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The Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association Files Lawsuit To Block New Currituck County Beach Parking Fee

Currituck County-On June 21st, 2018, The Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association and Vice President Sandy Schneirla, filed a motion for injunctive relief in a North Carolina Superior Court. The lawsuit is in reaction to new fees being imposed on non-residents in the Currituck County in order to park their vehicles on the beaches. At this time, the scheduled date for this preliminary injunction hearing in Currituck County Courthouse is July 30.

The Currituck County Commissioners voted 5-1 to instate an ordinance requiring non-residents of the county to pay a fee to park on the beach. The new fees went into effect on May 28, 2018 in Chapter 10 Article II of the Currituck County Code of Ordinances. Under the new regulation, non-residents are made to pay a $150.00 fee for the summer in order to park on the beach. The fee applies to both out-of-state visitors as well as North Carolina residents from outside of Currituck County equally.
Commissioner Mike Hall, who voted against the fee, said, “We’re not here to discourage day-trippers. We have other beaches; we have a lot of parking areas; we’ve added places where you can find out what’s available for you to go visit.”
The Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association stands firmly against this fee. It is vital that, for the growth of our organization and hobby, beach vehicle access for all be promoted and protected now and forever. A victory in this lawsuit will allow members of our organization and others who share our passion to continue to do what we love and experience all that off-roading and our coasts have to offer. National shorelines and public beaches are just that - public!. It is our aim to ensure that the rights of everyone who has been endowed with the rights to enjoy our landscape will always be able to do so.
The Constitution of North Carolina states in Section I Section 32 that “No person or set of persons is entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community but in consideration of public services.” A Superior Court will now weigh whether or not Currituck County is depriving non-residents of the right to drive on the beach by enforcing the $150.00 fee.
“By the Defendant requiring non-county residents to pay a substantial monetary fee for a permit to enjoy the public areas of North Carolina located in Currituck County yet not require any payment from residents of Currituck County, amounts to an unconstitutional private emolument to the residents of Currituck County who park upon the beaches in that county.” -Edwin Hardy, Attorney for the Plaintiffs
“The Plaintiffs, as shown above, have a very good likelihood of prevailing in this action for injunctive relief and award of damages,” said Hardy.
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Various Wrangler and 4x4 groups and organizations, as well as those who manage publicly and privately owned trails are invited to apply for the grant. In addition, groups or organizations that manage projects to clean up and maintain nature preserves, walking/hiking trails and public parks are also welcome to apply.

Join the Virginia 4 Wheel Drive Association!


The Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association is a family-oriented, non-profit organization promoting safe, responsible and fun four wheeling. We have members all across the state of Virginia, as well as North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. In addition, we have associate members, who are businesses that help us support safe and responsible four wheeling in Virginia.

Our members have many diverse recreational interests using their four wheel drive vehicles - camping, surf-fishing, trail riding, competitive events, and sightseeing to name a few. This broad spectrum of four wheel drive owners benefit from our work with legislators, land managers, national forest officials, automotive dealers. etc., to help keep public lands open for everyone.

We are the only state no brand four wheel drive association in Virginia, and we are very proud of our endeavors over the years. YOU NEED TO JOIN THE VA4WDA, you can make a difference and together we can safe our sport!


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Tread Lightly! and happy four wheeling from the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association. 

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