NPS Implements Seasonal ORV Closures on May 15, 2010
Contact: National Park Service, 252-473-2111 x148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced the annual seasonal closures of village beaches to off-road vehicle (ORV) use within the National Seashore will go into effect at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010. In addition, the beach driving speed limit is reduced from 25 mph to 15 mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May 15 – September 15. The ORV 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.
The seasonally closed areas are identified by signs at both ends of 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. High numbers of visitors and village residents often enjoy these areas by swimming, sunbathing, walking, shell hunting, and engaging in family activities. To ensure a safe visit for everyone, visitors are reminded to keep dogs on leashes and pack in/pack out all trash. Swimmers should be aware of rough surf conditions and the potential for rip currents. Fireworks are not permitted on National Seashore beaches.
The ORV closures apply to the following areas:
For more information on beach access, see the weekly Beach Access Reports or Google Earth map posted on the Seashore’s website at:
Did You Know?
When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.