Out-of-towners flock to beaches, parks on Kent Island

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 01, 2020

Because of this pandemic many people have ventured outside to local community parks, a lot of them have come from out of town and that has created some problems.

Matapeake Beach, Terrapin Nature Park and Ferry Point are three small open space parks on Kent Island. Many locals don't even know about these nature areas. Now as other beeches are closed in our state, people have flocked to Kent Island in numbers never seen before.

On any given day you will find just a handful of people at these parks but last weekend, there were more than 2,000 people at Terrapin Nature Park. The parking lot can barely hold 40 cars.

Phil Dumenil is one of the county commissioners and says public safety for county residents is their number one concern.

"It's just not set up for that kind of capacity of people using our beaches and things have gotten out of hand. It's not healthy, it's not safe. We've got visitors from Virginia and DC."

The county will enforce the new regulations throughout the holiday weekend and after this week they will enforce them just on the weekends.