Residents are putting the long brutal winter in their rear view windows and looking ahead to summer as they snap up beach stickers at a record pace that outstrips a year ago.
The early-bird deadline for discount over-sand beach permits is Friday, May 1. With the discount, resident over-sand permits are priced at $160. On Friday, they will cost $180. Non-resident stickers are currently $295 and will increase to $325. Stickers can be purchased online or at the town hall.
at their meeting Monday night, the Board of Selectmen reviewed a spreadsheet prepared by Duxbury Finance Director John Madden that compared stickers sales as of April 24, 2015 to those of May 24, 2014. Selectmen noted that so far this year, over 1,500 more beach stickers in all categories have been sold than were purchased at the end of May last year.
Residents have bought 2,358 over-sand beach stickers, which is 922 more than last year. This is a 64 percent increase.
Non-resident over-sand sticker sales show an nine percent increase. This category currently totals 1,586 sticker sold as compared to 1,454 last year. “A 60 percent increase in resident stickers – that’s astronomical,” said Selectman Shawn Dahlen. Resident parking lot and senior citizen over-sand and parking lot sticker sales also show an uptick. Parking lot permit sales have increased by 41 percent for a current total of 551. Over 200 more senior parking lot stickers, a 33 percent increase, and 105 more senior over-sand permits, a 31 percent increase, have been sold as compared to last May. These total 812 and 442 respectively.
Higher sticker sales mean more revenue for the town. The April figures show an additional $192,795 coming into the town from permit sales. The current revenue total is $916,040. Last May, that figure was $723,245.
Town Manager RenRead said there are currently 13 pairs of piping plovers, an endangered shore bird that nests annually on Duxbury beach and can cause beach closures to ensure their safety. The birds have built three nests, but the beach is open, he said.
‘A 60 percent increase in resident stickers – that’s astronomical,’ said Selectman Shawn Dahlen.