North Carolina's top state senator is asking the congressional delegation for help in a dispute between environmentalists and residents over beach driving along the Outer Banks.
State Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight said in a letter to
the state's congressmen and senators that Congress should approve a
law requiring vehicle access in the Cape Hatteras National
Basnight said the lawsuit by the Defenders of Wildlife and the
National Audubon Society is scheduled to start trial April 4. The
lawsuit seeks a temporary ban on beach vehicle access.
Basnight's letter said the residents of the Outer Banks would
face serious economic hardship without beach access for driving.