Beach Access and Park Issues
March 24, 2010

UPDATE….Park Service sets schedule for public meetings on DEIS


The National Park Service has announced the public meeting schedule to provide opportunities for public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

The Plan/EIS will guide the management of ORV use at America’s first national seashore for the next 10 to 15 years.  Concurrent with the development of the Plan/EIS, the National Park Service (NPS) is also developing an ORV regulation for the seashore.

The public meetings for the Draft EIS/Plan will be held at five locations.  The meetings will follow a hearing-style format, which includes a brief presentation, with time allotted for public comments.  Court reporters will record the public comments. 

Copies of the DEIS will be available at each meeting. 

Monday, April 26, 2010 – 9 until 11 a.m.
Ocracoke School, 1 Schoolhouse Road
(Doors open at 8:30 for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 9.)

Monday, April 26, 2010 – 5 until 8 p.m.
Cape Hatteras Secondary School, 48576 Hwy. 12, Buxton
(Doors open at 4:30 for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 5 p.m.)

Kill Devil Hills
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – 6 until 8 p.m.
Wright Brothers National Memorial First Flight Centennial Pavilion, 1000 Croatan Hwy., M.P. 7 , Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948  
(Doors open at 5:30  for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 6.)

Raleigh, N.C.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 – 6 until 8 p.m.
McKimmon Conference & Training Center (NC State University Campus), 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC  27695  
(Doors open at 5:30 for sign-in, the meeting will begin at 6.)

Hampton, Va.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 – 6 until 8 p.m.
Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1815 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton, VA  23666
(Doors open at 5:30  for sign-in and the meeting will begin at 6.)

According to the Park Service, the purpose of the hearing-style public meetings is to provide additional opportunities for public comment on the Plan/EIS.

Upon entering the meeting you will be asked to sign in and to indicate if you request time to make a public comment at the meeting. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation on the process to date and an explanation of the format for the meeting. Once the presentation has concluded, the public comment portion of the meeting will begin.

Participants who have indicated that they would like to speak will be called to come forward. A court reporter will be on hand to record the comments. To ensure that all who would like to speak are provided the opportunity, the time available will be divided among the number of speakers signed up, but all speakers will be allotted at least three minutes to provide their comments.

Written comments will also be accepted at the public meetings, online through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment Web site, or through the mail.

Electronic copies of the DEIS are available for public review on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site for the project at:

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