, Newburyport, MA

March 8, 2013

Police close Plum Island Beach to public

Mac Cerullo
Newburyport Daily News

---- — PLUM ISLAND — Newbury police this afternoon closed Plum Island Beach from the center south, citing fears that more houses may soon collapse due to severe erosion along the coast.

Deputy Chief John Lucey Jr. said police would be sweeping the beach to keep the public away and warned that those caught trespassing could be at risk of severe repercussions.

“The beach access for everything from Plum Island center south is closed,” Lucey said. “It’s very unsafe and we have houses that are literally on the edge.”

Earlier today, a house at 41 Annapolis Way succumbed to high seas and nearly every house on the south side of Plum Island suffered some degree of damage. Two houses have already been condemned and now officials are trying to regroup before the next high tide hits later tonight.