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Stretch of Hatteras beach closed after vandalism

Posted August 23, 2009

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— Park rangers closed a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Salvo Friday after four recent acts of vandalism.

Signs at Ramp 23 said it was closed to off-road vehicles, pets and pedestrians in order to protect breeding birds.

Beach closed after vandalism Beach closed after vandalism

Rangers said that off-road vehicles were driven through and knocked down signs in a restricted area three times last week. The first vandalism incident occurred June 27.

The National Park Service called the four incidents of vandalism in one restricted area "unprecedented."

Beach closures are required by a settlement between the park service and environmental groups that sued over protection of endangered species. By law, people caught violating the protective order could face a fine up to $5,000 or 6 months in jail.

NPS law enforcement is investigating the incidents. Anyone with information should call the Dare Community Crime Line at 252-473-3111.

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  • DasStonecutter Aug 24, 2009

    "Environmentalists are known to be extreme terrorists in supporting their cause. It's just that the politically correct news media and their leftists friends in government smooth things over for them."

    Extreme terrorism? Like knocking some signs over? Jeez...

    It was probably some stupid drunk kids. It's a shame the beach has to be closed down, I wish the idiots that did it would go to Virginia Beach or Myrtle where they would be more at home with that kind of behavior.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 24, 2009

    "TH - "The environmentalists are the ones doing the vandalizing at Cape Hatteras."

    Oh for heaven's sakes.

    State your source for that statement please.

    God bless.

    RB"

    They are the same environmentalists that burn homes out west when they think the home is in an environmentally sensitive area that it shouldn't be in.

    Environmentalists are known to be extreme terrorists in supporting their cause. It's just that the politically correct news media and their leftists friends in government smooth things over for them.

  • Adelinthe Aug 24, 2009

    TH - "The environmentalists are the ones doing the vandalizing at Cape Hatteras."

    Oh for heaven's sakes.

    State your source for that statement please.

    God bless.

    RB

  • butterpie Aug 24, 2009

    Whether these vandals are a couple of wayward teens or radical environmentalists doesn't really matter. Whoever did it isn't representative of their group. But, they have made things worse for people and for the environment. It would make sense that these vandals were only interested in having a good time at the moment, not thinking about consequences.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 24, 2009

    The environmentalists are the ones doing the vandalizing at Cape Hatteras.

    They know that if they vandalize the park service closes the beach accomplishing the environmentalists goal of keeping people off of the beaches.

  • familyfour Aug 24, 2009

    We can't enjoy anything if we destroy it.

    It didn't make much sense without "didn't" in there.

    I am not an enviro freak.....but I don't believe in destroying things, either.

  • Nikka Aug 24, 2009

    These enviro types need to be stopped, they are ruining out planet!

  • familyfour Aug 24, 2009

    It is shameful that we all suffer the consequences of people that are too selfish and so uncaring as to not abide by the laws.

    We can enjoy anything if we destroy it.

    I hate it, but don't disagree. I would dare so no one else saw this happen. I am pretty sure anyone I know would have turned them in....if they didn't stop them themselves.

    It is our responsibility to make sure that things are taken care of.....not just the leo. If we see things that are wrong, and don't so anything about it, we are no better than the offender.

  • jgriffith3792 Aug 24, 2009

    My $$$$ still on some envirowacko doing this - it was only a matter of time.

    Every fisherman who fishes the surf knew if the breeding areas were disturbed the beach would be closed. Go into any bait and tackle shop on the OBX and the folks there will make sure you know to stay away from the protected areas.

    When the ruling was made a lot of people - fisherman - knew it would just be a matter of time. The Sierra club was not satisfied that you could still fish, they wanted the entire beach closed. Now, they got it. Ridiculous.

  • ncsudan Aug 24, 2009

    I hope they get caught and pay a HUGE fine. Ther is plenty of places they can go until this season is over. But no, they have to vandalize equipment and now will end up costing taxpayers additional funds.