National Park Service officials have closed pedestrianaccess to Cape Point.
The decision will be announced in tomorrow?s Park Servicebeach access report.
About two-tenths of a mile of beach just south of Ramp 44was closed to ORVs on April 14 to protect American oystercatchers exhibitingbreeding behavior.
At that time, park officials said that pedestrians couldwade in the water below the mean low tide line to reach Cape Point, which isnot closed.
The total closed beach is now four-tenths of a mile.
According to Cyndy Holda, assistant to the superintendentand community liaison, park officials have decided that because of the lengthof the closure, it is ?no longer practical or safe? to allow pedestrians towade through water that could be knee deep to reach the Point.
There is still three-tenths of a mile of beach that is openat Cape Point, and the Park Service will allow boat access to that area.
Cape Point is an area subject to strong wave action andheavy currents and wading through four-tenths of a mile in the ocean, dependingon conditions, is a tough job, even for the most physically fit.
Park officials warn locals and visitors that beach access ischanging weekly and even daily at this point in the nesting season, as birdsdecide where they want to nest.
Though there are weekly access reports and maps that areregularly updated, areas can still close without warning. The best thing to do, says Holda, iscarefully read the signage on the beach.
Right now, on the beach two-tenths of a mile south of Ramp44 to Cape Point, the sign says, ?No access beyond this point.?
Cape Point could soon be totally closed if piping ploverswho are checking out the area decide to nest there. The court-ordered consent decree requires a1,000 meter buffer for unfledged piping plover chicks, which would totally closethe area.