Where is Nauset Beach's Next Meal Coming From?

By: Ed Maroney

Topics: Erosion , Orleans news , Nauset Beach

Like a hungry gull swooping in for a last feast, giant jaws descended on the Nauset Beach clam shack Tuesday morning. TOWN OF ORLEANS PHOTO

ORLEANS The day after the Nauset Beach clam shack was demolished, town officials planned to talk about an alternative food service plan for this summer.

The March 21 session was to be held after the newspaper's deadline, but documents in the selectmen's (meeting as park commissioners) packet indicated interest in a Mobile Kitchen Unit like those used by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “One MKU can feed up to 2,000 people a day,” a department fact sheet states.

That sounds like a lot, but it's a fraction of the hungry beachgoers John Ohman served every summer day at Liam's at Nauset Beach.

The meeting packet also contains copies of bidding documents from the town of Dennis for mobile beach concession services. It's quite a pile of paper, and even includes a “Certification of Non-Segregated Facilities.”

For many in town, worrying about the next step for food service at Nauset took a back seat to driving to the beach Monday for a final look at the old clam shack. The town barricaded the parking lot from the administration building south, but people trudged over the dune path and down the beach to look up and pay their respects. A bitter wind prompted a quick visit.

Crews brought the giant remains of a septage system revealed by erosion off the beach and loaded the pieces onto a truck to cart away.

Later in the day, a photographer with professional equipment looked around at the scene and the clear, cold blue sky. He said he'd be back at 2 a.m. Tuesday to see the stars while he sat with the clam shack during its final hours.