Dare County Beach Access Cape Hatteras - Government Update!

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Dare County Beach Access Cape Hatteras - Government Update!

Post  Save Hatteras Foundation on June 12th 2008, 8:19 pm

DARE COUNTY PUBLIC RELATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT!

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Contact: Dorothy Toolan 252-473-8328

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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