By Outer Banks Voice on September 27, 2021
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is preparing a plan for a project to repair the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and surrounding landscape. The public can assist the Seashore in identifying issues, concerns and opportunities to be considered as part of an environmental assessment. The public comment period is 30 days, starting Sept. 17 and ending Oct. 17, 2021.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse repair project is necessary because there are deteriorated interior and exterior elements of the lighthouse that need repair or replacement. There are also missing character-defining features and additional modern treatments that have diminished the integrity of the lighthouse. In addition, heavy visitation to the site, combined with limited formal pedestrian walkways, has resulted in patches of bare soil and an unclear circulation route along which to visit the site.
Read the public scoping newsletter for a detailed list of issues, and three preliminary alternatives.
As part of the public comment period, the Seashore will host two meetings: one in-person meeting (RSVPs required, see details below) and one virtual meeting. You are invited to attend these meetings to learn more about the project scope, issues, alternatives and ask questions.
PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE:
For additional information on the project and webinar registration, visit: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_lighthouse.