Nauset Dune Reconstruction to go Before Orleans Town Meeting Voters

ORLEANS – An article will be before Orleans town meeting voters next month that asks for $1.2 million to construct a dune on Nauset Beach to help save the parking lot and facilities.

Selectmen voted unanimously earlier this month to put the measure before voters.

Town Administrator John Kelly says if approved, the project would be bonded and paid back over 5 years.

“Given the analysis – unless we have some historic storms – there should be a dune there in five years,” Kelly said.

“It won’t be the same size or shape but it will protect that parking lot, which is really what our main reason for doing the restoration was to begin with.”

The majority of the funding will go towards constructing the dune, but the project also includes the installation of portable toilettes, mobile beach mats and handrails.

If approved, construction could begin early this winter.

“We would frame the project in such a way that we would do the dune, leave the bathrooms there and the administration building,” Kelly said. “As a smaller project in the event that they ran into peril over the winter we would remove them like we did Liam’s with a smaller local project.”

Consultants with the Woods Hole Group say the project would provide resiliency and should survive up to 10 years of wave conditions with erosion expected to be minor.

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