Feds Charging Surf Anglers To Drive On State Beaches

Surf fishers are learning the cost of reaching the beaches by driving a truck onto miles of sand at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The National Park Service is setting fees at $50 a week or $120 a year.

The fees are part of the park service's agreement to protect endangered turtles and rare shorebirds that nest on about 68 miles of beachfront from south of Nags Head to Ocracoke.

Vehicles will be allowed on about 12 miles of the beaches along Hatteras Island between November and March. Driving had been allowed through most of the fall and spring fishing seasons.

The new rules allow vehicles on another 28 miles of the beach year-round, and another 13 miles during late autumn and winter.

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