Thursday, December 1, 2011
Posted by EOD at 9:07 AM
Zapata's work was authorized, pursuant to a $1 million+ contract, issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, and covers property now owned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, beginning approximately one-half mile beyond the paved road in the Village of Corolla. Authorities closed this same section, covering about a mile and a half of the beach last year to public parking, with the hopes of improving public safety and traffic flow due to the heavy summertime use of the beach.
The federal government had previously posted 'no trespassing' signs along that area of the beach, but vacationers often tramp over the dune line for personal reasons and to look at the wild horses that appear from time to time. The Corps spokesman said that, following an analysis of the project results, an attempt to educate the public about the area and/or fencing along the dune line could become a possibility.
It is important to point out that there have been no reported bad incidents of public contact with any ordinance along that area of the beach. Another search, similar to this one, had been conducted several years ago.