We need the state to help defend beach access

The Attorney General's office appears to be entering a stipulation with the landowners that will undercut the good reasons why the Town and Friends group should continue on with the suit

To the Editor:

The Attorney General, after reviewing the beach access case that the town of Harwich and the Friends of Harwich Beaches has brought to preserve public access to the extensive accreted sands west of the Wychmere Harbor Jetty, has decided to not participate in the suit.

While there may be reasons why the state can't participate, in making the notification to the court, the Attorney General's office appears to be entering a stipulation with the landowners that will undercut the good reasons why the Town and Friends group should continue on with the suit. In essence supporting the landowners efforts to close public access to this publicly financed resource.

We ask your readers and viewers to please write or email the Attorney General and ask that if the State is not going to participate, they certainly shouldn't undercut the public's ability to secure and protect public access to the shore front and Commonwealth tidelands. On Cape Cod we need the state to help defend beach access.

John J Bangert
Friends of Harwich Beaches
Harwich, MA

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