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Bethel Beach vandalized by vehicle

A wide swath of the Bethel Beach Natural Preserve Area at Onemo was torn up by what appears to have been an All-Terrain Vehicle driving on it sometime Sunday night/early Monday morning, according to Steve Pope.

Pope, Public Access Technician with the Natural Heritage Division of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, said the illegal activity took place sometime after 8:40 p.m. Sunday and the following morning.

On Monday morning, Pope said, “I discovered the tracks of a narrow wheel-based vehicle that circumvented the concrete barriers that have been emplaced at the entrance of Bethel Beach to prevent vehicular access onto the beach.

“The tracks indicate a narrow wheel-based vehicle went around the south end of the barriers, with one side of the vehicle pushing through a ditch and marshy terrain,” he added. “The vehicle then continued onto the beach, making tracks toward the north boundary, and south to the end of the sand spit, across from the ...

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