Rocks, Tar, And Less Sand Cause Bates Beachgoers To Move Farther West
September 3, 2022 - Because there has been so much sand erosion at the place our clothing-optional area begins, many are moving farther west, about 50 yards or so to use a smoother stretch of sand with no rocks.
The lack of a large winter storm last year caused the ocean currents to shift slightly and so there was less sand deposited onto the beach this spring. People have remarked that Bates has been considerably narrower than in previous years and this lack of sand has exposed many rocks that usually stay buried beneath. A few beachgoers have complained of stubbed toes and even a cut or two trying to enjoy our normal place near the concrete rockslide.
A few people have also complained of tar balls in the sand and sticking to their feet while walking. This is also unusual for Bates as the current from the natural seepage up the coast near the State Beach has come onshore at Bates instead of being carried out to sea. (No, this is not oil from the decommissioned oil platforms a mile offshore).
FOBB is recommending everyone move farther west for the next few weeks or until we see a change back to the winter currents that will deposit more sand and solve the problem naturally.
[Note: To remove the tar, some people mix a baking soda paste while others use nail polish remover or WD-40. Goo Gone, a solvent available at most drug stores, also works. One FOBB members always wears an old pair of socks while near the waterline.]