NIGHT BEACH DRIVING PERMITS AVAILABLE
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
National Park Service Superintendent Mike Murray has announced that night beach driving permits will be required for off-road vehicle use on all Cape Hatteras National Seashore ocean beaches between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from September 16 to November 15.
Night driving permits are required under the terms of the Consent Decree signed by U.S. District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle on April 30, 2008 to help increase the nesting success of sea turtles, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
A pdf version of the night beach driving permit is available on-line and may be downloaded from the national seashore’s website at www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm
The downloaded version of the permit should be printed in color if possible. By Saturday, September 6, hard copies of the permit will be available at any Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Center or campground or Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Welcome Center, as well as local tackle shops and realty offices. The permit must be signed by the driver and visibly displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard.
From November 16, 2008 to April 30, 2009 night beach driving is allowed at all hours without a permit.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.