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If you've been hankering to get to Nantasket Beach, you'll probably have to get there even earlier than usual

State Police announced today that starting tomorrow, DCR is cutting the number of state-run parking spaces at Nantasket Beach by 50%.

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and then ride it to the beach

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... to go to Hull in a Nantasket.

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A cold day in Hull before there's enough parking for everyone who wants it

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So it has to be the train instead of the ferry for the weekend trips.

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absolutely take your bike to the beach - it's a better experience!

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With a lot of beaches having resident-only parking or $20+ parking, a bike has always been a good option. Kayaks are great, too, especially because you can get to less crowded beaches or islands. You can put a whole lotta stuff in a kayak.

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These days $20 parking would be a bargain. Some of Gloucester's beaches are now up to $35on weekends.

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Once they sold off and tore down Paragon Park, I lost all interest in going there.

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Did it all turn into beach parking lots, or was something else built where it used to be?

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Paragon went from the carousel south/southwest towards Cohasset whereas the beach parking lots are mostly to the north of where the park was.

https://www.enterprisenews.com/storyimage/WL/20090519/NEWS/305199535/H5/...

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n/t

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All the parking DCR lots are right up against the beach, I believe.

Paragon Park was on the other side of the main road (south and west) against the bay/harbor.

Gotta say, Hull is potentially on of the nicest pieces of real estate around, being a narrow strip of land jutting out into Boston Harbor. I've always thought that it would be great if someone actually bought the town, tore everything down, restored it and left it as a preserve.

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Nature has plans for this area, and they are kind of like yours.

Hull will be one of the first places to submerge from straight up sea level rise. If a storm or twelve takes it out or even parts of it out it will likely end up like Napatree Point in Rhode Island.

I doubt much rebuilding of areas larger than a few homes will be allowed when the carbon hits the fan. There are some higher elevations that will be islands into the 22nd Century, but Hull is fated for innundation, as is Plum Island, Humarock, and other coastal strands.

I'd love to have a coastal property for my retirement and be able to paddle on a whim, but that increasingly looks like Lake Champlain for me.

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You know like down in Newport or up on Cape Ann.

You do have $1m+ saved up for this, right?

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I’ve been down a few times this summer to Nantasket. It seemed like the DCR lots on the beach were already operating at a reduced capacity. Maybe not 50%, but there were definitely open spaces and the lots were closed to new arrivals.

That’s already a tough place to get a parking spot at on a weekend morning. This will make that tougher. With Nahant operating at reduced capacity as well, DCR beaches are a tough visit this summer!

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Well, you wouldn't be able to get into a DCR parking lot after 9 am on a regular summer weekend, but the private $20 lots would still have plenty of spots open. Are those being limited as well?
My family decided we don't want to deal with that parking situation and the crowds during the pandemic, so we've been driving to the Cape all summer long (including a week of vacationing there). Only about half an hour longer of a drive but much better/less crowded beaches, though parking is still somewhat tough, but the cutoff point has been 10, 10:30am.

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They quietly raised the parking fee for out-of-state plates to $40.

I've never heard of a state park charging this much for *anyone*. I really hope it's at least a temporary COVID thing.

Besides the obvious xenophobia, this is also a slap in the face for MA residents without cars, who might want to go to the beach using a rental car, or with friends or family from out-of-state. (Let's assume they're from a safe state, such as New York, like most people not born here).

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