The Fourth of July weekend was very busy in Bourne.
From restaurants to hotels to beaches to golf courses, business was booming. For some area entrepreneurs the influx of visitors was welcome. For others, it proved somewhat problematic.
The owners of the Sagamore Inn Restaurant on Sandwich Road in Sagamore said the incredible amount of traffic over the holiday weekend made it tough doing business over the Fourth of July weekend.
Suzanne L. Bilodeau said that traffic was bumper to bumper on the roadway starting around 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 6. It stayed that way, she said, until 9:30 that night. Ms. Bilodeau said it was a similar situation on Sunday, July 7, with a lot of people coming to the Cape, but not many stopping at their establishment.
“More people were coming in for the bathroom than for food,” she said. “It was a very challenging weekend.”
She said that last weekend’s traffic was much more intense than what it had been over the Memorial Day weekend. She also lent her voice to the call for replacement of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges as solutions to the Cape’s traffic turmoil.
“We need those new bridges!” she exclaimed.
It was a somewhat different story for East Wind Lobster and Grille at the west end of Main Street in Buzzards Bay by the Cohasset Narrows Bridge. Owner Jean M. Lanahan said that business over the holiday was “pretty insane, but a good insane.”
“We’ve been here for 28 years,” she said, “and it was definitely the busiest we’ve been in all that time.”
Ms. Lanahan said the fact that the holiday fell on a Thursday contributed to the large number of visitors to the region. She said that East Wind Lobster sold more lobster rolls and more fried clams than ever before.
“There was much more traffic, and it was every day,” she said. “Every day was a Saturday. Let’s hope it continues.”
Golfers flocked to Brookside Golf Course over the holiday weekend. Gary R. Chevalier, assistant pro at the course, said it was “very busy,” with the course filling every available tee time from Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7.
Mr. Chevalier said the earliest tee time on the weekends is at 6:30 AM and the last is 5 PM. Each day, a total of 180 golfers filled the course, with a new group going off the first tee every nine minutes. The average round, he said, took about four and a half hours.
“We’re very efficient here,” he said.
Attendance at the town’s beaches over the holiday weekend kept the Bourne Police Department busy. On the Fourth of July, police wrote parking tickets for 12 cars parked illegally without a beach sticker on Emmons Road at Monument Beach.
Police wrote an additional eight tickets for cars without beach stickers on Circuit Avenue by the beach at Hen Cove, and seven tickets for cars on Samoset Road near Sagamore Beach for the same reason. The following day, six cars were tagged for having no beach sticker, illegally parked on Cherry Street near Queen Sewell Pond in Buzzards Bay.
Police also cited a number of drivers trying to circumvent heavy traffic on town roadways. Eight people received citations for making an illegal right turn at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Church Lane, as drivers tried to bypass gridlocked traffic accessing the Sagamore Bridge.
Irene P. Carbone owns the Bay Motor Inn on Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Ms. Carbone said the inn is annually booked the weekend of the Fourth, so this year was comparable to previous years. She added, however, that there has been an unexpected increase in people calling to make reservations for the coming weeks.
“My phone has been ringing off the hook today,” she said yesterday on Thursday, July 11.
Ms. Carbone said that much of the Bay Motor Inn’s clientele are people who like to fish the Cape Cod Canal. One of those fishermen, she said, has been talking up the inn and “sending us business left and right,” she said.
“It certainly looks promising for the rest of the summer,” she said.