I’m in NC and have heard who upset fishermen are about this, and homeowners north of Corolla are very concerned since driving on the beach is the only access to their properties.
But, I was out on Hatteras Island just three weeks ago, and all the vehicular acces points were open, vehicleson the beach from Oregon Inlet all the way down to Cape Hatteras.
It's my understanding that whenever a new nest is discovered by the Park Nazis they close down an area. It's all BS but the locals have not yet raised enough hell to get the enviros/the judge who ordered this crap, straightened out.
It's the same ol' Marxist crap, divide and conquer. Introduce chaos, doubt,uncertainty etc. Sound familiar? It's the same thing the regime is doing with the economy and the same reason businesses don't want to expand!! They don't know what the regime will do next. Same methodology being used here. The area might be closed on the whim of some bureaucrat. Who wants to vacation on that type of scenario.
So. the local businesses are in a heap of sh_t.
They need to start rattling some cages in dc.
The beach closings are only during the Piping Plover's nesting season - which just happens to coincide with the height of summer tourist season. If an environmentalist (aka. whacko) or ranger even sees a PP on an area of beach, they can (and do) close that section and usually the nearby vehicle ramps.
Summer tourists and fall fishermen have been co-existing with the PP quite nicely for years. Now all of a sudden it is a life or death issue? The PP has (and uses) 50+ miles of undeveloped national seashore immediately north of the Hatteras and Buxton areas. Yet a mile or two near the point and the few beach access ramps are somehow judged critical to the PP's survival.
I think not. I am 100% sure this is a concerted effort by the environmentalists to trash the tourism and fishing industries on the islands.