Public Comment Needed by August 2, 2013

As announced by Superintendent Barclay Trimble on June 26, 2013, the public comment period for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Proposal to Facilitate Additional Public Beach Access – Environmental Assessment opened on July 1, 2013 and will end on August 2, 2013.

We urge you to review the documents, to form your personal opinions about the proposals, and to provide your comments by August 2, 2013.

The official NPS documents for this assessment can be found at the following link:

The document is 188 pages long.  We suggest that you first focus on tables 2-1, 2-2 and 4-5 to understand the proposed projects.  You should then review other sections within the document as needed to aid you in your review and formulation of comments.

You may submit your comments at the following web site:

The Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA) motto is “Preserve and Protect, Not Prohibit.”  Another phrase often used is “Free and Open Beaches.”  Our goal has always been to maximize beach access for all visitors to the beaches at Cape Hatteras.    Infrastructure projects alone cannot resolve the punitive access restrictions placed on the public by the ORV rule in February, 2012.  Nevertheless, infrastructure projects to improve access are long overdue.  In our opinion, many of the projects identified by NPS have obvious value, while some are more questionable.  We urge everyone who values CHNSRA to take the time to review the proposals, form your own opinions, and provide comment within the allotted time frame.

The following information will be the basis for the official CHAPA comments to the National Park Service Environmental Assessment.  We thank the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA), an alliance member, for their effort in preparing the project assessment table which is included and which they distributed to their members last week.  We hope you will find it useful as you conduct your review.

 General Observations: Responses for each individual project are on the following pages.  Click here to read project analysis