NPS Implements Seasonal Beach Closures on May 15
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced that the annual seasonal closures of village beaches to ORV use within the National Seashore will go into affect on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. The closures are established in village beach areas that receive heavy pedestrian use, including areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. "These closures provide for the safety of all beach users and minimize user conflicts in congested areas during the busy summer season," said Superintendent Murray.
These areas will remain open for other recreational pursuits during the busy summer season. High numbers of visitors and village residents often enjoy these areas by walking, shell hunting, family activities, or sunbathing. To ensure a safe visit for everyone, visitors are reminded to keep dogs on leashes, pack in/pack out all trash and swimmers should be aware of rough surf conditions and rip currents. As a reminder, fireworks are not permitted on National Seashore beaches.
The seasonal closures apply to the following areas:
Bodie Island, Ramp 1 to 0.6 miles South of Ramp 2 (i.e., Coquina Beach);
Hatteras Island, beach areas fronting the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon;
Hatteras Island, beach from the north boundary of Buxton to Ramp 43;
Hatteras Island, beach fronting the villages of Frisco and Hatteras;
Ocracoke Island from 0.5 miles South of Ramp 67 to 0.25 miles North of Ramp 70.
The seasonally closed areas are identified by signs at both ends of the area, at all other vehicle access points to the area, and on maps available for viewing at the offices of the Superintendent, each District Ranger station, at each Visitor Center and at all other public contact stations.
ORV and pedestrian access remains open in many locations throughout the National Seashore. The weekly Beach Access Report contains current information regarding access routes and closures. Alternative access routes will be used to keep ORV and pedestrian access open whenever possible. The park will continue to monitor and adjust existing safety closures and corridors outside of seasonal closures as necessary.
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.