Plymouth Selectmen reviewed and approved almost a dozen articles this week—several of them CPC articles. The CPC article— that would ultimately result in restroom facilities on White Horse Beach— provoked some discussion and surprising revelations were made about the use and abuse of the beach.
The CPC article proposes spending about $350,000 to purchase an old residence at 54 Taylor Avenue, tear it down and build restrooms and a storage area.
Peg O’Hearn lives in Manomet Heights on Hilltop Avenue—the main entrance to the beach–and an area where about 200 year-round residents live. She spoke in favor of the article and told the Board about what the lack of bathroom facilities has meant to the neighborhood and to her:
“I have had twenty years living in this area with people coming up in my area and going to the bathroom—in front of me during the day—it’s very unpleasant.”
O’Hearn and other residents talked about rowdy, drunken behavior, and called the beach a place where kids come to party leaving behind a trail of litter. They asked for an increased police presence.
One resident, Christine Bostek, objected feeling not enough public notice had been given. She was told CPC Chairman Bill Keohan will discuss the article on January 24th with the Manomet Steering Committee The meeting begins at 8 p.m. at Manomet Library.
Selectman John Mahoney called approval of the article a no-brainer and long overdue. The Board agreed and voted unanimously to support it.