Cape Hatteras en Cape Hatteras Recognized As Top 10 Beach, 2014 <p></p><p>Cape Hatteras has been ranked as the sixth best beach in the nation by a leading beach expert, Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") of Florida International University.</p><p>Here's the list:</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 11:52:37 +0000 Carol Jackson 36057 at Cape Hatteras Recognized As Top 10 Beach, 2014 Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards <p></p><p></p><p>The National Parks Service is trying to keep at least a few lifeguards on the Cape Hatteras Seashore this summer.</p><p></p><p>Federal officials cut the $200,000 program that staffed three beaches seven days a week during the summer.</p><p></p><p>Now, Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble said he wants lifeguard service contractors to offer bids that can accommodate a tighter budget.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:28 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33772 at Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards Cape Point Closed To Off-Road Vehicles <p></p><p>One of the most popular sections of the Cape Hatteras seashore is off limits for vehicles for the next few months. The Cape Point area south of Buxton is the migratory home to the piping plover, a nationally- recognized threatened species.</p><p>In 2011, the park service implemented a vehicle management plan that requires a 75 foot buffer zone be put up to prevent off-roaders from driving near the birds.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:40:43 +0000 WUNC News 33187 at Cape Point Closed To Off-Road Vehicles NOAA Dedicates Sign Marking 40 Years Since USS Monitor's Discovery <p>The NOAA’s <a href="">Monitor National Marine Sanctuary</a> held a ceremony in Beaufort yesterday to unveil sign recognizing the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the USS <em>Monitor<em>'s</em></em> discovery. The sign is the first of five to be dedicated that marks a place of significance in the Civil War vessel’s history. The USS <em>Monitor</em> was discovered 40 years ago in 230 feet of water about 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:16:03 +0000 Laura Candler 21488 at NOAA Dedicates Sign Marking 40 Years Since USS Monitor's Discovery Bodie Island Lighthouse Opens To Public For The First Time <p>For the first time ever, the <a href="">Bodie Island Lighthouse</a> will be open for public tours.&nbsp; The structure was built in 1872 and has been closed for a $5 million renovation for the past four years. Years of exposure to harsh weather had brought on structural and safety problems. Restoration work included repairs to the spiral stairs, brickwork and the lens that still serves as a navigational guide for ships.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:05:05 +0000 Eric Hodge 13900 at Bodie Island Lighthouse Opens To Public For The First Time U.S. House Lifts Beach Driving Restrictions <p>A bill that would re-open parts of Cape Hatteras to vehicles has passed the U.S. House.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott: </strong>The legislation includes North Carolina congressman Walter Jones' bill lifting restrictions on access. The Federal Lands and Water Projects Bill overturns National Park Service rules keeping off-road vehicle traffic from a large part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Congressman Jones says this bill will have a positive effect on one of the state's top tourist areas.<br> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:55:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2311 at Bill Would Overturn New Beach Driving Rules <p>Congressman Walter Jones has filed a bill to overturn new rules on beach driving along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The eastern North Carolina Republican says new restrictions to protect sea turtles and birds will harm the local recreational economy.<br><br><strong>Walter Jones:</strong> Instead of finding a balance between the endangered species and the people, it seems like that they're always giving more consideration to the endangered species. And I'm for protecting the endangered species, you know my work to protect the horses at Shackleford Banks and up in Corolla.<br> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 3175 at Irene Clean-Up Won't Slow Holiday Traffic <p>AAA Carolinas expects more drivers on the road this holiday weekend despite damage from Hurricane Irene. The agency says about 870,000 motorists will be traveling in North Carolina over the Labor Day weekend. That's about 1 percent more than this time last year. And AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says that includes areas with storm damage.<br> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7521 at Dare County Residents Asked to Conserve Power <p>Dare County officials are asking residents to conserve power as utilities set up emergency generators on Hatteras Island. Parts of the main highway on the Outer Banks were washed away in four spots near Rodanthe. That left residents who waited out the storm stranded on Hatteras Island. Dare County spokeswoman Cathryn Bryan says emergency crews are taking bare essentials to the hardest hit areas.<br> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7529 at Beach Time For Warriors <p>A new project aims to give combat veterans and their families some rest and relaxation on the beach. Kevin McCabe is one of the founders of the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors project. Its main goal is to provide Purple Heart recipients with vacation getaways on Hatteras Island. McCabe says the idea was born out of a desire to give something back to those who have served their country.<br> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:22:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 9177 at