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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

Harkers Island Ferry Departure Site (Facilities) Environmental Assessment Available for Public Comment

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Date: February 22, 2013
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005

Harkers Island, NC - Superintendent Pat Kenney announced that Cape Lookout National Seashore (the park) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Passenger Ferry Facilities at the Harkers Island Visitor Center. This project continues the park's plans to establish passenger ferry service from Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on South Core Banks, as called for in the park's 2008 Commercial Services Plan. In August 2011, the National Park Service also selected a site in the Town of Beaufort for the second passenger ferry departure site.

Although existing Harkers Island Visitor Center facilities will be utilized for the ferry service, the EA will evaluate proposed facility improvements and amenities that would prepare the site for use by a contracted ferry concessioner and ferry passengers.

The park is inviting public comments on the EA from February 25, 2013 until March 27, 2013.Comments may be made by mail and on-line.

Please note:

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 can 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:

Patrick M. Kenney
Superintendent
Cape Lookout National Seashore
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island, NC28531

Comments may be made on-line at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://go.nps.gov/FerrySiteEA

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks

Barrier islands, such as those of Cape Lookout National Seashore, are piles of sand. As storms come up from the ocean the beaches are constantly rearranged.