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Longshore, Beach Lots May Open May 15

As the weather turns — in fits and starts — toward spring, outdoor recreation may be just the thing to cure cabin fever.

Town officials hope to open both the Longshore golf course and Compo Beach parking lots on May 15.

Golfers will face tight restrictions. For example, carts will not be permitted. The driving range, pro shop and halfway house will remain closed. Porta-potties will be on site.

This may be more than a pretty sight soon. It will once again be an open golf course — with restrictions. (Photo/Tom Cook)

Parking at Compo and Burying Hill beaches will be limited to 50% capacity. Emblems will be available for Westport and Weston residents only. No daily parking will be available.

The Soundview and Compo Beach lots will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Boat slip and dry stall holders must have a special parking pass, along with their emblem, but will not count toward the 50% capacity. Restrooms will remain closed, but porta-potties will be available.

Grills and tables will not be available.

A familiar scene may return — in limited form — soon. (Photos/Larry Untermeyer)

Parking at Burying Hill is anticipated to open Memorial Day weekend, and will also require a valid 2020 Westport or Weston beach emblem.

Beach emblem parking restrictions and regulations at Longshore Club Park will take effect May 15. The Old Mill lot remains open for residents of Old Mill and Compo Mill Cove only.

The Parks and Recreation office remains closed to the public. All beach emblems must be purchased online (click here). For more information, call 203-341-5152.

Parks & Recreation Department director Jennifer Fava noted that all opening dates and details may be modified, if circumstances to change.

If guidelines are not followed, officials “may make changes as appropriate, such as in capacity or whether to keep facilities open altogether.”

First Selectman Jim Marpe adds, “Compo Beach and Longshore are clearly Westport’s most popular outdoor destinations. We are doing everything we can to safely open them for at least limited use.

“We will continue to work toward opening other sports and recreation facilities, but will do so cautiously so as not to undo our efforts to combat the virus.

“We understand the desire for our residents to get back to some normalcy, especially as the weather gets warmer. In order to relax our restrictions, we need the cooperation of everyone to adhere to the guidelines so that we can keep facilities open.”

Burying Hill Beach opens Memorial Day weekend. (Photo/Yvonne O’Kane)

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“The other day, we had the most perfect barrel waves at Burying Hill that I have seen since moving here nearly 7 years ago, and visiting the beach nearly every day,” says Nico Eisenberger. “The water was glassy and clean. The light was dramatic. The peel was perfect — if you were a 6-inch surfer.”

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Compo Beach jetty in today’s storm … (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and moonrise yesterday at Burying Hill Beach (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

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David Squires’ quick walk to his mailbox yesterday turned into a leisurely stroll to the Greens Farms train station and post office, via Burying Hill Beach.

“Spring is busting out all over,” he says. “Stop and smell the pansies!”

(Photos/David Squires)

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Burying Hill Beach on Sunday (Photo/Jean Pitaro)

Town Closes Beach Playground, Parking Lot

First selectman Jim Marpe says:

First of all, thank you to all our Westport residents for your cooperation during these unprecedented times.

Many of you have self-isolated in order to flatten the curve and curb the spread of COVID-19. I appreciate your actions.

Unfortunately, we believe you will need to do even more for the foreseeable future. Given the early spring-like weather, many of you have taken advantage of our beautiful Compo Beach and have congregated there.

We must remind you that congregating, even outdoors, in small or large groups, is contradictory to the advice of our Health Department leadership.

As a practical matter, we cannot close the entire access to Compo Beach.  However, we will be closing the playground at Compo Beach and the parking lots at Compo Beach and Burying Hill beach until further notice.

Whether you are using the beaches or just trying to get out of the house for a while, please do everything you can to practice social distancing and self-isolation.

Together we can minimize the impact of this terrible virus on our community. We have to work together and use common sense. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these difficult times.

You can still go to Compo Beach. But the playground and parking lot are closed. (Photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

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Beaches and water in winter, by drone — thank you, Brandon Malin!

Cockenoe Island

Compo Beach

Old Mill Beach and Compo Cove

Burying Hill Beach (Drone photos/Brandon Malin)

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The east end of Burying Hill Beach … (Photo/Dave Wilson)

… another view of Burying Hill … (Photo/Dave Wilson)

… and a third. (Photo/Shandley McMurray)

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First sunset of winter: Last night at Burying Hill Beach (Photo/Lucy Zeko)

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Burying Hill Beach (Photo/Marta Campbell)