Orleans Officials Seek More Options for Nauset Beach

ORLEANS – After years of severe erosion at Nauset Beach, multi-million dollar plans to revitalize the area have hit a snag.

At their meeting last month, selectmen were presented with two options for the retreat. The first would reconstruct the restroom and administration facilities in the parking lot, while the second would move the structures further up onto the Hubler property.

“We’re here for guidance, what do we do? what do we do next?” asked Public Works and Natural Resources Director Tom Daley.

“The question is do we put the permanent bathrooms and administration building up at 223 Beach Road, on top of the hill, do we do that now? Or do we phase it and do bathrooms and admin down below for now and then move them later?”

Unimpressed with either option, selectmen called on Daley to explore other possibilities.

Orleans officials are considering delaying any permanent action until next year as they continue negotiations with the Cape Cod National Seashore over the adjacent Nauset Knoll property.

In a unanimous decision, selectmen called on their consultants to present an option – with costs included – for modular facilities which would buy the town another year to make a permanent decision.

Any option would require voter support at Orleans’ October 29th Special Town Meeting. The deadline to get an article on the warrant is September 14th.

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