The National Park Service will hold a series of meetings in North Carolina and Virginia seeking public comment on a proposal to change rules regarding beach driving at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The first meeting will be held Wednesday night on Ocracoke Island; the second will be held Thursday night in Raleigh at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus.
Policy changes being considered include opening the beaches to cars earlier in the morning; increasing the seasonal window for cars on the beach; changing the location of vehicle-free areas and access points; and increasing permit options for drivers.
Congress directed the National Park Service to consider making these changes at Cape Hatteras as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015.
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The park service announced restrictions and permit requirements for off-road vehicles on Cape Hatteras beaches in 2012. The rules were geared towards protecting wildlife like sea turtles and birds.
Those who wish to comment on the proposals but cannot attend any of the five public meetings can submit comments online through August 21. Emailed comments will not be considered.
To read about the proposed changes, find out more information about upcoming meetings, and submit comments online, visit nando.com/hatteras .
Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ocracoke School, 1 Schoolhouse Road in Ocracoke Island
Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at McKimmon Conference and Training Center, 1101 Gorman St., N.C. State University Campus in Raleigh