February 8, 2013
Public comment is open on tour fees for
Bodie Island, Hatteras lighthouses
National Park Service is accepting public comment for 30 days on the
proposed fee for guided tour climbs of the Bodie Island Lighthouse and
for the proposed fee increase for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Cape
Hatteras National Seashore.
The proposed fee schedules
differ for the two lighthouses and the National Park Service is
soliciting input from the general public about the proposed new fee or
the proposed fee increase.
The Outer Banks Group of
national parks proposes a new $8 per person recreational fee for a
limited number of guided tours of the Bodie Island Lighthouse.
There will be no reduced fee for children, seniors, or the disabled.
grand opening of the Bodie Island Lighthouse to the public for climbing
will be on Friday, April 19, after a relighting ceremony on Thursday,
The tower of the Bodie Island Lighthouse recently
underwent a major restoration project of both the exterior and interior
and the first-order Fresnel lens. Preservation of important
historic fabric was a primary emphasis during the four-year long
“The end result of this project is the
perfect balance of saving historic fabric yet making the lighthouse
accessible to the public,” the Park Service said in a media release. “A
limited number of park ranger guided tours will be conducted daily,
offering the park visitor a memorable, unique, and personal experience
of the history of this 1871 historic structure as well as a pristine
view of the surrounding lands from the top balcony.”
Hatteras Lighthouse fee has not increased in five years. The
current recreation fee of $7 for adults and $3.50 for children, seniors
and disabled, is proposed to increase to $8 for adults and $4 for
children, seniors and disabled.
The revenue generated at both
lighthouses is necessary to provide daily tours to the public and is
used to support staff and maintenance at each respective site.
If you would like to comment on the new or increased fee please visit: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/fee
or written comments in hard copy (e.g. in a letter), can be sent by
U.S. Postal Service or other mail delivery service or hand-delivered
to: Barclay C. Trimble, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National
Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.
Written comments postmarked by March 9 will be accepted. The
comment period will begin February 8 and ends March 9.
For information on visiting the parks of the Outer Banks Group, please visit the park’s websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or by calling 252-475-9000.
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