Fees provide money for better NC beach access

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a popular area for off-road vehicles

Credit: National Park Service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a popular area for off-road vehicles

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The National Park Service has money to improve beach access at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/16bdA3v) the money comes from fees that people have been paying to drive on the beach.

Those fees have generated about $2 million a year.

The park service plans to spend between $8 million and $12 million to build boardwalks, foot trails, observation platforms, off-road vehicle ramps and 139 parking spaces on N.C. 12, which stretches along the 67-mile seashore on the Outer Banks.

The park service is accepting comments on the plan until Aug. 2. Public meetings are set in Avon on July 16 and in Ocracoke on July 17.

Construction could start next spring and could be done in phases over 15 years.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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