Vandalism Extends Closed Beach Area

The National Park Service has expanded two closed areas on the Outer Banks because of vandalism to signs and fences that protect nesting areas for endangered birds.

Both incidents are under investigation. They were discovered Saturday on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore at beach access Ramps 23 and 27.

At Ramp 23, a barricade was broken and fencing and signs were torn down. At Ramp 27 a vehicle drove through the fencing and entered two protected areas.

The park said neither incident resulted damage to nests or chicks.

Beach closures are required by a settlement between the park service and environmental groups that sued over protection of endangered species. The agreement requires that closed areas be enlarged in the case of vandalism.

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

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  • by bill Location: buxton on Jul 19, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    You sure it wasnt a NPS person...No birds etc injured or why is it closed? Just a couple of questions that come to my mind.
  • by Truth Location: washington on Jun 30, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    They should be caught and have their heads cut off!
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 30, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    When you act stupid, this is what happens. These are the people that are complaining about it and yet they are making it worse on everyone else because o their ignorance. You can't fix stupid.
  • by OBXer Location: Outer Banks on Jun 30, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    This definately had to be a drunk backwoods redneck who thought it would be funny, Now those involved have ruined what we did have. Driving on the beach and spending time with the family has always been a funtime for us. Now as usual the innocent has to deal with the consequences that come from the guilty. COME ON PEOPLE WISE UP !
  • by obx-er Location: obx on Jun 30, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    Has anyone checked with the gate-keeper, so to speak. Think about it. "They" want to keep vehicles off the beach and with every act of vandelism "they" close more beach. I personally know two park rangers and have expressed my concern, but have been told that this whole beach thing is being handled by the big boys!
  • by Michael Location: W'mston on Jun 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    This is why you cannot hardly drive on the beach, come on people think about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    The vandals are likely those opposed to beach driving on the OBX. It would be nice if they could catch the perpetrators and found out their intentions.

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