Sandwich Residents Lose Off-road Permit Discount at Sandy Neck

COURTESY TOWN OF BARNSTABLE Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable

Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable

BARNSTABLE – Sandwich residents will no longer receive a discounted rate for off-road permit stickers at Sandy Neck Beach.

Sandy Neck Beach Manager Nina Coleman says the decision was made to increase the Sandwich fees.

All of Sandy Neck Beach is within Barnstable’s town limits, though the access road is in Sandwich.

“There was always this historical relationship where there was a small discount for those stickers,” said Coleman. “Not as much as Barnstable because it is a Barnstable beach, but it was decided to bring that price up to non-resident.”

Last year residents in Sandwich paid $145 for an off-road permit compared to $160 for residents from other towns.

The fee this season for all non-Barnstable residents will be $170, with the fee for Barnstable residents remaining at $85.

Coleman said the reason for the increase was to help pay for projects at Sandy Neck.

“As the board was reviewing ways to fund all of these additional projects which we have at Sandy Neck, most specifically all the erosion issues which are extremely expensive,” she said, “the board did decide that we needed to increase the fees and that was one way to do it.”

The annual beach sticker for residents in Sandwich will be $35 and will include access to Sandy Neck Beach but not vehicle access to the off-road trails at Sandy Neck.
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