Duxbury: Beach reservation looks for federal funds to help pay for $1 million in repairs

Between the February blizzard and the recent nor’easter, Duxbury Beach suffered $1 million in damage.

Construction crews have been working to rebuild Duxbury Beach.  Sacrificial dunes that act like a protective shoreline barrier were flattened by the storms and need to be raised, miles of fencing need to be replaced, roadways need to be cleared of debris, and the list goes on and on.

The Town of Duxbury leases the beach every year from a reservation that owns the beach and Duxbury voters recently approved a $200,000 increase in the lease .But trustees of the reservation will still have to fund-raise.

“We’re going to have to borrow to fix the damage, even though we did get extra money from the town. So the fundraising will be so we can repay ourselves what we borrowed,” said Margaret Kearney, President of Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc.

Since the beach helps protect the shores of not only Duxbury, but Kingston and Plymouth as well, trustees of the reservation toured the beach Thursday with State Representatives Josh Cutler of Duxbury, Tom Calter of Kingston, and Vinny DeMacedo of Plymouth.

The reservation is hoping to get federal funds despite being denied in 2007 because the beach is considered recreational property. “We have identified and hope to convince FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] that only a small portion, about 1/3 of the beach, is used for recreation—the rest is for habitat and the whole beach is the only access to Gurnet/Saquish which has about 300 homes on it,” explained Kearney

Representative DeMacedo said he’ll be sending a letter in support of the reservation getting federal funds.

Beach trustees explaining damage

Debris washed up on shore

Crews working to raise sacrificial dune

Snow fencing at beach

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.