December 8, 2015

Hallac's first year as seashore chief is
focus of radio show...WITH AUDIO

David Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest on Sunday, Dec. 6, on "To the Point," the Radio Hatteras interview show hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan.

The focus was on Hallac's first year as superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- what has been accomplished and what's left on the plate for the new year.

Hallac arrived on the Outer Banks just about a year ago, just after the U.S. Congress passed legislation as part of the Defense Authorization Bill that mandated the National Park Service to take another look at some aspects of the off-road vehicle driving plan that was implemented in 2012.

This has been a huge undertaking for the superintendent and his staff.

The seashore was instructed to re-examine wildlife buffer distance, re-examine and speed up some new ORV access ramps, roads, and parking lots, and to examine some part of the final ORV rule, such as the time beaches open in the morning, seasonal ORV routes, and vehicle-free areas.

Congress also asked the Secretary of the Interior to give a progress report on what has been accomplished at the seashore by Dec. 19.

In the interview, Hallac says the Park Service staff is working on the report for Secretary Sally Jewell and that it will be delivered on time and then made public.

He discusses different aspects of the legislation, and a few other issues, such as stormwater issues on park land in the Buxton and Frisco areas and the future of the Frisco Pier.

"To the Point" airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.  It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can listen to the show on Sundays through live streaming at

Scroll down and click on the appropriate "To the Point" logo to listen to the audio of the interview.


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