Public Comment Period Opens For Review Of Environmental Assessment For The Relocation Of Bodie Island U.S. Coast Guard Station Complex
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the National Park Service (NPS) will seek public comments on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed relocation of the Bodie Island U.S. Coast Guard Station Complex at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The Complex is comprised of the 1879 U.S. Life-Saving Station, the 1916 Boat House, and the 1925 U.S. Coast Guard Station. Cape Hatteras National Seashore proposes to relocate these three structures to a nearby site on Bodie Island to protect the structures from encroachment of the Atlantic Ocean and shoreline erosion.
The public comment period opens on Saturday, November 1, 2008 and closes on Monday, December 1, 2008. An open-house public meeting will be held in the First Flight Centennial Pavilion at the Wright Brothers National Memorial on Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. During the public comment period, all interested persons will be given the opportunity to review and provide comments on the proposed relocation of these historic structures. A 30-day public comment period is part of the process to prepare an Environmental Assessment, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Written comments may be submitted at the open-house public meeting, by mail, and by submission through the park’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha. Click on the “Relocation of Bodie Island U.S. Coast Guard Station Complex” link to view the Environmental Assessment. Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Outer Banks Group, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. To ensure that your comments are included in the process, they must be entered or post‑marked by December 1, 2008.
Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.