The Beach Committee announced at their April 18th meeting that the British Beer Company will donate enough money to cover half the cost of paying for two attendants at the Heights Beach Parking Lot for the 2012 summer season. The rules will remain the same as last year: the attendants will notify parkers that the lot will close at 10:00 pm, that there will be a half-hour grace period before they will lock the gate at 10:30 pm, and that remaining vehicles will be ticketed thereafter. (The lot will remain open on July 4th as an exception).
The Beach Committee is committed to finding the rest of the funds needed.
Having attendants during the 2011 season was a great success, with much reduced noise, litter and vandalism.
In 2003, the owner of the Casino donated $100,000 to the town per the Falmouth Enterprise “for payment so that the Casino Wharf FX could run a sewer pipe from it property on Grand Avenue to a lot a few hundred yards away on Central Park Avenue”. The money was intended to pay for “enhancements” to the neighborhood and there was consideration given to building permanent toilet facilities in the area. However, the bathrooms were not built, and for 9 years the $100,000 has been sitting in the bank. Now, Selectman Braga and Town Manager Julian Suso have asked Town counsel Frank Duffy to review the original agreement to see if the money can be spent on another purpose, such as beach nourishment or to install a handicapped ramp.
*See Falmouth Enterprise, Friday, April 27, 2012, page 7, Beach Committee Notes.