NPS Considering Changes To Vehicle Traffic On Cape Lookout.

The National Park Service is considering a plan that could change the way you visit Cape Lookout and the Core Banks.

An executive order by the president says the park should make a plan on how to manage off road vehicles on Core Banks.

The park has presented five different alternatives- from making no changes, to eliminating cars on the beach altogether.

Annette Mitchum, whose family has owned the Davis Shore Ferry Service since the fifties, is upset by the park's actions.

She's worried it will hurt her business, especially with the suggested permit fees for those who want to drive on the beach.

Mitchum says, "People aren't going to come. They're not going to pay these fees for so little bit of beach. Right now only two miles are open north of the camps, and three miles south of the camps to the lighthouse. It's becoming so restricted that people just aren't going to come. And I hate that. I've grown up with it, enjoyed the beach and hate to see new people not to be able to enjoy it the way we all did because it's so nice over there, it really is."

Right now, park officials say they're recommending a moderate increase of car-free areas during the summer.

A public hearing on the proposed changes was held Tuesday night at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.


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