Category Archives: Beach Access

Beach Access: Second Site Visit on June 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Information comes from the

Newburyport Dune Restoration and Beach Access Improvement Project

The Project Team invites you to attend our second site visit to the north end of Plum Island on June 30th at 1pm. Thanks to funding from the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management and support from MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, lots of work has occurred over the past several months to support this natural resource, enhance user experience, and protect public safety. This is your opportunity to see the work firsthand, ask questions, and provide feedback!

We have this information from the town of Newburyport:
“Regarding the site visit, we hope to lead a tour of the area in late June so folks can see the mobi-mats, signs, and beach access trail maps we’re creating. We’ll be available to answer questions in person and talk about the work that has occurred, the process we followed, and potential next steps”.

It is important that members of the fishing community attend and present our point of view.  Please make an effort to attend if you fish this area.

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Beach Access Public Meeting and Site Visit: 1:00 pm, June 30, 2017

BEACH ACCESS

The beach at the north end of Plum Island is being impacted by erosion of the river side of the south jetty and erosion control efforts are underway.  Some trails for accessing the waterfront will have to be closed off.  Another site visit is scheduled for 1 pm on June 30th.  We have this information from the town of Newburyport:
“Regarding the site visit, we hope to lead a tour of the area in late June so folks can see the mobi-mats, signs, and beach access trail maps we’re creating. We’ll be available to answer questions in person and talk about the work that has occurred, the process we followed, and potential next steps”.

It is important that members of the fishing community attend and present our point of view.  Please make an effort to attend if you fish this area.

Georgette Henrich ~ President

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Beach Access on Plum Island: Next Public Meeting on May 4

Newburyport City Councillor Sharif Zeid has contacted the club to alert us to upcoming public meetings on beach access at the north end of Plum Island. The City has applied for and received a grant to look at beach access and erosion on the Northern End of Plum Island.  You can see a map of proposed trails at our Beach Access Survey page.

Another public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at PITA Hall, 8 Plum Island Turnpike.  A draft beach access map and draft signage will be presented and discussed.

You may be familiar with the fencing and signs that have appeared at the north end of the island recently.

Meetings are being held with residents and other interested parties to gather information and feedback on path usage and what’s important to people in that regard. As a fishing club, PISC has interest in both protecting the sand dunes from erosion and ensuring access to the beach for fishermen.

We encourage everyone to stay on the marked paths and to participate in public meetings to ensure that the fencing permits easy access to the river and oceanfront.

Location of Meeting:
PITA Hall
8 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA

Map

 

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Merrimack River Mouth: Beach Access Survey

This survey will run until April 30, 2017.  Please submit your response before the end of the month.

Erosion near the South Jetty is impacting the beach along the mouth of the Merrimack River.  Fencing has been erected to protect the dune grass and (we hope) combat this erosion. Some existing trails to access the beach may be closed.  It is important that some trails remain open to give fishermen and other members of the public access to the beach.  We are asking all interested parties to tell us which trails are important to them.

Please take our survey (bottom of page) about accessing the beach at the north end of Plum Island.  The survey contains five questions, so be sure to scroll through to see all of them.  Please refer to the maps below showing the trails.

Large Area:

Trails Area:  Please refer to the numbering of these trails as you answer the survey questions.

Create your own user feedback survey

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