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There’s a battle gaining ground in Cape Cod, and this one has one local town pitted against another.  The controversy has to do with Nauset Spit.  This barrier beach has traditionally been a popular place for off-road vehicles.  At least it was until about a year ago.

Last summer the Eastham Conservation Commission passed new rules, barring residents of Orleans from driving on the part of the beach that sits within the boundaries of Eastham.  The problem is that for decades, residents of Orleans who paid $50 for an ORV permit have had the right to drive out onto the beach.

In fact, until the summer of 2014, residents were able to drive out to Nauset Inlet, as long as the beach wasn’t closed to vehicles due to wildlife preservation efforts.  The

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