Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
Harkers Island Visitor Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
Public Meeting on the Ferry Departure Site Selection for Ferry Services to Cape Lookout National Seashore
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250
Harkers Island - Acting Superintendent Mike Tranel announced that Cape Lookout National Seashore will hold a public meeting to present the draft Passenger Ferry Departure Site Environmental Assessment / Assessment of Effect (EA/AoE). This document presents the preferred alternative for a departure site for ferry service primarily to Shackleford Banks and also to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse area of South Core Banks,
The public meeting will be held on March 8, 2011, from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Duke University Marine Lab Auditorium on
The Passenger Ferry Departure Site EA/AoE is an outcome of the public meetings that were held on August 26, 2009,and the Ferry Departure Site Feasibility Study that was completed since that time.
The feasibility study examined site considerations and potential sites for a passenger ferry operations base in the
The draft Passenger Ferry Departure Site EA/AoE is available at the Carteret County Public Library and online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CALO; please follow the appropriate links to "Passenger Ferry Departure Site Study."
Based on the study and the EA/AoE, the National Park Service determined that both of the sites met the purpose, needs and objectives as identified by the EA/AoE to a large degree. Alternative B, the
"We very much appreciate the careful consideration and significant help that staff from the Town of Morehead City and the Town of
The meeting will be held in an "open house" format. The public is invited to visit at any point during the scheduled time to review materials and to talk with National Park Service staff.
Comments can be provided in writing at the meeting, by mail or on-line.
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Comments by mail may be sent to:
Comments may be made on-line at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CALO. Please follow the appropriate links to "Passenger Ferry Departure Site Study."
Comments are requested by March 31, 2011. Once the comment period concludes, all comments submitted will be considered and the National Park Service will make a decision about the proposed action.
Did You Know?
Diamond City, a community that once stood on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, was named after the daymark pattern on the nearby Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Cape Lookout National Seashore