Cape Cod National Seashore Changes Kite Surfing Regulations

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

WELLFLEET – Kite surfers will now have an authorized area to use along the oceanside of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

During the shorebird nesting season between, between March 15 and October 15, kite surfers will now be able to use a one 1.75 mile stretch of shoreline between the north end of the lifeguard section of Coast Guard Beach and a point north of the lifeguard section of Nauset Light Beach.

“This is an area that is a fairly narrow section of beach and traditionally there are not threatened or endangered shorebirds that live in that area,” said George Price the Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent.

Price said this is the best accommodation that could be made to kite surfers after holding public meetings and reviewing public comment.

“I’m sure some people will certainly want more but this is the area we believe we can work with at this point,” Price said.

The only other location open to kite surfing during the shorebird nesting season is Duck Harbor Beach in Wellfleet on Cape Cod Bay.

Kite surfers must also keep away from other beachgoers and stay at least 150 from seals, which are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act on 1972.

The kites are also subject to the general prohibition of any airborne device above or within 200 meters of any section of beach designated by “Closed – Bird Use” signs. The prohibition also extends offshore.


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