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Announcing the Advisory Commission Subcommittee Workshop Meeting for the Herring Cove Beach to be Held Monday December 17 2012

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Date: December 10, 2012
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.The meeting will occur on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 9 to 1 PM.The meeting will be held at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Lab, 5 Holway Avenue, in Provincetown, MA. "The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Herring Cove Beach Subcommittee will begin to discuss public scoping comments, coastal science, engineering, and policy issues.This will be the first meeting of the Subcommittee and they will also discuss their procedures and work plan. The workshop meeting will be primarily for deliberations of the Subcommittee, however, there will be an opportunity for brief public comments," Price said.

The Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, MA is one of six life-guarded, improved beaches managed by Cape Cod National Seashore. Wave action in late December caused damage to the asphalt revetment near the bath house, sections of the north parking lot, and coastal areas near the south parking lot. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts developed the Herring Cove Beach facilities in the 1950s which include: 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.

The purpose of taking action is to develop a long-term plan for the Herring Cove Beach revetment and parking 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, be responsive to shoreline change, projected sea level rise, and visitor use.

Did You Know?

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Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.