Friday, November 04, 2016

Cape Hatteras Naional Seashore

The following paragraph is excerpted from an article, "Ocracoke," by Jay F. Dugan, originally published in Ford Times, October, 1950.

"There are twenty-eight national parks in the U. S. with some eleven million acres but the nation does not own a single foot of ocean-front beach. In order that people will always be able to walk on a sandy ocean beach, climb windblown dunes and bathe in the surf without trespassing on private property, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park may be established. The Government is now buying what land along the Banks south from Manteo it can get. Bankers (those who live on the Banks) are not sure they want a National Park on their islands but they are coming to realize that the alternative is to have it turned into a Coney Island sort of thing by private investors. Government men are doing an educational job among the Bankers and report that the Park is a growing possibility."

Ocracoke Beach, October, 2016

Although legislation for the establishment of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was passed by Congress on August 11, 1937, World War II intervened. The park was officially dedicated on April 24, 1958.

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  1. Thank goodness for the National Park Service

  2. Anonymous10:03 AM

    I often wonder if the park would have been created if people then could see what has happened in the last few years with regards to severe access restrictions implemented by environmentalists...I always got the impression they were very reluctant to begin with.

  3. Anonymous4:01 PM

    see, your government knows what's best for you.

  4. I never heard any of my relatives object to the creation of the National Seashore. I think they understood that if the beach fell into the hands of private investors Ocracoke would look like every other developed beach. I, for one, am happy to have 16 miles of protected seashore on Ocracoke Island.