Beach Access Closed at Jefferson Avenue

The Town of Cape Charles has closed the Jefferson Avenue beach access using erosion fence and burlap. This is the worst area where sand blows onto Bay Avenue. There is very little beach to sidewalk ratio in this area and no grass to help hold the sand. The new fence will help build up the sand in this area. A temporary wooden post will also be installed with safety rope fencing along the edge of the sidewalk due to the drop-off in this area. While this entrance is closed, the Public Works crew will be constructing wooden steps with a railing to be installed from the sidewalk to the beach. The maintenance entrance is close by and all other beach access points will remain open.



3 Responses to “Beach Access Closed at Jefferson Avenue”

  1. David Gay on November 3rd, 2014 8:00 am

    Good move! The town is vulnerable to erosion from winter storms in this stretch of Bay Ave. Hope we can get some dunes started and grass planted in the spring.

  2. Kearn Schemm on November 3rd, 2014 9:20 am

    We need new dunes in the Jefferson Avenue area. We need lots of new grasses on the dunes and some pines to help control the erosion. For those who fear loss of their view, loss of their yard and house would be a lot worse.

  3. Wayne Creed on November 3rd, 2014 12:35 pm

    This is a lingering problem that the Town has been working very had to address for a few years now (Russ Dunton of the Wetlands Board is really the expert there, and can speak more to this than I can). The dunes have been growing, and our older, more mature ones are quite impressive (many other beaches would love to have them). Unfortunately, you can’t really build a dune, but you have to grow them, and that is a fairly slow and tedious process, and is always subject to the whims of the wind, water and sky.