Topics: Beaches

This past weekend US Coast Guard officials spent more than four hours scouring the waters off Plymouth looking for a possible person in the water after finding an adrift kayak. While the search was eventually suspended and no missing persons reports filed, indicating that the vessel likely floated free of its mooring, the situation is a powerful reminder that even paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sta...

ORLEANS — Selectmen voted last week to file for permits for a phased retreat of the town's facilities at Nauset Beach. “The average rate of erosion was 12 feet per year between 1994 and 2005,” town consultant Leslie Fields of the Woods Hole Group told the board July 10. “The last two years, it's been a little bit less. Mother Nature has bought the town a little bit of time.” That reprieve has allowed a co...

Chatham, Orleans Selectmen Avert Beach ORV Closure

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though some practical questions remain, selectmen in Orleans and Chatham have taken steps to prevent a possible closure of a popular stretch of Nauset (North) Beach to off-road vehicles this season. In a joint meeting in Chatham Monday evening, the boards voted unanimously to extend the current intermunicipal agreement for an additional year. Earlier this year, Orleans selectmen sent the Chatham bo...

CHATHAM — Saying they need additional time to consider a revised North (Nauset) beach management agreement with Orleans, Chatham selectmen last week said they will ask their counterparts in Orleans to extend the current agreement for another year. The two boards are set to meet jointly on April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Town Offices Annex on George Ryder Road to discuss the management of the barrier beach,...

HARWICH ─ Dissections are a typical part of most high school biology classes, but thanks to a special partnership between Monomoy Regional High School and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Adriana Picariello's Marine Science class recently had the unique opportunity to necropsy a quartet of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. “The Audubon rescues the stranded turtles and sends them off to...

30-year Evolution Of Chatham From Space

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Time-lapse images taken over a 30-year period by Landsat satellites, compiled by Google and released by Time Magazine, include a 10-second glimpse of three decades of evolution of Chatham's barrier beaches.  Chatham is among dozens of locations across the globe highlighted in the video, which was initially put together by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey and then cleaned up and assembled into one video monta...

Court May Rule On Harwich Beach Access

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Who would have thought a six-foot wide path gifted to the town nearly 100 years ago to provide access to a Nantucket Sound beach from Davis Lane for local residents would become such a chafing issue. In recent years the town has done battle with Davis Lane property owners over ownership of the beachfront at the end of the path, and with that issue settled, litigation now continues neighbor against ne...

Time-lapse images taken over a 30-year period by Landsat satellites, compiled by Google and released by Time Magazine, include a 10-second glimpse of three decades of evolution of Chatham's barrier beaches.  Chatham is among dozens of locations across the globe highlighted in the video, which was initially put together by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey and then cleaned up and assembled into one video monta...

Summer Warmth At Equinox Draws Global Warming Questions

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The south wind whispered across Nantucket Sound last Thursday shortly after the equinox drew the line on autumn. But with 80-degree temperatures, little wave movement from the light south wind on Nantucket Sound, and the sand at Bank Street Beach still hot beneath the feet, it was hard to believe summer was in the rear view mirror. Bank Street Beach parking lot was three-quarters full and beach umbre...

Drones Can Fly Over Harwich Beaches

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has only limited power over the use of drones within the community, town counsel has ruled in a legal opinion relating to a local regulation seeking to keep the devices away from public beaches. In early April members of the recreation and youth commission and Recreation Department Director Eric Beebe came before selectmen with a proposed regulation seeking to ban the use of drones and other...

Pilot Whale Strands, Dies At Harding's Beach

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ In the foggy hours just after dawn on July 18, a 17-foot pilot whale stranded and died in the sandbars at the point of Harding's Beach. The whale was initially spotted by Kelly Chase, a friend of Corbin Ross, BMCS, Officer in Charge at Coast Guard Station Chatham, with news of the stranded creature reaching officials from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the media shortly afterw...

Once A Lifeguard, Always A Lifeguard

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ In 1966, Chatham was a somewhat different place than it is today. The cost of gas was roughly 35 cents a gallon, and a new house might set you back about $25,000. But one thing that hasn't changed, according to Mark Sullivan, is the importance of lifeguards at area beaches. He ought to know, since he manned the chair at Harding's Beach in 1966 and '67. This week he returned to the sand to celebrate...

CHATHAM — State and federal officials last week trumpeted a new statewide plan that gives communities more control when it comes to managing populations of threatened piping plovers. But when it comes to access to Chatham's stretch of North (Nauset) Beach by off-road vehicles, experts say not much has changed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife released ...

Beach Soccer Scoring Points With Local Kids

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ What do you get when you combine one ball, one long stretch of beach, and an enthusiastic group of kids? Perhaps one of the most fun summer activities around – beach soccer! The excitement, courtesy of the Harwich Police Soccer Club, with support from Harwich Recreation, is happening each week at Red River Beach. “It started the end of last summer,” said Harwich Detective Segeant Bob Brackett...

First, the bad news. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is being diagnosed at a rate faster than any other cancer, and one person dies from the disease every 50 minutes. Of all the counties in Massachusetts, Barnstable County has the second highest number of melanoma diagnoses. The good news is that, with daily sunscreen protection, melanoma is largely preventable. And thanks to a grant through the ...