Public comment period opens for additional beach access
By IRENE NOLAN
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has released its proposal to facilitate additional beach access to the public.
A public comment period will open July 1 and run through Aug. 2. Public
meetings will also be scheduled soon, probably for mid-July.
The Proposal to Facilitate Additional Public Beach Access Project
presents an evaluation of two alternatives for various improvements at
One is a no action alternative, and the other, the action alternative,
lists 29 different projects to provide additional access, including new
ramps, walkovers, handicapped accessible walkways, parking lots, and
interdunal roads. It also provides for elevating the road at Ramps 43
and 44, which often floods in heavy rain.
The document is 188 pages with maps and sketches of each
project. There are also three appendices.
“We invite everyone to comment on this document,” Superintendent
Barclay Trimble said today in a media release. “Public
participation is vital to the NPS planning process and we appreciate
the time and energy the public devotes to commenting and suggestions
during this public meeting/scoping that will be evaluated during this
Following the comment period a decision on the action to be implemented
will be determined. The final environmental assessment will
guide park planning and prioritization of beach access infrastructure
improvements in the years ahead.
The Proposal to Facilitate Additional Public Beach Access Environmental
Assessment is available for public comment on-line at the NPS Planning,
Environment, and Public Comment website:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/beach_access. Members of the public can
Public read-only copies of this document will be available at the NPS
Visitor Centers at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island
Lighthouse, Ocracoke, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright
Brothers National Memorial; the Dare County Libraries in
Hatteras Village, Manteo, and Kill Devil Hills, and the Ocracoke
Library. Copies of this document will be available at the
scheduled public meetings while supplies last.
Written comments may also be mailed to: Proposal to
Facilitate Additional Public Beach Access, c/o Superintendent, Outer
Banks Group, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on August 2, 2013.
CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF ADDITIONAL
BEACH ACCESS PROJECTS
ADDITIONAL BEACH ACCESS PROJECTS