Marconi Beach Stairs Damaged Beyond Repair

Installed in 2018, stairs suffered fatal damage with last high tide...
The last high tide cycle doomed the Marconi Beach stairs, just installed for the 2018 season. (National Park Service photo)

From the Cape Cod National Seashore:

This morning, park staff checked on the Marconi Beach stairs and discovered they are damaged beyond repair. The last high tide cycle resulted in the stairs sloughing away from the bluff completely disconnecting from the top with significant damage at the base and to other features of the structure. Maintaining beach access along the ever-changing coast of Cape Cod presents some very unique challenges. We are faced with a future of more frequent and powerful storms, and a steadily increasing rate of erosion along much of the shoreline. Park management is currently looking into what options are available to continue to provide public access to beaches in ways that are financially sustainable, environmentally sensitive, and structurally feasible. Marconi Beach Road, and the parking lot at Marconi Beach will remain closed until further notice. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on