^^ Unfortunately the same ole stuff was passed on ... business will die, unemployment will significantly rise, and visitors will go elsewhere and the sky will fall and the NPS is to blame......and the sky will fall and ORV use is to blame....blah,blah,blah.
When there was a downturn of business the blame was put on the NPS for implementing a management plan for ORV use at CHNS and nationwide economics or actions of Mother Nature were not taken into account.
I cannot speak for Cape Lookout; however many NPS personnel from the Outer Banks Group have native ties that involve lighthouse keepers, lifesaving service, commercial fishermen, and folks that have lived here for generations ... so I am not buying your flora and fauna knowledge pitch.
As for the people visiting elsewhere because of the CHNS ORV management plan. I noted that comment was made about people writing letters that they would do exactly that, but we all know that visitation is up and continues to rise.
The hype continues that ORV advocates try to lead visitors to believe that all beaches are closed or will be closed, but we all know that all those recreational activities continue for residents and visitors year round.
I know little about the SELC and I doubt you do either; however I do know that they were instrumental in making the NPS implement a ORV management plan for CHNS and IMO that is a good thing.
When we read our history books, we find out that many species of wildlife (or as some of you folks want to call them "critters") are now extinct because of our actions and we shake our heads in amazement that it happened. My hope is that my children and their children do not have to wonder why our generation allowed things like that to happen.
Walker,Sid,Derb,Boyle and the gang will now spread their brand of bs southward.
There's gold in them thar hills! errr... dunes.
well, maybe, unless the dunes were ever enhanced or propagated my humans, then they don't count. nature must take its course, ya know. we shouldn't interfere....tsk tsk.