Temporary Beach Parking and Access Restrictions Effective July 28, 2020

Temporary Beach Parking and Access Restrictions Adopted July 27, 2020
Effective July 28, 2020
Temporary Beach Parking and Access Restrictions (Per Order of the Board of Selectmen dated July 27, 2020)

A. In accordance with applicable provisions of the Town of Mashpee Charter, Bylaws, G.L. c. 90, §20A, and any other enabling authority, the Board of Selectmen, in consideration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency declared by the Governor on March 10, 2020 and the related Advisories and Guidances issued by State authorities, hereby adopts the within temporary beach parking and access restrictions. Said restrictions are deemed necessary due to recently observed overcrowding and congestion at John’s Pond and other Town beaches (collectively, the “Town Beaches”) in order to regulate, on a temporary basis, the size of gatherings at said Town Beaches for the purposes of preserving and maintaining the public health, safety and welfare and effectively regulating vehicular parking on roads in and around said Town Beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, it is hereby ordered:

Any other order, rule or regulation concerning parking adopted by the Board of Selectmen notwithstanding, no operator of any vehicle shall park or stand the same on any portion of any street or road leading to John’s Pond, specifically: Back Road, Cranberry Avenue, Highview Avenue Hilltop Road, Hoophole Road and Valley Road and as designated by the signs containing the words “NO PARKING”, which signs shall be placed on such roads or portions thereof pursuant to and for the duration of this temporary restriction. The Chief of Police and or his designees, are authorized and directed to place and erect temporarily, or cause to be so placed and erected, such signs on any such portion of any road subject to this temporary restriction.

Access to Town Beaches shall be restricted to Mashpee residents, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and those with vehicle disability plates or placards and/or current Town Beach permits during the term of this temporary restriction. This beach access restriction is intended to advance the interests of the afore-mentioned Advisories and Guidances by preventing large gatherings at and overcrowding of the Town Beaches during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. All persons authorized to access said Beaches during this temporary restriction will be expected to comply with all recommended COVID-19 safety measures, including appropriate social-distancing and wearing of face masks when social-distancing is not possible, while on the Town Beaches.

These temporary restrictions shall commence on July 28, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Board of Selectmen or until the State of Emergency declared by the Governor is terminated, whichever occurs first.

The Chief of Police and/or his designees are authorized to enforce these temporary restrictions by the issuance of citations and/or removal of non-compliant vehicles or persons in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

So Ordered.

Author: Katy Acheson

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