wind-whipped sand on Good Harbor Beach

March 2, 2021 coming in chilly and v. windy

Low tide- frozen estuary slush patches by the Good Harbor Beach footbridge



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Long Beach seawall to be replaced #RockportMA in the news

Michael Cronin piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times, “Long Beach seawall to be replaced: Rockport must pay 25% of $2.6M Long Beach project”- here

ROCKPORT — Work to replace more than 400 feet of Long Beach’s dilapidated seawall is expected to start next year.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last month it will cover 75% of the project’s estimated $2,580,000 cost through Public Assistance Program funding via the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency “to reconstruct a seawall, revetment, and beach access stairs.” 

“The 25% matching funds will need to be approved at Town Meeting,” said Rockport Public Works Director Joe Parisi. “It will be included in an article at this spring’s Town Meeting.”

From there, the town will pursue hiring a construction company to do the work. Parisi said design and permitting would begin this year and construction will most likely start in 2022.

Michael Cronin reporting for Gloucester Daily Times 2/1/2021


photos below – looking back – selection Long Beach seawall maintenance series, c. ryan

photo: Feb. 1, 2021- sand covers rip rap come summer

Sand Streak- Oct. 29, 2019

cute little digger racing the tide- see BEAT THE CLOCK | ADDING SAND TO SHORE UP LONG BEACH AND SEAWALL posted on  

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The sand came by rail from NH then by truck (carted by Bentley Warren trucking, Ipswich). The staging was from the Gloucester edge.

November 2019

2020 June

I find the annual sand migration on Long Beach a fascinating natural mystery. It’s dramatic every year. 

July 14, 2017 GMG post