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More Parking Changes? Assateague Island Asks For Public's Help

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BERLIN, Md. - The Bayside Picnic area is one of the more popular spots on the Maryland side of Assateague Island.

In the fall, it'll undergo a facelift, all thanks to Superstorm Sandy.

National Park Service chief of resources Bill Hulslander says "up to four feet of sand" covered the parking lots, making them unusable.

After Hurricane Sandy, several parking spots were lost in this parking lot. Large chunks of asphalt are still spread throughout this beach. Initially, the idea was to move the parking lot beyond the tree line. That plan was nixed because of native wildlife, says Hulslander.

For now, it will be re-surfaced with clamshell and red clay.

But that's only temporary.

With major storms always a threat, NPS eventually wants a more permanent fix, but they want the public's input.
"We want to make those parking areas available to visitors for the long term, so we're really looking for sustainable solutions," said Hulslander.
Spaces in the South Ocean Beach lot will be making a long-term move, a few hundred feet back to an existing lot.

"The easier it is for me to walk to the beach with [fishing rods], the easier it is, so if it's [moved behind the existing spots], it makes it a little harder," said Michael Veneziani of Chesapeake City, Md.

Other fishermen tell 47 ABC they're fine with moving both lots.

"I think the National Park Service has no other choice but to consider moving it," said Bill Justice, president of ASsateague Mobile Sportsfishermen's Association.

Assateague Island National Seashore will host three public workshops to hear from visitors of the island.  The first one will be on Tuesday, May 13th at 6PM; the second Wednesday, May 14th at 9 AM; the third and final scheduled workshop on Saturday, June 7th at 9:30 AM.

All three workshops will be held at the park's Environmental Education Center, located at 7206 National Seashore Lane in Berlin, Md.

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