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New ordinance in place as town beaches open

June 27, 2020
WOLFEBORO — Wolfeboro's town beaches will be open and staffed as of June 27, if all goes according to plan. The much discussed new beach ordinance is in place as of the last Board of Selectmen's meeting, and beach parking passes, required at Albee and Carry Beaches, are available for taxpayers at the Pop Whalen Ice & Arts Center (see Parks & Recreation Facebook page for dates, times, and qualifying information).

A valid Wolfeboro Solid Waste sticker is also acceptable for parking.

Two petitioned warrant articles on the ballot last March involving restrictions on out of town visitors to Albee and Carry Beaches passed with strong support from the voting public. The Albee Beach article, the more inclusionary of the two, made room for guests of lodging establishments. The Carry Beach warrant article restricted use of that beach on Forest Road to residents, their families and guests.

The board amended the Carry Beach article's wording on June 17 in a 3-2 vote (Bowers, Murray, and O'Brien in favor, Harriman and Senecal opposed) to match the Albee Beach proposal. The result is that residents, taxpayers and their families and guests may use the beaches along with overnight lodgers. That includes campers, renters, and hotel and motel guests. Residents of other towns will no longer have access to those two beaches, but Brewster Beach remains open to all on a first come, first served basis.

A note on the latest advisory of high levels of Ecoli bacteria detected in the water by Brewster Beach: the state is no longer testing Wolfeboro's beaches monthly due to a budget crunch attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the town of Wolfeboro has taken up that task following the same protocols. Check the town Web site or the Parks & Rec. Facebook page for updates on whether the advisory is still in effect.

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