Sandwich Selectmen Disagree Over Town Neck Bathhouse

COURTESY OF THE TOWN OF SANDWICH

COURTESY OF THE TOWN OF SANDWICH

SANDWICH – A proposed bathhouse at Town Neck Beach is causing some disagreement within the Sandwich Board of Selectmen.

The idea is the result of a $25,000 feasibility study the town approved in order to come up with ways to improve the beach.

Cost estimates for a bathhouse, featuring an elevated foundation to avoid flooding, range from $1.8 million to $2.4 million.

Selectmen Frank Pannorfi said he prefers the cheaper, less flood-prone option of the portable facility similar to the one at Oak Crest Cove.

“Let’s go with one of these trailers that can be maintained and put into storage after the summer,” he said.

Pannorfi said he does not see the cost benefit of constructing the raised bathhouse.

However, he also said he isn’t for the cheapest option of just putting in basic portable toilet stalls.

He also stressed stabilizing the beach more before adding any infrastructure. Earlier this year, Sandwich completed a phase of a beach renourishment project which brought tons of sand to Town Neck dredged from the Cape Cod Canal.

Meanwhile, selectman Patrick Ellis agreed with the need for a bathhouse. Pannorfi said the board will continue to hash out a direction, and in the meantime, temporary facilities may have to be installed next summer.

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