Status Report:  S.486, Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act

We (CHAPA, OBPA & NCBBA) have just returned from DC and visiting several Senators and attending the subcommittee hearing on S.486.  Now is the time for everyone to take action without delay.

Whether or not you have contacted your Senators or the Senate committee members previously, you still need to take the time to make a difference.  If you have contacted them in the past, you must reinforce your earlier comments with one more attempt to influence their position and actions.

 We ask you to contact your Senators and the members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as quickly as possible in hopes that a favorable Committee markup of S. 486 and ultimately a full Senate vote can occur without delay.

Members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee are listed at http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/members .

You can contact the Senators using one or more of the following methods:


  • Some Senators have public email addresses but most require the use of contact forms managed through their web sites.  A directory of Senator email addresses does not exist, but online contact forms can be accessed using the following links.

Web Links:

U.S. Mail (slowest):

  • Use the following address & Reference S. 486:

The Honorable (Name)

Energy and Natural Resources Committee (not required if addressing a senator not on the committee)

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510

 Dear Senator (Name);

Telephone (fastest):

  • Find phone number on the Senator’s website, or call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and a switchboard operator will connect you.

 Articles found on www.islandfreepress.org , www.obpa.orgwww.ncbba.org, & your most recent NCBBA Newsletter may help you formulate your thoughts before you communicate with the Senators.  However, timing is critical since your letter will be a part of the subcommittee hearing record for S. 486 only if received prior to May 8. We ask that you quickly take action.

Thank you.