An Eastern Carolina congressman is urging the National Park Service to make rebuilding areas of Cape Lookout National Seashore a top priority.
While the park service has reopened some sections of Cape Lookout to visitors after Hurricane Irene, some areas remain closed. That includes Long Point Cabins on North Core Banks and the Portsmouth Village Historical District.
Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican who represents the third district, told the NPS director in a letter that the damaged areas need to reopen as quickly as possible. Jones says the closure is having a negative impact on the local Carteret County economy, as well as lost recreational opportunities for taxpayers.
"Repairing the cabins and restoring access to all areas of the Seashore is important to helping many Carteret County residents recover from the storm," said Jones. "By making these issues a priority, NPS will help get businesses up and running and tourists returning, which will benefit Carteret County as a whole."