Beach Access and Park Issues
August 26,  2009

Buxton’s lifeguarded beach is closed for the season

Cape Hatteras National Seashore lifeguarded beach operations at Buxton Beach, adjacent to the Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site, closed Friday, Aug. 21, for the season. 

National Park Service lifeguard operations at Coquina Beach on Bodie Island and Ocracoke Beach on Ocracoke Island will continue through Labor Day, Sept. 7.  The hours of operation are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Cyndy Holda, assistant to Park Service Supt. Mike Murray and NPS community liaison, said that lifeguards are leaving to return to school and there were not enough of them to keep the three beaches open.  She said Coquina Beach and Ocracoke Beach have higher visitation numbers and that is why personnel were sent to those two sites.

Fall visitors are reminded to check with local weather sources for updated surf and rip current conditions before going to the beach. 

“Planning your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will enhance your enjoyment and your safety,” the Park Service said in a media release. “Please observe all rules and regulations for your safety.  Know your limits and understand the hazards.  For more information on rip currents, check the website at”

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