The state inventoried public access to beaches in 1990 — and has never tried to do it again.
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New coastal development and higher temperatures mean more people are vying for a spot along the nation's beaches, just as coastal erosion swallows up precious swatches of sand.
Residents-only policies at many of the nation's town-owned beaches mean low-income people and people of color have less access to the shore.
Massachusetts should be a beach lover’s paradise, but access to the state’s shores is deeply uneven. 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.