Sandwich Selectmen Say Permanent Easements Required for Dredged Sand

TownNeckBeachSANDWICH – Sandwich Selectmen are looking to move forward with a plan to take dredged material from the Cape Cod Canal to replenish the shoreline at Town Neck beach, but need approval from private property owners.

Sandwich Board of Selectmen Chairman Frank Pannorfi read a public announcement during the last week’s meeting which said landowners would need to voluntarily allow permanent easements for the work to be done which would allow public access.

“We urge the impacted private property and association owners to voluntarily grant the required permanent easements to the town,” the announcement stated.

The Army Corps of Engineers are dredging the Cape Cod Canal later this year and the town has sought the sediment for repairs to the Town Neck Beach shoreline.

The plans call for the dredging material to form a planted dune between the affected homes and the beach. The dune would be  more than 80 feet in width to provide substantial protection.

“The beneficial reuse of compatible material from the canal dredging will help protect numerous properties that are in imminent risk of destruction in light of the amount of erosion that has occurred over the last decade,” the announcement stated.

Selectmen are hoping property owners allow the permanent easements so the work can begin expeditiously.

“We have worked too hard for too long and spent too much public money for this effort not to move forward at this critical juncture,” the announcement reads.

The Army Corps of Engineers has told the town that the requirement of permanent easements will not be changed or negotiated.

Some of the affected homeowners do not feel permanent easements should be required and would approve temporary easements.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the town will be holding an educational outreach meeting with these landowners today at 6 p.m. at Sandwich Town Hall to explain the easement requirements and the planned construction.
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