It has been a harsh fall and winter for the Cape Charles beach. Several heavy storms have eaten away, and left tiny slivers around the parabolas created by the rocks.
When we talk about Cape Charles beach management, what we really mean is that the town basically does nothing. Since the channel dredging, the town has literally sat back and watched its prize asset dwindle away while pumping millions into the black hole of the harbor, and thousands more on sleazy downtown businesses.
Public Works Director John Lockwood, the only real ally the beach has on the town staff, has finally taken some action to move some of the sand from dunes, and from the shallow part of the shoreline. Just glancing, it appears the public works crew has doubled the available part of the beach.
Tensions between Lockwood and dubious members of the Wetlands and Dune Board have run high regarding the beach. Lockwood told the Mirror, “Look, the beach is the top of the crown, it is the reason people come here. I tell my crew, that for the people that live here, and those that visit, when we do maintenance on the beach, do it in way, a professional way, that makes it look like we care about it, and care about what we are doing.”
The Wetland and Dune Board created a beach management plan two years ago, however, critics have noted that it is really Dune and shoreline management plan. In the past few years, that plan has worked, as the dunes got bigger, the shoreline closer, and the beach much smaller.
Whether or not Cape Charles will be allowed to have a summer season is still to be determined, and having more sand on the beach could be a moot point.