subject for the interview on Irene
Nolan's Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point, on Sunday,
Oct. 2, was public access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore --
for off-road vehicles and pedestrians.
guests were David Scarborough of
Avon, treasurer of the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA),
and Bill Smith of Buxton, president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy
groups have been active for a long
time in the effort to ensure reasonable public access to the beaches
of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
has been in
existence since the 1970s when the National Park Service made
its first attempt to formulate an off-road vehicle rule, Scarborough
said. That rule was never finalized and when the NPS revived the
attempt in the late 1990s and early 2000s, OBPA was re-energized. It
now has about 6,000 members from all over the United States and its
motto is "Preserve and Protect, Don't Prohibit."
said the NCBBA is now 50-plus
years old and its members also work to protect beach access and
seashore resources. Among other things, NCBBA conducts beach
cleanups, provides scholarships to local students, and supports
said the Cape Hatteras
Access Preservation Alliance is a project of OBPA, NCBBA, and the
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club whose goal is to bring multiple
organizations together to work for access. About 30 organizations
have been involved.
the interview, the two men
discussed the changes that the seashore has already made to ensure
access and other changes that are pending. These changes were
required by legislation, passed by Congress in 2014, that the access
groups were instrumental in shepherding through the lawmaking
talk about their view of new
buffer regulations for shorebirds and sea turtles, new ORV access
projects, and pending changes to the final ORV rule -- upon which the
public can comment until Oct. 21.
both group representatives
said they believe access has improved in the past two years, but
there are changes they would like to see, especially in the upcoming
changes to the final rule.
they were complimentary of
seashore Superintendent David Hallac -- who arrived not quite two
years ago, and his staff. Both Scarborough and Smith said that they
believe that communications and relationships between seashore
officials and the public have improved
quite a bit.
reached out to him and he
reached to us simultaneously within a month of his coming to the
seashore," Scarborough said. "We don't always agree
but he has had an open ear to listen and to do something about
some of these issues."
think that's the most important
thing -- that some of these lines of communication
have been re-established and opened back up," Smith said.
"I don't know that we could find a better man to deal with than
David Hallac. We don't always agree,
but he listens and is willing to discuss things, and that's a breath
of fresh air after the past 10 years."
said some people are
beginning to enjoy interactions with Park Service officials.
said, Scarborough and Smith will
still push for changes for the final rule that they think would be
more appropriate to ensure more reasonable public access.
information on both groups is
available on their websites, www.obpa-nc.org
Both need the support of members to keep up their work on keeping
listen to the interview, which is
about 40 minutes long, scroll down to the "To the Point"
logo and click on the arrow.
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