exactly. in my nearly 30 years visiting cape hatteras regularly, i have seen exactly a small handful of people doing this. & i have always, even at 7 or 8 years old, thought that they were idiots. as i said in a previous post, there's no need to go faster than about 10mph. you've got small animal life, of the feathered(birds), scaled(turtles), & skinned(children) variety, to be on the watch for. keep it slow, keep it safe. andrew, the villages of hatteras island are not examples of urban sprawl. i'm not sure what your definition of that term is, but i think of places like philadelphia, new york, etc...when i hear that phrase. as for the invasive species, to my mind they are relevant, b/c if you're going to try to forcibly remove one invasive species (humans. b/c that's what we are to the folks orchestrating this battle), then you should try to remove all of them. & those plants give cover to predators, which allows them to stalk the birds & get much closer undetected then they normally could. remove the cover & you can reduce predation, which is likely a bigger issue for the birds then people using the beach, esp. if they use it reasonably & responsibly.