Cape Hatteras National Seashore to reopen some restrooms, trash removal

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CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE, N.C. (WITN) - Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be restoring some basic visitor services, like restrooms and trash removal, amid the ongoing government shutdown, according to a press release.

Starting Saturday, the restrooms at Whalebone Junction, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Ocracoke Visitor Center will reopen using revenue generated by recreations fees. Those fees would have come from things like camping, park entrance and lighthouse climbing fees, officials said.

Trash will also be removed from trash cans in several visitor areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

A small park maintenance crew will be brought back immediately by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds. The crew will clean restrooms and remove trash in order to improve accessibility to the park for visitors while ensuring health and safety, National Park Service officials said.

Outdoor areas of the park will remain accessible. All other visitor facilities will remain closed.

While a few restrooms and trash services will be reopened and restored, other services are not available during the lapse in appropriations including visitor centers, ranger talks, and other programs.