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Duxbury beachgoers angry over closure for endangered plovers

Krista Librett  told dog owner Jessica Hoguet and Karen O’Brien to keep clear of the piping plovers at Duxbury Beach on Thursday. At least 18 nests were seen on the beach as of Thursday evening.
Krista Librett told dog owner Jessica Hoguet and Karen O’Brien to keep clear of the piping plovers at Duxbury Beach on Thursday. At least 18 nests were seen on the beach as of Thursday evening. PHOTOS BY DAVID l. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

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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.

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