Topics: Nauset Beach

CHATHAM – Jerry Evans is no stranger to the water, having spent a decent amount of time windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, and paddlesurfing, but these days he’s happiest just winging it. Evans, owner of Chatham Wind and Time, is among the first people on Cape Cod to give the sport of wingsurfing a go. Wingsurfing, for those not familiar, is something of a water-oriented combination of wingsuit technology,...

Shark Analysis Finds No Simple Solution

By: Kat Szmit

EASTHAM – The results of a 100-page shark mitigation study were released to the public last week and among all the compiled data there was one clear message: There is no solution available that can guarantee the safety of beachgoers determined to venture into the water during peak shark season. The report, and its primary message, was the subject of a public forum held Oct. 16 at Nauset Regional High School, duri...

ORLEANS — The town had hoped to use part of the former Nauset Knoll Motel property above Nauset Beach for parking during its planned retreat from the town lot below due to erosion. This summer season has indeed seen parking at the site, but very much not the way the town wanted. The new lease holders for what is now the Nauset Beach Inn have put up signage inviting beach goers to take a right just before the t...

CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy was created with public safety, research, and education in mind, and this summer the nonprofit is taking the public safety piece to heart with its new Shark Smart Beach Program at Lighthouse Beach. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9 and 10 a.m., folks from the AWSC will be offering informational talks on sharks and shark safety. “We want to increase t...

Nauset Beach Closes To Vehicles Friday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Nauset Beach from the parking lot south will be closed to vehicles beginning Friday, May 31 at noon due to unfledged piping plover chicks in the vicinity of the ORV corridor. The town's natural resources staff announced the closure Wednesday afternoon, saying they will continue to monitor the situation daily and open the trails as soon as possible under a state permit that allows vehicle access with escorts on...

Will Residents Pay To Play At Nauset Beach?

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS – If the town's beaches can be considered among the best things in life, then for residents the best things in life are free. That won't be the case if a proposed new resident beach parking sticker fee makes it to town meeting and is approved. Of course, taxpayers support the beaches financially in other ways already, but a resident sticker fee has always been a step too far. Last week, the selectme...

ORLEANS — The town's first taste of food trucks at Nauset Beach satisfied stomachs and, to an extent, revenue expectations. Payments didn't match those of the legendary Liam's, which in its last season before succumbing to erosion generated about $115,000 for the town, but came to around $63,000. The town spent $25,000 to install electricity and do other utility work, but with that in place things should loo...

ORLEANS — “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1858. Yet that's what town meeting did Oct. 29, standing to vote on an article banning recreational marijuana sales and illuminating a deep divide in the community. After more than an hour of passionate, sometimes tearful argument, voters approved the ban by 270 to 255. Then they amended and passed by voice vote rules and regul...

ORLEANS — “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1858. Yet that's what town meeting did Oct. 29, standing to vote on an article banning recreational marijuana sales and illuminating a deep divide in the community. After more than an hour of passionate, sometimes tearful argument, voters approved the ban by 270 to 255. Then they amended and passed by voice vote rules and regul...

ORLEANS — Rather than plunge into a multi-million-dollar plan to preserve Nauset Beach uses, the selectmen will consider treading water for a year. Faced last week with two options presented by DPW/Natural Resources Director Tom Daley – reconstructing rest room and administration facilities in the parking lot or rebuilding up above on the Hubler property – the board asked its consultants to explore a third p...

ORLEANS — Not everyone who sets up a recreational vehicle for a multi-day stay on Nauset Beach is retired. Some have obligations downtown. “If I have an RV out there and I work at night and have to leave the beach at 4 o'clock, I'd like to go back with my wife and kids after the end of my shift,” Selectman David Currier said at the July 11 meeting of his board, gathered as park commissioners. “They're curren...

On Plover Patrol

By: Tim Wood

By Protecting Nesting Shorebirds, Monitors Help Maintain Beach Access NORTH BEACH – Both the birds and their nests are difficult to spot, since they're the same color as the sand. And in the wide overwashes created by this winter's storms, there's a lot of territory to cover. It's prime piping plover nesting season, and Assistant Conservation Agent Paul Wightman and Shorebird Monitor Tom Olson are spending ...

Orleans, Chatham Reach Beach Management Agreement

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Barring any tricks from Mother Nature, off-road vehicles will have access to North (Nauset) Beach this summer under a joint management agreement between Chatham and Orleans. After months of stalemate, and with less than three weeks remaining until the current agreement expires, Chatham and Orleans selectmen approved a one-year beach management agreement last Wednesday. With Chatham selectmen in ...

Orleans, Chatham Reach Beach Management Agreement

By: Alan Pollock

Barring any tricks from Mother Nature, off-road vehicles will have access to North (Nauset) Beach this summer under a joint management agreement between Chatham and Orleans. With Chatham selectmen in attendance Wednesday, Orleans selectmen voted to approve the pact, which requires Chatham to resume patrolling its portion of the barrier beach. The one-year agreement also stipulates that Orleans will retain 75 p...

Beach Users Threaten Legal Action Over Nauset Beach Management

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

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 supervis...

Chatham, Orleans Drifting Apart On Nauset Beach Talks

By: Ed Maroney , Alan Pollock

With a deadline looming for Chatham and Orleans to sign an agreement for the joint management of Nauset (North) Beach, negotiations are threatening to devolve into a sand-kicking contest. Last week, Orleans officials rejected Chatham’s plan for the beach, which included a surcharge on non-resident stickers designed to help pay for efforts to protect shorebirds on Chatham’s portion of the beach.  This week, Cha...