From South Beach grills to the Schlaet’s Point jetty, Westporters chattered all summer long about the ever-increasing crowds at — and lines of cars waiting to get into — Compo Beach.
(They also commented on the sudden invasion of circus-size tents. But that’s another story.)
Now you can do more than talk (or post on Facebook and “06880”).
Item #4 on the Parks and Recreation Commission’s Wednesday, September 13 meeting (8 p.m., Town Hall auditorium) is to “take such action as the meeting may determine relative to resident concerns regarding parking at Compo Beach (discussion only).”
Commissioners know there were several days this summer when the parking lots were temporarily closed. They recognize that Uber does a booming business dropping off large numbers of beach-goers.
They’re ready for feedback from residents, to review statistics and share preliminary thoughts.
Parks & Rec chair Charlie Haberstroh promises his commission will review “all aspects of the Compo Beach experience.” That includes:
- Operations in general, including maintenance
- Procedures for entering the beach, including processing time for daily permit buyers
- The number and cost of permits issued to all constituencies, including town residents and purchasers of out-of-town daily and seasonal passes, and Westonites
- Other issues which have been and will be raised by residents.
On October 18, Parks & Rec will listen to recommendations of the Parks & Rec Department for addressing issues raised. That meeting will also serve as a forum for additional comments from residents.
Haberstroh knows that next Wednesday is Back to School Night for all elementary schools. He encourages anyone who cannot attend Wednesday to email him (email@example.com). Comments will be read into the public record, and entered into the minutes.
This is a great chance for Westporters — on all sides of the issue — to make their voices heard.
But if you go Wednesday, be ready to sit through brief reports from the boating, golf, parks and racquets advisory committees first.