Dane Daniel, writer for the New York Times, had an article, "How the Shutdown is Affecting the Cape Hatteras Seashore" published on Monday. The article, about how the shutdown has impacted Ocracoke, is an accurate picture of the situation on the island. I thought our off-island readers, especially those planning a visit soon, would like to have this information.
Daniel points out that, "in practice, enforcement has been flexible, at least for beachgoers on foot.... [L]ike dozens of beachgoers from states up and down the East Coast,
judging from the cars in the parking lot, [a visitor from Greenville, NC] passed the small closure
sign next to a dune walkover and spent a relaxing day at the beach."
Island resident, Sundae Horn, adds, "officially the beach is closed, but...no one has been ticketed."
You can read the entire article here: http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/how-the-shutdown-is-affecting-cape-hatteras-seashore/?_r=0.
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.