According to a National Park Service press release, over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.
The Cape Point area is a highly dynamic location that is constantly changing through both erosion and accretion of sand. Currents between Cape Point and offshore sandbars can be very strong; therefore, the Seashore does not recommend that visitors swim or wade to these areas. The life guarded beaches at Coquina Beach, Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach are excellent choices for swimming, especially when conditions bring dangerous rip currents to the area.
If interested in accessing the new sandbar, Seashore Superintendent David Hallac states that, “traveling to the sandbar is best accomplished by experienced kayakers or paddle boarders that are using appropriate flotation and mindful of the tides and strong currents in the area.”
This morning I was lucky enough to get a tour of the rehabilitation project underway at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
The Visitor Center rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Along with the project to rehabilitate the building, an exhibit upgrade project for inside the building has been initiated and will start shortly after the rehab concludes.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, should be fully operational and open to the public next summer.
In case you didn’t know, the park remains open seven days a week with lots to see outside. There is a temporary visitor available for those looking for a break from the weather and an opportunity to shop for gifts.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free to the public on 10 days in 2017. In case you don’t believe me and think this must be a fake news story, check out the park’s press release that was published yesterday.
The 10 fee-free days are:
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents Day
April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week weekends