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Superintendent Mike Murray announced that the traditional seasonal closure of some beach areas to off-road vehicle (ORV) use will go into effect on Monday, May 15, 2006. The closures are established annually in beach areas that are narrow and/or receive heavy pedestrian use, such as areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the villages on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. “These closures provide for the safety of all beach users and minimize user conflicts in congested areas during the busy summer season,” said Superintendent Murray. Many of the seasonal closures encompass previous ORV safety closures.
These areas will remain open for other recreational pursuits during the busy summer season. High numbers of visitors and village residents often enjoy these areas by walking, shell hunting, family activities, or sunbathing. To ensure a safe visit for everyone, visitors are reminded to keep dogs on leashes and to leave fireworks at home.
The seasonal closures apply to the following areas: · Bodie Island, Ramp 1 to 0.6 miles South of Ramp 2 (i.e., Coquina Beach); · Hatteras Island, beach areas fronting the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon; · Hatteras Island, beach from the north boundary of Buxton to Ramp 43; · Hatteras Island, beach fronting the villages of Frisco and Hatteras; · Ocracoke Island from 0.5 miles South of Ramp 67 to 0.25 miles North of Ramp 70.
The seasonally closed areas are identified by signs at both ends of the area, at all other vehicle access points to the area, and on maps available for viewing at the offices of the Superintendent, each District Ranger station, at each Visitor Center and at all other public contact stations.
ORV and pedestrian access remains open in many locations throughout the seashore, including popular fishing areas such as Ramp 4 to Bodie Island Spit, Ramp 43 to Cape Point, South Beach, Ramp 55 south including portions of Pole Road and Cable Crossing, and Ocracoke South Point.
Alternative access routes will be used to keep ORV and pedestrian access open whenever possible. The park will continue to monitor and adjust existing safety closures and corridors outside of seasonal closures as necessary.