For 20 years our family has spent two weeks in Hatteras. We go there primarily to ORV at Cape Point and other ORV spots on the island. Since the Park Service began to enforce an environmental ban/restrictionon ORV use, we have noticed a sharp decline in the atmosphere. Granted - God gave us the sea, surf, sun and won't take that away, however, the Park Service is making the experience far less enjoyable for humans as they protect the nesting spots of piping plovers and sea turtles. NOT ONE of the folks who ORV on this island willfully would destroy the habitat. However, to close Cape Point to protect the nests of 11 birds denies countless humans the experience of driving down the sand to pick the perfect spot to parkand enjoy. This year and last, the point has been closed from APRIL to August. Aug 3 was the date it opened this year. Valid reports indicate that fox and other natural predators eat the eggs before humans could even begin to harm them. The Park Service does try to help -by SHOOTING the fox! Now we pay $120 for a decal to allow ORV. I can see the fee - it goes to the Park Service coffers to make the mandatory film all have to watch telling experienced fisherman and vacationers what every child would know - continually mispronouncing VEHICLE by the way. We will continue to come. despite the restrictions, except if they utlimately close the shore. Then Hatteras will become the actual graveyard of the Atlantic. I feel so sorry for the locals. They endure hurricanes with bravado, but a frequent visitor can not help but notice the closed businesses and empty rentals. Unfortunaltely there are few politicans that will support the rights of humans over the rights of 11 birds. So sad.
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