Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Game Over Unless Access and Parking Improve

Lot at Matunuck filled with sand.  Untouched by state.
Galilee parking lot closed yesterday but perfectly clear.
As of right now, don't waste your time and gas heading to the south shore to fish.  You'll be very frustrated with closed roads, access and parking problems, all of which have not been straightened out since the hurricane.  It's been a very slow response to get the beachfront parking areas open.  Much of it is due to incompetence and ineptitude on the state's part I believe.  For instance, some of the parking lots are still closed though they are completely clear.  This was the case with Galilee.  It was perfectly clean yesterday, though closed off with cones and caution tape.  Near the beach a few guys were shoveling sand off the stairs.  So, why the need to close the entire state parking lot?  At East Matunuck State Beach, crews were also working.  The road in was clear and half the parking lot was clear, so why was it all closed off.  Duh, open up the area that is clean and then clear the rest.  As for Charlestown, I called the police there today.  They said Charlestown Beach Road was open but they warned, "you will probably get a flat due to all the debris in the road." Well, get someone out there and clear the dam road!  They didn't know if the breachway state parking area was clear. And, at Matunuck, the state lot at Deep Hole was basically impassible due to sand unless you have a 4x4 vehicle.  This is a small lot that could be easily cleared in an hour with a bulldozer or plowing truck.  Yet, it is not getting done.  So, if you can't park and can't find a way to get into these areas along the south shore, you certainly can't fish.  It's game over unless things improve mighty quickly.