Cape Chronicle Newsletter - July 21, 2020

July 21, 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 beach and one vehicle looking toward Cape Point.
Off-road vehicle access to Cape Point resumed yesterday morning.

View of the new Ocracoke restroom facility.
The new restroom facility at the Ocracoke Beach Access opened last weekend.

Seashore Updates
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore experienced the second-highest level of June visitation since the establishment of the Seashore in 1953. Last month’s visitation is an increase of almost 4% over last June. [News Release]
  • Park Rangers will be on the Ocracoke passenger ferry providing park information and an interpretive program to ferry riders on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the 9:30 a.m. Hatteras departure and the 2:30 p.m. Ocracoke departure. Once on Ocracoke Island, the rangers will provide informal interpretive programs at the visitor center and Ocracoke Lighthouse until they need to depart for the 2:30 p.m. ferry.
  • 160 sea turtles have nested on seashore beaches this season, so far. Be on the lookout for nesting female sea turtles and report any sightings to our hotline at 252-216-6892. To learn about upcoming sea turtle nest excavations, call 252-475-9629.
  • Looking for the status of Cape Hatteras National Seashore facilities and services? Visit The Operational Status Report provides the most up-to-date information and conditions for Cape Hatteras.
  • It is important for all beach visitors to check the rip current forecast before heading to the beach. Go to: Visitors can also sign up for ocean safety text messages by texting ‘Join OBXBeachConditions’ to 30890. Text ‘STOP’ to 30890 when you no longer want to receive updates.
  • Visitors should practice the Three W’s – Wear. Wait. Wash. Wear a cloth face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. Wait 6 feet apart. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.


Last updated: July 21, 2020

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