Basnight Seeks Help On Beach Driving Dispute

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
Seashore.

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.


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  • by melinda Location: ocracoke,NC on Mar 28, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    As one of the full time residents who live on this island, I am so frustrated with people who live elsewhere, deciding our economic fate. We chose to live here near nature and are its stewards more so than anyone living in Washington and Raleigh. The areas that are in dispute already have prenesting closures that allow the birds plenty of space and give those in vehicles 200 ft above the high tide line to get by. Since the closest parking lot is over 5 miles away to the south end of our island, walking is not an option for the fishermen that are coming to fish- catch and release- at the inlets of the island, where the large red drum enter and exit the sound. These inlets are unique because of the entrance to the sounds. You can not walk to these places. The Park service was and still is working on a solution with the local businesses and environmental groups, but the environmetal groups felt it would take to long to put in place so they want a complete ban until something is finalized
  • by American Location: Las Vegas on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    It's always a tightrope balancing the preservation of our environment and the needs of locals to sustain the livelihood they have known for generations. I'm wondering if there is some kind of special permit they could issue to only local businesses that would prevent their economic hardship while still protecting from unnecessary environmental damage. To learn more about North Carolina National Parks visit: http://ouramericanparks.com/North_Carolina_National_Parks.html
  • by John Winslow Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 26, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    OBX needs the beaches opened to keep what little bit of economy still coming in. I talked with a business onwer in Frisco this past weekend and They told me if this is passed that they would have to lay off most if not all of their employees and have to run the business themselves. With the Beaches closed the only people coming down are the people that are sight seeing and not helping the local economy. This problem comes from the out of state-ers that come down and don't care what they tear up because they are only going to be down a short while and they proably will not be coming back till next year and are riding where they are not suppose to and driving on the dunes. The people that want the "tree huggers" to win are the people that don't know how much impact this will have on the people that have kept the OBX the way it is and has been for all these years!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Mar 26, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    Why do people feel they have to drive a car or other machine every where they go? No wonder we are all over weight.
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