The beach season in Falmouth officially begins June 28, when the 10 town-owned coastal beaches and Grews Pond beach open for the season.
Falmouth beach superintendent Donald L. Hoffer hired 80 seasonal employees, mostly lifeguards and parking attendants, who will staff the beaches beginning Saturday, June 28. In preparation, the beach maintenance crew set out the lifeguard chairs, parking attendant booths and fencing this week.
Beach parking requires a $30 resident sticker that can be purchased at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House at Surf Drive Beach from 9 AM to 4 PM, seven days a week. Non-residents pay $200 for a seasonal sticker. Visit www.falmouthmass.us for a list of required documentation needed to obtain a parking sticker.
Residents also have the option of visiting the town’s website (www.falmouthmass.us), clicking on beach department, and printing out an application for a beach sticker. Once filled out, residents can send that form with a check to the tax collector’s office.
Beach stickers allow the public to park at any of the following town beaches: Old Silver Beach; Menauhant Beach; Chapoquoit Beach; Woodneck Beach; Surf Drive Beach; Falmouth Heights Beach; Megansett Beach; Bristol Beach; and Stoney Beach. Of those beaches, only Menauhant, Old Silver and Surf Drive beaches allow day trippers to pay to park in the lots. Surf Drive and Old Silver have a public restroom building and the town purchased a new bathroom trailer for Menauhant beachgoers.
SMILE Mass is donating more Mobi-Chairs—wheelchairs that can navigate sand and float in the water—to Falmouth. In 2012, it gave three chairs, worth $2,300 apiece, to the town to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy the beach.
The three chairs Falmouth has been given are available at any beach and are regularly used, according to beach staff who also employ them during swim lessons.
Mr. Hoffer wants to remind the public that the beaches are smoke-free and dogs are not allowed during the summer.