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Update on pedestrian access to Cape Point

Thursday 23 April 2009 at 2:00 pm The message today on pedestrian access to Cape Point by wading in the water around resource closure is, “Yes, you can.”

Yesterday, I wrote that the National Park Service would no longer allow pedestrians to wade in the water below the mean low tide line to reach the three-tenths of a mile of beach still open at Cape Point.

That was after a two-tenths of a mile closure was expanded to four-tenths of a mile.

I also wrote that the announcement would come in today’s beach access report from the Park Service.

Here is what was in today’s beach access report on this issue:

“On April 19, 2009:  The full beach closure (RESOURCE protection area) located 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 44 was modified (extended) 300 meters to the south for observed AMOY breeding behavior.  This closure is now 0.4 of a mile in length and there is no ORV or pedestrian access within the resource protection area.”

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A new look for the blog

Thursday 23 April 2009 at 09:59 am You will probably notice that my blog looks different today.

That’s because the software we started with was giving us fits.  So we have changed the software.

This will make our Web masters happier – and you, the readers, also.

You will still have to sign in to post comments.  However, if you have already done that, the Web folks at Hatteras Designs have transferred your information to this new format.

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Cape Point closed to pedestrians

Wednesday 22 April 2009 at 3:09 pm National Park Service officials have closed pedestrian access to Cape Point.

The decision will be announced in tomorrow’s Park Service beach access report.

About two-tenths of a mile of beach just south of Ramp 44 was closed to ORVs on April 14 to protect American oystercatchers exhibiting breeding behavior.

At that time, park officials said that pedestrians could wade in the water below the mean low tide line to reach Cape Point, which is not closed.

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