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And now a word from the National Park Service Director

Friday 03 June 2011 at 11:01 am

This exchange of letters speaks for itself.

The exchange is between Bob Eakes, owner of The Red Drum Tackle Shop in Buxton and a member of the federally appointed negotiated rulemaking committee that failed in its mission to formulate an off-road vehicle rule for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the National Park Service’s Director, Jonathan Jarvis.

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Updating the timeline for ORV rule: Don’t look for it anytime soon

Thursday 26 May 2011 at 4:53 pm

The National Park Service’s schedule for completing off-road vehicle rulemaking in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore continues to get pushed down the road.

Under the terms of a 2008 consent decree that ended a lawsuit against the park by environmental groups, the final ORV rule was to be in place by April 1. That did not happen.

In status conferences on the consent decree in December and April, seashore Superintendent Mike Murray said that the Park Service was running behind with the rulemaking process. The judge and all parties to the lawsuit agreed that the seashore would continue to be managed under Interim Plan, as modified by the consent decree, until there is a final rule.

At the April conference, federal District Court Judge Terrence Boyle and Rudy Renfert, the federal attorney representing the Park Service, agreed that the final rule would be in place by Nov. 15.

That just isn’t going to happen. 

In fact, we’ll be lucky to see a final plan by next April 1.

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Getting to the Point

Wednesday 18 May 2011 at 4:11 pm

Can you or can you not wade out to Cape Point in the water if the Point is open but the beach between the Point and the nearest ramp is closed for resource protection?

It’s a question that has come up every year since 2008 when a consent decree settled a lawsuit by environmental groups against the National Park Service over the agency’s lack of an off-road vehicle plan for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

This year, we added a new question.  Can you or can you not wade out to Cape Point to fish or shell if you stay in the water all the way out and when you are fishing and do not set foot on the dry sand?

The quick answer is “yes” to both questions. If you stay in the water below the mean low tide mark, the Park Service cannot legally issue a citation.

But the issue is not quite that clear-cut.

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