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DUXBURY -- Starting Friday night, scores of people who bought permits enabling them to drive onto Duxbury Beach will be barred from doing so until possibly July 15, because a flock of endangered shorebirds called piping plovers is nesting during the next few weeks.
Duxbury residents will still be able to use a locals-only parking lot and walk to sections of the beach. But residents and non-residents who paid $160 and $290, respectively, for a pass to park on the beach will be out luck — and they are fuming. Some are seeking refunds.
More than 4,800 people have joined a Facebook group demanding city officials explain the closures.
Selectman Shawn Dahlen said it is Duxbury’s duty to implement state regulations regarding endangered species.