Cape Hatteras National Seashore will, with the help of local communities, be able to offer lifeguard services at three beaches this summer.
There had been questions over whether the national seashore would be able to afford lifeguards this summer due to budget cuts that sliced about $1 million from the seashore's annual funding.
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced Friday that the national seashore's summer lifeguard operation and services would begin Saturday and continue through Labor Day, with guards working at Coquina Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beach, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
During the winter of 2013-2014, at a time when federal budget restraints forced tough decisions regarding basic park operations, cooperative efforts and partnerships led to a compromised resolution, seashore officials said in a release. Following discussions between the park superintendent, Hyde County government, and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the two local entities agreed to provide stop-gap funding for this summer, which enabled the longstanding lifeguard operation for the seashore to return to a seven days a week.