Could the Summer of 2024 be Ruined for Westport Beachgoers?

On December 19th, 2023, Westport's shorelines faced the wrath of a severe storm, rendering nearby roadways impassable. East Beach bore the scars of what seemed like a meteor shower hitting the roadways. Rocks and debris littered the coast, and it wasn't until New Year's Day that I realized the extent of the damage at Horseneck Beach.

Unless you have thick-bottomed water shoes or avoid the water altogether, the shores of Horseneck Beach are in disarray.

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It's the worst I've ever seen. While I understand that Horseneck is typically rocky, the storm surge added tons of softball-sized rocks, creating heaps and hills along the beach, hindering a casual walk down to the water.

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A group of friends and I were gearing up for another year of polar plunging, and normally, I would go barefoot. However, instinct told me to grab my water shoes before leaving the house.

Boy, am I glad I did.

Unless you're a Westport resident with a pass for Cherry and Webb Beach (Horseneck's neighbor), you're left navigating rocks and swimming through seaweed during the red tide months. Keep in mind that you're already paying $15 per day to visit Horseneck Beach, not to mention $40 if you're visiting from out of state (yes, Rhode Island, I'm looking at you), just to find a non-rocky spot by the shore.

I hate to complain, but when beach business is down and the state wonders why, maybe it's because people are frustrated with a beach overrun by foot-punishing stones. Perhaps then, and only then, will change come to Horseneck.

End of rant.

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