Wow. I don't vacation where you drive on the beach, so not directly impacted, but $50 permit seems steep, not to mention very inconvenient. So every Saturday, everyone arriving in those areas needs to not only check in to get keys to their place, but then they need to go to the NPS to get a permit before they can go to the beach?
Right, and as of now there are only three NPS offices to accomodate the influx of tourists and locals. Very inconvenient with a most likely negative economical impact for an already hard hit community.
Marylander, there are still miles of pedestrian-only beaches. You might enjoy this area more than you think!
Oh, and "everyone" does not need to get a permit--just those who want to drive on the ORV beach areas.Edited: 03 February 2012, 16:16
It would be a bit further, Marylander. You would love the beautiful beaches, though.
I think what families love about Ocracoke, in particular, is that the kids--and adults-- can bicycle all over town. That's hard to do anywhere these days. I actually have seen people bicycling to the beach and I just want to say to them, "More power to you!"
::Meanwhile, Ways2go starts searching for the car keys and the sunblock:: LOL
This will be something to watch and see
There is a campground on Ocracoke that is offering a discount to offset the price of the ORV permit fee for those not used to that expense in the budget. Maybe Fish_oinc could talk to Laurie at Ocracoke Station on Ocracoke and find out these details for the rest of the crowd? Thanks for the help...
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