All of Norton Point Beach, on the Edgartown side, has been reopened for oversand vehicle access, The Trustees of Reservations announced Saturday. The piping plover chicks which had been using the eastern end of the beach for feeding have successfully fledged, so under state shorebird guidelines vehicle access is allowed again to this beach.
The Edgartown side of Norton Point Beach stretches for two miles from Left Fork to the Breach in Norton Point.
Swimming in the breach on either the Chappaquiddick or Edgartown side remains strictly prohibited.
The Trustees statement thanked visitors and the community for their patience while these rare shorebirds successfully raised their young.
Piping plover chicks are currently found at Leland Beach and at the Elbow on Chappaquiddick Island. Vehicle restrictions remain in place at both locations.