Update--July 3: At first I fully supported the DCR plan for the Round Cove Rd. parking areas. That plan called for repairing the erosion above the beach, plus closing the road at the four corners to public vehicles (pedestrian access would still be encouraged).
The reason for my support was that I didn't see how the erosion could be stopped (this season, before the big restoration could begin) without reducing the number of people entering from Round Cove Rd.
However, on talking to some families at Hawksnest, I realized that cutting off vehicular access would be a hardship for families with children, and others coming for a quick swim.
So I came up with a simple plan for stopping the erosion now--a stopgap until the big State plan can be implemented. If this plan is successful--if people stay off the restored areas--then Round Cove Rd. can remain open this summer.
The DCR plan for Round Cove Rd was recently withdrawn, in response to concerns from the Harwich Conservation Commission that
- not enough time had been given for public comment, and
- complete closure of Round Cove Rd by woody debris was undesirable.*
The plan called for a gate near the four corners, improvement of the road by grading, and provision for informal parking just outside the gate. Pedestrian access will be encouraged.