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Update on Cape Point access

Monday 20 April 2009 at 5:23 pm The closure at Cape Point for American oystercatchers exhibiting breeding behavior was expanded today – from two-tenths of a mile to four-tenths of a mile. That’s double the size it was last week at this time.

For now, folks can still wade below the mean low tide line to reach Cape Point, which is not closed. Or they can reach the Point by boat.

Park Service management is re-evaluating the situation and will make a decision in the next day or so whether continued access to Cape Point by walking in the ocean or by boat should be allowed.

The decision will most likely be based on safety concerns. Read More

What you need to know about beach access

Friday 17 April 2009 at 7:08 pm The first thing you need to know about this summer’s beach access on the seashore is that there will be beaches open to ORVs.

However, there will be some stretches of beach closed to both ORVs and pedestrians until the end of the nesting season – about August for birds and later in the fall for sea turtles.

The closed beaches may be your favorites, such as Cape Point or South Point on Ocracoke, but there will still be miles of beach open for walking and driving. Read More

Going To A (TEA) Party

Thursday 16 April 2009 at 2:45 pm Several dozen Hatteras islanders went to a party on Wednesday, April 15, at the new county office building in Frisco.

The lunchtime gathering was a TEA party – as in Taxed Enough Already. It was scheduled for April 15, also known as Tax Day, and was, of course, a symbolic reference to the historic Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Tea Party had a specific focus. American colonists protested taxation without representation by dumping taxed tea from England into the Boston Harbor.

The tea parties that happened all over the country on Wednesday – drawing anywhere from a few dozen to a few thousand people – were apparently an opportunity for partygoers to protest just about everything that is causing them angst these days.

They were billed by organizers as a grassroots effort to protest excessive government spending and historic deficits. Read More