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More ramp closures put the big squeeze on Hatteras beaches

Tuesday 02 June 2009 at 10:20 am Fewer than 10 miles of beach on Hatteras Island are now open to off-road vehicles.

That’s fewer than 10 miles on the island’s more than 50 miles of shoreline.

And much of the beach that is closed to ORVs is also closed to pedestrians.

These are resource closures – areas that are closed to protect nesting shorebirds and colonial waterbirds.

The northern end of Hatteras – about 13 or so miles – is part of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and is off limits to ORVs all year.

The beaches in front of the villages are closed to ORVs as part of the usual summer safety closures to protect pedestrians.

Ramp 23 south of Salvo was closed yesterday for breeding least terns. Read More

More on the Memorial Day weekend

Friday 29 May 2009 at 3:08 pm After I posted my May 26 report on the Memorial Day weekend, I got comments – online and in conversations -- that are worth noting.

Several of the folks who commented agreed that the weather was beautiful and the beaches were not overly crowded.  However, they think the beaches aren’t crowded because there are not as many visitors on the islands.

That could be correct, but it’s hard to tell now.

A check of the Web sites of the major rental companies on the island shows that all are offering hundreds of “specials” right through the summer season when the companies have had bookings of close to 100 percent in the past.

One rental company executive told me 10 or 15 years ago that “you could rent a rock on Hatteras Island” in July.

Well, this year, you apparently will not have to settle for a “rock.”  There are discounts on many cottages, and most of them seem to be the larger, pricier places.  Some of the discounts are $1,000 a week or more in the prime, mid-summer season. Read More

The Weekend Report

Tuesday 26 May 2009 at 6:25 pm The good news about the Memorial Day weekend report is that there really is not a lot of news.

And this is really good.

The weather cooperated – only spotty, brief showers with light to moderate southeast breezes.

A lot of visitors came to Hatteras and Ocracoke, and, according to National Park Service rangers, they were largely well behaved.

Despite large beach closures required by the consent decree, the beaches that were open were not overly crowded.  Yes, there were more vehicles than a typical weekend, but when I drove the beaches on Saturday afternoon, there was still room on the shoreline for all beachgoers. Read More