We have been visiting the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for close to 20 years -- loving each summer and fall visit for all of the reasons listed above .... beautiful beach, birds, no commercialism, warm water, solitude. Last year the NPS instituted the $50 beach permit (which quite frankly they had been talking about for a number of years in order to reduce the numbers of people driving on the beach). I get that --- what I don't get is how much of the beach they have closed to driving! Cape Hatteras is popular for fisherman as well as vacationers and it seems that they have begun charging a pretty high user fee and then cramming those folks into smaller and smaller sections of the beach! Where is the balance? Stop closing the beaches please and let the people who pay for the seashore enjoy the seashore!