February 12, 2015
Vandals damage Cape Point campground
National Park Service said today that the Cape Point Campground was
deliberately vandalized on Tuesday evening, Feb. 10.
rangers are investigating vandalism to multiple loops of the campground
where a vehicle drove off the paved access road and over vegetation,
destroying significant areas of sensitive grass and low lying areas
with tire tracks.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore closes all
campgrounds annually during the winter months to camping activities but
allows access for public entry to observe wildlife, wintering
shorebirds, and jogging and walking enthusiasts.
news release, park officials said, "The recent senseless crime
committed by vandals driving off-road, spinning tires, doing
'doughnuts' and circles in the grass, running over carsonite signs,
breaking fences and ballards, and destroying the landscape leaves park
Park Superintendent David Hallac added that
“We now may have to spend thousands of dollars to repair the landscape
when those funds could be better spent on public access projects and
more constructive amenities for our visiting public.
to public lands belonging to our local communities," he said, "was
unnecessary and may temporarily ruin the opportunity for others to
enjoy the solitude of the winter season campground access.”
law enforcement personnel continue to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to
contact the National Park Service directly at 252-475-9010. To
leave anonymous information, please contact the Dare Community Crime
Line at 252-473-3111 or 800-745-2746. A reward for any
information leading to a conviction in this case is being
offered. Please contact:
government property is a federal criminal violation, each subject up to
a $5,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment.