Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price announced that he and his staff will be opening a public comment period on the Service’s withdrawal of its current rules today and proposal to reissue rules on kite surfing within the boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore and reissue new rules for 2017. Kite surfing has become a popular activity in recent years. Concern with resource protection and public safety impacts led the National Park Service to institute partial year and location restrictions, starting in 2008. Members of the kite surfing community have objected, stating restrictions are unnecessary.
The NPS invites interested parties to submit comments and concerns about kite surfing at the Seashore, and the appropriateness of reinstating the current rules, or some alternative set of rules, during a 30-day public comment period from October 14th – November 14th 2016. Seashore staff will also hold an open house at the Salt Pond Visitor Center on October 26, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm where members of the public may submit their comments in person and meet with seashore staff to ask questions about the process and the issues.
Public comments will be reviewed by Seashore staff and evaluated against NPS laws, policies and management goals. A new determination will be made by the Superintendent regarding the rules for kite surfing within the Seashore, based on the totality of the information available to him, including public comment. This determination and any changes to the current restrictions will be announced in the Federal Register and elsewhere prior to the 2017 summer season.
Comments may be mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Comments may also be submitted electronically via the Cape Cod National Seashore public comment webpage located at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ccnskitesurfing.
Written comments may also be dropped off at the Salt Pond Visitor Center open house on October 26, 2016.