Some Beach Driving Areas Open Again

The National Park Service says the most popular off-road vehicle areas at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the North Carolina Outer Banks have reopened.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported that only small sections of beach remain closed to protect nesting seabirds.

The National Park Service Outer Banks Group says that South Beach and South Point reopened last weekend. South Beach is located near Buxton on Hatteras Island and South Point is located on Ocracoke Island.

Nearly all of Bodie Island Spit also is open to off-road vehicles.

Beach closures are required by a settlement between the park service and environmental groups that sued over protection of endangered species.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Belhaven on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    You are exactly correct...this is all about control. Defenders of the Wildlife and other radical environmental groups have admitted this is just the start of their efforts. They want the entire Hatteras Island closed off to EVERYONE (except them of course). The Park Service and the poor excuse of a Judge Boyle in Raleigh that allowed this to happen should all be buried in the sand there.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    I'm curious as to what "endangered species" they are refering too? Plovers aren't endangered they are on the threatened list. This has nothing to do with wildlife it is all about control.
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