05/6/10

Act now to submit your comments to the National Park Service on beach access

The National Park Service Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for Beach Access in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is now available to the public and open for comment. The document, according to the Park Service, “evaluates the impacts of several alternatives for regulations and procedures that would manage ORV [off-road vehicle] use and access in the national seashore.”

Public comment is essential to ensure free and open beach access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. The public comment period ends May 11th. Make Your Comment Online Today! Continue reading


04/9/10

Important Workshops on Beach Access Have Been Scheduled

Three sessions have been planned by The Coalition for Beach Access to help the public better understand and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) of Access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Attend these free sessions and learn how YOU can help save beach access!

The workshops will be held:

  • Tuesday, 6:30p.m., Buxton, Cape Hatteras Secondary School
  • Wednesday 7 p.m., Ocracoke, Community Building
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Kill Devil Hills, First Flight High School

For details about the workshops, click here.

For more information about the issue of beach access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area, click here.


09/4/09

Beach Access for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would require the National Park Service to reinstate the Interim Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

This was the plan that the Park Service was using to govern pedestrian and vehicular access to the seashore before a Consent Decree was signed in 2008. The Consent Decree required the Park Service to close off the majority of Cape Hatteras’ beaches during the 2008 and 2009 spring and summer seasons. Continue reading


05/22/09

Cape Hatteras listed as one of the top 10 beaches in America

Hatteras Island has once again made renowned “Dr. Beach’s 10 Best Beaches in America” list, with the Cape Hatteras beach ranking #7 for 2009.

Dr Beach, also known as Dr. Leatherman, is considered the national authority on pristine beaches, and bases his annual selections of the ten best beaches on 50 criteria, including water quality and temperature, cleanliness, weather, sand, safety and facilities. Continue reading


09/4/08

Night driving permits available

Beginning September 16th, night driving (between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) will be permitted on all ORV accessible areas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on The Outer Banks of North Carolina, provided that the vehicle has signed a night driving permit visible on the dashboard.

Night driving permits are free and can be obtained by anyone who is licensed to drive a vehicle. A pdf version of the permit may be downloaded via the National Park Service website, Continue reading


08/27/08

Geography Gone Wild

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Geography gone wild: An overview of what makes Hatteras Island unique

North Carolina’s coast is home to a string of barrier islands composing the Outer Banks, with Hatteras Island smack in the center of this chain of long, sandy islands.

Barrier islands are not particularly unusual. Study a map of the East Coast, and you’ll find them everywhere from Maine to Florida, but locals and frequent visitors know that Hatteras Island is special, and the root of its unique character can be traced to its geography. Surrounded by water, Hatteras Island is literally 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, and this makes for a pretty wild place to vacation. Continue reading


08/26/08

The Basics of Beachcombing

As fall approaches on The Outer Banks, and offshore swells pile buckets of flotsam and jetsam onto the shore, Hatteras Island becomes a beachcomber’s paradise. With less visitors to compete over the best finds, and miles of sand to explore, this is the time when dedicated hunters of shells and sea glass alike get up early, grab extra Food Lion bags for treasures, and head out on a pilgrimage to the beach. Continue reading


08/20/08

Build the Best Sand Castle with Tips from the Pros

4 Rules of Castle-building

Use moist sand. Squeeze a ball of sand in your hand for a few seconds. “If the ball stays together when you roll it around in your palm, it’s perfect sand for a castle,” says Justin Gordon, an award-winning professional sand sculptor in Massachusetts. “The best place to find this sand is below the tide line,” says Gordon.

Start with a densely packed mound of sand. To get the best density, build up the mound gradually: Add 6 inches of sand, pack down firmly with your fists, then pour half a bucket of water on top. (You can never add too much water; any excess will just drain out.) Repeat until you’ve reached your desired height. Continue reading