This Could Be It--Please Read and Act Today

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This is a press release from CHAPA that came out today. I have been taking alot of heat on other boards about not posting "insider" information and now I can finally post what we have been doing. I did not want to post partial information prematurely. Please read the following and contact your legislators on the hill to get support for this Bill. We are looking to overturn the recent ruling that have closed access to OSV's in Hatteras.

This could be the one that gets us where we were before all of the "envirowhackos" had thier way.


Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance

US Congressman Jones Introduces Bill HR #4094 to Restore Access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones today introduced House Bill _HR #4094_ to preserve pedestrian and motorized vehicular access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Access to the seashore is now severely limited with the implementation of the Final Rule from the National Park Service, which went into effect on February 15, 2012. The controversial rule was issued by the Park Service in spite of an outpouring of public comments in support of reasonable recreational access.

House Bill _HR #4094_ follows a lawsuit that has been filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance (CHAPA), a grassroots project initiated by the Outer Banks Preservation Association committed to balancing recreational access with resource management. For over thirty years, CHAPA has worked to maintain the seashore as intended by Congress when the first National Seashore Recreational Area was established. Preserving the traditional and cultural values of the seashore has been a fundamental principle of the group, which represents people throughout the United States.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area has been a popular destination for American families seeking affordable, family oriented beach vacation. Under the Final Rule access to some of the most popular areas is no longer available. This has restricted access for many, including the disabled and elderly, and caused financial harm to the communities surrounding the seashore.

CHAPA President, John Couch, expressed gratitude to Congressman Jones for introducing House Bill _HR #4094_. He said, "We appreciate the efforts of Congressman Jones and the leadership he has shown for preserving access to this American treasure, so it can continue to be used by the people for its intended recreational purpose."

Jim Keene, a Director of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association emphasized the importance of people getting involved throughout the United States. He explained, "The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area is controlled by Congress. That is why it is vital that people everyone contact their elected leaders in Washington now and ask them to support House Bill _HR #4094_.

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