National Seashore Works to Repair Storm Damage

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CCB MEDIA PHOTO: The damaged staircase at Nauset Light Beach.

EASTHAM – The Cape Cod National Seashore continues to work on repairs to facilities at two popular beaches.

Winter storm damage again destroyed the stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham and the Herring Cove Beach parking lot in Provincetown.

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price said they are hopeful the staircase would be completed for this weekend and that only half of the parking spots at Herring Cove would be useable this summer.

Price said it took a while through the government process to get contractors on site at Nauset Light Beach.

“I would have liked to have had it completed earlier but this is the soonest we have been able to get to it,” Price said.

After the summer season the Nauset Light bathhouse will have to be demolished because erosion is getting close to the facilities septic system.

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CCB MEDIA PHOTO: Winter Damage to the Herring Cove Beach parking lot.

“In the last couple of winters we have had as much as 18 feet and 10 feet of erosion at that one spot,” he said. “The coastal geologists tell us that it is a hot spot and there has been no sand bar setting up offshore so the storm energy…has been really impacting that particular area.”

Funds to replace the bathhouse will not be available until 2019 and temporary facilities will have to be developed.

Plans are also being developed to possibly install removable stairs at Nauset Light.

Price said creating removable stairs at the at site is not an easy feet because of the amount of erosion that is occurring.

“You have to establish a base for the removable stairs to be hooked up to and even they are very expensive not only to develop but also to remove and install at the beginning of the season.”

The Herring Cove Beach north parking lot damage has also started to happen on a yearly basis.

“It’s important for us to have that lot open but we are not going to be able to have it open to the full extent,” Price said.

A future replacement project for that lot is closer than the long-term work that needs to be done at Nauset Light.

Price says discussions are taking place with the Denver service center to have work to install a new parking lot in the winter of 2018.

The new lot would be pushed back about 125 feet from the current lot.

“It would be 15 feet higher than the current one and we believe that will be a lot for the future,” Price said.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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