June 2018

There are 5 blog entries for June 2018.


crowes pasture - dennis ma

Photo: Maura Monahan

One of the last remaining exposed tidal flats in Massachusetts will stay open to off-roaders, at least for now. Selectmen in Dennis recently voted to withdraw the town’s application to update its beach management plan for Crowes Pasture Beach.

That’s significant because the off-road beach faced the possibility of being closed off to all off-road vehicles. While that’s been allowed at Crowes Pasture for decades, some suggest state regulators began calling the practice into question only after the town took action, proposing to make an update to its long-standing management plan.

Citing concerns over things like pollution and erosion, state regulators proposed banning all recreational vehicles from driving out on the Crowes Pasture

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Now marking a half-century of service to the Cape Cod region, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod is officially marking its golden anniversary. The APCC just turned 50 years old, celebrating five decades of preservation, protection and enhancement of Cape Cod’s most important natural resources.

Under the leadership of a newly appointed executive director, the association works to help protect area wetlands, surface water and groundwater, plus preserve open space in the region. In addition, members work to help with new growth in the region, while at the same time discouraging harmful development, with a true focus on the environment.

The APCC does so by promoting conservation efforts and green energy, plus by keeping a close eye on any climate or energy

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Chatham Light - Chatham MA

Volunteers are gearing up for another summer season highlighting the bright history of Chatham Light. The historic lighthouse often hosts tours during the summer season, offering up the opportunity to get a close-up view of this early 19th century landmark.

The Cape’s second lighthouse, Chatham Light was first constructed in the early 1800s, easily distinguished by its two fixed white lights. Originally consisting of two wooden towers and a keeper house, the lighthouse was no match for Mother Nature, though.

Soon replaced by sturdier, brick towers, it wasn’t the end of the story for Chatham Light. Fast forward a few more decades and erosion began seriously threatening the lighthouse, leading area leaders to make plans to construct two new cast-iron

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coast guard beach eastham

It’s a longstanding favorite of Cape Cod locals and visitors alike, and is seems word is definitely spreading when it comes to the enjoyment of Coast Guard Beach. Dr Beach, a renowned guru when it comes to identifying the best beaches in America, once again just ranked Coast Guard Beach on his list of the top ten.

Coast Guard Beach comes in at number five for 2018, the only beach in the region to make it on the list. This year’s ranking brought the beach up one spot, topping last year’s number six ranking on the list of America’s top 10 beaches.

Around 50 different things are taken into consideration when coming up with the list, including sand and water quality plus beach management and safety records. In particular, it’s noted that Coast Guard Beach

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cape cod bay target ship

It’s not always visible today, but the Cape Cod Bay Target Ship is somewhat of a unique addition to the waters off Eastham. Officially known as the SS James Longstreet, the ship sits several miles off the coast, in the same spot its sat for well more than a half-century.

Named after a Confederate general, the ship is more commonly called the Target Ship by locals. It gets its nickname, unsurprisingly, from the role it played for the military for decades.

Originally built in the 1940s for carrying cargo, the World War II vessel was soon severely damaged in a storm. With the only other solution of turning the entire ship into scrap, the US Navy soon began using it in a new role as target practice.

That’s a role it held through the early 1970s, often making

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