GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 23, 2019) – With the unofficial start of summer set for this weekend Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken reminds residents and visitors of Gloucester’s important beach rules and regulations.
Mayor Romeo Theken said, “We are looking forward to another great beach season here in Gloucester. All residents and visitors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with rules, regulations, and parking information. While at the beach, please be considerate of the City’s rules & regulations, other beach goers and the environment. Have fun, be safe and enjoy!”
Carry In/Carry Out Policy
The City of Gloucester has adopted a Carry In/Carry Out policy at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches. Trash bags are available at each ticket booth and visitors should be prepared to carry out any trash when leaving the beach. Refuse should be disposed of once you get home.
Mayor Romeo Theken said, “Please help keep our beaches beautiful and follow the common and courteous practice of “Carry In/Carry Out.”
For the safety and enjoyment of others, the City’s regulations prohibit the following items and/or activities:
· Smoking or Vaping
· Flotation devices of any type
· Surf Boards
· Tents or shelters with the exception of sun shades and umbrellas
· Radios, portable stereos, so-called “boom boxes”, etc.
· Alcoholic beverages
· Bottle and glass containers
· Open fires of any type
Before entering any beach visitors should take a moment and review all signage to ensure that rules and regulations are not inadvertently violated.
Recent ordinance changes have been implemented to protect wildlife. Per the Code of Ordinances Sec. 4-2 and 4-3, enacted March 2019, no person shall disturb, harass, harbor or feed directly or indirectly gulls, waterfowls or crows on any beach or other public property. Additionally, there is an endangered/threatened wildlife buffer zone at Good Harbor Beach. This buffer zone is 50 feet around an area established designated as protected for wildlife. Prohibited activities in the buffer zone include wiffle ball, frisbee, soccer, volleyball, paddle ball, kites, inflatable balls and any other activities that involve objects that can fly or roll into the restricted area. Violations are subject to a $300 fine.
Additional items prohibited from our beaches for the health, safety, or enjoyment of our vast number of beach goers are listed in the full beach regulations, which can be found. Also, information relative to City beaches within the Code of Ordinances is available .
As a reminder, the City of Gloucester is now accepting for beach stickers for the 2019 season. The requirements and instructions for the Beach Sticker Application, as well as beach sticker costs, can be found.
Beach sticker applications are available for download on the City’s website or in-person in the Kyrouz Auditorium at Gloucester City Hall. In-person sale hours will be Monday – Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Gloucester residents with a valid vehicle registration can also purchase a temporary beach sticker (voucher) at the beach through mid-June.
Parking & Daily Parking Rates
Non-resident parking is limited at Gloucester beaches. On hot or busy days, when the beaches are at capacity, residents only (with beach stickers) will be admitted. Visitors should plan accordingly and arrive early. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and are locked at 9:00 p.m.
Just last month, City Council voted to increase parking rates for Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches.
Current rates are set at the following:
Weekends & Holiday Rates
Passenger Car, SW, mini-van, SUV
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Passenger Car, SW, mini-van, SUV
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Van (8+ Seats)
Bus (13+ Seats)
Bus (26+ Seats)
The City of Gloucester encourages all to follow @Gloubeaches on Facebook for additional beach information including notification when beaches are at capacity.
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Restrooms and showers are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Please note that if the ticket booth closes early due to inclement weather the restrooms and showers may as well. Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches are handicapped accessible.
Mayor Romeo Theken said, “The City of Gloucester looks forward to a positive interaction with you, your family and friends.”
There are Monarchs on Cape Ann, and they are laying eggs!!! Check your milkweed Friends! This is nearly a month earlier than usual.
Jane Danekis had a female several days ago in her garden on Revere Street and she deposited over 100 eggs on shoots of newly emerging milkweed.
Michele Del Vecchio saw a Monarch at Good Harbor Beach today, too!
Please let us know if you have seen a Monarch recently, and take a snapshot if you can. Thank you 🙂
Morgan Faulds Pike spotted a female Monarch nectaring on her lilacs. Photo courtesy Morgan
Congratulations to 2019 Gloucester Small Business Person Of The Year Rosaria Giambanco-Floyd, Soft Touch Hair Salon. There is no doubt she loves Cape Ann, her car sports her own Cape Ann License Plate. Order a Cape Ann License Plate today at Lovecapeann.com and show your love everywhere you go!
Brian Templeton joins the Dave Sag’s Blues Party with Billy Loosigian and Dave Mattacks and of course Dear Ol’ Dave Sag/
These guys rock the place. Hope you can make it!
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The flags are back and looking great! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.
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I apologize for not posting this earlier, but tonight at 7:00 pm at the Wang Theatre – Boch Center in Boston is an amazing (and FREE) 25th Anniversary show for Beverly’s Express Yourself.
With Blue Man Group, STOMP, The JaM Project from World of Dance, Amanda Mena from America’s Got Talent, Ten31 Productions, in the Mak’n, Boston Children’s Chorus, and Boston’s Best Musicians…..as well as 300 + of Express Yourself’s own talented youth…..this show is not to miss!
Express Yourself was founded on belief in the power of artistic expression to change lives.
In 1988, Paula Conrad – educator, choreographer, and dancer – founded Express Yourself to bring creative arts programs to youth in residential and outpatient treatment facilities. Stan Strickland – educator and award-winning musician and performer – joined her as co-executive director in 1995, and together they expanded Express Yourself into a network of professionals, affecting the lives of young people in over 50 Massachusetts cities and towns.
From the beginning, nationally recognized guest artists joined with Express Yourself to collaborate, create, and perform with program youth at our annual year-end celebration. Artists have included Blue Man Group, STOMP, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, Broadway dancers, and many others.
Over the past 25 years, we’ve developed a team of creative professionals who care deeply about our community. We know that art can heal and change lives — we see it happen every day. Our team is committed to being a positive, consistent presence in the lives of the youth we serve.
Sunny scenes from Stage Fort Park this week. I just love this park!
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