Cape Hatteras night beach driving restrictions now in effect

Photo: Cape Hatteras National Seashore Flickr Page

Photo: Cape Hatteras National Seashore Flickr Page

Night beach driving restrictions for Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use on seashore ocean beaches go into effect Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:00 p.m., according to the National Park Service.

From May 1 – September 14, ORV routes on ocean beaches are closed to ORVs from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. during the sea turtle nesting season.

Beginning September 15 to November 15, 2014, ORV routes will reopen when there are no sea turtle nests remaining on that route or portion of the route.

In addition, from May 1 to November 15, beach fires are limited to the following ocean beaches in front of:

·Coquina Beach parking lot

·The villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras

·Ocracoke Day Use area

In general, fires are allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and a fire permit is required.

To obtain the free beach fire permit, visit one of the three ORV permit offices, or any of the park campgrounds or visitor centers.

The beach fire permit is valid only when a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) is present.

As the turtle nesting season proceeds, park visitors will encounter localized sea turtle nest protection areas. These areas are posted on-site and closed to ORVs, pedestrians, and pets.

Read more from the National Park Service, HERE.

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