Turtle Vandalism Prompts More Beach Restrictions

New vandalism in turtle protection areas at Cape Hatteras has prompted more restrictions near the Rodanthe Pier.

The National Park Service says Sunday morning they found all closure signs and fencing protecting a turtle nest had been removed. The nest itself did not appear to be damaged.

Because of a court ordered consent decree, expanded buffers for turtle protection have been put in place 1.2 miles south of the pier.

The park service says it has also reopened the east side of Cape Point near Buxton to off-road vehicles. That area is now open to ORV traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.


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  • by Chuck Location: Rodanthe on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    I suspect the envionmentalists would be willing to do a little 'light' vadalism (no actual harm to the turtles) to push their agenda. They will not be satisfied until nobody's allowed on the island.
  • by Chuck Location: Rodanthe on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    I suspect the envionmentalists would be willing to do a little 'light' vadalism (no actual harm to the turtles) to push their agenda. They would be satisfied until nobody's allowed on the island.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Jul 30, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    To Jim.....you forgot the gravy!
  • by jim Location: salvo on Jul 30, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    There is a place for Gods creatures. Right next to my potatoes.
  • by Ken Location: Williamston on Jul 29, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    Catch the criminals and stop punishing the law abiding people by closing more areas. People - report anyone you see messing with these areas! Turn them in to the law before they cause us to totally loose our recreation areas. And please don't stop going to the beaches because of this. That is exactly what the environmentalists want us to do. If we stop going - then they win. We the people can share the beach with wildlife and we are smart enough to protect them as well. Please help find the criminals and help protect us all.
  • by Renee Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    No matter what location on the edge of the earth-people should respect the ocean and beaches! This is OUR WORLD, and we need to take care of it, not for our eyes, but for our children & grandchildren. The people who 'tear up' nature, ought to be ashamed of themselves. They are the ones who ruin it for the people who want to protect and preserve this amazing natural habitat and they are just senseless! Not only do we need to protect wild life but the sand and dunes themselves. Let a little air out of your tires, not only does it help prevent getting stuck, you are keeping the beach smooth, and free of ruts. Also, pick up your trash--you don't want to try to relax on a 'trashy' beach--KEEP IT CLEAN! Join a Coastal Preservation group, your really helping keep the beach preserved. Most importantly, enjoy what God has created!
  • by Old Gregg Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    I think a lot of these posts are from The Shredder's Foot Soldiers.
  • by To Jonathan on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    Hatteras may be a recreational park but we do have the responsibility of sharing it with the wildlife. Sea turtles are becoming extinct, plain and simple. If we can find a way of reversing this then I'm all for it. I can't believe the selfish attitude that some of you have concerning God's creatures. Didn't He appoint humans to take care of His creation?
  • by Gator Location: NC on Jul 29, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    Remember, environmentalist used to put spikes in trees in the pacific northwest for the loggers to hit with there chainsaws. They are not against sabotage.
  • by ITS JUST WRONG Location: diamond shoals on Jul 29, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    HATTERAS IS FOR THE HUMANS AMEN BROTHER.
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