Cape Hatteras Beach Access and ORV Use Update!

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Cape Hatteras Beach Access and ORV Use Update!

Post  Save Hatteras Foundation on June 12th 2008, 7:55 pm

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URGENT!! URGENT!! URGENT!!

For Immediate Release from

Representative Timothy L. Spear

I am pleased to inform you that I have just received notification and a copy of a bill introduced today by US Representative Walter B. Jones and US Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr. The bill introduced in Congress would reinstate the Interim Management Strategy Plan governing off-road vehicle use in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, pending the issuance of a final rule for off-road vehicle use by the National Park Service.

The bill reads as follows:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. REINSTATEMENT OF INTERIM MANAGEMENT STRATEGY.

After the date of the enactment of this Act, Cape Hatteras National Seashore shall be managed in accordance with the Interim Protected Species Management Strategy /Environmental Assessment issued by the National Park Service on June 13, 2007, for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, until the National Park Service issues a special regulation and long-term off-road vehicle management plan for the use of Cape Hatteras National Seashore by the public.

SEC.2. INAPPLICABILITY OF CONSENT DECREE.

The April 30, 2008, consent decree filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina regarding off-road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina shall not apply after the date of the enactment of this Act.

This is what I, Senator Basnight and many of you have requested of our congressional delegation. Now is the time for everyone to support this legislation and help secure its passage.

The following have been sent to date in response. Please take time to forward your own support. Fax is recommended:

Senator Elizabeth Dole 202-224-1100

Senator Richard Burr 202-228-2981

Congressman Walter Jones 202-225-3286

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June 12, 2008

Senator Elizabeth Dole

Senator Richard Burr

Representative Walter Jones, Jr.


On behalf of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and its 1100 members, I would like to thank you for introducing legislation thatwould reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing access to the beaches on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Access to these beaches for recreation is one of the mainattractions for the visitors to

the Outer Banks.Thisarea is world famous for its surf fishing, boating, surfboarding, kiteboarding, windsurfing, ocean kayaking, sunbathing, shelling and otherbeach activities.The closureof these beaches has resulted in economic and social hardship for thecitizensand business owners of Hatteras andOcracokeIslands.

We certainly recognize the pristine treasure of the Cape HatterasNational Seashore and thewidevariety of shorebirds, turtles and other wildlife.However, we feel it is possibletoachieve a balancebetween access and resource protection.

Please do not hesitate to call on the Outer Banks Chamber ofCommerce if we can assistyou in anyway to achieve our mutual goals.

Jeff Malarney

Chairman Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce

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Dare County Supportive of Legislation Returning Access to the Beaches at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

``On behalf of the business people, visitors and residents of Dare County, I sincerely thank Senators Dole and Burr and U.S. Representative Jones for introducing legislation that would reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing access to the beaches at Cape Hatteras National Seashore,’’ commented Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Warren Judge when informed of the legislation that was introduced Wednesday.

The reinstatement of the Interim Protected Species Management Strategy that was issued by the National Park Service and given final approval in the summer of 2007 allows for beach access while still providing a safe environment for protected bird and turtle species.

This legislation would set aside current mandates that were put in place following a consent decree filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and approved on April 30, 2008. The consent decree replaced the Interim Protected Species Management Strategy that was implemented last summer to provide public recreational access to the Park while protecting wildlife. The consent decree has created more and more buffer areas, effectively prohibiting access to the long standing and traditional recreational areas which have been nationally known as the best on the East Coast.

``The consent decree was presented to us as a take it or leave it agreement and we accepted it because the alternative was closure of the beaches. We basically had no choice,” said Allen Burrus, Vice Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and a Hatteras Island business owner. ``We want to maintain the beauty and the allure of our beaches, but we feel strongly that our residents and visitors have as much right to enjoy these beaches as the birds do.’’

If enacted, the Interim Strategy will become effective immediately and remain in place while the negotiated rulemaking committee, which includes many different stakeholders, assists the National Park Service in developing a permanent management plan. “My hope is that all members of the Committee will work together to come up with a satisfactory long term agreement,” Burrus added.

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