South Shore beach “jamming” says beach official

Nine-year-old Quinn Morgan of Tiverton is all smiles as she catches a ride on her boogie board  at South Shore Beach during the recent heat wave. Nine-year-old Quinn Morgan of Tiverton is all smiles as she catches a ride on her boogie board at South Shore Beach during the recent heat wave.

Nine-year-old Quinn Morgan of Tiverton is all smiles as she catches a ride on her boogie board  at South Shore Beach during the recent heat wave.

Nine-year-old Quinn Morgan of Tiverton is all smiles as she catches a ride on her boogie board at South Shore Beach during the recent heat wave.

LITTLE COMPTON — Recent hot weather has driven visitors to  Shore Shore Beach here in numbers that has Chairman of the Beach Commission searching for ways to describe it.

“This place is jamming all the time,” he said last week. “Every day’s a beach day.”

It’s about the mid-season point. The beach opened Memorial Day weekend and closes after Labor Day.

“We’ve had a few weekends already over capacity, where by 10 or 11 in the morning we have to turn cars away.”

He estimates there’s parking for 200 cars in the lot at the beach. When capacity is reached, he said, beach staff put a sign saying so about a mile up the road near the South Shore and Shaw Road intersection.

“You feel bad if someone’s made a pilgrimage to get to the beach and you can’t get them in,” he said. He offered hope, however: turnover is such that people leave regularly, he said, opening up spaces, so the wait usually isn’t long.

About species other than humans at the beach third summer, Mr. Griffin said, “there’ve been no shark sightings this year. though last year we had a great white, but it was over the line in Westport.”

He said, “we’ve had only a few jellyfish so far, and no turtles yet. Every couple of years we get a big turtle coming in,” he said.

What about the bugs (crustacean isopods) that other beaches are experiencing, he was asked. “No bugs. I guess we’ve been lucky,” he said.

For Little Compton residents, parking at the beach is free all days of the week. For non-residents, parking costs $12 weekdays and $15 on weekends.

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