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    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

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Work Begins on Assateague Beach Parking in Virginia

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Date: May 2, 2013
Contact: Rachelle Daigneault, 410-629-6088

VA district parking lots damaged by Hurricane Sandy being repaired. 49kb
VA district parking lots damaged by Hurricane Sandy being repaired
NPS photo

Berlin, Maryland - The highly anticipated repair work on beach parking lots damaged during Hurricane Sandy has begun. Visitors to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will observe representatives of Heard Construction, Inc reconstructing beach parking areas on the Virginia end of Assateague Island. Parking lots will be returned to an environmentally friendly crushed clamshell base. The contract, awarded through the Federal Highways Administration, designates a completion date of May 24, 2013 in time for a busy Memorial Day weekend. National Park Service staff in contact with the contractor say that work is progressing on schedule.
A limited amount of beach parking is available in the Refuge, and locals and visitors alike are taking opportunities to participate in photography, bird watching, and a stroll on the beach.
For more information on Assateague Island National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov/asis/.

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Surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service at the Assateague Beach Lifesaving Station. 4 kb

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Such was the life of a surfman from fall to spring. The forgotten heroes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued numerous shipwreck victims from Assateague's waters. The island was home to 4 Life-Saving Stations in the late 1800's-early 1900's.