As of June 26, there were 26 nesting pairs of piping plover and restrictions are now in place, according to the Town of Duxbury Web site.
With restrictions in place on areas of the off-road vehicle (ORV) corridor at the first and second crossovers, bayside areas and pedestrian beaches, the town is taking steps to protect the endangered species while still allowing beach access to residents and sticker holders.
Areas that are restricted to vehicles and pedestrians are fenced off with orange string and posts, as has been done in the past. These areas also have “Area Closed” signage.
The maximum 500-vehicle count has been reduced, as the affected ORV corridor is restricted due to unfledged piping plover chicks. Off road vehicles will now be limited to 350 total vehicles. Daytime limitations are 175 resident and 175 non-resident. After 8 p.m., night time ORV limits will be approximately 80 resident and 80 non-resident vehicles.
If any nests hatch within the ORV area, access will be further restricted, as mandated by state and federal law. Typically, non-resident access has been limited between 9 and 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Due to limitations and an anticipated higher demand for access on the Fourth of July weekend, earlier arrival times by beach goers may help to ensure access (before 9 a.m.).