CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) - The Outer Banks beach driving debate goes to Capitol Hill Friday. The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands is holding a hearing on the issue.
Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina's Third District is sponsoring the bill. His push is to make the beach driving regulations the way they were in 2007.
His efforts come after new restrictions hit the island this past February. They include forcing motorists to buy permits. The annual permit costs $120; the 7-day is $50.
Remote spots like Cape Point could close to drivers during nesting seasons for area wildlife. The National Park Service says the move protects the birds from the harmful effects ORV's can impart upon their habitats. Residents say the move is hurting business.
In fact, Jones' proposed bill argues business has been cut in half since the changes. Residents also claim some 19 families are at risk because the Park Service denied access to a stretch of beach. The residents say it's needed to get away from the rising tides.
A woman will have to stay with family members after a fire at her townhouse in Chesapeake Thursday morning.
A 35-year-old Currituck County firefighter is under arrest after a recording device was discovered in the women's bunk at his station.
A Virginia Beach man will serve 15 years in prison for charges related to two armed bank robberies in 2011.