Massachusetts town considering fine for taking seashells from beach

Officials in a Massachusetts town are considering issuing fines to people who steal rocks, beach grass or other items from town beaches, Town Administrator Timothy King said.

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At Monday's meeting of the Westport Board of Selectmen, Beach Committee members Tim St. Michel and Sean Leach pitched the idea of a bylaw that would fine offenders $250.

The bylaw would not apply to young children who take home a seashell or a rock or two.

Leach said when he visits East Beach, he sees landscapers and others loading up barrels with beach rocks.

Selectman Brian Valcourt questioned if the $250 fine is enough and suggested the Beach Committee look into a progressive fee schedule for multiple offenses.

Selectmen approved placing an article on the Town Meeting agenda in May.

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