By Outer Banks Voice on February 12, 2013The National Park Service is accepting written comments on the fees proposed this year for climbing of the Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses.
The proposal would set the price at $8 for everyone at Bodie Island, which will open this spring to climbing for the first time in decades.
A four-year long renovation of the beacon north of Oregon Inlet is nearly complete.
“The end result of this project is the perfect balance of saving historic fabric yet making the lighthouse accessible to the public,” according to a park service news release.
“A limited number of park ranger guided tours will be conducted daily offering the park visitor a memorable, unique, and personal experience of the history of this 1871 historic structure as well as a pristine view of the surrounding lands from the top balcony,” the statement said.
Prices at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse would rise to $8 for adults, and $4 for children, seniors and the disabled.
This is the first proposed price increase at the nation’s tallest lighthouse in five years.
“The revenue generated at both lighthouses is necessary to provide daily tours to the public and is used to support staff and maintenance at each respective site,” according to the statement.
Comments are being accepted through March 9 on-line at parkplanning.nps.gov, or written comments in hard copy can be sent by U.S. Postal Service or other mail delivery service or hand-delivered to Barclay C. Trimble, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.
Written comments postmarked by March 9 will be accepted.