I spotted the park service posting beach closure signs at Cape Point early this afternoon. The roping off process for the Piping Plover shorebird nesting area’s have begun. Although, there is no scientific proof of the species loss resulting from beach users from ORV traffic. The Piping Plover birds are not endangered and they are the only bird listed as being threatened. When the signs are posted everyone is denied beach access at the designated areas. The beach closure’s affect Oregon Inlet, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. The beach closure are subject to change or increase daily, based on shorebird activity, closure violations and vandalism. night time access is restricted all summer and fall. Local business’s and local island worker’s are directly affected by the beach closures. The livelihood of thousands of families and business’ on Ocracoke and Cape Hatteras Island are now endangered. Although this has been an ongoing battle for years, I hope a better resolution for the future.
Fisherman and visitors enjoy the beach access while you still can. Cape Point is such a special place it is a real shame! Check out a few frames below of the park service roping off Piping Plover shorebird nesting area’s at Cape Point today.