Comments Open On Cape Hatteras Beach Driving

The public can now weigh in on the controversial beach driving rules on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The National Park Service wants to prohibit any off-road vehicles from driving on a 26-mile stretch of the seashore. Officials would allow 26 miles to be open year-round, and another 13 miles would be open seasonally.

Those concerned can leave comments now through September at To find the document by searching "Hatteras" or entering ID number NPS-2011-0005-0001

Comments can also be mailed or hand delivered to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954.

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  • by Ives Location: Franklin, NC on Jul 20, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    Perhaps it's common where you come from Fiddle, but where I was raised, name calling and making assumptions was considered ignorant and crass. I speak for my husband and many other disabled folks that want to use the beach but are not as 'fit as a fiddle' as you are. I applaud your fitness in body, but I believe your judgement is impaired, none the less. Your slanted view of the world is clearly your disability. Perhaps you should step back and examine the total issue at hand here before you jump to conclusions, because beach closure you're so supportive of would in fact, limit even the likes of YOU from 'lugging your fishing gear' to the water's edge. In the words of my mother, God rest her soul, your alligator mouth is overloading your hummingbird... tailfeathers. Bless your heart....
  • by bob Location: obx on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    anyone who shuts that much beach down for 1 bird nest needs to have thier head examined, people should have more rights than this. these people that chase birds and turtles around need to find another hobbie what a bunch of morons!
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      by Sarah on Jul 7, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to bob
      I agree with Bob! I love birds but the Audubon cares to much about birds than MAN-KIND!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    Use to run on the beach at Hatteras. Now I'm too darn old and disabled to walk to the beach. Hope a reasonable comprimise can be reached. My next vehicle will be a 4x4 so I can get to places I use to go when I was younger hopefully.
  • by Mike Location: Morganton, NC on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    I love to make my fall trip to the Banks. Every October we go down for a week. Usually by then all the nesting areas are clear and driving is not restricted. I would hate to think that a small group of special interests could stop the thousands of fishermen that vist the OBX through the year. Not to even mention the economic impact to a fishing based community. Maybe my faith in mankind is too generous, but I can't imagine anyone knowingly and willfully driving through a turtle or bird nesting area. I wouldn't! Mark nesting areas and let the rest of the world carry on. There is room for birds, turtles, beach goers, and fishermen.
  • by PirateFan on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    Hey fiddle, I beg to differ with your comment in general! Obviously you're NOT from NC! Otherwise you would "know" that beach driving is still considered driving. And as such, the beach is patrolled by Wildlife Officers who WILL give you a ticket for drinking & driving even if you're just driving on the beach. I also take offense to the fact that you've stereotyped everyone who uses a 4x4 on the beach as "fat" and "lazy", as well as beer drinkers. I'll have you know that our church takes a group of 60 plus men to the OBX every year for a 3 day retreat of fishing & worship. Oh and by the way... no beer involved! It's because of people like yourself, who think banning beach driving is a good thing, that it will impact our group’s opportunities to witness. Then again you may very well be an atheist & could probably care less.
  • by ME Location: G-Ville on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    What they are not telling you is that not only can you not drive on the beach but you can not walk on it either. Parts of the beach prohibit any access. Therefore, it is killing the local businesses. Also the cape is a national park and people have the right to enjoy our national parks that our tax dollars pay for. Everyone should look more in to this story. You will be suprized at what is really going on.
  • by SFelts on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    Oh BTW way fiddle... My fishing license that I pay for every since I was 16 now I'm 46 helps fund conservation. What do you do to help. Sit under your umbrella with your Nicholas Sparks love novel and bitches when someone drives by?
  • by SFelts on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    Yep you said it right BSQueen. Look at Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, they come here buy condos and then they want to charge 10.00 a day to park. We went to the pier at Atlantic Beach about a month ago and we paid for my wife my son and myself to fish. My wife wanted to walk down to the beach to shell hunt and some lady was had a umbrella up where you enter the beach and wanted to charge her to walk on the beach... It's all about control and power for them
  • by BSQueen on Jul 7, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    I got an idea..why don't all you local southern folks that haven't been bought out by the yanks, sit back and let them continue to call the shots on ALL of the N.C. coast line. They have ever so slowly took over all of our coastal towns. It's not about fishing, driving on the beach, not even the birds and turtles.......It's about who can scream the loudest, and it's usually those from the North, with all the money. It's kinda like the illegals you see invading, and sucking up your tax dollars, you just have to sit back and watch. Out of our hands, NOTHING you can do, but wait on a big wave to carry them away.
  • by tech Location: greenville on Jul 7, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    ok i guess you people dont realize how much business driving on the beach brings to the area. when its warm outside if u drive down the beach all u see if 4x4 vehicals a the the grocery store, gas stations, everywhere. so imagin if there was no driving on the beach, all u would see is a prius and skooters. it would be a ghost town busness would drop. im born and raised here and i drive to the beach 4 or 5 times a year and spends a good bit of money to hang out there, but if i cant drive on the beach and fish then why should i go? guess everyone wants it to be like atlantic beach, a ghost town full of yankees and stuck up people.
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      by Cottonmouth on Jul 7, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to tech
      All those 4X4s bring business to carpetbagging sharks who moved in for the kill back when the Oregon Inlet Bridge was built and the Dare Tourist Bureau decided to invite in sleazy boozers. The sharks' descendents now scream the loudest and have no intention of ever sharing beach space with its natural inhabitants.
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