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Hi, and welcome to my "Editor's Blog"! In this space I'll be attempting to keep our readers informed on fast-breaking news and issues affecting our islands. Visit often. There's a lot going on!

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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.

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

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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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