The Marine Corps has increased patrols
and plans to start issuing trespassing tickets to keep visitors off
an island that remains a live-fire range at Camp Lejeune.
Trespassers on Brown's Island could now face prison time and a
maximum 5,000-dollar fine. Despite more than 200 warning signs, the
slender island between Onslow Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park
is popular for some local anglers, sunbathers and seashell
Camp Lejeune has used Brown's Island for live-fire training for
more than 50 years. The Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps still
train in the area with machine guns and heavy artillery.
The island has been off limits for years but base officials
decided to get tougher recently because of safety concerns.