Businesses and residents on the Outer Banks have planned a peaceful protest of the closure of Hatteras Island's beaches due to the government shut down.
Ryan White, who owns Hatteras Jack Tackle Shop in Rodanthe, tells WITN the protest is planned for noon on Saturday at the entrance to Cape Point.
He says right now added law enforcement officials are blocking off all access to the beaches, which he says is unfortunate and unfair for tourists and businesses.
A Facebook page has even popped up in support of opening the beaches. It's called "The People's Beach." So far, several hundred people say they are going to the event.
The U.S. House Wednesday passed a measure to reopen national parks and monuments. It will now go to the U.S. Senate.