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Write a letter to NPS and tell them!!!!

Write a letter to NPS and tell them!!!!

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At last night's Buxton meeting with NPS about 75 folks or so showed up. Mostly locals but all of us on the same page. We want more access. Dave Hallac, the park superintendent did a good job of presenting and talking and excusing NPS. The main thrust of the meeting over and over came back to how many letters the other side has generated on this issue. So, a bunch of rings through their nose environmentalist led by multi millionaire lobbyist are now going to rule the National Park Service simply by filling out form letters. Not on my watch.

You have until March 16 to write a letter. The easiest way is to go to NPS's PEPC website and do it by email.

Click to follow link... You can also get there by going to Island Free Press.

When you get there go to the document list and then down to alternatives and take a read. When you get ready to comment click on the Select a Document to review or the EA for the Consideration of Modifications.

I really think you have to take a look at the alternatives. I like 3 until I get to Permits and then I like 2. What nobody likes is that there is no alternative access being provided for Cape Point. Besides the fact that I think NPS is using this to dodge the fact that all of the Vehicle Free Areas are unused and too big in area and too hard to get to the real issue is Cape Point. Dave Hallac tried to ration out the fact that the hook, cove, or south side of Cape Point is a nesting site for birds the real fact is that NPS just does not want to do the right thing. The VFA on the south side is 3 miles or so long and is inaccessible except by ORV. Cape Point was closed for half of last year and mostly for one non endangered chick and then for flooding from the east side. Had we been able to come from the NPS back road to the Old Bone road and out the south beach we would have had a lot more time to fish and recreate on the Point. We would do that with absolutely no pedestrians in sight. All of the inlets and Cape Point's hook are simply unused.

To write the superintendent by mail:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27952

I think also since we are using ORV funds to build so many parking areas for pedestrians that it is time they step up and have a permit to walk in VFAs. A $25 permit and then NPS begins to get a feel for how many folks are really using the areas and they get more money to spend on access for pedestrians instead of leaving it up to us to pay it all.

Bob Eakes
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RE: Write a letter to NPS and tell them!!!!

As much as Hallac is a refreshing change in mgmt I fear it's the SOS here. He does the subtle things, wearing jeans instead of his uniform, actually drives the beach but bottom line he is subordinate to Wash DC, he has to put his kids through college like everyone else and no way is he going to mess up his career at a young age. To me the telling factor was the presence of the PM from Washington and the assistant Super, who although he may be a great guy, looks to me like a corporate weasel and I do not trust corporate weasels. Hope I'm wrong.
As to why there were few comments, you only have to beat a dog twice. The third time he just cowers and lays down. Been commenting for 10 years and it has made zero difference.
EDIT - Also note the absolute silence from the Chief Resource person when our local expert, Bob D made some excellent points regarding the NPS failing to meet the mandates they use to deny access. She threw Hallac under the bus by her silence. One fledged chick per x million $$. Still think this is abut the birds and turtles ?

RE: Write a letter to NPS and tell them!!!!

Funny, only 38 "reads" on this thread that deals with attempting to increase access to our beaches, but 130+ "reads" on the thread dealing with an easier way to by an ORV Permit. Something is not quite right here!! I guess everyone has just accepted that the point and large swath of beach should be closed.

I call "bull"...my comments have been sent!