Outer Banks Residents Sue Over New Beach Driving Changes

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) -- An Outer Banks community group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging new regulations that govern beach driving at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance sued Thursday, asking a judge to block new regulations on where people can drive and which require them to buy permits for off-road vehicles.

The regulations were adopted last month as part of a National Park Service agreement to protect endangered turtles and rare shorebirds in the area.

The lawsuit says there's no evidence that off-road vehicles have caused significant harm to those animal populations.

A coalition of environmentalist groups say the lawsuit is off-base, and comes too soon after the new rules were adopted to tell what effect they'll have on Cape Hatteras.


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  • by obxnatv Location: manteo on Feb 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    This is taxation without representation- not just for locals,but all Americans!! I bet folks will holler when every national park is governed by the bird/tree huggers!
  • by Sunsandbeaches Location: sHELL on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    Governent is a beach. How come they are charging now for? That's rediculous, where is the money going towards? And turtles can still do their on thing while we do ours, we can watch out for the tirtles man,. Free the beaches, let the government know there beaches, and free our beautiful beaches!
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    The Outer Banks natives are not wealthy, just blessed to be born there. They work hard at 2-3, or more jobs, just to make a living. For most natives on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, the time honored recreation is going for a ride on the beach, so leave them alone. The National Seashore/ Parks belong to we the people, and accessible to us all. An annual pass to an inland National Park does not cost $150. Go to the NPS web site and check it out. The Park Service is supposed to be a steward of the land, not dictators pushing us off, to make management of the Park land easier.
  • by Just Me Location: NC on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    These very same groups will be the loudest screamers when the "paved" roads get torn up and they have to drive on dirt or gravel for several months.
  • by I'm amazed on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
    How dumb most of your locals really are... Think about it. No one wants freeloaders on the beach. It's a privilege to use the beach and your privileges have been revoked by the smarter, richer folks, that don't want you around anymore. Sportfishing boats have replaced you freeloading surfcasters.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM in reply to I'm amazed
      Privileges? A beach is not a privilege and you sound like a moron calling it one. It is open to everyone whether the greedy rich like it or not.
  • by environmental science degree Location: enc on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    From what I was reading on the IslandFreePress site, the Democrats have a hand in this which is to be expected. It's going to take a lot of support and commitment to keep the ability to use the beaches for ORV useage.
  • by NativeNC Location: NC on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    I think we just need to charge ONLY people with out of state plates, anyone who drives on the beaches will tell you, 7 out of 10 are from out of state. Some of the money can be used to pay for the disposal of their trash they leave. Our state and county taxes are high enough. Therefore about 2/3rds of the problems come from out of staters.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM in reply to NativeNC
      Did my college fieldwork at Hatteras. Park visitors are from all over the US, Europe and elsewhere. Fees are an acceptable way to raise funds for operations but $50. a week is too darn high for too many people.
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      by 411 on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:14 PM in reply to NativeNC
      AMEN!!!! The only thing they are doing is trying to destroy another part of our carolina heritage. If they are trying to increase state revenue, maybe they should start by cutting state government leaders salaries.they should quit trying to impose more senseless rules on the average joe and start living like the rest of us.
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      by I've got a better idea on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM in reply to NativeNC
      You move.. Poor people (you sound like one) are a bigger part of the problem down here. A native should have made it by now. Since you have not - hit the road Jack....
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        by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM in reply to I've got a better idea
        How are poor people a problem? The problem is people littering and acting stupid on the beach. I say bigger fines for them but keep the beaches free!
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        by NativeNC on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM in reply to I've got a better idea
        I'am proud of NC and money doesn't make me who I am. It's people like you that come here and think you are better than the one's hosting you. I have news for you yankee, I'am sure you stopped in one of my stores, thanks for your hard earned vacation money, it will spend good here in MY state
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          by What store? on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:18 AM in reply to NativeNC
          Let us know tough guy.. We'll make sure to avoid it from now on. Can't have it both ways....
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          by baitme on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to NativeNC
          Y'all come back now,hear.--Their money does spend good. I know they will be back. No matter what. Thanks yank, keep spending and complaning, we do have it both ways.
  • by Smitty Location: Enc on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    To rapman: I pay federal taxes too, oh yeah and north carolina state taxes! LEAVE THE BEACHES FREE!
  • by David Location: Eastern NC on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    Can someone post were we can donate to support those groups trying to keep our beaches open? Can I suggest that you post that as often as possible?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM in reply to David
      Go to: IslandFreePress on the Internet for comprehensive information.
  • by Bk Location: WV on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    Piping plovers taste like chicken
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      by grow up on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM in reply to Bk
      please learn a new joke.....
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