Beach Users Threaten Legal Action Over Nauset Beach Management

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Topics: Nauset Beach

A camper on North (Nauset) Beach.  FILE PHOTO

The Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association is asking the Orleans Board of Selectmen to renew talks with their counterparts in Chatham over the joint management of Nauset (North) Beach.  

In a letter sent Monday, Association President Patrick Paquette said his group helped facilitate the unique habitat conservation program that would allow the barrier beach to be open to off-road vehicles, under careful supervision, during shorebird nesting season.  But ORV access to the beach is now threatened by the fact that Chatham and Orleans have yet to reach agreement on a joint management plan.

The letter threatens legal action if talks between the towns do not resume.

Read the full text of the letter

"Our community is tired of access to our beaches being threatened by government," Paquette wrote.  "We urge the town of Orleans to stop threatening beach access and in good faith meet face to face with Chatham to negotiate a reasonable settlement."

Chatham selectmen Chairman Cory Metters indicated this week he planned to attend Wednesday's meeting of the Orleans selectmen, where the beach management agreement was to be discussed.


Download | MBBA_Orleans_ltr.pdf (267kb)

MBBA Letter