As you know from an earlier post, we have been involved in talks with Popponesset Beach Association (PBA) and concerned neighbors, who have been working with Town of Mashpee's fire and police departments to address safety issues and private property concerns around the Spit.
In addition to the recent destruction at The Spit, there is a growing problem of visitors leaving bicycles, strollers, wagons and trash on Wading Place Road Extension before and after the boulders, which are private property (i.e.
owned by homeowners and PBA).
Additionally, the Town is concerned about these items obstructing access for emergency vehicles and for neighbors safely exiting homes.
As a result, we have been working collaboratively to develop some
solutions to ensure we all can continue to enjoy the Spit safely while
respecting our neighbors and their homes.
Effective August 1:
Bikes, strollers, and wagons may not be abandoned on private
property (before or after the boulders or in the street). If left unattended, items will be removed by OnePointe Security and moved to behind the Popponesset Community House.*
As a temporary solution:
- PBA will allow bikes to be left behind the Popponesset Community House (not on the baseball field or on the pavement or basketball court)
- SPB will allow strollers and wagons on the Spit as long as they are kept with you. As before, bikes and wheeled kayak carts are not allowed on the beach.
A reminder that The Spit is a fragile wildlife preserve, privately owned by Save Popponesset Bay and Mass Audubon. With the help of many committed individuals who live in the area, SPB has spent almost a million dollars to Save the Spit by widening the beach and building up our dune. There are plans are to continue this work for all of us to enjoy the Spit for
years to come.
We understand this is a change, and may cause some to
consider it an inconvenience. It is being done with an attempt to
bring safety and respect to all. Please know we are working for a
longer term plan and will share feedback with PBA as they
bring a plan forward for next summer. We appreciate your understanding and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
In the meantime, please spread the word about observing
these and a few basic additional rules: Please stay off the
dunes, please remove your trash, no alcohol or smoking. Mass Audubon would also like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed on the beach from
April 1 - September 15 (endangered bird season), and please respect the hours of 6 AM - 11 PM.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE, YOUR RESPECT
AND YOUR OBSERVANCE OF THESE RULES.
HAVE A WONDERFUL REST OF YOUR SUMMER.