June 29, 2017
Weekly CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones

The Cape Point ORV-Only corridor has been removed. Pedestrians and ORVs are all welcome to access. With all the recent talk of the new sandbar off the Point, we expect to see an increase in ocean rescue calls (there have already been many). Both the Seashore and Dare County urge visitors to use caution when attempting to access the sandbar. We do not recommend that visitors swim or wade to the sandbar. If you are interested in going, we recommend traveling via kayaks or paddle boards while using appropriate flotation and keeping in mind the tides and strong currents in the area. The life guarded beaches at Coquina Beach, Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach are excellent choices for swimming, especially when conditions bring dangerous rip currents to the area.

Buxton Beach nourishment has been progressing smoothly. Weeks Marine advised that they should reach full berm width by today and then start advancing northward. Soon they will open it to public use. As they start to proceed north, they will also have a pedestrian corridor behind the project area along the toe of the dune and will install ramps over the pipes.

Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue is offering a free informational class on Mondays from 9:00-9:30 a.m. about rip currents and other safety items at Station 35 in Buxton.

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

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