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Weekend report: Warm weather, heavy traffic, another closure, and Facebook

Monday 27 April 2009 at 1:23 pm Spring was finally in the air this weekend.

It was what most islanders thought was the longest winter they could remember – day after day of wind, cold, and gray skies.  There were precious few of the warmer, sunny intervals that usually punctuate the winter months here.

This weekend was the first this spring that was sunny and warm – in the 70s – even if the wind was somewhat gusty from the southwest.

Hatteras Island was crowded with people, and Highway 12 was busy with vehicles. Read More

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.”

This is not what I was told yesterday. Read More

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.

If you haven’t signed up, the system asks you to do so when you first post a comment. Read More