The war began years ago. Quietly, employees of the National Park Service fixed their eyes upon the island that make up this Seashore with the intent of driving all but a select few from these beaches. To combat this effort, groups like the Outer Banks Preservation Association ,the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club rose with questions and from time to time, even lawsuits, in an effort to, as the motto of of OBPA states: "Preserve, Protect, not Prohibit".
These guys are the unsung heroes that have worked for years and years to make sure you and your family have access to this Seashore. Read the history of the 101'st Airborne Division at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and you have a reasonable idea of what these folks have been dealing with the last three decades. Unlike the environmentalist groups, broad funding, media attention and political backing have been fleeting at best. Then again, we're not making a living by incessantly suing the federal government at taxpayer expense. All across this land, environmental groups sue the "gubment" and profit due to a provision contained within the Endangered Species Act which allows for civilian lawsuits. You and I pay these people upwards of $500 an hour for their time with our tax dollars What do they accomplish here with our hard earned monies? Well, nothing that benefits the wildlife they purport to protect. But they did wrack up a set of bills WE paid to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. And if you include the cost of the draconian restrictions placed upon the Seashore in terms of implementation, the figure jumps into the millions of dollars. And all for what?
To force us off these islands without the ability to show that we harm the wildlife. To create their own version of what this place should be without the science and peer reviewed studies to back up their claims.
Again, welcome to the war..."I have yet begun to fight!!
"illegitimi non carborundum"