Wellfleet Selectmen Hit Pause on Beach Parking Plan

WELLFLEET – The Board of Selectmen in Wellfleet have opted to ease up on plans to dramatically increase the parking capacity at White Crest Beach.

Options under consideration had included expanding the beach’s parking lot from 200 spaces to about 460 in order to compensate for spaces lost due to erosion following this winter’s string of severe storms.

The board voted last month not to include the proposal on next week’s Spring Town Meeting Warrant, opting instead to slow town and consider additional proposals.

“I believe we don’t have enough information to answer relevant questions,” said Dennis Murphy, Chair of the Board of Selectmen, “We have questions about a traffic study, questions about environmental impact, some questions really are a little bit unnecessary and don’t have meaning, but some do.”

The town operates four public beaches along Ocean View Drive which have suffered substantial erosion over the last several years leading to weakening and even collapsing of parking surfaces.

Town officials will now work with consultants and engineers on a town-wide parking plan to be brought to voters at a later date.

Initial estimates of the White Crest Beach project pegged the cost of additional spaces at roughly $1.6 million.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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