|Beach Access Issues
August 20, 2008
Ocracoke’s South Point opens again
By IRENE NOLAN
The popular South Point of Ocracoke reopened to ORVs – again – on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
The National Park Service said that the pre-nesting closure,
established in late March that includes the interior sections of the
point, will remain in place. It is still posted with signs and
symbolic fencing and is closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and pets.
There is an ocean shoreline access corridor that is posted
accordingly. The area is open to ORV traffic from 6 a.m. until 10
The Park Service said its staff will continue to monitor the area for
bird nesting activity, as well as for an increased number of sea turtle
nests in the area.
South Point on Ocracoke first re-opened on Monday, Aug. 4, after a
three-month closure to protect nesting shorebirds and colonial
waterbirds. Islanders and visitors flocked to the area along
Ocracoke Inlet, where the fishing was described as
“phenomenal.” Anyone who wanted to catch a puppy drum could
find one, according to Melinda and Alan Sutton, who own Tradewinds
Tackle shop on the island..
On Wednesday, Aug. 4, a least tern chick was spotted in the area, and the Park Service had to shut the Point down again.
Alan Sutton said he and Melinda are “just happy to see it open again.”
And, he added the fishing is just as good as it was earlier in the month, especially for puppy drum.
You can check out the Web site, http://www.fishtradewinds.com, for more photos of those puppy drum.