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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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    Maybe, just maybe, the ones driving their 4x4's on the beach are doing some damage; leaving trash; blocking beach-goers from the strands. I'm sure there are two sides to this story.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Commercial fisherman are almost extinct, recreational fisherman are next. Just you wait and see.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    Hold it...I thought I aready paid...TAXES to use our beach.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:06 PM
    Hmmm. Once again the Democrats have helped the poor people. They have fixed it so if you cannot spare the extra cash you cannot use the beach. That sure seems like it is making it available only to the wealthy. And what about that Sales Tax they want to add, you know the $0.75 cents additional? Everyone gets to pay that. Sure seems to me that the Democrats are making everything to expensive for the poor people and only the rich can afford it. So tell me again who the Democrats are trying to help? Yeah right!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    If fishermen have to pay to drive on the sand the home owners who live on the beach should pay for sand replacement after a storm.
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      by Shine on Feb 3, 2012 at 01:09 AM in reply to
      EXACTLY!!! Go build a house on land that will not perk... run your stuff out into the ocean, and raise heck when a hurricane or No'r Easter blows your sand around = but pick on the weekend man that likes the tradition of surf fishing.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    I just moved from Manteo to Brunswick Co. I`m really gonna miss gathering Piping Plover eggs for breakfast,and sea turtle soup! Have fun paying to fish on the "Nationial Seashore"! WTG, Oblunder!! But just think, You can always go to Basnight`s 25 million dollar pier! BTW, I was there when his old restaurant burned down, and lumber was being delivered while the ground was still smoking! I saw this with my own eyes, but I guess everyone has an extra set of restaurant plans and permits lying around.
  • by Irony Location: NC on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    Funny how Dare County has supported the Dems so strongly. The same party that supports the enviromentalists. Your votes and support and have come back to roost.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    OK, so if its nothing more than a tax, then why do towns like Atlantic Beach, Emerald Ilse, Indian beach only charge $35 to $80 to ride on their beaches? No, its more than just a tax my friends. They are just trying to discourage people from coming to the beach so the turtles and the birds will have it all to themselves. Its already federally funded so why such a HUGE rate? I wouldn't really miind a small fee. And how about the mandatory training class beach drivers will have to take? You think that will be free? And there are other requirements that the NPS wants but has not yet been able to get approved; mandatory tire gauges, a shovel, emergency flares. And before anyone says "no, they just want to keep the vehicles off". Wrong, as WITN posted a story last year in which the bird people were trying to get a law passed that would prevent ALL people from being on the beach, foot traffic included. This was immediately shot down by the council. No, its envirowackos that are putting a couple of birds and turtles before an entire economy....which will likely suffer greatly. Lost jobs(motels, resturaunts, campgrounds, bait and tackle shops, gas stations, etc) which will cause higher unemployment and more people on public assistance. You folks keep believing what the libs tell you and being dumb sheep. One day they will intrude on your right to enjoy something you love to do...and when they do, just keep your piehole shut.
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      by If you love the shoreline so much on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:07 PM in reply to Back
      buy some... If you can't afford any then stop complaining....
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        by Back on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:13 AM in reply to If you love the shoreline so much
        Thx for the meaningless, idiotic post. Typical liberal. Sorry you don't enjoy leaving the comfort of your house. You should quit watching msnbc all the time and do something fun or constructive(instead of destructive as you libs love to do so much).
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      by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to Back
      I am pretty sure you can't drive on Atlantic Beach during the summer, winter only.
  • by Beachbum3 on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    this is surely one way to keep the tourist off of the beaches an out of the fishing supply businesses an the resturants an anywhere else that they might would have visted an would have spent their tourist dollars like say for motel rooms an so forth or gasoline for that matter. this is the perfect timming for these new fees taxes or whateevr you want to call them to take effect just right before the upcomming tourist seasonin getting ready to kick off this is surely a good way to revitizlize our states ecomonice activity. i am suyre that they tourist will really enjoy having to pay more money out of their vactaion funds to buy a beach permit to just to be able to drive out an get on the beaches to even began to fish thank you
  • by taxpayer Location: wilson on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    "..this will help keep all the poor people off of our beaches.." I don't know of any "poor people" that own the kind of trucks and vehicles I've seen on the beach. If you can afford the vehicle and the gear then you can afford to pay for regulation enforcement. If you don't want to pay, then park it and walk. You have the freedom and liberty to either pay for using a resource everyone else may like to enjoy without all the interference of vehicular traffic or else walk on foot. It's much quieter and safer !
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