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Bogue Banks Towns Lift Water Restrictions

A private Bogue Banks beach access. Photo: Jennifer Allen

All Bogue Banks communities have lifted the restriction on recreational water access to the Atlantic Ocean, Carteret County announced Friday.

The public beach access and public parking areas remain closed until further notice. All short-term rental restrictions remain in place as well. Residents are asked to continue to follow the flag warnings displayed on the beach and practice social distancing.

Effective Saturday, Emerald Isle will lift the temporary restriction on recreational water access to the Atlantic Ocean.

“Emerald Isle residents and property owners will be able to access the Atlantic Ocean for normal activities including swimming, surfing, kiting, kayaking, and fishing. Residents can continue to walk, jog, and sit on the beach strand. All beach goers must adhere to the current social distancing guidelines,” Emerald Isle Town Manager Matt Zapp announced Thursday in an email. The town continues to discourage travel to the area.

Indian Beach rescinds all restrictions on water-related activities effective Friday. The town continues to request all residents and property owners to follow all travel restrictions per Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home executive order.

Pine Knoll Shores starting Saturday will lift the previously restricted recreational water activities.

Atlantic Beach announced Thursday that water access restrictions would be lifted starting Friday.

Atlantic Beach residents and property owners and county residents can access the ocean and all waters surrounding Atlantic Beach for swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, kiteboarding, and kayaking. Residents and property owners can continue to walk, jog, surf fish and sit on the beach strand.

Travel from outside of Carteret County to Atlantic Beach for recreational activities, including the water-based activities listed above, remains prohibited. The Circle, the town park, and all public beach access parking lots and bathhouses remain closed. Short-term rental restrictions remain in place. Hotels and motels remain closed for leisure travel. Town hall remains closed to the public, the town announced.

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