Truck Loads Of Sand Help Shore Up Sandwich Beach

A dump truck dumps its load on the beach along Bay Beach Lane and White Cap Path. A total of 2,200 cubic yards was scheduled to be dumped there this week to replace some of the sand washed away by a northeaster earlier this month.
PHOTO COURTESY DONALD HELFRICH - A dump truck dumps its load on the beach along Bay Beach Lane and White Cap Path. A total of 2,200 cubic yards was scheduled to be dumped there this week to replace some of the sand washed away by a northeaster earlier this month.

The wind and waves taketh away, but Pastore Excavation restoreth.

That has been the situation this week along Bay Beach Lane and White Cap Path, as the Sandwich company has been dumping and spreading 2,200 cubic yards of sand along the beach there.

The work, which got under way Monday, was slated for completion yesterday, according to John M. Vaccaro, president of Vaccaro Environmental Consulting.

Mr. Vaccaro estimated that the project is costing homeowners on the two streets in excess of $40,000.

The work is designed to address the damage wreaked by Sandwich’s most recent winter storm, which hit on January 2 and 3.

Last fall, the Sandwich Conservation Commission issued orders of conditions allowing the Bay Beach Lane and White Cap Path property owners to bring in sand to renourish their beaches on an emergency basis.

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The stretch of beach, just to the east of a stone jetty near Freeman Avenue, has been repeatedly pounded in winter storms.

Darrell W. and Irene Davis, who own a house on White Cap Path, persistently have pressed the town to do more to defend and restore bayside beaches.

At a Special Town Meeting in November, Mr. Davis helped lead a successful effort to defend a previous Town Meeting vote to steer some beach revenues toward beach restoration.

Town officials such as town manager George H. Dunham argued the diversion would hurt existing beach programs, but make little headway in the large sums required to permit and build long-term solutions for beach erosion.

Town Meeting voters, however, decided that it was worth using some money to battle beach erosion.

According to Mr. Vaccaro, the private beach renourishment under way this week pales next to the renourishment that occurred early last year, when 18,000 cubic yards were brought in.

He estimates 90 percent of that sand was eroded away, some of it to travel farther east to help shore up Town Neck Beach.

Speaking of the current renourishment effort, Mr. Vaccaro said, “It’s better to lose this sand” rather than lose the coastal bank and the houses standing along that bank.

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