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The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
Announcing the Advisory Commission Subcommittee Workshop Meeting for the Herring Cove Beach to be Held February 13
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
Superintendent George Price announces that the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting for the Herring Cove Beach Revetment and Parking Project Environmental Assessment on Wednesday, February 13 from 9 to 1 PM. The meeting will be held at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Lab, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown. "We intend to continue to discuss coastal science, policy and engineering issues as well as evaluation criteria and possible options at the third workshop of the Herring Cove Beach Subcommittee," Price said.
The last workshop meeting is scheduled on Thursday, March 28 at the same time and place. The workshop meeting is primarily for deliberations of the Subcommittee; however, anyone is welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity for brief public comments.
The Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, MA is one of six life-guarded, improved beaches managed by Cape Cod National Seashore. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts developed the Herring Cove Beach facilities in the 1950's and includes: a one-mile macadam revetment (seawall); two parking lots; and, a bath house and concession stand that will be replaced this year. Herring Cove Beach is of special concern to the citizens of Provincetown and other park visitors. A long-term plan for Herring Cove Beach revetment and parking is under development in consultation with agencies and the community. The plan will identify the values of the beach and its importance to visitors to the national seashore and local residents. The sustainable outcome will be based upon sound coastal science and engineering practices and be responsive to shoreline change, projected sea level rise, and visitor use.
Did You Know?
Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.