Reminders for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend at the Seashore
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
In preparation for the upcoming busy holiday Memorial Day weekend, and with unprecedented closures and access changes at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) because of the court-ordered Consent Decree regarding nesting birds and turtles, the National Park Service is anticipating that some very short-term, temporary changes to ORV beach access may be required to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to the Seashore.
The following are reminders for park visitors:
Know where and what closures are in place before entering the beach. All closures are posted. Check with park staff at visitor centers, the park website at www.nps.gov/caha, or call park phone numbers for current updated information.
Temporary emergency closures may be implemented if unsafe conditions develop, such as severe vehicle congestion on the beach or access ramps or incidents of disorderly behavior are observed or reported. These restrictions will be lifted as soon as the observed problem or problems are resolved. If these closures were to occur, vehicles will be directed to less congested areas by park personnel if possible.
Seasonal ORV closures are in place in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves , Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
The posted speed limit on Seashore beaches is 15 MPH, unless otherwise posted.
Beach driving is prohibited from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. All vehicles must be removed from all oceanside beaches during this time.
Small beach fires are allowed from 6:00 am to 12 midnight, below the high tide mark and 100 feet from any vegetation.
Pets must be leashed at all times.
Distilled liquor and fortified wine are prohibited in the park. No open containers are allowed in vehicles.
Fireworks are prohibited.
Lifeguards will be on duty beginning Saturday, May 24, 2008 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, in Buxton (old lighthouse site), Bodie Island, Ocracoke Island and at Coquina Beach on weekends.
Check the weather prior to going to the beach. Watch for rip currents. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore.
For more information, contact the park at 252-473-2111 ext. 148 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/caha.
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.