Restore and maintain the public beaches of Oak Bluffs

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We, the signers of this petition, urge the town of Oak Bluffs to purchase a beach rake, costing $40,052, at the town meeting on April 12, 2016 for the purpose of restoring and maintaining the public beaches.

The Oak Bluffs public bathing beaches attract thousands of visitors and are vital to our economy. They are essential to those of us who live, summer, and visit here. The amazing beauty of the beaches is matched by their social and historic value; they are an extension of the Oak Bluffs friendly front-porch culture.

In the past decade, the Oak Bluffs beaches have deteriorated to an alarming extent due to inferior dredge spoils placed on the beaches. Some spoils contained toxic and disgusting material and had to be removed. Other spoils contained dangerous objects including broken bottles, corroded beer cans and rusted iron rebar. Last year, spoils were placed so thoughtlessly that it became impossible for small children, the elderly and the disabled to get to the water in some spots.  

Since our beaches have been damaged, it is necessary and crucial to first restore them and then to protect, nourish and maintain them in the future. 

The signers of this petition believe the most effective way to undo the harm to our beaches and to maintain their beauty and recreational use in the future is to purchase a beach rake.

Beach rakes are used by Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, Harwich, Provincetown, Chatham, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Dennis and Nantucket to maintain their beaches and are allowed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In fact, years ago, Oak Bluffs owned a beach rake: the Pinkletink.

It is time for Oak Bluffs to invest in its most vital economic and natural resource:

Purchase the beach rake.

Restore our public beaches.

(Note to signers: Please use the comment section to indicate your relationship(s) to Oak Bluffs in addition to your own comments.) Suggested relationship: 

  • Oak Bluffs Resident
  • Island Resident - Other Town
  • Summer Resident
  • Oak Bluffs Taxpayer
  • Island Visitor/Tourist
  • etc.

For more information go to:

Oak Bluffs' Citizens Beach Committee Facebook Page

For more beach rake information:


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