that you can get out there on the beach with your truck, the best one I found was ramp 30 & 31 . To me Oregon Inlet is my favorite but I guess if you can't get out there on the beach these ramps will do.
  • by OBXFAN Location: Williamston on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    I agree 100% b. I have been going to Oregon Inlet for about 6 years. It is a whole lot of fun and a lot easier. I don't care if they close part but the whole right side doesn't make much sense to me...
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 3, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    Open the entire beach at ALL accesses. Geez! Some kind of treehugger laws that this federal government has!
  • by BeachBubba Location: OBX on Jun 3, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    But theres' less than 10 miles (out of 50 miles)of beach available on Hatteras Island due to the ever-increasing closures. And remember, many of the closures are TOTAL closures, meaning that the beaches are closed to both vehicles and people who want to simply walk on the beaches.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 3, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Opening all of the beaches is a ridicuous statement. I dont mind that there are SOME places for people to drive, but it needs to be kept to a minimum. I've been there, done that, but don't care for it where families and other people are enjoying the beach......... its already enough that I have to inhale nasty cigarette smoke when I'm trying to enjOy the beach, I'd rather not inhale gas fumes or have to lay in black crud from vehicles and then everything you own is black. Keep it to a restricted area for driving please!
  • by b on Jun 3, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    Finally, a decision that goes the way it should, but still not right. These animals nest these areas because the presence of trucks and people keep the predators (such as coons and possums) from eating their eggs. That's why they don't nest (for the most part) on secluded beaches---predators get them. The birds and turtles will survive anyway--not endangered, but people's means of income and revenue are endangered. OPEN ALL THE BEACHES!!!!!

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