Park Service Suggests Limits On Hatteras Beach Use

A proposal from the National Park Service would allow vehicles year-round access to 40 percent of a popular Outer Banks beach.

A plan released on Friday said drivers would be able to use 29 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, with some limits during the breeding periods of sea birds. Off-road vehicles would be able to access another 23 miles of the 68-mile seashore during some parts of the year.

About 16 miles would be permanently closed to vehicles.

The new rules are an attempt to settle a dispute between environmental activists who want to protect seashore animals and outdoors groups who want access to the beach for recreational activities.

The government will have public hearings on the matter and has proposed several other alternatives to its preferred plan.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    Unless you fight this nonsense, it will keep going like that bunny....birds adapt. ADAPT, for those bird poop catchers, means they adjust to noise and what goes on around them. You know, build a nest where...important not...the bird feels is safe!!!! You Hatteras people need to fight this...next it will be the CO2 from the flactuance (sp) of Ocracoke Ponies...they never stop, don't you either.
  • by DO-WAN-CHEW Location: hong cong on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    Does this mean I can't still enjoy my turtle soup?
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    These people better do all they can, The people are getting involved now with school boards and all goverment. The TEA PARTY EXPRESS is coming and the insiders are getting KICKED out! "we the people" are not standing for this mess anymore.Step aside corrupt leftys and rightys, common sense is here.
  • by jon holmes on Mar 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Jim and kenny,get a clue guys. It is this kind if ignorance that gives us eastern North carolinians a bad name.
  • by Big Momma Location: Hatteras N.C. on Mar 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    We're from the government, we're hear to help! How can it be open full time, year round, when the Park Service is able to pick when it closes? 29/68 miles? Last year there was so much string and yellow tape roping off breading grounds, it looked like a spaghetti factory blew up. A whole entrance ramp was completely closed not allowing anyone, tourist or otherwise access to the beach in an area in Salvo. I'd like the park service to show us just one of those birds. Just one! And...has anyone looked into the trappings and killings of red fox, rabbits and other animals that are found on Hatteras Island in order to PRESERVE the habitat for the piping plovers?
  • by DJ Location: HI on Mar 6, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    I say close down the cities that house the bird lovers. They ran out species that lived in these areas to build these places. Let's give that back to the animals as well. Tear down the cities....the birds were evicted and have no place to live! At least with the seashore both animals and humans alike can use these places in harmony.
  • by Jim Location: SC on Mar 6, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    God gave man dominion over the animals, not the other way around. I say use the beaches and let the birds figure out how to cope. They're amazing creatures and will adapt.
  • by Kenny Location: Williamston on Mar 5, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    Once again the environmentalists are trying to close our beaches. They are trying for total closure but fortunately the park service has been able to keep some open for the PEOPLE to use as well as the birds. I wonder how they would propose to protect the birds if they chose to breed in Myrtle Beach or Virginia Beach. Would they try to stop all access there too? Keep our beaches open to the public please. We can manage to live with the birds - just not the birdbrains.
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