The report says, "Entry to most beaches is dependent on personal wealth, your home zip code and a shrinking allotment of 'visitor' parking spaces clustered far from the water, and a system of parking restrictions aimed at out-of-towners."
The report says it's also a problem of "climate change" and an "issue of racial equity."
Boston Magazine says, "In every other coastal state except Maine, Delaware, and Virginia, private property ends at the high tide mark." In some states like Texas, "private property ends even earlier, at the vegetation line before the sand."
Both publications report unsuccessful attempts to remedy the situation in a way that would provide greater access to the shoreline to the nearly seven million people who live in Massachusetts.
Even in areas such as New Bedford and the Horseneck Beach State Reservation, where the shoreline is accessible to all, parking fees can make it prohibitive for some.
Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.
LOOK: Here are the best lake towns to live in
Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.
LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state
Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.