Notes from around the Cape: Chatham, Eastham, Mashpee, Orleans and Harwich

Chatham partially rescinds free beach access for military personnel

In Chatham, a July 14, 2009 motion to allow active duty and retired US Military personnel free access to Hardings, Ridgevale and Cockle Cove Beaches with proper ID was rescinded on August 4th.  Rather, during the August 4th meeting, the Parks and Recreation Department voted to allow properly IDed military personnel free access to only Harding's Beach. See the original post here.

Eastham Wastewater Management Report now available

The Eastham Wastewater Management Planning Project Plan Final Evaluation Report is now available.  The executive summer is available on the town's website on the Water Management Committee page here.

The complete report is also available on CD from the town's Health Department.

Courtesy of the town of Eastham.

Mashpee Americans with Disabilities Act Committee Fundraising Effort

The Mashpee Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee has launched a fundraising effort to raise $5000 to purchase and install materials necessary to provide beach access to people with mobility difficulties.

The Committee is proposing to have a wooden walkway installed across South Cape Beach extending approximately 45' from the handicapped parking area to the high water line. The walkway will be at least 4' wide and a 6' by 9' deck area will project off of the walkway at the high water line.

This project has received strong endorsements from the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission and the Recreation Director. It is the Committee’s intent to provide similar access at other Mashpee beaches in the future.

Donations in any amount may be made by check payable to the Town of Mashpee and mailed to:

Mashpee Board of Selectmen
Attn:  Beach Access Fund
16 Great Neck Road North
Mashpee, MA 02649

For further information please contact: Bob Wooldridge, Chairman, ADA Committee
at 508-477-9178 or by email.

Release courtesy of the Town of Mashpee.

Orleans announces Nauset ORV trails reopened Tuesday

Nauset Off Road Vehicle Trails, south of the Nauset Beach parking lot, reopened to vehicle traffic at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. 

The day vehicle limit is set at 300 and will be adjusted depending on tide conditions.

In the area of Trail #1 and Trail #2, please park parallel with the water.

When operating on the Front Beach on the South End please keep your speed at 15 m.p.h.

The limit for self-contained vehicles will be 55 and they will be required to park south of Trail #3 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Courtesy of the town of Orleans.

Harwich 2010 Local Comprehensive Plan "Kick Off Session" on Tuesday, August 25th

The Harwich Planning Board has begun preparation of the 2010 Local Comprehensive Plan as required by law. As a first step, the Board has prepared a Vision Statement intended to guide the Town of Harwich for the next five years.

Successful implementation of the Vision requires input from Harwich residents, property
owners, and others interested in the future of Harwich. During the next 6 months, we will be scheduling a variety of input sessions. A "kick-off" session will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25th in the Griffin Hearing Room at Harwich Town Hall.

Please come to the meeting and share with us your goals and wishes for the future of Harwich as well as any concerns about the present.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact David Spitz, Harwich Town
Planner, at 508-430-7514 x3361 or [email protected].

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