Surf or Sound Realty is delighted to announce that Cape Hatteras has been named one of North Carolina’s 10 Natural Wonders. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
Louis B. Daniel III, director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, issued a proclamation on Thursday, Jan. 22, opening the bay scallop season in the Core and Pamlico sounds with some restrictions. The bay scallop fishery has been closed for several years because DMF officials said the stock was depleted. Continue reading
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
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
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
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