Cape Hatteras Beach Closures Start Again

All beaches within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are now closed to off-road vehicles in the late night and early morning hours.

The beaches are closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily beginning Saturday as part of a consent decree designed to protect breeding shorebirds and sea turtle nests. The closure will remain in effect until November 15th.

Other closures will be in effect depending on where breeding areas and nests are found.


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  • by joe ann on May 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    well, i am so sorry that i have offensed you people because of trying to save a few of our critters. If any one of you could experitence the birth of these animals at night you would be ashamed. It is allsome.
  • by Rick Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    I feel that it needs to be said that prohibiting people from an activity based on fear is overkill. To my best understanding there has never been a documented case of a beach driver harming or killing a Plover. If my memory serves me correctly, the only case involvrd a Park Ranger. As far as the turtles go I agree with protecting them. I disagree with the means by which it is being performed. Up until the recent regulations there were no problems with sharing the beach with turtles. The old means of erecting a sand fence barrier was enough to do the job. To Joe Ann: you may hold the answer, if enough of you tree huggers would man the nests we could all use the beach when we wnated to, you would be able to document vehicle - nest interactions to make your case, or perhaps to see the situation a little more open mindedly. Fisherpeople we may get the last laugh when the new Bonner bridge runs through the Pea Island Refuge and funding to maintain the road to the refuge is lost.
  • by Craig Location: G-Vegas on May 4, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    There are some looney birds in this topic. I love to drum fish/shark fish at night and yes I drive on the beach in my truck. I abide by the law and do what is right. Like I said before, close the beach when the turtles are there; laying eggs and haching. These freakn Piping Plovers don't nest on the surf where the fishermen go. They nest on the dunes and grasy areas. One of things I enjoy most in life is sitting in the back of my truck with my son on the beach at night, waiting for that red drum to strike. It is beautiful. Ban driving on the dunes don't take my freedom. Enforce laws that are already there instead of eliminating freedom. This is like taking recess away from 4th graders because 1 kid in the class is a bully. BS is what this is.
  • by joe ann on May 4, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    no, I am not kidding and yes it was worth the fight and the eventually lose of my husband. My kids are grown now and many nights I did leave them to sit by nest of sea turtles or birds, even assisting the turtles to the ocean. I have helped hundreds. I can't even tell you the warmth and happyness that i felt. I have seen many a turtle or birds nest runned over by a car tire. It is so hurtful. My kids understood my need to be on the beach by our home most nights. My husband finally could not understand and that was fine. My kids still understand even thoses they don't share my love for protecting them. To MIKE, yes it was worth it and still is.
  • by Kara Location: Belhaven on May 3, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    My family and I love going to the beach. Just going and sitting on the beach and hearing the ocean and all the wildlife is what my vacation is all about. There is nothing more beautiful than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Due to an injury that was the fault of another person, i'm unable to walk those dunes and track through the sand as I used to and I fully depend on my husband and our 4 wheel truck to get me to that beautiful shore. During the day or at night its so serene. We love to fish for reddrum off the shore at night and we would no longer be able to do so. Please don't take it away from those who love it. Punish the ones who harm, not everyone. The government is taking everything away, from healthcare to our driving rights. Help us to help you. PROTECT NOT PROHIBIT
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 07:55 PM
    Joe ann...please tell me you're kidding. If not, yours will probably be one of the funniest stories I tell my co-workers this month.
  • by Mike Location: Hatteras on May 3, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    So joe ann, you bailed on your family to watch over a stupid little "critter", and your husband left you. I hope it was worth it.
  • by monk Location: coast on May 3, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    im not suprised buy anything our so called goverment does. my family loves the beach and also enjoys the wildlife we see when there.most avid beach lovers that i've seen takes their trash with them when they leave the beach. the goverment forgets we pay taxes to take care of the parks and pay their salary's. please protect our beaches and wildlife but dont keep law abiding people from using thier national parks that their tax's pay for. (protect not prohibit)
  • by joe ann on May 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    well, you all just don't know what I go through at night trying to look after the nest that little critters make. Many, many nights I have stood outside witha flashlight by a nest trying to protect it. I have left my young ones at home to stand out here on this beach and try to protect innocent turtles, birds, and even my little crab friends. It has been a too long in coming. My husband finally left me for spending so many nights out here and leaving my housework. It now makes it all worth it.
  • by B Location: nc on May 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    The animals are not tax payers, just like the ILLEAGAL folks here in this country, they have all the rights!! We have none!!!!!!
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