Beach Closings Lead to Rising Tensions
Sara Brown
After a summer of tension over beach closures to vehicles to protect nesting shorebirds, Vineyard fishermen weighed in with concerns.
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Norton Point Reopens to Oversand Traffic
Sara Brown

Norton Point has reopened to over-sand vehicle traffic after several weeks of closures during peak shorebird rearing season.

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Dead Whale Washes Up at South Beach
Sara Brown

Norton Point will be closed to swimmers and vehicle traffic Wednesday to accommodate efforts to remove a dead fin whale.

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Norton Point Reopens After Dead Whale Taken to Sea
Sara Brown

Norton Point was reopened Wednesday morning after a dead fin whale was towed out to sea.

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Rebounding Shorebirds Flock to Sandy Expanse at Norton Point
Alex Elvin

The sky above Norton Point Beach was swarming with terns on a cloudy day this week, as tiny chicks — newly hatched and full of life — raced around on the sand below.

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Short-Lived Breach at Norton Point Closes
Tom Dunlop

The recent opening on Chappaquiddick appears to have closed again. On Saturday afternoon Edgartown artist Dana Gaines photographed the barrier beach — dry and dotted with surfcasters.

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Norton Point Open Again to Oversand Vehicles
Sara Brown

With the Norton Point breach now closed, vehicle traffic is again allowed on the barrier beach connecting Edgartown and Chappaquiddick.

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Norton Point Breach Closing Benefits Birds, Shellfish
Alex Elvin

The closure of the Norton Point breach on Chappaquiddick after eight years will likely benefit oyster farms and shorebirds in one of the Island’s most pristine natural environments, several experts said this week.

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Land Meets Land; Norton Point Breach Closes
Sara Brown

As of early in the morning on April 2, Chappaquiddick was no longer an island completely separated from Martha’s Vineyard. Nearly eight years after a northeaster cut a breach in the three-mile barrier beach that connects Edgartown with the smaller island, the Norton Point breach had closed.

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Norton Point Breach Nears End Point
Tom Dunlop

The blizzard of 2015 spared Norton Point, the long barrier beach that is about to reconnect Chappaquiddick to the rest of the Vineyard, from further breaching. Chris Kennedy, superintendent for The Trustees of Reservations, reported Thursday that the breach remained as it was before the storm.

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