Harwich public hearing on town beach sticker sales August 26th

Input on proposed change welcomed
Pleasant Bay, Harwich. Photo by Walter Brooks.

The Harwich Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to discuss a beach sticker purchasing request made by the Department of Recreation and Youth Commission.

In June, Harwich Recreation and Youth Director Eric Beebe sent a memo to the Harwich Board of Selectmen and the Town Administrator asking that town employees, regardless of where they live, be allowed to purchase Harwich beach stickers at the resident rate.

Resident beach stickers are available to residents/taxpayers at the annual rate of $25. Non-resident beach stickers are currently only available to summer residents leasing or renting in Harwich. Summer resident stickers are available for one week ($65), two weeks ($125) or the season ($140). Stickers allow parking at the town sound, bay and pond beaches.

Only a few if any non-resident employees have purchased beach stickers at the non-resident rate according to Beebe. "If they had the option to purchase a resident season sticker at $25, it would be more likely that some people would take advantage of this benefit to town employees, in turn bringing in money to the town that otherwise wouldn't have come in," Beebe said.  

Non-resident town employees are already able to purchase Harwich Transfer Station stickers and Cranberry Valley Golf Course memberships at resident rates.

The public is invited to take part in the hearing and comment on the topic at hand.

The hearing will be held in the Donn B. Griffin Room at the Town Hall on Main Street in Harwich.

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