Mashpee Takes Steps to Curb Bad Behavior at John’s Pond

Mashpee Selectman Andrew Gottlieb.

MASHPEE – Day passes are no longer available at Johns Pond Beach in Mashpee, this after a number of complaints to town officials about visitors trashing the popular beach.

Unauthorized fires, litter and unruly behavior were all cited by those who complained.

“A lot of the behavior that was causing problems tended to be associated with people that were purchasing the day pass and have no ties to the community and apparently any concern with keeping the facility something everyone can enjoy,” said selectman Andrew Gottlieb.

Additionally, the town is pushing for increased visibility by enforcement agencies at all town recreation areas, and it’s an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, as towns across the Cape depend on beaches as a vital source of revenue.

“Given the importance of access to water and protection of our water resources being a huge driver as to why people are here that it’s a relatively small investment for the town to have adequate enforcement capabilities on land and water,” Gottlieb said.

The town will monitor the effectiveness of these measure for the remainder of the summer, and may incorporate them into plans for the summer of 2018.

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