Access at seashore locations
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 »
Cape Cod National Seashore Facilities Suffer Serious Storm Damage
Contact: Karst Hoogeboom, Chief of Maintenance and Facilities Management, 508-771-2144
The recent storms have significantly damaged facilities at Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, according to Superintendent George Price.
At Nauset Light Beach in Eastham and Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, the stairs to the beach are gone. Bluffs at these beaches are very steep and visitors are being restricted from these areas. Sand slumping off in large sections is a serious safety issue for visitors standing at the edge or attempting to climb down the front of the dune. At Coast Guard Beach in Eastham there is a significant drop from the edge of the walkway to the beach. The bike bridge that crosses Nauset Marsh near Coast Guard beach in Eastham was inundated. It has been closed because it is structurally unsafe. Damages to these facilities are estimated at $150,000 to $500,000.
“Wind-generated high waves, compounded by astronomical high tides over several days have caused repetitive and cumulative damage to these important visitor access facilities,” Superintendent Price said. “We’re asking visitors to stay back from the edges of bluffs because they are very unstable and could collapse at any time without warning.”
Park staff are evaluating the damage so cost estimates can be developed and storm repair funds can be requested. The timeframe for replacing the beach access stairs is anticipated to be 2-1/2 months.
Did You Know?
Because of coastal erosion of 3 feet a year, the sea has threatened historical landmarks over the years. A few examples of those moved back from the edge include the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, the Three Sisters, Nauset, and Highland Lights, and the French Cable Hut.