High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.
Visitors to Cumberland Island can request van tours to the island's remotest sections starting this week. Congress mandated the tours in 2004. National Seashore superintendent Fred Boyles says it took the park service seven years to begin the tours because officials had to put the van tours through a lengthy review process.
Officials with the National Park Service have unveiled their plans for what to do with seven properties. The properties were once private. But now they've come into NPS control. One historic home could become a public education center. But some want to keep it private because they believe NPS can't keep it up.
National Park Service officials say, they won't let people stay in historic homes on Cumberland Island. Leasing the homes is a point of contention at the National Seashore. Wilderness advocates want fewer people living on the island. Historic preservationists, however, worry, the Park Service doesn't have the resources to keep the homes in good condition.