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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