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March 29, 2013

Finally, island's battered beach is open to public


According to police records, all those issued trespassing summonses were from out of town.

“Plum Island is a tight-knit community. I just got the feel the residents know what’s going on and know to respect the safety issues and give the homeowners and property owners their privacy,” Reilly said, in regard to that fact.

Story said a factor that led to the beach reopening was a community cleanup of the beach this week. About 60 people took part in Monday’s grass-roots clean-up effort, collecting enough wood, snow fencing and other debris to fill a large Dumpster and a separate bonfire-sized pile of refuse. Coordinating the effort at Plum Island Taxpayers Association hall was Newbury conservation agent Doug Packer with assistance from Plum Island state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester.

“I’m glad the beaches are open and we want to thank all the people who cleaned it up and made it possible,” Story said.

The announcement came less than a week before the annual start of the piping plover nesting season that results in the closure of the beach at the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. From April 1 to at least July, the refuge’s 6 miles of beaches will be off-limits to visitors to provide the federal endangered species an undisturbed nesting habitat. Officials at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge said generally the entire beach is reopened to the public by mid- to late August.

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