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Permits required for Hatteras Seashore beach driving

Posted January 22, 2012

— The National Park Service issued a rule Friday that will require anyone driving on the beaches at Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks to obtain a permit first.

The new rule, which also requires off-road drivers to complete an educational program, goes into effect Feb. 15.

The plan is the latest attempt to balance environmental concerns and recreational access along the federally protected coastline, including the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Bodie and Ocracoke islands.

The beaches provide nesting areas for several species of sea turtles and birds.

The Audubon Society and the Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit in October 2007, claiming that the National Park Service was not adequately protecting the animals.


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  • NCTrue Jan 23, 2012

    What a farce... Again Govt control of something that has been free and enjoyable by many generations.. This is just stupid.. No one tries to run over birds, horses, turtles, etc.. Those not driving should have a walking lane and required to purchase a permit to have access to the beach past the dune line.. Equality at its finest.. Maybe with all the permit $ the govt collects they can build a new bridge over Oregon Inlet and continue to dredge the Inlet so that those who live there can continue with their way of life.. But I doubt it as it is a control measure by our liberal govt... Election day cant come soon enough!!

  • Scubagirl Jan 23, 2012

    Great idea. Hopefully the money will go to the beaches & wildlife protection and not into other 'pockets'.

  • urbizn Jan 23, 2012

    fayncmike, as usual you are full of bologna. The overwhelming majority of birds killed by vehicles were killed my National Park Service vehicles which will continue to have unfettered access to the "buffer" areas.
    This is merely one step in an ongoing effort by NPS and the birdbrains to close the beaches not only to vehicles but ultimately also to pedestrians.

  • fayncmike Jan 23, 2012

    I support this 100%. I see a lot of damage done to the beaches by people running all over them. They need to have established travel lanes and no driving elsewhere. There is a lot of sensitive wildlife there that needs to be protected.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 23, 2012

    Would be fine if the money collected went to the beaches and effort at conservation there. But, if not, it's just another effort to stop people from driving by making it more difficult to obtain a permit. Would like it, if they would of reported where the money collected was going and how it would be used.