My North Carolina Beach Buggy Association Article

A couple months ago I was asked to submit an article for the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s (NCBBA) January 2017 e-newsletter. Below is what I submitted to them.

NPS Communications: Beach Access Ramp Table & Cape Chronicle Web Site
By Mike Barber

Greetings, NCBBA members. I moved to the Outer Banks from Philadelphia in January 2016, which I’ve heard makes me as transplant as it gets, but I have definitely learned a lot in my one year working at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. One obvious thing I learned, and very much appreciate, is how important the Seashore is to many, many people.

Over the past year, I spoke with outdoor enthusiasts from all across our great country who were simply looking for current beach access ramp status updates. Early on, I had to scratch my head because the table we posted to our Facebook page made no sense to me. An answer to a simple question became a constant read between the lines struggle to interpret the table correctly. Finally, I decided to use my fresh perspective, and common sense, to create a new beach access table that would make it easier to figure out where beachgoers could go, in either direction, at all of our oceanside beach access ramps. The new beach access table, available to both Facebook users and non-Facebook users at, continues to be refined as we receive valuable input on how best to manage communicating beach access status updates.

In November, another improved communication tool was created. The “Cape
Chronicle” blog, located on our website at, features employee-submitted articles on a variety of topics, including ORV management, resource management, and
interpretation on the Seashore. There are a lot of interesting things happening along
our beaches, and for a variety of reasons not all of them are able to get captured for a press release, so it is my hope that the “Cape Chronicle” blog helps us deliver the rest of our story throughout the year.

In closing, I just wanted to say that I am thrilled to be living on the Outer Banks, excited about the New Year, and look forward to meeting many of you in the future.

The full January 2017 NCBBA e-newsletter can be found here.

Rest In Peace, Ted

On the morning of Friday, October 21, 2016, our chocolate lab, Ted, passed away. Ted had been battling lymphoma for almost two months before taking a serious downhill turn a few days before his passing.

Ted brought joy to everyone, especially his long-time owner, my wife. In order to cope, we have been trying to find some positives, like how he ended up taking his last breath outside on our balcony, at sunrise, while overlooking the water and boats at Pirate’s Cove Marina, and that his last breath must have included the faint smell of fish, which was his favorite marina scent. Ted used to drag us over to the fish cleaning areas and take in deep breaths of the air. He loved it!

Rest In Peace, Ted (November 2005-October 21, 2016)