Is this whole place closing down?
Posted By: Lightning
Date: Wednesday, 5-14-08, at 11:37 p.m.
Park Service closes National Seashore beaches at all seven Hatteras Island communities to off-road vehicles
Superintendent Mike Murray has announced that beginning tomorrow, May 15, ORV use will be prohibited for the summer at Coquina Beach and the villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. “These closures,” he said, “provide for the safety of all beach users and minimize user conflicts in congested areas during the busy summer season.”
Prior to the recent consent decree, ending the suit by environmentalists against the Park Service for greater protection of endangered shorebirds, unrestricted beach driving was permitted on Cape Hatteras National Seashore fronting island villages. The new closures ban it on beaches fronting all seven Hatteras Island communities: Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon, as well as Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.
The new closures, said Murray, “are established in village beach areas that receive heavy pedestrian use. High numbers of visitors and village residents often enjoy these areas by swimming, sunbathing, walking, shell hunting, and engaging in family activities.”
The areas closed to beach driving are detailed in a Park Service news release issued late Wednesday afternoon:
Bodie Island, Ramp 1 to 0.1 of a mile south of Ramp 2 is closed. (i.e., Coquina Beach). (In past years, the ORV closure extended 0.6 of a mile south of Coquina Beach; adjustment opens 0.5 of a mile to ORV use).
Hatteras Island, beach areas fronting the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon.
Hatteras Island, beach from the north boundary of Buxton to 0.4 miles north of Ramp 43 is closed. (In past years, the ORV closure extended to Ramp 43. *Note: Access north of Ramp 43 is currently blocked due to a resource closure for shorebird breeding activity. Once the bird nesting season is completed, this adjustment would open an additional 0.4 of a mile to ORV use).
Hatteras Island, beach fronting the villages of Frisco and Hatteras.
Ocracoke Island, the safety closure north of Ramp 67 has been reduced by 0.4 of a mile. The safety closure now begins 1.4 miles north of Ramp 67 and ends 1.0 miles south Ramp 59; *** Note: There is resource protection area to the north end of the this safety closure. (The total safety closure distance is 4.8 miles.)
Ocracoke Island, beach from Ramp 67 to Ramp 68 is closed for 0.9 of a mile. The seasonal closure in front of the Ocracoke Campground begins 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 67 to Ramp 68; this adjustment opens 0.4 of a mile to ORV use. (In past years, it began 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 67.)
Ocracoke Island, beach south of Ramp 68 (adjacent/south of the Campground and historically has been closed as part of a seasonal closure) is now open for 0.3 of a mile; this adjustment opens 0.3 of a mile to ORV use.
The one adjustment, the Park Service said, is:
Hatteras Island, the safety closure south of Ramp 38 will be reduced 0.2 of a mile towards Buxton; this adjustment opens 0.2 of a mile for ORV use.
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