Beach driving advocates criticize lack of access to Cape Point caused by oystercatcher buffer


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BUXTON, North Carolina — Beach driving advocates are challenging the buffer set up to protect Hatteras Island's first oystercatcher nest of the season, which also blocks traffic to an area known as one of the best fishing spots on the East Coast.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reported ( that the advocates object to the closing of Cape Point, saying it's contrary to a federal law passed in December.

They sent a letter last week to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac, saying the law means park staff must shrink the area surrounding sea turtle and shorebird nests and shorten the buffer's duration. The law says the changes must be made by mid-June.

National Park Service spokeswoman Cyndy Holda says Hallac and his staff are working on complying with the law.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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