Access to Cape Point closed by plover activity

By on April 9, 2012

The National Park Service has closed all access to Cape Point after piping plover breeding behavior was observed Sunday just south of Ramp 44 along the ocean shoreline.

Ramp 44 is located south of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton.

A news release from Cape Hatteras National Seashore says the width of the beach is very narrow in the area commonly known as “the bypass” and the required buffer of 75 meters to the east resulted in the full beach closure.

There currently is not an alternative off-road vehicle access route or shoreline pedestrian access through the resource closure to The Point, which is considered one of the premiere surf fishing spots on the East Coast.

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Jeremy D Adams - Candidate for NC House 6

April 17, 2012 10:11 pm

The correct answer is to get the property back from the Federal Government. It should be state or county owned and the county should be in charge of making sure it stays free.

There is a case to be made for this since the US Constitution doesn’t actually allow National Parks.

I’ll gladly lead the charge to get the North Carolina Legislature to spend the $1 that intragovernment sales usually require.

And another thing

April 13, 2012 9:19 pm

Good information KSW4OBX. Unfortunately, the people in charge don’t care. They want other people off the island. I hate to say politics is the answer, God willing, but until NC gets the gumption to separate itself from our out-of-control federal government and we stop teaching our kids nothing is more sacred than the environment we will keep getting what we’ve been getting. Citizen action in influencing politics is needed. Let’s all get on the same page. Form coalitions. Pressure our elected officials. Back it up with commitment from our voters and taxpayers. Sanity needs to rule again in this country.


April 13, 2012 10:48 am

I hope Rep. Walter Jones will be able to have the interim plan reinstated.

It’s the “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area” America! It was never deemed to provide an area as large as an air craft carrier for one nesting bird called the National Bird Nesting Area People!

FACT: Visitors do not come to places that deny access. Without access one cannot recreate!

Go to which shows ….

The Dare County campaign to preserve access to America’s beaches refers to the first national seashore as the “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.”. The full name of the “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area” is historically accurate and serves to remind us today of the unique recreational heritage of the first national seashore. The founding pioneers called it by this name at the official dedication ceremony.

Preserving this name will help future generations understand the history, tradition and recreational purpose of the “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.”. A study of history reveals the importance of including the words “Recreational Area” today.

-June 29, 1940, Congress amends the enabling legislation and the words “Recreational Area” are added to further emphasize the recreational nature of the seashore as a destination for beachgoers and fishermen.

-On May 10, 1954, the National Park Service gave administrative permission for the staff to use the shorter name “Cape Hatteras National Seashore” in all but the most formal memoranda and legal documents in place of the more cumbersome “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.” This administrative short cut created a nickname, but never changed the official name.

-At the official dedication ceremony on April 24, 1958, representatives of
both the Department of Interior and the National Park Service repeatedly
referred to it as the “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.”

-Although the full name with the words “Recreational Area” subsequently fell from use by the Department of Interior and the National Park Service,
it was never officially changed by Congress.


-June 23, 1936 Passage of the Park, Parkway and Recreational Area Study Act
-August 17, 1937 Act of Congress establishes the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to provide recreational access to the general public
-June 29, 1940 Congress amends the authorizing legislation to permit hunting. At the same time the term “Recreational Area” was added to the park’s name o address NPS sensitivity to the issue of hunting and to further
emphasize the “recreational” nature of the seashore as a destination for beachgoers and fishermen.
-May 10, 1954 NPS determines administratively that the name “Cape Hatteras National Seashore” may be substituted in all but the most formal
memoranda and legal documents for the cumbersome “Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area”

April 24, 1958 Remarks made at the official dedication ceremony:
* Asst. Secretary of the Interior, Robert Ernst…”It is a privilege to represent the Department of the Interior at this dedication of the country’s first national seashore recreational area.
* Conrad Wirth, Director of the National Park Service made 3 references
1. “The Service recommended that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore be preserved as a National Park Recreational Area.”
2. ….”Secretary of the Interior formally established the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area.”
2. “We take great pride in being intrusted with the administration of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area

Dick Campbell

April 12, 2012 11:40 am

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.”

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

And another thing

April 12, 2012 10:41 am

Browny is right.

Friends, do not be deceived. The United States is no longer safe because of the protections guaranteed by the US Constitution. It has been replaced by planks from the Communist Manifesto.

Think I’m off base? Remember in the 60′s when we sent our husbands, sons and brothers to die in Vietnam rather than let that country go Communist? Today members of congress are not ashamed of being card-carrying members of the Communist Party. They are enabled by other politicans and businesses and unions who believe this poison. The method they use is international law: the United Nations. Executive Order 13547 that threatens all our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes is full of references to international law and uses Agenda 21 language.

Bottom line: the people you hope and truly want to believe are interested in our economic and social well-being frankly are the opposite. Once you understand that, you are ready to identify the real enemy: the old satan known as communism.

dave douglas

April 11, 2012 5:29 pm

I never in my life dreamed I’d see our country descend into the absolutely corrupt mess that we have today. “How much justice can you afford” instead of “freedom and justice for all”. People this mess with the bird and the fish can be nothing more than a focused and very well funded attack on all of us. T
he fish and the bird are just tools to forward another agenda. Thankfully bringing a fish into the brawl will also bring the weight of the entire east coast into the picture, so maybe “justice” can prevail. I have serious doubts that we will live to see it!

glenda worrell

April 11, 2012 2:22 pm

this is why i will keep my 5,000 that i have spent for the last 20 years twice a year in hatteras, and go else where.


April 11, 2012 2:16 pm

Prince of Peeps is spot on. It is all about the United Nations Agenda for the twenty first century. [Agenda21] The POTUS through executive orders is coursing this attack on American freedom. A one world government looms. Congress is laced with one worlders.. The Progressive caucus. The Communist Party USA has 70 congressional members. Guess which major political party they belong to? Step by step, industry by industry, resource by resource, region by region it is all about CONTROL. Congress is bypassed via the powers of ex order but their sometimes innocent complicity, credit being given to ignorance, is revealed by their lack of outrage and counter action. The Dare CTY BOC and all other 99 counties have got to buck up to those in Raleigh and cause the State to exercise it’s Constitutional soverigntry. The process of NULLIFICATION needs to be explored and probably used. Agenda 21 is all about control of the individual thus destroying free market capitalism to be replaced by Socialist Communism. Political correctness calls it socialism. Do you think that those who favor a one world gov’t care about the economy and individuals of Hatteras Is? NO. To them profit is an enemy. Stealthy yet aggressive A21 procedures are occuring throughout the USA and are being extremely successful if Hatteras Is is to be guaged. We the people have not raised enough peaceful hell YET. That needs to increase aimed through our elected officials at all levels. If that fails we will just have to do what we have to do. The Founders did. Freedom is truly something that has to be constantly fought for. Mattie Lawson, a conservative Republican, of KDH is running for N C House district 6 seat. She understands what freedom is all about. I AM GOING TO VOTE FOR HER sometime between April 19th and May 8th.


April 11, 2012 11:40 am

what’s disappointing is so many of us absolutely love hatteras island, but everyone has a breaking point. I take my family there twice a year, rent from hatteras realty, get my gear and bait at local shops like dillon’s corner, frisco rod and gun, etc…get food at connors, hatteras man, hurricane heathers, but all because we love fishing the point, for us, its our main draw. If that is no longer a consistent option we will just have to consider other vacation destinations. Group of us rented a place next week in Avon and just got this disappointing news. I guess we’ll just have to look elsewhere going forward. My heart goes out to the local businesses and residents.

Francis D'Ambra

April 10, 2012 11:59 pm

This represents just another reason why I am running for County Commissioner. I do not believe anyone is opposed to reasonable regulations that protect species. What Dare County people resent is that the Federal Government has once again overreached in its approach. We must take a stand as a community using reason, effective negotiation and cooperative efforts. If we stand by and govern by holding to the notion that there is nothing we can do about the federal government’s decisions, then we can not expect that we will ever gain any ground. I can clearly and firmly state that these arbitrary and capricious decisions by the federal government and their allied regulatory agencies will inevitably affect all of our citizens adversely. Our neighbors on Hatteras Island cannot continue to take these continuous economic hits. That applies equally to our commercial and charter fishing industry and the systematic dismantling of our local economy for arbitrary reasons. Our leadership MUST do more and make it a top priority to provide our citizens relief. If elected, I will devote the necessary energy to solving this and other major issues that we face.


April 10, 2012 5:05 pm

Steve no doubt works for the NPS, What a bozo! WE the people need to kick the NPS FW right in the teeth NOW! The birds arent stupid they will nest somewares else if there are to many BEACH LOVER! LETS TAKE A STAND!

Mark Heare

April 10, 2012 3:31 pm

The more the beach accesses are closed off, the more the breeding fowl and animals will take it over. Come on now, there are a lot of sand bars the birds could breed on. Our pleasures are being taken from us one by one til we will have no foot or vehicular access to the ocean. Stop construction companies from taking all the breeding ground from the fowl and wild horses.


April 10, 2012 1:20 pm

steve……the money and the people are staying north of the inlet. no one’s getting rich down here.


April 10, 2012 11:29 am

In response to Steve’s comment”s he is just a plain idot.
If all of the Business Owners are making lots of money then why are they closing there doors. In order to make money people have to spend it. Not Happening.

Sharon Collins

April 10, 2012 11:16 am

I think this is horrible, since when do the rights of a FEW birds that are located all over the US, we even have them in the mountains of Maryland, get preferencial treatment of the rights of humans, The government in North Carolina, need to be strong and stop these groups. The National Seasshores were meant to be open and free to all citizens – What happen to that. Everyone, please support the OBPA and the BBA as they fight for your rights. The more support they have the better they can fight.


April 10, 2012 11:08 am

The local business owners are making piles of money. If you think they are losing money, your wrong! People are still coming to the OBX and still spending money. The only negative part of all this is all your negative comments.


April 10, 2012 8:29 am

another nail in the local business coffin


April 10, 2012 8:11 am

I’m soooo happy to have a “sticker to nowhere” on my beach wagon. Question…..are the flat-top rock ‘n tar roofs of Hatteras & Buxton off limits to HVAC repairmen…oops..”persons” ?

Prince of Peeps

April 10, 2012 3:19 am

It’s not about the plover, it’s not about the sturgeon, it’s not about the sea turtles. It’s not about the bridge and the inlet. It’s about government control and forcing us into submission. They have the power to do anything they want, so long as we let them have it. Obama has already demonstrated his disdain for the people and their rights many times. The government gestapo just wads up the Constitution, throws it aside, and does as it pleases. They’ll take it little by little until they have it all.

If they ruin tourism and the fishing industry, permanent residents will leave in droves. Once our population is back down to 1950s numbers, we will be more manageable, and may be packed up and moved off the island. Property values will be severely depressed, worth only pennies on the dollar, and the government will buy it all up at a steal, literally stealing our land. (Back in the 50s, one could buy a lot for a hundred bucks, and in the 20s and 30s, a square mile block went for a few hundred dollars.) Our beautiful home will be returned to the pristine natural habitat that it was before Sir Walter Raleigh and his evil band of humans came and ruined it all.

You may think this scenario sounds far fetched, but this is what these folks dream about at night. They’ll do it in a heartbeat if they get the chance. And it is not just here, but it is their vision worldwide. Enlighten yourself and read up on the UN’s Agenda 21. It’s shocking, not only what they want to do, but what they are already doing. Plovertown is just one tiny, tiny example.


April 9, 2012 8:01 pm

this is a sin.


April 9, 2012 5:44 pm

Hatteras Island was targeted because we have no leadership and no political voice or power. The Audubon and SELG picked us because of this weakness. If the fisherman that use Oregon Inlet don’t think they can stop these dredges, that would be a wrong assumption. The closures have created a total economic collapse of Hatteras Island’s economy and it will have the same effect on fisherman. The money that the Department of Interior gives the National Park service to murder our animals, police and CLOSE our beaches, create economic disasters is over 10 million dollars a year. Our tax dollars are being used to ruin our island and livelihoods. We need strong leadership in this county and state to fight back. So far, not happening. Our bridge is not safe, our beaches are closed, highway 12 is in danger of inlets and ocean over wash even with a hard rain. Stabilizing our beaches for rt 12 should be considered part of our infrastructure, the same as roads and bridges. They should regard nourishes beaches to protect our highway the same as NCDOT pushes snow or salting roads, it is considered a preventive measure of protection. It’s criminal I think, the negligence of the issues regarding Hatteras Island. The answer is yo elect people that will fight for us, because we do not have that now and haven’t had it for decades.


April 9, 2012 4:41 pm

I think this should be recorded, So as to show the tax paying american its TRUE!!!

Brent Nultemeier

April 9, 2012 2:05 pm

And the SUFFERING begins. Birds have thousands of islands all across SC and NC to find breeding grounds that are much better than Cape Point. To close the recreational beaches of Cape Hatteras is ABSOLUTELY unnecessary! I know the locals are pissed. I’m willing to bet there’s plenty of tourists who would like to keep “their” beach the way it was….. FREE and ACCESSIBLE. If so, sign this petition and share!

John T

April 9, 2012 1:09 pm

There must have been a drum bite…..

Jeremy D Adams

April 9, 2012 12:00 pm

Well, of course, sooner or later there will zero access to the beach at all.

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