Fort Monroe National Monument will institute a 6 p.m. closure of North Beach on Saturdays and Sundays effective Saturday, June 11. The closure will continue until further notice. This closure is necessary due to on-going safety concerns for visitors following recent incidents, including a shooting that injured an individual, in the parking area adjacent to the beach on June 5, 2022.
“Public safety is our top priority,” said Superintendent Eola Dance. “Over the past few months there have been an increased number of public disturbances in the evening hours during weekends at North Beach and in the associated parking areas.. We must do our part to reduce public safety hazards and attempt to stop potential violence before it starts. As a significant place to Native American inhabitance, English Settlement, African Landing and the making of America, we must do everything in our power to provide a safe environment for visitors to enjoy this special place”.
The emergency closure of North Beach will be from 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Exceptions to the closure include the Boardwalk which is open until 12 a.m. This closure will not affect residents, registered guests at the RV park nearby, or guests to the restaurant at Paradise Ocean Club Monday through Friday. On weekends, these individuals may access the beaches at Fort Monroe or Buckroe.
National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement rangers will work in coordination with Hampton Police Department to enforce this closure as a supplement to the staff of Fort Monroe. These collective efforts are a first step in establishing an atmosphere of safety and enjoyment at North Beach.