SOUTH CHATHAM — Cockle Cove Beach, a narrow, rocky shoreline just a few weeks ago, is now a broad, clean, sandy beach. The lifeguards are back, and so is the fee for parking.
Erosion had left the beach all but unusable for swimmers and sunbathers, prompting town officials to suspend the parking fee until the Barnstable County dredge Codfish could nourish the shoreline with sand dredged from the mouth of Mill Creek. After a series of delays, that work was completed last week, and town officials reopened the beach Saturday. The dredge placed about 4,500 cubic yards of sand on the beach, with some placed west of the parking lot to provide natural nourishment of the public beach over time.
For those without beach stickers, parking permits are $20 per day, $75 per week and $175 for a season pass, available at the gatehouse.