Cape Chronicle Newsletter - April 9, 2020

April 09, 2020 Posted by: Mike Barber
Abridged edition of the Cape Chronicle e-newsletter. To subscribe to the full e-newsletter, email e-mail us.

Photos of the Week

View of the ocean from Coquina Beach.
Recent ocean view from Coquina Beach.

Hauled-out grey seal on a Salvo beach.
A grey seal pup rested on the beach in Salvo early last week.

Dune breach north of Rodanthe.
NC Department of Transportation crews worked hard to fortify the dunes north of Rodanthe last week. Dune breaches, including a 60-to-80 foot breach, caused multiple NC-12 closures.

Great horned own near Ramp 59 on Ocracoke Island.
This great horned owl was spotted near Ramp 59 on Ocracoke Island.

Seashore Updates

A lot has happened since the March 3rd issue of the Cape Chronicle.
  • All indoor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) are currently closed in order to minimize potential spread of COVID-19, consistent with federal, state, and local advisories.
  • As services are limited, the Seashore urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
  • Outdoor spaces remain open for the purposes of activities described under North Carolina’s Executive Order 121 (FAQs) and Dare County’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration.
  • At this time, all beachgoers should not gather in groups of more than 10 people and should practice adequate social distancing. Seashore Rangers are patrolling the beaches to ensure visitors are meeting the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America.
  • For current beach access information, go to: Off-road vehicle permits can be purchased online at ORVs and pedestrians can access Cape Point using the Bypass Road south of Ramp 44.
  • Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time of year.
  • The start of the 2020 camping season is postponed until further notice.
  • The start of the 2020 lighthouse climbing season is postponed until further notice.
  • For National Park Service COVID-19 updates, visit

Last updated: April 9, 2020

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