Permits are not required for the remainder of the 2020 beach season beginning Monday, September 7/Labor Day.
The Town of Brewster has been proactive in modifying our beach and shellfish permit programs for the 2020 Summer in order to continue to provide access to our beaches while ensuring the safety of our residents, visitors, and employees. Further, the Town reserves the right to impose additional restrictions on non-resident beach parking depending on the latest public health data and/or state guidance. Over the past month, at the recommendation of Town Administration, the Select Board has approved the following adjustments to how beach parking will be handled this year:
- Resident Beach Parking Permits issued in 2019 are now valid until June 30, 2020. These typically would have expired in September 2019.
- Resident Recreational Shellfish Permits issued in 2019 are now valid until June 30, 2020. These typically would have expired in December 2019. Non-Resident Recreational Shellfish Permits will not be issued this summer.
- Annual Resident Recycling Center & Beach Parking Permits and Resident Recreational Shellfish Permits will be issued starting June 1. These will be available via the mail-in program and online purchasing options only. There will be no in-person sales of permits in Town Hall this year.
- We are also pleased to announce that Seasonal and Daily Non-Resident Beach Parking Permits, which are available online only this year by visiting http://stickers.brewster-ma.gov, are paperless. Visitors looking to enjoy our beaches do not need to print hard copies of their Day Permit, as enforcement will be conducted using license plate reader technology. Day Permits can be purchased the day of, or in advance of, your visit. Weekly Non-Resident Beach Parking Permits are not available this summer. Daily and Seasonal visitor passes are non-refundable.
- Beach parking permit enforcement is in effect June 15 through September 6, 2020, from 9am to 4pm daily. Vehicles parked without a permit will be fined $40.00. This is strictly enforced by the Brewster Police Department. Shellfish permit enforcement will continue in a manner consistent with current state directives.
The Town may further modify the Beach Parking Permit program this summer as necessary.
Any further changes to permit sale policies or procedures for this summer will be posted on the Town’s homepage. Please email email@example.com or call 508-896-3701 extension 1651 if you have any questions.
Beaches close at 10pm. Cookouts on beaches are allowed only on private beaches and only with permits issued by the Brewster Fire Department. No fires are allowed on town or state public beaches. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on public beaches, tidal flats, landings, and public ponds between the dates of May 15th and September 15th.
Non-Resident Recreational Shellfish Permits will not be issued this summer (with the exception of Massachusetts Veteran shellfish permits).
Smoking is prohibited on all Town owned beaches and ponds
A permit does not guarantee a parking place at any of the beaches. We have limited parking at the Town beaches. You must have a permit when parked at the beaches, but actual parking is on a first come basis. There is a $40.00 fine for all parking violations, including parking at a beach without a valid permit. There are signs at beach parking lots indicating that a Beach Parking Permit is required.
Residents: $25 each per vehicle for first two permits, $40 per vehicle for additional permits. Residents must provide auto registration and proof of residence--see full regulations
Non-Residents: $20/day, $150/season.
Public beaches on Cape Cod Bay, starting from the east end of town are: Crosby Landing, Linnell Landing, Ellis Landing, Point of Rocks Landing, Spruce Hill, Breakwater Beach, Breakwater Landing, Saint's Landing, Mant's Landing (Robbins Hill Beach), and Paines Creek Beach.
There Are No Lifeguards at Bay Beaches
Portable toilets are provided at Paines Creek, Point of Rocks, Mant's (Robbins Hill), Saints, Ellis, Linnell, Breakwater Beach, and Crosby from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend.
Long Pond Beach is accessible from Crowell's Bog Road, off Route 124. Lifeguard on duty from July 4th weekend to Labor Day Weekend, seven days a week, from 9am to 4pm. Portable toilets are available. Sheep Pond, accessible from Fisherman's Landing, and Upper Mill Pond, accessible from Run Hill Road, have no lifeguards, but portable toilets are available.
Modifications to Freshwater Beach Parking at Long Pond and Sheep Pond
In an effort to maintain access to freshwater swimming beaches while meeting current minimum state requirements for social distancing, the Town has reduced the number of parking spaces at two freshwater ponds.
At Long Pond beach off Crowells Bog Road, the back half of the lot has been blocked off. The boat ramp remains open and parking is available for vehicles with trailers across the road from the beach.
At Sheep Pond beach at Fishermans Landing, half of the parking area directly adjacent to the beach has been blocked off. The boat ramp and parking for vehicles with trailers and fishermen remain open for use.
These parking modifications are consistent with the comprehensive Beach Access Plan initially approved by the Select Board in April 2020 and as recently revised. This plan may be revisited in the future depending on the latest state guidance and local circumstances.