Duxbury’s new town manager, Rene Read, was greeted by a group of South Shore residents who were waiting outside of town hall Wednesday afternoon with a letter.
About 600 people electronically signed the letter which asks what investigation was done before the decision was made to close most of Duxbury Beach for the next five weeks and if there are other alternatives.
Bruce Fenton, who’s the creator behind a new and popular Facebook page called “Keep Duxbury Beach Open”, hand delivered the letter.
Fenton said for him, it’s not about getting a refund for the money he shelled out to buy a beach sticker but says it’s about transparency, “The town behaved in a dishonest, maybe fraudulent manner, by neglecting to tell very material, important information to people who purchased these permits.”
But Read said on every beach sticker application it discloses that restrictions could be imposed.
Read said the decision was announced Monday when it was discovered that Piping Plover, an endangered bird, constructed nests on the beach, “We got the message out as soon as we could. We suspected that there would be backlash to this so we’re trying to address it now.”
Connie Sweet of Marshfield has enjoyed the last 25 summers on Duxbury Beach and she said in this hard economic time residents should be refunded, “I pay the non-resident fee $295 and many of my friends, by the grace of God, when I got the word I called them and they put payment stops on their checks because there’s absolutely no cooperation from town hall.”
But a partial refund might be possible. “We’re trying to work on an equitable solution for everybody,” said Read
Read says Duxbury Selectmen will respond to the letter and refund requests at their next meeting on Monday.
Beach stickers will remain on-sale.