Off-road vehicle options at Cape Lookout

BEAUFORT, CARTERET COUNTY - The National Park Service is developing an off-road vehicle maintenance plan for the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Currently, vehicles are allowed on certain parts of the park, but possible alternatives range from staying as is, to restricting all vehicles.

At a meeting Tuesday night in Beaufort, park service officials discussed the possibility of permit fees for vehicles allowed in the park.

NewsChannel 12 spoke to a concerned citizen who is the leader of a recreational fishing group about the options.

"We're hoping to see a modification of some of these alternatives," said Danny Shaw. "The night time driving is an issue; the permits, paying for permits, is going to limit the number of people that can come over there."

Pat Kenny, the superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore, explained a different option.

"We're under settlement agreement that was result of litigation. Under the two executive orders, we're required to develop off road vehicle management plan for the Cape Lookout National Seashore. That was agreed to in that litigation settlement agreement....that's in replace of existing plan."

The park service is taking public comments through July 21st.

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