Residents outraged over proposal to r...

Residents outraged over proposal to restrict driving on Outer B...

There are 14 comments on the WTKR story from Apr 28, 2010, titled Residents outraged over proposal to restrict driving on Outer B.... In it, WTKR reports that:

The battle over access to some of the beaches in the Outer Banks is heating up. The first of three public meetings was Tuesday night.

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Austin, TX

#1 Apr 28, 2010
So I bet these are people who also oppose beach nourishment.
Where do they think they're going to drive if there isn't any
beach left ? One the road ? That's a great idea. Let them drive on the road and walk to the beach. Maybe thay will help alleviate the obesity crisis.

Virginia Beach, VA

#2 Apr 28, 2010
These are the same groups that closed Telico. It's not about public access. It's lawyers saving the environment.
Just Me

Chesapeake, VA

#3 Apr 28, 2010
I kinda agree with both sides. They need to come up with a happy medium that everyone can agree on.

Virginia Beach, VA

#4 Apr 28, 2010
I say...go for your car into the beach and wait until your car get stuck in the sand...the tow truck, wil not, I repeat, will not tow your car out of the sand. I never ever have seen one car driving in Virginia Beach! If you want to drive...go to Daytona Beach, FL. There's plenty of cars with it you morons!
wise man

Hillsborough, NC

#5 Apr 28, 2010
I think ALL public roads should be closed too. All those poor `possums........
obxmike from indy

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Apr 29, 2010
First you must have 4WD to even have access. Two the best beaches for fishing or recreation can be reached only by 4WD. Three the plan most like is in violation of the ADA for not providing access to the beaches with disabilities, which for many is a 4WD vehicle. By the way, I have seen lots of cars driving in Virginia Beach, just not on the beach at Virginia Beach. You should have paid attention in English class.
loggerhead fred

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#8 Apr 29, 2010
Iindy mike go back to indy, let me guess you think you have some say in things but you just showed up yesterday

Greenbackville, VA

#9 Apr 29, 2010
I hope they restrict 4x4s on the beach. My family used to go to Hatteras back in the 1970s and early 80s back then there were a few 4x4s. Then suddenly EVERYONE seemed to have one and idiots were four wheeling everywhere. We finally quit going there in 1990 after my little sister nearly got run over by some redneck hauling ass on the beach in a jacked up pickup truck. Hatteras is a National Seashore and it should be kept in a natural state...and letting thousands of 4x4s run around out there is not the way to preserve it.

Alexandria, VA

#11 Apr 30, 2010
I have to say I have never seen a more biased, improper newstory in my life. You have no quote from the Park Service. You made no attempt to reach environmental groups. You include no discussion of the fact that without a management plan for ORVs, beach driving is presently illegal and that the Park Service is legally required to regulate vehicles on the beach. Where is your journalistic integrity?
Sharon Wilson

United States

#12 Apr 30, 2010
My husband and I have owned a house on the outer banks for 25 years. We understand these beaches are to be controlled by the Park Service. This property was given to the "People of America. The beach driving problem could be restricted to certain hours instead of NO Driving at All.
Along these same lines is the Plover situation. How are the people of the Outer Banks to come to an agreement with the GOVERNMENT. The bird problem could close down the outer banks altogether. This area of NC is a HUGE contributor to the tourist income of NC.The shop owners, home owners, realty companies, restaurants, sporting events would be STOPPED. These folks would be bankrupt and forced to leave. How do we explain this to tourists.
THIS problem would close the Outer Banks to all but homeowners and shop owners, who would have to walk out; who will buy these properties. My husband I are fans of all birds but not to the exclusion of our homes and businesses.
The upshot of this is that we, the people, apparently have NO say against the government.
Where do we go to be heard. NO ONE from the government agencies shows up for the forums; so we are talking to ourselves.
Please help us--We in crisis and no one is listening.
Hopefully, Sharon and the Outer Banks folks
Sharon Wilson

United States

#13 Apr 30, 2010
Why is NO ONE from the government listening to the comments at the forums held by concerned citizens? If there are officials at the meetings show them to us--not just the people who came to be heard. The news reports do not show the people are talking to--don't we know who is listening.
These people are ruining the lives of an entire vacation area for the advantage of 10 pairs of Plovers. I do not even know what a Plover looks like. Sharon

Chesapeake, VA

#14 May 11, 2010
I don't believe you should stop people from driving on the beach. Not everyone has money to buy an expensive house on the beach. The beach is free and something people who are less fortunate should be able to participate in. I know if you have a small child it is easier to drive out on the beach instead of trying to carry the baby and everything you need onto a public beach. Don't take away what little luxuxies are left for the less fortunate. This is suppose to be a free country...

Cameron, NC

#15 May 11, 2010
Save the Plovers at all costs!! Their eggs make a wonderful omelet, if you can gather enough of`em.
Craig Pariso

Taylors, SC

#16 May 11, 2010
My family has been vacationing at the outerbanks every year for the last 10 years or so. A huge part of the appeal of vacationing at the outerbanks is the opportunity to drive on the beach, getting to areas of beach not accesible on foot. When we are on vacation, we tend to eat out everyday and attend many of the area attractions. If the beaches are restricted in any large manner, my family and I will, in all likelyhood, discontinue vacationing at the outerbanks. I hope everyone realizes the effect these beach restrictions could have on the local economy and in turn the residents of the area.

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